It is fun having both spouses who can both cook and who make efforts to cook. Sometimes recipes are shared, food secrets, ingredients are exchanged, and many others. This is what I share with my husband. It is somewhat a blessing to have someone who loves cooking and does a great job at it. This comes in handy when you are not in the mood to be a kitchen ninja.
My husband comes from a long line of food lovers and cooks. But my husband is also a kitchen bully. This is just in his makeup – his mom is one, and his aunts share the same characteristic. Unfortunately, he grew up in a loud, large Italian family (his mom was one of 11 kids) in upstate New York. They are also in the diner business—typical kitchen bully. So my husband thinks he knows everything about the kitchen. He can show off since he is cooking most of the time (which is fine by me so long as he is the one cooking). But if I am cooking, I do not need a critique along the way.
The one thing we always argue about is parchment. He insists it is the only way to cook vegetables. No stick, no cleanup. He just yelled out, “always use parchment when you’re roasting veg. clean up is easy, and they crisp up better.” I always forget and would have to soak the roasting pan overnight to be able to clean up the caramelized bits that were stuck on.
But now, it’s been about 18 years of hearing the rule, and I have finally caught on. So I guess I ultimately agree that it is the right way to toast.
Do you agree too?
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