Thursday, July 26, 2012

What will they eat?

by Julie Hyzy

Today I'm in Muncie, Indiana leading a workshop on Writing the Cozy Mystery. I'm thrilled to be part of the Midwest Writers Workshop this year and I'm loving the opportunity to talk writing - both the craft and business side - over the next few days. You know what's really exciting, though? I'm not in charge of food - the workshop provides all that. Woo-hoo! Love it when someone else is cooking!

While I'm gone, my husband and one daughter will be left to their own devices with regard to food. Oh boy. My husband doesn't cook. He doesn't even grill. We've tried several times. It's bad. Inside is no better. Whenever I've been out of town before (and the kids were much younger) I've come home to hear stories about how Dad served only Tater Tots and ice cream.

The only daughter home this time is 20 years old (and vegetarian). You'd think she'd be adept in the kitchen. Not so much. She'd much rather be out having fun filming her home-made Superhero movie.      Here's an action shot --->

Although she's a Dean's List student and has plenty of academic achievements to her name, she's a goofball when it comes to cooking. We still talk about the time she mistook flour for powdered sugar when making frosting. Blech! And the time she thought that 2 1/4 cups flour meant two one-quarter cups. She brought me the recipe and asked, "Why don't they just say a half cup, then?" Yeah, she's *that* bad. But we love her anyway.

I'll be gone until Sunday and when I get home I won't be in any mood to cook. We'll go out. No question about that (evil laugh). What I'm most interested in is how the two of them will manage food-wise while I'm gone. Will they starve? Definitely not. But I'm sure they'll have lots of interesting survival stories for me when I finally get home.

Are you the main chef in your family? What happens when you take time off from the kitchen? And do you have any suggestions for my hungry husband and daughter as they scavenge through our leftovers?


NoraA said...

Thankfully my partner and I both cook. I do most of the meals because she works.
All four of our children (including the boys)were taught to cook which is a very good thing since one of our DIL's either can't or doesn't have interest in cooking.

Debra said...

Hubby is a good cook but I have always preferred to cook rather than grocery shop, I do most of it for us. My son was taught to cook early on, because even as a little boy,he cared deeply about his meals. He makes a really good brisket.

Jody said...

So lucky my husband cooks & and likes to do it. I did it all when he worked full time. Now he does most of it. He's been grilling a lot this summer because it doesn't heat up the kitchen.
On the other hand, one daughter had to learn to cook after her husband, who was the cook in the family, had to spend a lot of time on the road for his job. She does pretty well now. The other daughter can boil water & put frozen meals in the microwave. That's about it. Sigh.

Dash Interiors said...

What a cute blog! LOVE! Thank you for sharing so excited I found you!

Linda McDonald said...

Tator tots and ice cream sound fine to me. Is that wrong? :) Yes, I'm the main chef in the family. If I'm away I think my hubby makes peanut butter sandwiches or goes to the local mexican place for a carne asada burrito.

Julie Hyzy said...

Nora - Smart move teaching them all to cook! I just assumed my girls would enjoy cooking. Two of them do. The youngest, not so much :::grin:::

Debra - I love brisket. Can we borrow him? LOL

Jody - How nice that your husband cooks! That's got to be fun.

Ashlee - Thanks for visiting!

LOL Linda - your husband sounds just like mine. I left him some dinner and found out he picked up fried chicken on the way home tonight. Totally forgot he had something waiting for him. Sheesh!

Aurian said...

Lol, I do most of the cooking, as my boyfriend starts working at 4 in the afternoon. But when he cooks in the weekends, he makes such a mess of the kitchen, I really do prefer doing it myself. Also, he is way too stingy with the salt.

Dru said...

I know all the numbers I need to order take-out.

Jeanne Lowery Meeks said...

Hi Julie, Is a transcript of "How to Write a Cozy" available?? Sorry I missed Muncie.
In self-defense, my husband learned how to put a pork chop under the broiler. He got tired of cereal for dinner when I was out of town.

Linda in MA said...

My husband is the better cook. I like to bake but really have no interest in making meals. Both my son and my daughter know how to cook and it's interesting to see what they will tackle. Very creative young people!

Susan L said...

My husband and I trade-off on the cooking duties. He's better at breakfast and making something by finding ingredients (without a recipe). My without-a-recipe efforts are a scary science experiment gone wrong. I do better at tweaking a recipe, though. Little bit shows great interest in planning meals at age 2.

Julie Hyzy said...

Aurian - I'm the one usually making a mess of the kitchen LOL I try my best to clean as I go but --sigh-- it never seems to work!

Dru- Smart woman!

Jeanne - I don't believe they taped the sessions :(

Linda - that's wonderful! I would love it if my family took a more active role in cooking meals. I'd happily step aside here and there. They do enjoy baking though, so I guess I can't complain.

Susan - how fun! I sometimes pull ingredients together just to see what I can come up with. We've had some very interesting "Julie's surprises" over the years. A few hits, and a lot of great stories around the misses!