Because I am able to sit down at the table and eat a meal of normal proportions now, it dawned on me that I can actually start asking people over for dinner and enjoy the food myself also. For this reason, I have gotten out the well worn 25 year old edition of my Betty Crocker cookbook and very eagerly started looking up recipes.
This turned out to be a lot of fun and I ended up reading recipes of all sorts of categories and was re-educated in the process. It teaches you the most basic ones, like the recipes for baking all sorts of biscuits and cornbread. When I do have people over for a meal, I want to fix real American food to surprise their Dutch palates with.
Every meal that I plan to prepare, I am going to try out on the Exfactor first. I think his taste buds are discriminate enough to tell me if it's a good enough one. He likes to cook himself and does fix all sorts of things and is not afraid to try something new.
I think I know what I am going to prepare for the first meal, but I also realize that my kitchen is not yet equipped very well, so I am going to have to do something about that little by little. The first thing I will have to get is a good muffin pan and after that I will have to get a good rectangular glass baking dish, but that will be for the second meal.
My ambition for the first meal is to fix shrimp jambalaya, and let me tell you: I will be the one who enjoys eating that the most. I love any sort of rice dish and I do like something spicy with shrimp in it.
I think preparing a good meal at home is the next best thing to going out to a very decent restaurant. If you want food that really tastes good and is prepared well, you have to pay a price for it and you may as well save yourself some money and buy the ingredients and fix that meal at home. That does not mean that I don't enjoy going out to a restaurant and enjoying the ambiance and having someone else cook for me. It just isn't going to happen very often.