January 18, 2011
Why "Dooley and Doolia?" Healing and growing in the kitchen
Why "Dooley and Doolia?" As a present to myself this Christmas, I bought "The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, and a set of DVDs for the show's 10th season (2011). I am very excited about the recipes in this book, and have made a plan (a quest, really) to make almost every recipe, ala the book/movie, Julie and Julia. This cookbook has over 600 pages, so I'm not setting a time limit for myself, though. I shall refer to myself as "Doolia" in this blog.
So when hubby ("Dooley"), working on recovering in the hospital, was trying to identify some activity that we could do together to help him continue to recover and help our relationship get back on track, I suggested that he join me on my quest. Dooley has never cooked a thing in his life before, beyond heating up a can of soup or TV dinner in the microwave. So I was so surprised when he enthusiastically said, 'yes!'
So you might wonder why we decided on "almost every recipe" rather than every recipe. Firstly, I won't eat clams, mussels, squid and the like. Secondly, our condo complex doesn't allow either charcoal or propane grills on the property. Fire hazard, you know. Too risky.
We see the benefits of this new endeavor as this: 1) We will spend time in the kitchen together which will give us extra face time to chat and be together. 2) Our relationship will improve. 3) Dooley will learn to cook. 4) All of us will eat a healthier, more diverse and nutritious diet. 5) Dooley will get out of the house to grocery shop. 6) Our diet will include more meat and vegetables, and fewer carbs. 7) It gives hubby something to look forward to every day. 8) Each day's cooking is a short-term project with the instant gratification of a delicious meal. 9) Clean-up is easy and everyone can participate.
So this blog will follow our progress as we cook our way through the book and hopefull into a better, closer relationship, and a healthier Dooley.
Posted by jdooley at January 18, 2011 05:29 PM
Very cool. Hope this works well for you & Tim.
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