I hope you all got at least a little laugh out of the title of this post. I’ve never had much of a knack for cooking or baking- or housework of really any sort. Part of it probably is that I’ve never really tried- call me lazy- but I love me some take-out. I figure, leave it to the professionals, right?!
I’ve never really had any desire to be good at cooking or baking- only really the eating part (I’m realllllly good at that). But once I became a married woman that all changed. My number of pinterest boards doubled- with boards like “House–> Home” and “To make the Tummy Happy” and “Bathroom Ideas”….it just kinda, happened! I now have this desire to be a “domestic goddess” of sorts- but I have a long way to go
I’ve always been a creative person- and with that comes an appreciation of all things lovely and yummy- I just didn’t get that talent necessary to magically make things tasty! My creativity mostly centers around decor and prettiness…and stops when you get to the kitchen!
When Joey and I first started dating, I was immediately impressed by his culinary skills. On our third or fourth date- he made me “Tequila Shrimp”- it was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It wasn’t until our second or third month of dating that I finally cooked for HIM. I think I made some kind of pasta- which ended up being okay- but no match for his spicy and tasty Tequila Shrimp. I think it was then that I decided I needed to work on my skills- I wanted to impress him as he had impressed me! So since then, I’ve experimented with a variety of dishes- mostly things found on pinterest…Joey is always a very gracious receiver and eater of my meals- but I know for sure I have a ways to go before reaching “domestic goddess” status!
Well with some new found free time while here in Colombia, I’ve decided to make it a goal to work on my culinary skills- I’ve perused lots of cooking blogs through pinterest- and I have no shortage of recipes to try. Yesterday Joey told me he was craving some sort of chicken stew- so to the boards I went!
While pinteresting- I stumbled upon Ali Ebright’s blog : Gimme Some Oven. Talk about a wealth of yummy material! I found the perfect recipe for a hearty, healthy, and tasty chicken stew!
It was a bit of a challenge grocery shopping for our meal- because there are some things that the grocery store here doesn’t carry- but I used my noggin to think of a couple different substitutes, and I happy with the result! And I think Joey was too!
Check out Ali’s blog post on the Tomato Basil Chicken Stew – for the recipe! I couldn’t find any canned cannelinni beans at our grocery store- so I substituted some canned corn. I also added a cup of chicken broth to make it a bit more soupy! The recipe is PERFECT for chilly winter days- and with a baguette on the sideThe final photo is one from leftovers I ate just a few minutes ago- so not as pretty a spread as when we ate last night- but it was too good to wait and take a picture!