I have never been much of a cook.  In fact, one might say that I have always been a lousy cook, with a very limited list of foods to cook.  Now, because Chuck (my husband) has decided that his heart is important, we have embarked on the Ornish diet for heart health.  I cannot believe there are so many ways to cook vegetables:  sauté, roast, sauté, grill, sauté, boil, sauté, well, you get the picture.  So, my daughter sends me this cookbook called “Thug Kitchen, eat like you give a fuck.”   The language in this book is outrageous, but the recipes are downright fun to work with.   I actually learned that it’s a good idea to gather all the ingredients together before one starts, rather than find them as you go along.  I think I should have known that, but for some reason, it never occurred to me.  With 17 items in the ingredients, one would suppose gathering all that together would cover the countertop.  Yep, Ginger-Mushroom Summer Rolls have 17 ingredients.  But it really doesn’t seem to be too hard, and so tonight I am going to try to prepare these “sexy, chilled, see-through burritos” (their words, not mine).  And who knew there were so many beans:  garbanzo, black, red, boston, black-eyed peas, and more.   You just throw those things in whatever you are cooking, and behold, you have protein and flavor.  We do not eat meat, or poultry; we eat egg whites; we eat whole wheat (Chuck freaks out when I accidentally buy enriched bread); we do eat fish now and then (I simply cannot give up red snapper, or shrimp, or salmon).   What this all means is that I can cook a mighty tasty meal nowadays, and it’s a lot of fun, too.

Published by mjm1942

I have aged. Of course. I was born in Trenton, NJ in 1942. I now live in Kentucky. It's 2021. My marriage has lasted 58 years, and I still love the man. My three children live far from us, and I miss them; however, it's fine with just him and me. We are best friends. I love my dogs, past and present, and my horse. I have failed as a professional writer, but I still dabble now and then. I have always been restless; perhaps because I have moved so many times in my life. I feel like something is waiting to happen around the corner. I graduated from Salem College at 55 years of age. I am a woman.

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