OK, I have a confession. My home is where perfectly good produce goes to die. Not death by roasting, steaming, frying, or chewing—but by indifference and neglect. Oh I am not saying all the produce is ignored at my house, but sadly an embarrassingly large percentage of it is.
That brings me to my next confession . I am an avowed foodie and lover of all things fresh and delicious…yet I find it tremendously difficult to actually prepare healthy meals on an every day basis. I have dozens of cookbooks. Beautiful kitchen tools–In fact I have a beautiful kitchen. Give me a crowd of adoring guests and I will happily slice, dice and roast for a week straight in anticipation. It’s the day to day cooking that I seem to be incapable of mustering up the enthusiasm for. When my girls were young, I could complain that they were too picky and preferred Kraft Dinner or Tater Tot Casserole. The truth is, I never feel like cooking for the everyday crowd. I have developed the habit of over complicating the process. 6 ingredients? Why when you can have 15? Follow a recipe? Why when you can make one up? Plan ahead? Nope. I stock the pantry with staples and fresh food that is on sale or in season. Sounds perfectly sensible. I can even concoct a pretty tasty creation out of bit and pieces in a pinch. The truth is–I want to eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t get me wrong. I love vegetables and most fruit. I just love cookies more.
THIS IS WHY MY PRODUCE ROTS!
It’s my truth and I am just putting it out there. I am a COOKIE MONSTER. Now is the time to tame my monster and be a kinder, gentler custodian of all the precious produce that is carried into my home and treat it to the grace and dignity it deserves. I am off to hone my chef’s knife and fire up the oven.