Perhaps the nadir of my cooking experience was reached when I combined all of my ingredients into a tamale burger. Jim bit into it and it was so horrible he threw it against the wall and I swear it bounced.
Fast forward to 2014
"I can't eat any more of this vegan (swear word)," Jim snorted a few weeks ago, "I am going to revolt and take up the cave man diet if I see one more meal of it." Unbelievably, there is such a diet! see here
"You cook like you make art," said by Jim, either when I bomb or do great, so both a compliment and a dig.
I can't remember the last year or decade when I browned ground beef. The other night I made chili and I put Trader Joe's Tempeh (soy) into it instead. Most of the time I use a small food processor and a microwave to make a meal. I cook all of my pasta and rice in the microwave, just as one example of this change. I sold my fancy china on ebay about a decade ago because I couldn't put it in the microwave or the dishwasher. I looked at what good restaurants use as china, discovered the Vertex brand, and bought it online on ebay where a Fire Department was selling it off. It has been great and we use it for every meal.
I got rid of the stainless, put my sterling silver flatware into the kitchen drawer and we have used it for every meal since then (no more bleaching it though). It too goes right into the dishwasher. We also can now make coffee one cup at a time using the same coffee as used in the best coffeehouses. My iPad is in use as well, either to help out or to just entertain me.
Jim: "I want to go back to regular popcorn. I don't like it in the microwave. Pick me up some at Walmart when you go."
To my amazement I find him seasoning his popcorn pot in the oven with oil when I get back with the popcorn. And son of a gun, I hate to admit it, it is better made on the range.
However, I add Nutritional Yeast (a vegan seasoning) as a topping to mine while Jim gazes in disbelief. It is actually excellent on it. A month later I catch him sneaking it onto his own popcorn, hoping to keep it secret from me. 1969 just met 2014.