For when chaos erupts
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|Wed, 01-21-2009 - 12:52pm|
Maybe a child gets sick, or there's a sudden emergency at work that means you have had to bring home 3 or more hours of work you have to do that night, even though if folks had been on the ball it would have been easily handled a week ago...
Or maybe a relative calls saying she lost her job because there was a mess-up, and they needed a token fire, and who cares that she wasn't involved in the error-
and so I am running around, switching the contents of several upstairs rooms, preparing for my aunt (the one with CD) and her dog, who will, with 95% certainty, be arriving from Tennessee. We live in Iowa.
For others, it's easier. When there's a sudden emergency, time wise, or a longer period when they're extra busy, the fast-food places and the TV dinners have a bounty of choices.
We have to plan more.
Some of the items I talked about as being pantry essentials are quick-cook meals. The family's bean chili recipe is quick, even if I take extra steps than when Mom did it.
She used the dry onion flakes from the spice aisle, as well as the garlic powder. I always have onions and garlic, and since the chili uses a small amount I put the rest in the fridge or dice it all and put it in the freezer (unless I used what was in the fridge or freezer obviously). She dumped everything in the pot, I soften the onions and garlic in a touch of oil, add the spices, and then add the tomatoes and beans. I keep a mini bottle of wine in the fridge, usually, and add a few tablespoons since there are alcohol-soluable flavors in tomatoes you don't get without alcohol.
But for me, cooking is relaxing, it only adds a few minutes, and the depth of flavor is soothing afterwards.
We can't just open many cans of soup. I like the Thai Kitchen noodle bowls, but they serve one. But I keep some packages of Imagine tomato soup on hand, along with cans of roasted diced tomatoes and