Monday, May 26, 2008

This blog is growing!

I am very happy to report that this blog has become
a popular place for my readers and newbies alike.
That being said, I feel an even greater responsibility to share the stuff in my brain
with you, and will do my best to provide concise, up to the minute product and recipe information.
Please comment and ask questions. I don't know what you need unless you tell me.
Also, PLEASE, share my blog address with everyone you know!
Here it is:
I am trying to make it not just another recipe blog. Lord knows there are plenty of those.
I like sharing tips, treasures and time saving ideas too.
I used to say I hate cooking... well, I must not hate it if I blog about it.
What I do hate, is having to come up with dinner solutions at the last minute.
Over the last 15 or so years, I have developed a sense to just look in my pantry and come up with a meal. I want you to be able to do that too, but not take as long as me doing it!
I can't stress enough how important pre planning (prep) is.
Picture your household like a restaurant.
All those chefs and cooks pre prep EVERYTHING... absolutely everything!
I am reading a book right now called The Soul of a Chef, and it is mind blowing how much real work is involved in prep. Where they do 20 lbs of onions, you may only have to do 2!
See! Perspective!
Brown that meat up!
Pre cook that chicken!
You are cooking on Sunday or Wed or whatever day you choose anyway!
Cook once and eat for days!
Okay...
Yesterday I chopped onions, made a huge vat of Macaroni Salad for the week for the boys lunches, filled all containers with various necessities, and cleaned out the fridge to make room for my containers of chopped and prepped food.
EVEN IF YOU PRE CHOP JUST ONE ONION THIS WEEK, IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW QUICKLY YOUR NEXT MEAL WITH THAT ONION WILL GO!
I PROMISE!
Don't use onions? So what! Chop ANYTHING that needs chopping for your meals you know you will eating at home. Report how much time it saved!
Did you know that most people say they hate cooking because of the prep involved? It takes about 20 minutes to prep a meal before we even cook it, cut out what you hate in one hour session once a week, and relax when you cook!
Once I get you properly brain washed and doing your prep,
we can move on to bigger and better things.
So, knives, food choppers, utensils up and at the ready...
PREP!
Onward cooking soldiers! Onward!
Oh and Mama's with kids over 6?
Let them do the dishes!
Every night!
I promise... it won't stunt their growth or hurt them in any way!
:)

4 comments:

TAMARA said...

SAUNDRA
I NEED A RECIEPT FOR FRIED CHICKEN. HELP!!!!!

Saundra said...

I have never fried chicken in my life. I leave that to Col Sanders

Anonymous said...

Hey Saundra, you won't remember me, (Dolores friend, Nola) but I have attended a few PC partays of yours. (I'm the one who makes fresh homemade chicken stock & freezes it) Just wanted to say that I like your prep ideas ALOT and I actually DO prep my onions, (have for YEARS) I like to buy the ginormous sized yellows, (Along with reds & shallots) dice it all up, ziplock em into human cooking-size portions and freeze them for nights that I don't have time or the want to chop! Onion freezes very well. I'm all about the prep for things that freeze well! ;)
I want to experiment with fresh garlic next, just in case it freezes well too!

Saundra said...

NOLA!

OF COURSE I REMEMBER YOU!
I am so glad you read me!
Please give me more tips!

Thank you!