• 2019,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Musings

    Diary of a Non-Cook: I Don’t Like Cooking

    There, I finally said it! Don’t say I won’t be a good partner. Don’t say I won’t be a good mother. Don’t say it’ll save me money.Don’t question my womanhood. I’ve tried. A lot. Well…maybe a good amount. An amount that is enough for me. It’s just not something that brings me joy. And I will no longer apologize for it. If I don’t want to cook, I just won’t. I do feel societal pressure to feel the need to cook, especially from family, friends, and my community in general. Yes, at times it saves money. Yes, sometimes it is actually can be fun to cook. But overall, I’m just…

  • 2017,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Pinterest

    Diary of a Non-Cook: Zucchini Bread

    Well, it really should be Diary of a Non-BAKER! You wouldn’t think veggies in bread would be ideal, right?!? Oh, but sooo wrong! Zucchini bread is my fave. Well, HUGE caveat, it must have zero, zip, zilch walnuts in it, on top of it, or anywhere near it! Those weird, brain looking, kinda soft nuts are not my thing. At. All. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I do not prefer them. Ever. Finding zucchini bread sans walnuts is akin to finding the holy grail. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is an amazing day. I can’t even lie, I’ve been known to be very non-lady like…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: A FB Video Meal

    We all know those time-lapse videos that speed through how to cook a meal, right?! Well, I finally saved one on FB and went for it last week. I showed L and ever since then we’d been talking about making it. This one is from Cooking Panda, dubbed the Taco Bake. It’s essentially a nacho casserole.  Directions & Ingredients from the video (I ad-libbed a bit) 9×13 Casserole Dish, Greased // Used this size and a small one for my own (sans beans) version 1.5lb Ground Beef, Cooked // Used 1lb Ground Turkey 1 Can Tomatoes + Green Chilies // Used a can of Rotel 1 Cup Sour Cream //…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Lasagna Roll-Ups

    When a Pin just sticks with you… Rolling up lasagna noodles just seems fun, which is why I probably always remember seeing this pin or one similar to it. Or there are just that many inundating Pinterest. I’d been craving the taste of lasagna and I knew J’s little bro would be over for dinner soon, so I thought I’d give Lasagna Roll-Ups a whirl. via Cooking Classy This pin lead me to Cooking Classy, which is a food blog written by Jaclyn. Please take a peek at her website, she has plenty of things to peruse. As I do for all of my ‘Diary of a Non-Cook’ posts, I…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Parmesan Chicken Roll Ups

    Oh Pinterest, you amaze me! Even though I still never give you enough credit and pretend to despise you. I will say, I don’t understand why people pin outfits for seasons or outfits, it’s really odd to me. Anyways, back to the subject at hand — me trying to cook still. We didn’t have anything planned for dinner, so I went to Pinterest for some PINsipration for dinner. I looked through my Maybe I’ll Make it One Day board for some something and I came across something I’d pinned previously. The criteria for the recipe for dinner had to be minimal ingredients, something an 8 year old would eat, something…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: 7 Layer Dip (for MOM)

    Curating is the name of the game. Trader Joes is my arsenal! Each family party we volunteer to bring something. I generally get an appetizer, re: easy. I’m okay with that and everyone also gets a nice surprise when I arrive. This year, I was specifically asked to bring chips and dip. I hate beans, but I know most people don’t. Thus, making 7 Layer Dip a fan favorite. In all honesty, I knew I wouldn’t have to do too much heavy lifting (re: cooking) with this option too! Putting it off until the last minute, I headed to TJs at 9:30AM on Mothers Day. It was a mad house,…

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    Diary of A Non-Cook: Biscuits & Gravy

    Pioneer Woman, I see you. Image via Food Network Well, really, Pinterest saw you first, then I followed soon there after. Have you heard of her? Is she like Paula Deen? Does she thrive off butter? Why is her name so old school? These are some of the random thoughts I had when I originally heard about her. I’ve perused through her cookbook and recipes, but I never thought to commit to one. Let’s start from the beginning. A month or two ago I was at Costco and tried a sample, it was delicious. It was a biscuit. I didn’t think anything of it, until I was looking for eggs…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Easy Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas

    Sour Cream, don’t judge me! The checker at Safeway sure did. It didn’t help that he was Mexican and a self-prescribed cook of his household. He saw the ingredients and said, “oooh, enchiladas!” To which I replied yes, but made the fatal mistake of telling him I was making “Easy Chicken Sour Cream Enchiladas,” to which he gave me a pretty gnarly look and laughed. He then questioned baking sour cream and told me, “good luck with that!” What a nice fella! What he doesn’t know is that I’m just a girl trying to get better in the kitchen. I still follow recipes to a ‘T’ and I’m okay with…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Lasgne

    Why is it spelled like that? I always thought it was lasagna, no? Well, my co-worker/cube mate was telling me that she made a lasagna for family that was visiting over the holidays. That, coupled with the Bestest bringing over a delicious homemade lasagna a couple weeks back, I was on a mission to try to make one. The Lil makes one frequently, which was also a little inspiration. Since my co-worker and I chat all day, Monday through Friday, we talk about a lot of stuff – family, kids, cars, work, life, anything really. We sit about 15 feet apart from one another. Since she just made her’s and…

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    Diary of a Non-Cook: Homemade Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

    I can’t show up empty handed to Girl’s Night! I mean, I can and no one would bat an eye. But that’s RUDE! The first Girls Night of 2016 started of at Summer Sister’s house with a breakfast theme. I wanted to try to make something, instead of just curating something. Is this considered cooking? It’s basically curating. Maybe we’ll call it half-cooking. Of course, I went to trusty ‘ol Pinterest. As much as I wrote about how I detest it, it really comes in handy for a variety of facets of life. Especially when I need help with something, other times it just a time suck! I was going…