Grandma’s cookbook: Trifle and a flapper face originally uploaded by Wendi Dunlap
My wife is now officially a stay at home mom so feel free to congratulate her as such (waits for applause) and in order to help me out with my very busy schedule of work, school, working out, website, etc she’s offered to begin cooking at least one meal a week. Problem is, she has never really done anything of the sort before.
My wife is great at following recipes for things like baking. You plop a recipe in front of her and she can follow it to a ‘T’ and come out with something very similar to the advertised result. What she cannot do is look at what is in the kitchen and come up with a meal out of her head–she’s just not wired that way yet. What I’m looking for are suggestions on where to start so that she can begin by following recipes in ways that are comfortable for her but also lay the groundwork for her to be able to just whip something up quickly from whatever we have lying around.
My friend Alissa has recently moved into making “Real Food” and has been doing everything in her power to cook mostly at home, from scratch. You can follow her excellent weekly menu wrap-ups on her site here. She admitted to me today that she was never really into cooking before and actually that she, “hated it,” but seems to be enjoying what she makes these days–at least for the most part. Based on what I have seen her come up with on her site I can honestly say that she is on track to do what I hope my wife can do someday too.
So, what cookbooks, websites, recipes, or general comments do you have to get my wife started out cooking? While I have offered her help in learning to cook I feel she may fear my teaching style (like when I tried to teach her to drive stick) and would prefer to do this on her own terms. Even so I think that a starting point which will meet her desire to follow lists and recipes may be the best way for her to get started. So please feel free to share your own experiences, thoughts, recipes, and favorite links for cooking beginners and let’s see if she can’t get some awesome food on the table at least once a week for me!