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When we remodeled our house, I knew the kitchen wasn't for me. I'm the now-and-then baker and throw-together-pasta-for-dinner cook. My husband, Jeff, is the true chef of the family.
For the past few years, Jeff has traveled extensively for work. My daughters have gotten used to nearly-edible dinners and take out opportunities. I usually get a text at dinner time..."We were thinking of grabbing dinner at Potbelly's... is that okay?" I never say no.
For the past two months, my husband has worked locally. The vast amount of meat in our freezer has been defrosted proactively and turned into some beautiful dinners with incredible side dishes...
Baked chicken (brined before baking)
Spaghetti with a rich meat sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Needless to say, I have a lot of clean up after dinner, but it's worth it! Our beautiful kitchen deserves to be used, and I don't mind scrubbing dishes and the stove top.
Our stomachs are full of food prepared with love. Dinner has become a less stressful part of the day for me and the head chef. The girls are staying home for dinner more often, and we've had more time to talk and laugh as a family.
I wonder what's for dinner tonight!