a Thickening Agent, and That’s Just the Start
Now that I
am semi-retired I have a new hobby. I've become a cook. I'd cooked
before, but never on this grand a scale. I take it seriously. And I put
my heart and soul into every meal.
to start fixing dinner a few nights each week,” I told my wife, Sally.
goody," she said, hiding her obvious enthusiasm for my newest project.
evening I prepared my first meal.
this?” Sally wanted to know as she took her place at the dinner table.
“I like to
call it a clever combination stew/casserole,” I said. “Thought it up
myself. My aim was to create an easy-to-prepare, bold, yet delicious,
dish that’s rich in flavor and a treat to the taste buds.”
sake,” she replied. “It’s macaroni and cheese from a box. You’ve
definitely been watching too much Paula Deen.” She dug her fork into the
yellowish mound of glop on her plate.
your bold, yet delicious stew/casserole?” she asked.
rice, canned tomatoes, onions, okra and mushrooms,” I said.
these?” she asked, showing me several soggy tidbits clinging to her
I said. “I needed something to thicken it. I thought of it myself. Good
interject here that Sally is an excellent cook who collects all kinds of
cookbooks and watches TV cooking shows all the time. Her favorite cook
is Paula Deen.
time I single-handedly prepared dinner for her, she walked into the
house and immediately spotted the sink overflowing with dirty dishes.
with this?” she asked.
“I . . . um
. . .needed more pots and pans than I thought I would,” I told her.
a wok from the dishwater. “Where did you get this?” she asked.
it from a neighbor, just in case I needed it,” I replied.
thing that irks Sally about my new-found penchant for cooking is that I
call her at work with questions. My most recent queries have included:
How do I turn down
the oven temperature?
What does the
abbreviation “tbsp” stand for?
Can I use a bath
towel for a potholder?
time she really got upset with me was the afternoon I phoned her at work
and asked, “Where’s that small fire extinguisher we used to keep in the
sure she has fully accepted my newfound knack for cooking. “What would
you like for dinner Tuesday?” I asked her a couple of days ago.
out,” she replied.
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