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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Kitchen is Closed!

Just for the record, I want to make it clear that I know my way around a kitchen.  For years I baked, I stewed, I slow-cooked, I pressure-cooked.  I did it all.   At one point in my first marriage, I even baked ALL our bread--and my husband took sandwiches made with said bread with him to work in his lunch bag everyday.


I could be counted on to bring things like chicken risotto, killer lasagna, or fabulous homemade desserts to pot luck get-togethers.  With the help of first Hub's secretary, I put on a lavish buffet for the department heads who worked for him which included things like rare eye-of-the-round roast beef, little homemade round slices of white and wheat bread, Swedish meatballs, and exotic salads.
 

After going through a divorce, remarrying, and acquiring a third adolescent boy in the process, I baked turkey pie, pot roasts, BBQ ribs, luscious fried chicken, meatball subs, awesome mac 'n cheese, tacos, whoopie pies, and cookies of all kinds.  When the boys were in high school, it was nut unusual on weekends to find two or three extra guys around the table, sharing the fruits of my labor.  As I said earlier, I cooked, I baked, I BBQ'd;  no one went hungry in my kitchen!
Fast forward a few years; the boys are men and have families of their own.  I am now retired.  While I still occasionally have been known to whip up a great meal, times have changed.  That was then; this is now. 


If you can't take the heat, come to my kitchen; it's a pretty safe bet, I won't be cooking!

I understand the concept of cleaning and cooking; just not how it applies to me!  Yup, I'm retired!
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21 comments:

5thsister said...

when I retire can I stop scrubbing toilets and doing laundry as well? LOL?

Good for you, Eva!

My name is PJ. said...

Yup. I can identify, EJ! First marriage - I cooked my butt off. When it ended, so did my joy of cooking.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i have no doubts you could whip it up...if you wanted to. but much better to enjoy being served now...

Suldog said...

Aw, that's a shame. I love cooking, so I can't understand someone as good as you giving up such a pleasureful art. But, then again, I guess when you HAVE to cook, it isn't as fun.

R. J. said...

A magnet on my fridge says "The queen doesn't cook." That's a philosophy I can love. Why cook for an empty nest? The cooking blogs are inspiring, but I like to support the local economy. Save a cook--eat out.

DJan said...

I don't cook either, but the hubby does. Occasionally I'll fix something, but mostly it's left to him, and he does a great job. Very glad to see I'm not alone here.

Stereos and Souffles said...

I don' blame you, between the cooking and the clean up, that's a ton of work. Time to relax now.

gayle said...

I use to like to cook and still do sometimes but only when I have time and want to. My husband likes to so he does or we just eat whatever!

Steven Anthony said...

sounds like you are a chef......but being retired rocks, doesnt it ;)

Meeko Fabulous said...

Oh Eva! You should start a day where you share your recipes with us! That would be awesome!

lakeviewer said...

I understand. I do. But I can't eat out all the time and keep us healthy. How do you manage it?

Wanderlust said...

I used to love to cook until I married someone with the palate of an 8-yr old. And then had 2 kids with the palates of, well, 5 and 7-yr olds. Now I make cereal and macaroni and cheese. It's not nearly so satisfying. One day, I'll cook again.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

MOI AUSI!!!

Tell 'em Eva!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Good for you. I hate to cook. I don't turn on oven from May till Sept.
Mary

The Retired One said...

I'm kind of the opposite in my retirement...I was a Suzie homemaker staying home when my kids were little, then when they started school, I started my career as an RN. I didn't always cook or bake then as I was doing motherhood and a career at the same time...
but now that I have retired, now and then I love to bake or cook.
I haven't gone overboard with it since retiring...but it is sometimes nice to experiment with recipes now that I am retired!!!

jules said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my last debacle of a post. Have no fear, I am back on track and seatbelted to the wagon.

As for your post, I am so hungry now. There is nothing more that I want than a sandwich made from homemade bread!

Kristina P. said...

Honestly, I wish my grandma would retire from cooking. She makes everyone around her miserable when people don't do things right. We have been trying and trying to get her to pick food up for holidays, but to no avail.

natalee said...

MMMMM... now I'm Starving EVA!!!!!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I hear you! I still cook for hubby but the big family dinners-- not so much. I figure my step-daughters can make about 200 meals each before I need to step up again :-)

Enjoy the cool kitchen nice and cool.
jj

Unknown Mami said...

I think I've already retired from cooking.

Marla said...

"If you can't take the heat, come to my kitchen; it's a pretty safe bet, I won't be cooking!"

What a great line.