7.13.2009

Learning to Cook

You may or may not know that my husband does most of the cooking here at home. Yes, I am that horrible and he just is that picky. For example, I made spaghetti one night, used the wrong brand/kind of sauce, and he grimaced with every bite until he just couldn't eat it anymore. Well, while he was away all week I decided to make my kiddos things daddy definitely would never eat. Most of this weeks meals were based on the use of tomatoes, one of my all time favorites, but one I rarely get to enjoy. Here is a smattering of a few goodies made by yours truly...

{pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, sauce, and dried basil although I am sure fresh is better I had none on hand}

{angel hair pasta with herbs and tomatoes}

{whole wheat bread with olive oil, pepper and salt, tomatoes, and mozzarella grilled}

{lemon something muffins}

Oh, and no none of the meals were made by scratch, but I did my very best and enjoyed every minute of it. What I learned is to always check to make sure you have all the ingredients before starting anything, kiddos are a huge fan of tomatoes in "fancy" pizza and sandwiches, but they find it quite "gross" on pasta, and Ellie much rather have a handmade breakfast than cereal any day hence I made breakfast every morning.

Today the hubby finally gets home, yeah!

42 comments:

My name is Erin. said...

Good for you! They look beautiful. I am a terrible cook. And not only am I terrible, but it's my least favorite chore, right behind washing dishes by hand. This contrasts with the fact that I love to eat and might even consider myself a bit of a foodie. I joke that I married a chef for survival. :) I mud, tape & drywall the house, he cooks us fabulous meals. It works out in the end.

Federica said...

Everything looks soooo delicious!

Blair said...

Good work Paula! That pasta and pizza looks divine.

Miss A said...

Bravo! It all looks soooo yummy!!!!! good job.

Rebecca said...

way to rock it in the kitchen!! nice work:)

melanie said...

Yay! I knew you were a great cook! I totally understand about cooking for K...it is HARD!! LOL

Arianna Belle said...

It all looks so yummy!

jj said...

all looks delicious, Paula! Glad that Kellen is coming home to you guys today!

Susie (So Blessed) said...

That pizza looks yummy!
I love fresh tomatoes...
I made a fresh
mozzarella, tomato and
basil quesadilla last
night for dinner. Quick
and easy...my kind of
summertime cooking!

courtney said...

oooh - lemon something muffins! too funny.

ps - one of my favourite pasta "sauces" is made of stewed tomatoes, basil, oregano, and salt/pepper to taste. i make it from canned stewed tomatoes, and just heat it up on the burner while the pasta's cooking til it's bubbly, stirring often. i put it with chicken and whatever veggies i feel like, and it's faaantastic (and even better, super easy!)

Jacinda Davis said...

It all looks so great! I will definitely have to make those grilled sandwiches as soon as we have tomatoes in our garden. My husband does a lot of the cooking too, not because he's a picky eater but rather because I don't like cooking that often. I think I'm more of a baker any ways. :)

nkp said...

Yum! We are big fans of tomato mozzarella anything!

Char said...

I can never make good spaghetti sauce without some help - so I used the powered mix by mccormicks (zesty).

yay for the husband coming home.

Laura. said...

oh, these all look great! way to take the opportunity to challenge yourself and be adventurous--not to mention exposing your kids to something they might not normally get to eat!

Haven and Home said...

Yum, that looked like a great week of eating, I love tomatoes too. I don't do the cooking either, I do want to one day though!

down and out chic said...

good job! the mozz and tomato sandwiches look yummy!

Amy said...

Wow - nice job - everything looks delicious! I wish I could learn to cook!

Blueprint Bliss said...

It all looks so good. Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to eat. Love them. Yay for the hubby getting home!

Kristin said...

I'm also that kind of wife although I've been trying to do better. That sandwich looks YUMMY!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

i'm not the chef in the household either, but i've been attempting things here and there. all of your dishes look amazing!

PS~Erin said...

Oh, it all looks so good! You and your kiddos ate in style while hubby was away.

LindsB said...

Even though you say you are not the cook in the house, those meals look quite delish- I would love to eat any one of them! Good for you for being such a good mom while he was away and cooking for your kids :)

Lily G. said...

These all look delicious!!!

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For Your Inspiration said...

We go through this, too! Looks like ya'll had a great week of meals.

Lynne said...

Oh, that pizza looks delicious!

Hanako66 said...

yummy! it looks like he was missing out and you are quite a lucky lady in having a cook for a husband!

Kotori said...

Love the photos. I have the hardest time taking good pictures of food, but all yours look fabulous. I think I could eat tomatoes on just about anything!

Blushing hostess said...

You did beautifully, no reason to be an apologizt for these plates! Well done.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh everything looks delish! I'm feeling inspired to cook more this week. Everything you made looks so yummy. You are more than welcome to come to NY and cook with me anytime!

Ann said...

The pasta and the muffins look delish ... yay for revenge and fun cooking:) Hope your kids did enjoy those ...

jen jafarzadeh said...

that pizza looks so delicious! tomatoes are one of the best parts of summer.

Under a Green Roof said...

your pasta looks delish! good for you!

Gracie said...

That looks so good! I'm sure you're cooking skills are better than mine. It's definitely making me hungry. And yay for your hubby coming back.

Rachel Follett said...

Looks delicious!

I am also one of the fortunate few that has a husband that does most of the cooking. My husband made banana bread for me today!

Aartee said...

Looks awesome!

Jennie Bee said...

Lemon Poppy muffins?! I get those all the time to make they are yummy!

The Tomato and Mozzerella looks amazing! yum!

I'm like the worse cook ever.. and I love that they call it "Fancy" Pizza so cute! I agree it is! ha!

Kristine said...

It all looks so good! If you ever have a chance, please post some of these recipes. We are drowning in tomatoes right now, and I just love anything lemon...

Kristine said...

p.s. I guess not recipes, since they weren't from scratch, but maybe your "how-to"... : )

la la Lovely said...

For not cooking these look pretty fantastic!!!! Yummy!
xx

The Hip Homemaker said...

You are lucky that he cooks. My husband is just picky! The pizza looks great. It reminds me that I want to do pizzas on the grill sometime soon.

Jennifer said...

goodness at all of these comments! :)

looks like you're coming along! you can't really go wrong with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella!

Holly said...

oh my goddness, i am SO hungry! that pizza pie looks awesome