Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How to Shock Your Husband

Make dinner three nights in a row. :)

This has been a pretty slow work week, so Sunday night I actually made a menu and decided to cook dinner at least 4 nights. So far we're 3 for 3. I also love this because it gives me food to take to lunch, which saves money and makes my belly happy.

Tonight it was Whole Wheat Pasta with Homemade Pesto* the capital letters and long name make it seem like you did a lot of work :)

Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Go to Farm Fresh. Feel really accomplished because you purchased fresh herbs (Basil and Parsley). Throw in a Diet Dr. Pepper, thinking you deserve it, and then realize you spent more money than you meant to.

Step 2: Go home and throw the basil, parsley, almonds, olive oil and....garlic?!? Search for garlic behind everything in the fridge. Frantically call sick husband on phone, "OMG?! You used the last of the garlic and did not communicate this to me?!" Ugh. Forget it.

Step 3: Get back in the car. Drive back to the store, a different yet closer Farm Fresh, so you can feel less like an idiot because you just left there. Get the f*cking garlic and wait in line behind the friendliest guy in the history fo the world, who proceeds to talk to the cashier for 5 minutes about nothing. Listen to the cashier then talk to you about how she should start growing her own garlic, and do you think it's difficult? Promise you'll look it up, but realize she only charged you .98 for a huge thing of garlic. Let this one go. :)

Step 4: Back in kitchen. Add garlic to the mass of leaves and stuff in the blender. Husband walks in and fake takes your temperature since this is the 3rd day you have actually used the kitchen for more than just microwaving.

Step 5: Get call from Mother In Law. "We're dropping off soup!" Laugh, because even she didn't expect you to be cooking more than two days this week.

Step 6: Make noodles and toss it together with your pesto sauce. Ooh and ahh and take pictures over it so you get shameless praise. :)

But NOW, I am thinking, shit--am I raising expectations too high in the beginning? Great. Oh crap.



  1. Okay, I've never been a fan of Pesto, but the way you made yours sounds super good!

    It's funny because I always say I will learn to cook and start cooking when I get married (because I despise to cook)...but that's not entirely fair to my future husband, is it?

    I will be subjecting him to my many mess-ups.

    I'll just have to watch a LOT of the Food Network while we're dating and make lots of "smart" comments about the program to fool him into thinking I'm an amateur chef.

    All that being said...STOP COOKING SO MUCH or you'll be cooking 365 days a year! lol :)

  2. LOL I thought the same thing. He usually cooks, not me, so he doesn't even know what to do! I use a ton of recipe books and just change up things if I don't have it. And even though we've lived together for years, I'm just NOW really learning how to cook! :) haha

  3. Loving the posts Stephanie! Your recipes always look and sound yummy. Never tried the strawberry whipped cream thing on biscuits... may have too!

  4. LOVE it. One of my friends does this thing with pesto where she makes huge quantities of it and puts them in an ice cube tray. Freeze them up and then pop them out when you want to make pesto pasta or pesto chicken or pesto chip dip. Homemade single serving pesto one microwave away!

  5. Thanks guys--

    Erin--thank you! :) I think it was definitely better with biscuits.

    Britt--that is a great idea!!