Monday, January 31, 2011

I cooked

Now I know to many of you, the title of this post probably indicates a snoozer. But for those of you who really know me and know that I consider "cooking" to be anything that requires the involvement of an appliance in the kitchen (this includes the refrigerator and microwave)...this is epic.


 I actually find a lot of recipes I'd like to try but when I realize that the serving size is for 8 people and that I don't want to eat chicken parmesan for 8 days, I scratch the idea. Either that, or my memory gets thrown back to the melted muffin tin or the months it took me to master the grilled cheese and I conclude that it's in my best interest to abandon all ideas of cooking immediately. Let's just say I am not your next Julia Childs and I pray daily that my children will come out loving Lucky Charms and Sweet 16 donuts as much as I do.

But since I'm packing up my apartment, I wanted something that was healthy and could be produced in mass quantity.(Don't get too excited, it's just a chicken salad recipe)

It started with me following the directions...because I am a woman.

I've had "a thing" about raw chicken or generally any raw meat for awhile. Touching it is gross and slimy, all the questionable "white pieces" on it scare me and by the time I've trimmed it off, the chicken is about 35% it's original size and I'm paranoid about undercooking anything that "crispy" and "crispier" are usually the two temperatures my chicken comes out.

However, I plunged through and cooked the chicken to just the right "doneness" - is that the right word?! I chopped up celery and 2 hard-boiled eggs, shredded the chicken and mixed everything together with (fat free) mayonaise, S&P (that's totally legit kitchen speak for salt and pepper). and waa-laa.

......and then I realized I was out of foil, and it got ghetto. So I had to spoon everything into a casserole dish because it was the only thing with an air tight cover. Fail.

21 comments:

david-and-emily said...

haha love this. I am not much of a cook myself, so this was inspiring. Great job!
ps. have you moved yet? I am excited for you!

Marian said...

Oh wow, that looks delicious!! Nicely done.

~k said...

Congrats! Chicken salad is yummy! I definitely have some crazy cooking stories I could share, but this comment would go on for days!
http://roamwhereyouwantto.blogspot.com/

Kayla said...

YAY! When Emmy and I come visit you in ATL, I'll teach you a few easy recipes and you can help me not look too much like a tired mama! I love you so much!!!

Katie Rush said...

So funny! Congrats on your {mostly} cooking success!! :D

Mora e Bionda said...

LOL, you funny :-D but it looks really yummy!

Jennifer said...

lol i've totally stored chicken and tuna salad in casserole dishes before! =) it happens!

<3
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

ps: whahoooo you cooked!!!!!!

jayme said...

i don't think it's a successful cooking session if there's nothing ghetto involved! great job!! that looks delish!!

xoxo

Diana Mieczan said...

It looks so delicious...Yummy! You did such a great job, sweetie
Hugs and kisses

megan said...

Looks great! I am the same way with chicken..if I can get Cameron to touch it and cut it up for me, I will. And if I do it, I hack away at it, cutting off every single questionable piece. :)

Rissy said...

woo hoo! you go girl.
I need to get my cook on

Caroline Henley said...

way to go girl! baby steps!! :)

Megan said...

Hahahaha!! The last part made me laugh! It is always ghetto around here! So proud of you for cooking!

Maggie and Ben said...

A girl after my own heart! I may have to try this myself!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

you are stinkin' hilarious, girl. i love it - the last part of this post was too funny!

congrats!!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

hahaha your poor children. But it looks like your showing progress because the chicken looks good.

{av} said...

If I wrote a post with this same title and my friends were to read it, they would have the same reaction ;) I'm not a cook, I'm a baker...haha. I give you props for trying though...practice makes perfect, right!? Hope you had a great Monday! xoxo {av}

Katelyn said...

I definitely understand the whole cooking thing. When I first started learning to cook, I ended up with three burns on my arms from the oven haha. This chicken salad looks yummy! Good job :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

yummy!!! good job, girl :)

TupeloLove said...

Definitely not a fail! This looks great!!

this free bird said...

Foil or no foil you pulled it off! Chicken salad is yummy in any state - except under the burning hot sun. hehe

xo,
Carrie