Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Jar of Sauce

Let me just be very real with you for a sec. In my home, I can be a bit of a control freak. There is only one correct way to do it--and that way is mine. I go behind whoever loaded the dishwasher & rearrange it. We mustn't clash our outfits in family photos--oh the horror! And if anyone buys the wrong brand of flour, may heaven help you. And I don't care of I ignored our train wreck of a home for three weeks, if someone is coming over, my family had better grab a rag & get to scrubbin'. I can go from a sweet encourager to a cray cray drill sergeant in no time. I feel it happening sometimes, and I still can't hold back.

Any ladies feel me on this?

Here's the thing though: my need to control it all will never get me what I want. What is it that I'm wanting in these crazy moments? I think it's certainty. I think I need to KNOW that our photos won't look goofy so people will think good thoughts about our family, I need to KNOW that the dishes will all fit so we don't fall behind on dishes, and the flour... No answers there except that I'm neurotic & ridiculous.

The only thing for certain in life is that nothing is certain. I can never control everything--simply because most of life is out of my control. So I try to control all the little things to make myself feel better about the big things I can't control. And nothing changes. In fact, the harder I hang on to the little things, the worse I make things on myself and on my family.

The harder I razz my husband about how he didn't clean the bathroom according to my color coded instructions, the less he will volunteer to clean the bathroom in the future. Kidding about the color coding--I'm not that crazy... Unless we're talking about flour here. Then all bets are off.

Tonight, I had a headache that has been plaguing me for a while. My husband lovingly offered to cook dinner. I felt relief & dread in the same moment. For one, the man knows how to make approximately three things: 1) boxed mac n cheese 2) spaghetti and 3) grilled cheese sandwiches. Also, he doesn't have the best track record with cooking. He once made hamburger helper that was so far beyond help I don't think anyone would have been able to identify it. Let alone eat it. Three, he told me he was making spaghetti and I'm a control freak who takes an hour to make marinara sauce before I'll consider eating it. Jarred sauce is never OK, and I knew that's what he would use. I'm a total food snob. It's a big problem.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What the heck do I do with bok choy?

Bok choy has to be one of the most underrated vegetables right now. There is a sea of kale recipes all over Pinterest. I sort of think of this guy going through kale recipes:

JUST ADMIT IT--you're sick of kale. I'm with you. There are other leafy greens out there, folks! Take bok choy! It's totally in season right now, and it's delicious. However, it looks scary & weird so people tend to shy away from it. It's actually an Asian cabbage that has a milder, sweeter flavor that cabbage, and it's texturally different. It's perfect for so many recipes.

It'll be the new catch-all vegetable like kale was in 2012: calling it now.

…..but what the heck do you do with it?! Here are some awesome ideas to get you started:

vietnamese slow cooker chicken with bok choy via yankee kitchen ninja
chili glazed salmon with bok choy via popsugar
shitake bok choy soba noodle bowl via a house in the hills
bok choy pad thai via momma cuisine
bok choy potstickers via divine healthy food
udon soup with bok choy & poached egg via the kitchen
baby bok choy salad with sesame soy vinaigrette via the cozy apron

ginger chicken meatballs with bok choy & noodles via the post grad cookbook

Am I the only one headed to the grocery store right now?