Look, I’m not gonna lie to you guys–my lovely, lovely, invisible internet friends. I am sort of fascinated with Rachel Ray. I know, I know, there are a lot of people out there who say she is not a “real chef.” But guess what? I’m not, either.
I’m just a girl who likes to cook, and am learning as I go. And I appreciate all of you travelling down this path with me.
One of the first shows on Food Network I ever watched was 30 Minute Meals. Now, this was back in my single days–the days when I was still eating macaroni and cheese directly out of the saucepan and claiming it as fine cuisine. So attempting to prepare a meal that required more than a few ingredients or didn’t come pre-packaged seemed a little
overwhelming time consuming. I mean, really, I would rather have spent my evenings reading fashion magazines, talking on the phone with my girlfriends about guys and taking belly-dancing classes (mm-hmm, that’s a story for another day. When I’ve had a glass or two of wine, perhaps.).
Anyway, when I saw this show, it was the first time cooking actually appealed to me, and looked like something I could actually do. And while my cooking techniques have definitely improved over the years, it’s nice to have some quick and easy fall-back recipes to rely on when you’re too stressed out from the work-week to think about doing much more than throwing chicken into a pot.
This is one of mine.