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I love to cook with my husband.  That’s right — “with my husband.”  Actually, I love to cook anyway, but it is so much fun to cook with someone else who loves it even more than I do. Am I the luckiest woman in the world, or what?  My husband loves to cook.  It’s his stress relief.  And he’s good.  Great.  And, not rarely, amazing.

That isn’t the point of this blog, though.  I just wanted all you ladies out there to be jealous, and all you men out there to know you’re not alone.  Why is it that “cooking” is women’s work, but most of the highest paid chefs are men?  Men, go ye forth and cook.  Heck, women, go ye forth and cook!   Despite the numerous blogs and recipe sites and cooking shows out there, it seems like no onecooks anymore.   Here are the reasons I hear most frequently.

1) Cooking is complicated.

2) Cooking is time-consuming.

3) Cooking is expensive.

I’ll take these objections in order.

Cooking does not have to be complicated to be good.  In fact, some of the best food is the easy food.  To start with, I’m going to keep to my easiest recipes on this blog, to show you that cooking doesn’t have to be hard, or fancy, to be excellent food that you will want to make time and time again.  I’m not bragging.   Many of these recipes are modified from recipes I found somewhere else, although some are completely original.  I just know how *I* feel about these recipes.

Cooking does not have to be time-consuming to be good.  I’ve tried to keep to recipes that don’t take too much time to make, and the ones that are a little lengthy are mostly walk-away recipes (boiling rice, fixing something in the crock pot, simmering a sauce, baking something, etc.).  And if you do have to spend some time on some of the recipes, plan it for a night that you have a little time free, and learn to enjoy cooking, so it doesn’t seem like a chore.

Cooking is not expensive.  Not when you compare the cost of cooking with fresh, real ingredients to the cost of buying prepackaged meals or eating out all the time.  I promise, if you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can save money cooking real food at home, especially if you utilize the cheaper bulk foods, like beans, rice, and pasta.  (All of those keep really well, so you can buy them in bulk, on sale, and use them when you want them — what’s better than that?)

And for those of you who already love to cook, it’s always fun to find new recipes and see what others enjoy!

Let me share with you some of my favorite recipes.  Right now, none of them will be terribly complex, but they will ALL be tasty.  Please?  I LOVE sharing a new recipe!

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