When Debbie asked me to guest blog here I immediately said yes. And then regretted it. She has a FOOD blog. How can I fake being a foodie? Have I cooked anything worth mentioning recently? No.
I used to be a foodie though. Can I fake it?
At first, I considered using a story from back before my husband and I had kids. We threw elaborate dinner parties. We did. We’d print up menus. We’d discuss wine pairing at length. Back then, we began cooking days in advance.
I figure I could even drop in food nerd terms like “making a roux” so it seems like I know what I’m talking about still. But I don’t. I don’t even remember what that is exactly. I’m sorry, I just can’t fake this.
Instead, I’ll just admit defeat and give you a drawing of what planning for one of our elaborate dinner parties was like before we had kids:
And now, what planning for one of our “elaborate” dinner parties is like, after having kids:
And it isn’t just dinner parties. It is nearly every night for dinner. Who has the time?
And well, this is why Debbie wrote her cookbook for me. For ME!
Okay, for me and all the other millions of parents who have vague recollections of eating well once upon a time. But mostly for me.
If you have ever forgotten to turn on the oven* due to sleep deprivation, you need this cookbook.
*To be clear, some of Debbie’s recipes involve turning on an oven. Probably several. But you can do it! She will help you!
PS – For my readers who are new here: Debbie wrote a cookbook called Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents which will be available February, 2012. It will help you eat stuff other than the rejected crusts of your child’s sandwiches! What, you don’t do that?