Before my wife began having health problems which limited her mobility, my cooking expertise was limited to opening a can of Campbell's Soup, which I learned how to do in college, boiling some oat meal, or frying an egg. Then I had to begin figuring out what to have for supper every day, so I started studying recipes and experimenting with a variety of possibilities. For years I bought recipe books and gave them to my wife, which she rarely ever looked at. I kept buying them and reading them myself, since I found that was a fun and interesting thing to do. But I never tried to cook anything. Until now.
Actually I have learned a great deal about cooking, mainly that it is something more than looking at savory color pictures in a beautiful cookbook. Yes, cooking, I learned, requires getting a whole bunch of ingredients, messing up the kitchen, dirtying pans, measuring cups, spilling on the stove and in the oven. Then after spending two hours preparing a dish that the cookbook says you can prepare in 15 minutes, it takes about ten minutes to eat it, and then another two hours to clean up the mess. My wife never complained about doing all this, even when we had five kids at home. Apparently, I thought, she really likes to do all this work. But, to my surprise, I have discovered that she really hates to cook any more, and that all other retired women her age are in a conspiracy where they all hate to cook. Men are left in jeapordy unless they learn how to do something besides spread peanut butter.
If I could cook like Rachel Ray where, I am sure, some one else pre measures all the stuff in little bowls, so all she has to do is dump them together, and then clean up the mess, cooking would be a lark. As it is, I am actually having some fun hunting up recipes and trying them out. Thus, the Curmudgeonly Professor is adding a cooking component to his blog.
Here is my latest successful recipe: banana crumb muffins from allrecipes.com. Fantastic. The recipe says you can prep the recipe in 15 minutes. Took me more like an hour, but what do I know about cooking except you measure stuff, stir together, mix it, and then boil, fry, bake, or nuke? I think these recipes are copyrighted so I don't want to copy the recipe here, so look it up on allrecipes.com if you have a batch of overripe bananas. Oh, and I learned that when you thaw frozen bananas, you have a bunch of slimy bananas. But they make wonderful muffins.