Finding time to cook all of the vegetables

Cooking doesn’t come naturally.  And, nobody wants to be in the kitchen all the time.  Even my grandmother, who I remember as USUALLY in the kitchen, confessed in a letter she wrote to her someday husband, that she was very much dreading canning green beans her sisters….and it wan’t because she didn’t like her sisters.

I confess to you now, cooking is a chore for me.  The reason I cook is that it is cheaper and healthier than the alternative.  Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s also much less hassle than eating our or ordering in. But seriously, there is no feeling of wizardy or artistry, as suggested by Michael Pollan in Cooked.  There is usually just hunger, a grumpy cook, a portion of the ingredients for the recipe and a too hot, too lonely kitchen.  And, sometimes, all that chopping just ends with some barely edible dish that that seems permanantly attached to the pan and stovetop.  Pft.  Thai food take out would have been so much easier.

What’s my point?  Who knows?  Maybe I just wanted to confess that I don’t really like to cook, but that I do it anyway, just like my grandma did.  Yes, there have been a few fires; yes, sometimes things get on the ceiling; yes, sometimes the dog won’t even have any; and yes, sometimes Thai take out is much easier.

Beet crisps...one of those things that you just have to make yourself.  It's easy and no place can beat them.  Ingredients?  Beets, olive oil, salt and pepper.  mmmm.

Beet crisps…one of those things that you just have to make yourself. It’s easy and no place can beat them. Ingredients? Beets, olive oil, salt and pepper. mmmm.

But, sometimes things turn out perfectly and when that happens, it is good.  At some ambiguous point, I gained confidence to substitute shallots with onion and garlic, or spinach with lamb’s quarter or butternut squash for acron squash.  And dinner preparation has become….easier….less overwhelming.  Less dangerous.

I want more people to feel this way.  Not dangerous or hot or lonely, but confident and less overwhelmed.

Cooking things on the fly with unfamiliar ingredients can be a challenge.  It’s….The     Curse    of     the      Box.  To make things easier and save you the time of browsing the world wide web for recipes, we include recipes that showcase the items in YOUR box.   And we deliver.  So, there ya go.  Better than take out.   And cheaper, too!  Let us help.

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