Attorney by day/chef by night. Happily married to someone who likes my cooking. Owner of a very small dog with a very big attitude (who steals food). We work out to eat and eat to drink, and work a lot to pay for it all.
When I come home from a long day at the office, which, let’s be honest, is everyday, I am hungry and I am tired. The last thing that I want to do is spend a lot of time cooking dinner. I know that many of my friends and colleagues are in the same situation. We get into bad habits like ordering takeout every night, or, going out to dinner. It can hurt (wallets & waistlines).
I’m not saying that everyone will find the same sort of euphoria that I experience in cooking dinner, but gaining proficiency in the kitchen will give you something positive. Cooking dinner makes me happy – in it, I find calm, focus, and clarity. If you don’t feel these things, well, in the end, at least you’ve got dinner.
When I first started cooking dinner, everything took a lot longer than it does now. Just like everything else, the more you do it, the better you get. Keep trying things, and seek guidance. I learned to cook through trial and error: reading a lot of cookbooks, food blogs, and just hanging out in the kitchen with my friends and family. I have made a lot of good meals, and a handful of truly awful ones. Don’t get discouraged! If something isn’t salty enough, add more salt. If it’s too dry, add wine! Most things taste good when pan fried in olive oil with a little kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cooking can be simple – your life likely could use more of these simple joys.
My intentions for this blog are to share my love of cooking simple, quick, and healthy dinners. My wife and I are both hungry and tired professionals, and the last thing we want to do when we get home is something hard that takes a lot of time. Especially since the “work day” often drags long into the night. Every Sunday, I will post a step-by-step method to making a complete dinner. I hope you enjoy these posts, and feel inspired to whip them up in your own kitchens.