sometimes solutions come because you’ve reached the bitter end. you’ve used up all of your usual ways of dealing with something. and your back is against a wall that seems too thick and too tall to surmount. you cringe there, hands over your head to ward off the blow. defeat is eminent. you have made that taco salad one too many times. the thought of having grilled cheese and tomato soup makes your insides quiver in revulsion. no, no, not salmon patty night again!!
You know I’m not even going to do the math, because it would be too d.a.m.n. depressing. The number of meals I have cooked multiplied by weeks and by years, the insane amount of time I have spent in the grocery store aisle, buying the same foods over and over and over. The various ways I have tried to incorporate hamburger, chicken, fish or pork into something my family would find tasty and nutritious. Well, I did it, I reached the bitter end and when that happened I found myself standing in front of a bighugestack (yea, that’s all one word!) of cooking magazines that I have. Barely thinking twice I grabbed a handful and started throwing them out to my peeps shouting “Here! Look through these and pick out a couple of things you want me to make for dinner!”. From that small, desperate act has come a Eureka epiphany! My peeps really got into it, and since then we have had the most marvelous food. They want to know when they can do it again – look through the magazines and pick something new. Their enthusiasm has renewed my enthusiasm about cooking for my family. We have had Chicken Saltimbocca, Ropa Veija with Pepperjack Biscuits, Dan Dan Noodles, Chicken Pappardale with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spaghetti Squash Supreme, Citrus Cake, and Sweet Onion Relish. So if this post can help just one *sniff* *sniff* (“blog assistant – where are the tissues?”), just one harried mom overcome those kitchen blues – then I will feel *sniff, sob* *clutching my heart* that my life has been worth something….