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My First week Cooking 
Aug. 22, 2012 5:54 pm 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 5:04 pm

Well....the wife decided to go to Nursing school at the age of almost 50 on Monday. So, I was delegated all the food procurement and cooking duties.  I help lead change management, so this will be an experiment in living through change.


Being an internet junky by night and fanatical strategic planner by day, I brought these skills to my newly appointed post of "house cook".


First I signed up for allrecipies,com and collected recipes that met my selection criteria:

  1. simple
  2. quick
  3. healthy
  4. delicious

It didn't take long to find a few recipies I liked.  I have now shopped and prepared four meals.  Yeah!  three from Allrecipies,com and one made up from what was in the freezer.


I used the menu function on allrecipies to plan out the week's menu.  I then used the automatic shopping list function to draft my shopping list. First I checked the in house inventory and then I off to the store with M.

Meal 1:  Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper-Cayenne Sauce   M. loved it.  She then ate it for lunch, snack, etc. until it was gone. I didn't get any leftovers. :-(  Guess Food Dude I to needs to regain his quickness or loose out to the be quicker Food Dude Jr.. 

Meal 2: I can't remember is all a blur   I do remember sautéed and blanched carrots.  My wife, who dislikes carrots, said they were the best cooked carrots she has ever had.  (Thanks to brother Adam for the idea and his lesson on how to cook these.)


Meal 3: Curry lentils and brown rice + steamed cauliflower w/garlic butter sauce, with a tomato and parsley from our garden as garnish.  The lentils were a hand-me-down blessing from the wife I found in the freezer.


Meal 4:  Frittata - Paul's ...That's right my very own recipe the very first week.  I combined two recipes from and it turned out great.  I used sliced small red peppers and finely chopped parsley as garnish.  Thanks again to Brother A for the Frittata idea, though he never delivered the recipe.  Plus I fixed:  Buttery Corn Bread  

M says my meals are awesome.  N the wife says, "I think you should keep cooking even after I finish school in two years."  I am sure my enthusiasm will wane by then.

I am liking this so far!

Aug. 22, 2012 7:38 pm
wow - great job! wish my hubby would learn to cook for us! :-) good luck!
Aug. 22, 2012 9:17 pm
I am surely impressed. Keep up the good work.
Aug. 23, 2012 10:30 am
Wow! You are amazing. I'm sure your wife is duly impressed and grateful. I hope you keep writing your blog. I'd love to see future menus.
Aug. 23, 2012 11:22 am
Welcome to AR and congrats on the cooking successes!
Aug. 23, 2012 4:37 pm
great 1st blog. yes, i cook for the wife also. it ca be tiresome because some things become regular items. i want to try other things but... anyways, i noticed you lived in decatur, ga. if you have never been to dekalbs farmers market...plan a day there. trust me you won't be sorry.
Aug. 24, 2012 1:36 pm
Great blog, like gderr, I too cook for my DW. I love to cook. I seriously doubt that in two years your enthusiasm will wane. It's addictive. You can also find friends on the "recipe buzz" where you can ask for suggestions, help, recipes, etc. Keep us posted.
Aug. 24, 2012 2:03 pm
I too decided to go to nursing school at the age of 45. It is so wonderful that the men in our life try to make it easy for us by pitching in. Sounds like you are a great husband and I look forward to reading more about your trials and tribulations in the kitchen. Please tell your DW that all of us "older" nursing students are behind her 100%!
Aug. 25, 2012 12:32 pm
As a nurse for 32 years, I love to hear about people moving into the matter what their age! How great for her to have your support, nursing is not an easy road, and thanks for sharing this new adventure with us!
Aug. 25, 2012 2:37 pm
I too was a late bloomer and went to nursing school at age 43. Best decision I ever made. I was then and remain now single so I had to tough it out to get meals and run the household for myself and my son. I made it and you will too. Good luck to both of you.
Aug. 26, 2012 7:40 am
Good job! This blog is terrific! Good luck on your cooking adventures. We look forward to hearing more, and hope that you learn to love it as much as we do. We will be pulling for you and your wife. Please keep us informed.
Aug. 28, 2012 10:27 am
What a lucky wife to have such a supportive hubby! We are all here to support you, too, so if you have any questions, please post on the Recipe Buzz and folks will be happy to help :)
Aug. 28, 2012 12:01 pm
Sugarnspice said it best :D This blog was a great read! Keep up the good work in the kitchen and beyond!!!! :D
Aug. 28, 2012 7:57 pm
Wow! someone actually read my blog. This is cool! My wife and I thank you for the encouragement. Stay tuned for my next update on Thursday night.
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