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March 20th, 2009 No Comments

ARE THERE SOME THINGS YOU ONLY ORDER AT RESTAURANTS BUT ARE SCARED TO PREPARE YOURSELF?? ::

Or maybe I’m the only one who has cooking anxiety?  But think about it this way.  When you go to the grocery store in NYC, you have to deal with chaos and traffic of the isles, wait in a line over 20 people long (at Whole Foods), and then haul it home.  So you have to be selective in your shopping.  You don’t want to carry food you might have to throw out because your amateur skills won’t cut it. Then you’re spending more money on delivery.  It’s a whole situation.

My fear probably also stems from the fact no one cooked in either of my houses.  Or really ate fresh vegetables.  And my Mom doesn’t like fish.  It’s all coming together now.  Check out the list of things I absolutely won’t cook at home:

  • Fish – love it, but I’m horrified of making it myself
  • Butternut Squash– new-found fav but all squash is foreign to me
  • Brussel Spouts– Lev introduced me last year and they’re so dense I don’t think I would cook them all the way through
  • A whole turkey– I mean, who isn’t itimidated by the size of that thing
  • Random spices – no clue what to put sage, thyme, bay leaves, chile pepper, etc on. 
  • Japanese food – need I explain

I know, I know.  It’s easy.  Just as easy as my veggies.  I’m working on it.  Let me know if you have an easy recipe to prepare those things.  Especially if it’s a delicious dish!

(Another great photo from Andrew Flavin)