the next food network star.

i am a bad cook.
in fact i would venture off to say that i don't even deserve a title with the word cook in it.
i am not a cook.
now with that said, can i confide in you a little bit?
the idea of not being able to cook stresses me out. a lot.
to be a great wife, you are suppose to be a great cook. am i right?
what kind of wife burns pre-cooked bread sticks anyway?
*eyes looking around shifty/guilty-like*

comparing yourself to others is like that "one step forward, two steps back" concept.
just when you think you are doing alright in something, you may see someone else doing
it better and it topples any self-esteem you just built up...plus some.
well that is a problem that i have even in my own house!

zachary is an in-freaking-credible cook.
put him in a kitchen and he is bound to amaze you every time.
i am not saying this because i am resentful about it by any means.
i actually really enjoy it.
he made me steak for valentine's day and for
the first time in my life, i didn't have to use steak sauce because it was that good!
my only frustration in this, is feeling like i can't make a meal
half as well as he can.
so...i am here to share with you a couple secrets.
i may not be a brilliant chef with 30+ years of experience like rachael ray and i may
not be able to make an appetizer, entree, and dessert in an hour
like bobby flay, but i sure can follow a recipe!
of course i love the food network.
who wouldn't love something that has millions of dollars invested into it,
for your entertainment?
but i just want to give credit where credit is deserved to two of my personal favorite  food
blogs that i believe are two of the best ones out there!

i don't even remember how i came across this blog.
i'm sure i was blog-stalking a friend {which friend, i can't even remember} and voila!
 i have been following it ever since.
they are really good at keeping up on their blog, which is nice.
especially when you are in the mood to try something new.
another plus is that they happen to be from my hometown!

this one is my very favorite!
the best part about it, is that this blog is actually run by my sister-in-law, nikki.
i think that we are on the same page a lot,
because she puts up recipes of things that
always look good to me.
in fact, last year when i was living on my own at utah state university,
i am pretty sure that this blog is what
kept me alive!...i'm being serious.
p.s. just for starters, try the wingers chicken recipe and the eclair cake.
you won't regret it!

i'm not sure that these opinions have much validation coming from someone who
just confessed how bad of a cook they are,
but i hope you will check these blogs out anyway!
i've realized that the hardest part of cooking is
knowing what to cook, so if you are anything like me,
they will help you out more than you can imagine.

also, if you have any recipes that you love and want to help a sista
out, please comment below with the recipe!
please and thank you.
good luck with your cooking adventures!

-the wife


  1. Oh wifey!!! I miss you so much! Ya gotta have a LOVE/hate relationship with how our boys cook! They get it from Val! Don't get me wrong I LOVE it but it does kinda put alot of pressure on you to make something, not just make it but for it to taste and look GOOD! I hope all is well and good luck with moving again! Post pics of the place! Love you!!

    p.s. Kloie says hi!

  2. i am sure you are a fantastic cook! I think as wives we put way to much pressure on ourselves and judge our selves to critically on our household tasks...and i have a husband that struggles at cooking spaghetti. And from what zach has said, he LOVES your cooking! So no need to stress it! And the best part is, you have eternity to practice! Also, I am glad you like my blog :) that made me so happy to read!

  3. Sorry it has taken me so long to get you this crazy easy crock pot chicken recipe!

    4 chicken breasts
    1 package of Italian dressing
    1/2 cup water

    Mix in crock pot and let cook on low for at least 4 hrs.

    30 - 45 minutes before you are going to eat add:

    1 can of "cream of" soup (I use cream of chicken)and
    1 package of cream cheese

    Serve over rice with your favorite veggie.

  4. Don't think that you have to be a good cook to be a good wife. There is no set requirement for a good wife other than love your husband (which I think you've got down pat). Don't beat yourself up or put all these expectations on yourself. By the way, I suck at cooking.

  5. Thank you for the words of encouragement! I really appreciate it girls. And thanks for that recipe coach. As soon as we are in out house, that's the first thing I'm going to make!


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