Dirty Sexy Cooking. Or Not.

“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about- enjoying things.” Julia Child
On Life: I am not a chef. I’m not even a very good cook. I’m an okay cook. I’m an “I managed to keep a family of six alive and relatively healthy” kind of cook. I mean, I like to eat, but it’s not always a priority. I also don’t have the patience to be a good cook. I hate hate hate having to come up with what to serve for dinner. I confess on good writing days I actually resent the amount of time I have to steal from writing to come up with dinner ideas. Why can’t my family just eat bacon cheeseburgers every night and be happy?
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s possible I’m in the minority. At least among my family. Food, meals, variety in meals are all important to my husband and #1 daughter. They are true foodies. So are two of my sisters. Foodies look forward to planning meals. They have fun planning meals. They will go the extra mile to purchase special ingredients and cook a meal. Me? I’m more likely to see what’s in the fridge and see what I can throw together. Foodies don’t even mind the extra work and time in the kitchen or the extra pots and pans to clean up when the glorious food orgy is finished. (Head to kitchen counter.) I don’t have the “foodie” gene or taste buds and I don’t even quite understand it, but…I do have fun sharing the kitchen with people I love. Those times in the kitchen which mix in a pinch of fun, a huge scoop of laughter, a generous amount of catching up on our days or lives, and a sprinkle of reminiscing make living with the foodies in my life so totally worth it.

My recent fun times in the kitchen with my sisters though, have shown me that while I may be rich in love, I am sadly lacking in kitchen essentials. Here is a list of kitchen gadgets one of my foodie sisters (who is a very good cook) could not believe I have survived without when she attempted to cook with the black hole of kitchen gadgetry in my drawers:

~ A lemon zester. (Apparently you cannot grate a lemon with a grater and get the same result. Which may explain a few of my baking fails.)
~A juicer. (Squeezing lemons by hand is not the preferred method?)
~A 4 cup measuring cup. (My 2 cup is inadequate. So…size does matter.)
~A thingy to separate grease out. (Not an issue when gravy comes in a jar. Just sayin’.)
~An accurate (and working) meat thermometer. (I actually have 3 of these, but at least one of them is 20+ years old. Turns out these gadgets don’t stay accurate forever.)
~A strainer for lumpy gravy. (Y’all know why I haven’t needed this, right?)
~A sifter. (Seriously? It says “pre-sifted” right on the bag!)

All of this was discovered from cooking one meal, a crock pot lemon chicken with white wine gravy, and a batch of lemon cookies. True confession time…are you a foodie or non-foodie? What kitchen gadget do you absolutely need?