Did anyone ever tell you that the road to being a good cook involved time and experience?
Well 5 months into marriage, and let’s just say, I’ve had quite a few kitchen “experiences.” I never really cooked before I got married, though I have always been a major lover and consumer of food. Receiving some cookbooks as engagement presents offered me a new channel through which to express my love of food! My first two were: Quick and Kosher, by Jamie Geller, and Kosher by Design- Teens and 20 Somethings, by Susie Fishbein. I was immediately obsessed.
For some reason, being a good cook, and cooking itself, have become the biggest stressors, yet also the biggest sources of enjoyment in my life. Nothing is more tiring than standing in the kitchen for 6 hours Thursday night making 3 kugels for shabbos (are you kidding me, who the heck needs 3 kugels). YET- There is also nothing more satisfying than making a successful dish; than having everyone finish every last crumb of their Blueberry Crumb Cake (Thank you Kosher Palette- Yellow Cake recipe with Blueberry Crumb variation); than having my husband request a 3rd chicken wrap made from leftover boiled chicken (Thank you KBD Teens and 20 Somethings- Southwest Rotisserie Chicken Wraps); than truly enjoying something I have created! It appears I have inherited the Jewish-Need-to-Feed after all.
As I continue this journey through recipes and successes and um, less than successes (suggestion: not a good idea to make many alterations to an indian bean soup, never having previously ever cooked with curry. Big thanks to the husband for finishing that one), I want to share my ups and downs and the things I learn along the way! I hope to review the recipes I have tried in some popular kosher cookbooks, though my disclaimer is that a bad finished product may be a reflection of my own mistakes.
May you never experience a salmon casserole like the one I concocted the first month of marriage (again- many thanks to the husband for eating it for dinner 4 nights in a row. I wouldn’t touch it after the first)!
I’m just a simple girl searching for her Shabbos repertoire, for her cache of go-to, I-know-it’s-gonna-be-a-hit, and I-may-even-have-some-time-to-do-grad-school-work-after-I-make-this recipes!