One magical winter, THE CASE appeared in our freezer. We had an entire case of Alaskan King Crab Legs for the eating at whim. Dad hauled some frozen goods for a seafood company and they gave him a case for us at home. That was the most magical winter ever.
Now let’s take a little lesson out of the French Rustic Cooking Playbook for a moment. French country cooking methods were developed because the French needed to use what they had and it wasn’t always the best or the freshest. Rustic French cooking uses braising and stewing methods and marinades to get the most out of tough meats and non-animal proteins. Usually, you can save some bucks using tougher cuts of meat that will cook up tender and delicious with the right methods.
I couldn’t believe it! $150 on a knife? You’ve got to be kidding me. (As a side note, I thought nothing of dropping $50 on a moisturizer that lasts a month…but please, people, wrinkles last a lifetime…so that’s another story.) I think we had been dating a month when Rob bought his super fancy Chef’s knife. I had no idea how much they cost but being in the new girlfriend role, I decided to keep my mouth shut (sort of). But now I understand. You know why? You really only need one knife in the kitchen but it had better be a good one….and it’s going to cost you. Bring your checkbook.
Hi McG & S Fans!!! So to continue the story…I met Rob the old-fashioned way — at a dive bar in Milwaukee. It seems right if you know us and if you don’t yet know us, it will explain everything! After dating for three months, we moved to San Diego, where we were spoiled with fresh produce and seafood year-round. I was also spoiled by my built-in chef. But life took over and eventually I had to pitch in, cook for us and try to keep up with Chef Rob.
Oftentimes, I find myself commiserating with other moms about our hectic schedules; the trials and tribulations of keeping all the balls in the air at once. You know the drill…work, yard, house, always running to some practice, game, appointment, blah blah blah. Don’t even try to think about jamming in a little fun time for yourself!