Monday, February 21, 2011

I didn't burn the beer -- Menu Plan Monday

I am a horrible cook.  I make no qualms about it.  I accept that I'm not too domestic and cooking does not come easy for me, but I am trying.  and when you try, sometimes you fail too.

You know those stories couples tell of the wife making horrible and burnt dinners, but the husband smiles and eats them anyway?  Yeah, not my husband.  My husband is a wonderful cook, and a critic.  But what I love most is that he is standing behind me while I try to catch up to him.

Last week I wanted to make some pan-fried fish.  The recipe called to heat up vegetable oil somewhere in the 300 degree region.  I clicked on the burner, heated up the pan, added the oil only to be shocked by popping grease and a cloud of smoke.  My heart started racing, but the smoke quickly calmed down.  I went about preparing the fish only to notice more smoke, and the pan seemed to be changing colors.  Now I started freaking because I was using a pan I had no business touching, one of my husband's fancy pans.  By the time I crossed the kitchen, the smoke reached the fire alarm and it started beeping.  I just wanted to wash the oil away, so in my naive cooking mind, I thought it a good idea to run water on the pan.  The smoke was so thick for a moment I couldn't see out of it. The fire alarm in the kitchen was beeping.  The fire alarm in the hallway was beeping at a slightly higher pitch.  The baby was crying and the toddler was yelling my name.  I ran around attempting to open windows, but only succeeding with one, turning on one fan and opening the door.

Needless to say, I've kinda stayed out of the kitchen since then.

Every time I go to make dinner, Leah asks me not to make the loud beep-y things go off.

I called Andrew bawling, but he was so sweet.  He encouraged me to keep trying and that everything was alright.  Maybe it was because I didn't burn the beer.

Well, that was a long way to say this week I'm going to try to get back into the kitchen and hopefully not make the beepy things go off again.

Our menu this week features the site Ginny's Skinny Recipies.  Amazing site to check out!

Monday – bbq chicken, white rice with veggies and oven roasted potatoes
Tuesday – hot dogs and French fries (Christy eating at Bunco)
Wednesday Baked Potato Soup (spaghetti o’s for girls) and garlic biscuits
ThursdayChicken Divan, lightened up casserole 
Friday – I will be out so dinner is on Andrew
SaturdayShrimp Fajitas


  1. This post made laugh out loud. For a while my 4-yr-old would freak out every time the oven timer would go off. "Hurry! It's done. Did you burn it?!" he'd scream. Everyone's a critic. You get an A+ for effort.

  2. Ha! I've done that too. Keep trying, you'll get it!


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