Friday, March 22, 2013
Only One Size
My wife knows how to cook. Lets get that straight.
There is a problem, however. She only knows how to cook in one size. That size is FULL. I don’t mean full because it is so good one eats too much. I mean full to the brim, edge of the bowl and top of the pot.
God bless her! She clearly takes after me in that recipes are overrated. One merely needs a recipe to suggest ingredients and quantities not dictate them. We cook by feel, look and smell. This is where the similarities end. I refuse to model her trait of misguided quantities.
If my wife pulls an 8 quart sauce pan for a batch of soup, you can darn sure bet there will be 7.9 quarts of soup to eat when the dinner bell rings. An 10” x 15” baking dish is no match for her Baked Ziti. That pasta and sauce are so happy they jump right out of the pan during baking. I keep trying to tell her that doubling the “recipe” while using the same recommended pan is simply not a good idea.
One might think that she did this once or twice as a beginner’s mistake. Nope. She told me that she just doesn’t like to see available space go unused. This, I’m afraid, is silly. We NEVER finish all the dish anyway. Leave the space alone. Get over your fears.
I’m asking for help. I simply want to help her recover from quantity abuse. We welcome your suggestions.
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace