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278. COOK MORE – 2011 New Year’s Resolution #2

Grocery Shopping at the Barrington Jewel

278. COOK MORE – 2011 New Year’s Resolution #2

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I’m about to show you something totally disgusting.   But let me start by explaining that I have fallen into this bad habit of regularly finding our family dinners in the frozen food aisle at the Barrington Jewel.  Photographer Anthony Tortoriello recently snapped a photo of that aisle during a late night visit and, though his image paints a cool and colorful picture, I’m expanding my grocery horizons in 2011 and will be filling my cart with more fresh, less frozen.

Grocery Shopping at the Barrington Jewel
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and Atortphotography.com

Now to the horrible picture that I took last month in my very own kitchen.  But I am warning you, if you sicken easily, you do NOT want to look too closely. THIS is what my husband, Bill recently cooked for dinner…

Bill's Disgusting Pheasant Stew

He resurrected the slow cooker that we received as a wedding gift. He thawed out the pheasant that he insisted we keep in our freezer since the hunting trip he took last fall. He found a recipe on the internet and he went to work.  (Yes – I said PHEASANT)

I believe he used a head of garlic, a bunch of potatoes and some sort of broth.  The result was the most repulsive thing I have ever seen. His vichyssoise was utterly vile, the leftovers lasted in our fridge for days and I was gagging for a week.  I suppose I should also say that Bill is a man of many skills. I’m not trying to insult him for what I can only call an “act of desperation” or a clear “cry for help”. And I certainly don’t mean to sound like an ingrate.  I’m just being honest in my pursuit of a higher level of housekeeping.  And I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read this blog, so I should be in the clear ;).

Because my husband cooks like a ninny.  And because my kids are almost too old for me to get away with giving them a regular mix of baby food, frozen dinners and Jewel rotisserie chicken, I’ve decided it’s time for me to suck it up and start cooking.  For starters, that means finding a few key recipes that are easy and can be made quickly.  In the coming months, I’ll be talking to some of my favorite Barrington cooks to get some secrets to making fast and healthy family meals and I’ll share their tips and recipes right here at 365Barrington.com.

If you have any secret go-to recipes that you’d be willing to share, please do so in the comments box below.  You’ll be helping save me from a world of Bill’s slow cooker pheasant, or should we say “Pot-eu-Faisan”?

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