Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Surviving the Kitchen in Any Month
by Debra H. Goldstein

Last week, Cheryl talked about comfort food. The concept amused me because I don’t think she would necessarily consider dark chocolate, pizza, and ice cream to fit that category on an ongoing basis. In our house, we’re not looking at comfort food – it’s more like survival.

Normally, if I cook more than two nights in a row, Joel wants to go out for dinner. The truth is we’ve been married thirty-six years and because of my attitude toward the kitchen added to my cooking skills, we’ve averaged eating out 18-21 meals a week.

Sarah Blair, the protagonist for my Sarah Blair series (One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many and the upcoming Three Treats Too Many) is me in disguise. The kitchen not only frightens me, but I find the things in it distasteful.

When I was getting married, my friends gave me a “Can She Identify What’s in the Box” kitchen shower. They didn’t stump me – I recognized the nutcracker and the garlic press; I just didn’t know how to use them. When I opened some beautiful floral paper plates and napkins, someone cracked, “Oh look, she got her good china.”

Once the kids were grown, Joel fell into a habit of getting up in the morning and taking our clothing to the cleaners before going to work. After a while, I noticed he was leaving the house far earlier than would be necessary. I checked him on “Find a Phone.” He was going to the cleaners, but then it was on to McDonald’s for breakfast and reading the newspaper. Shhh… don’t tell him I know. That’s five meals I don’t have to worry about.

April showers may bring May flowers, but they’ll never spark me to be in the kitchen. Do you like to cook? To win an e-book of One Taste Too Many, leave a comment as to whether you enjoy cooking, what your favorite kitchen appliance or tool is, and what your easiest dish to make is.

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