2013: The Year I Conquer My Cooking Fears

by SimplySharpe on January 1, 2013

Well, hello, New Year–we’ve all been waiting for you!

I’m not one to write resolutions or make false promises to myself, so I just decided to conquer some goals in 2013. First up, getting over my random, non-sensical cooking fears. I don’t even know why I am afraid of some of these things? The worst that can happen is that I make a big, stinky mess or ruin some groceries. I’ve had WAY worse things happen to me than that! We all have.

First step, making my husband one of his favorite foods…

Bacon

Obviously, there is nothing difficult about making bacon, but I’ve never done it. Not once in 35 years on Google Earth have I ever made a single slice of swine. Something about it freaked me out. I knew I would hate that my place would smell like bacon all day (I know I’m the only one who doesn’t love the smell of bacon–move on!). I also worried that it would make a big, greasy mess on the stove top and none of my many types of cleaners would be sufficient to remove such a mess. Okay, I’m a little OCD sometimes. And silly.

I opened the windows in the kitchen despite it being a cold, rainy day. It was actually quite nice to listen to the rain while I made breakfast. The grease splatter is disgusting, but the look on my hubby’s face when he got his favorite food formerly banned in my house was worth it! He voluntarily cleaned the nastiness too, so maybe there will be more bacon in his future. ;-}

One fear down, many more to go.

Next up, the crockpot. I really can’t explain why I’m so intimidated by the crockpot, but I have this irrational fear of burning something in it. I don’t just mean overcooking it, I mean cooking something too long the slow cooker actually melts. I either have an active imagination or watch too much news. Or both? Who cares–I cooked dinner in the crockpot tonight!

Crockpot chicken

I made the mistake of thinking all the crockpot recipes I saw were made with a whole chicken. So wrong! I even made a special trip to Publix yesterday to buy a whole chicken along with veggies, potatoes and other things to slow cook with my chicken. In case you are more inexperienced in the kitchen than me, if that’s possible, a whole chicken takes up all the space in a crockpot and there is little room for extras. It’s also a PITA to deal with after it’s cooked. I still shoved it in there with some potatoes, mushroom and broth. It came out better than I expected. I did think the liner was going to catch fire, but maybe it’s because I tucked it under the cooker? I consulted Google first, but no one else was dumb enough to have this question, apparently.

I think that is enough fear crushing and eating for one day? Next up on my list is the amazing Christmas present from my MIL:

My New Kichenaid Stand Mixer

I’m super nervous about baking! Anyone have some easy starter recipes they want to send me so I can use my gorgeous new KitchenAid stand mixer?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) June 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I have never tried those liners in the crock pot, but now I need to! lol
PS…Boneless skinless chicken breasts, a jar of your favorite salsa or taco seasoning, thrown in the crockpot is so easy and delicious for chicken tacos! Just cook it until you can shred the chicken with two large serving forks. 🙂 I have even added the chicken breasts frozen (no extra water at all)!

PPS…I am over the moon jelly of your Kitchen Aid Stand mixer! I want one so bad, but refuse to pay for one until the huz gets a job in this state!!!! LOL

SimplySharpe June 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Lol, just don’t tuck the liners in the crockpot! That sounds delicious! I need to see if that will pass the hubby’s picky taste test. Taco seasoning and chicken sounds innocent enough, but who knows what magical combinations give him that look like I tried to stuff poisonous mushrooms in our meal?! He has no problem with your delicious pull-apart cheesy bread!!

Prayers for your hubby getting a job in this state!!! The standmixer is awesome, but so is sanity! 🙂

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