Everything Bianca

So Many Pies, So Few Fingers

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I'm thrilled, and it's only Tuesday
hell yeah
Okay, if you have been around for any measure of time, you know that I don't like grocery shopping. Mom told me to make a menu and go from that. Well, that's grand!

What do I want to eat for the next week?


Exactly. Doomed at the start.

I did that shop once, eat for a week thing I mentioned. I was faithful to it, and goodness, was that ever fun! When I got to the end, I felt a little sad even. Heh, finished with a bang too. I destroyed / warped my already handle-less copper bottom pot making shrimp stir fry.

I missed being told what to buy and cook, and I really needed new cookware. I bought the new cookware. Nothing fancy (like a $500 set of Calphalon), but a decent $100 set of hard anodized aluminum. Yay, I have a wok!

After much searching, I found this site: It's a bit hokey, but it had a 30-day trial. What's there to lose, right?

I picked a week and a menu. It generates a shopping and to-do list (the recipes / prep). I can add my own recipes and even change up the menu as I see fit.

So, I picked a 'comfort' menu and went with it. No questions. Just buy what the list says.

Joe and I just finished eating chicken a la king. Dude! I've never even had that before, but boy was it tasty. I would have never thought to make something like that. Last night I made chicken fried steak. I'll give myself a B- on that attempt. Edible, digestible, but not "OMG wonderful."

Joe has this big grin on his face that broadcasts, "She cooks! Am I dreaming?!" *shakes head*

Anyway, I'm in and out of the kitchen in under an hour. 7pm: Prep. Cook. Eat. Clean up. It's 8pm now. That's bloody wonderful. And all of the stuff in tailored for 1-2 people.

Eating, shopping, and cooking has officially become a stress free part of my life. That's all I ever needed, someone to tell me what to buy and how to throw it together. Eventually, once I've cooked enough stuff, I might even have the wherewithal to start figuring out a menu all by myself!

In short: Hell to the yes.

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I've recently begun actually shopping and cooking for myself in the past coupla months. Circumstances forced the Change, but I am enjoying every minute of it. I've even lost 10-15 pounds since I started eating my own cooking! I've been eating healthier, eating more (which I really need to work on--my portion size), eating what I really want, for less money and calories! It's a Win-Win!

In short: Hells to the yeah!

This menu generating thing sounds very useful. Maybe I'm weird but I usually enjoy shopping, as long as the store isn't too crowded or I'm not in too much of a rush.

I don't enjoy it because I don't know what I'm doing. Each time I'm a novice. I think, after doing all this shopping for these different foods, I'll be far more comfortable in a grocery store.

I'll get to an aisle and looking for something like black beans and I'm looking at all the brands thinking ... "How in the hell am I supposed to know what to pick?"

It takes me an hour or more in a grocery store some times. I'll just stand in place for 5 to 10 minutes arguing with myself over which is the better to choose.

yay!! Cooking can definitely be a fun thing if you can figure out how to do it in a way that's effective for you. :)

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