Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Paging Betty Crocker

I'll admit, I'm not much of a cook.

Given the choice, I'd much rather make a box of macaroni and cheese instead of gathering ingredients, chopping and preparing dinner. For me, "cooking" involves a grabbing the box out of the cupboard, reading the directions and then following them.

Think about it. Given the choice, mac and cheese is so much easier. Boil water, dump in noodles, boil for about 6 minutes, strain and add milk, butter and the powdered cheese mix. If I were to actually put effort into making a meal, it would take so much longer than the 15 minutes tops it takes to whip up a box of mac and cheese. And chances are, it probably wouldn't be as tasty.

Tonight, I abandoned the standard mac and cheese (OK, maybe it was because I didn't HAVE any mac and cheese to make), but I didn't stray too far from the pasta food group. I pulled out a carton of cheese ravioli I had bought at the store. Sure, it still involved boiling, but I used a SECOND pot to warm up some sauce. And that's pretty complicated cooking for me if it involves more than one pot. After waiting for the raviolis to boil (and freaking out because, hello, they floated to the top of the water and I was worried they wouldn't be "tender" enough to eat), I poured some of the heated sauce (once again, nothing fancy, just some plain old Ragu) over the top and generously sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top.

It never fails though, I made too much. When it got to the dumping part, I dumped too many raviolis into the boiling water. And since I'm not a huge fan of leftovers, I ended up throwing some of the ravioli away.

But all in all, it was a tasty meal. and surprisingly, it didn't take too long to make.

I've often thought about learning too cook, but I've never done it. Maybe it's due to the fact that I would most often be cooking for myself. And if you're like me and don't really care for leftovers, because realistically, how many days in a row can you eat (insert food here)? For me, two days tops. And plus it takes so much time and patience is not one of my strong points.

Plus, making a complex dinner produces way too many dishes. Lucky for me, I have a dishwasher.


Krista said...

I hate leftovers. I am notorious for throwing food away. I also leave "doggy bags" on the table at restaurants because I forget about them. But even if I didn't forget, I'd never eat 'em.

Badgergirl said...

At least I'm not the only one who asks for a doggie bag and promptly leaves it on the table.