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    March 18, 2012

    Another string in my Cooking Bow*

    I had friends over for dinner tonight and GUESS WHAT! I MADE GOOD FOOD!

    All the props go to A'Dell, who quick-as-a-flash answered my OMG WHAT DO I FEED THESE PEOPLE email with "Enchiladas, DUH."

    See, I LOVE having people over and I LOVE doing stupid stuff like setting the table and setting out the good wine glasses (don't you have GOOD wine glasses?) but I am paralyzed by the cooking. I mean, I have improved over the married years and I now have a [short] repertoire of tasty-ish things I can make without totally screwing up. I think the fact that I don't particluarly ENJOY cooking makes me feel like my dinners aren't very good. I think I could devote an entire blog post to that theory, but I won't bore you (TODAY, anyway! HEH!) SO ANYWAY. The point is: I made food and people liked it! And I feel so proud of me!

    A'Dell recommended green enchiladas, a version of which I make every so often myself, so that was no biggie. But then she gave me this recipe for enchiladas with red sauce and this recipe for fajitas AND I MADE THOSE THINGS TOO. I KNOW. 

    So I didn't eat the red sauce one because 1) I am low carbing it and 2) I am not a fan of Red Sauce With Things In It. Because I am four. I know. Shameful! And I didn't even put onions in it because one of our guests is allergic to onions! While I just don't LIKE onions! But then he didn't even come! So! But everyone told me those were yummy so YAY. The green enchiladas I made with low carb tortillas and those were yummier than the ones I usually make. And the fajitas, which I ate tortilla-less, were REALLY yummy. That marinade is awesome. And there weren't any leftovers! I KNOW! 

    Is this blog post totally obnoxious? It just occurs to me that I sound super obnoxious. But PEOPLE. THIS IS HOW INSECURE I AM ABOUT MY COOKING!!!

    Also, people didn't leave till, like, NINE, so we are pretty much screwed for waking up in time for preschool tomorrow. Which isn't to say I was upset about people staying late. Oh no. I love it! People staying late is a sign that you have delivered a good time... oh, I am just adding to the obnoxiousness. 

    Okay, all I really wanted to do is give you those recipes. AS YOU WERE. 

    *Did anyone ever read those books with the dog named Zero? WHAT ARE THEY CALLED? I have to look it up. Just a second. THE BAGTHORPES!!! (Oh, that was a LOT of behind-the-scenes Googling, people. Yeesh.) I don't really remember anything about those books (besides the dog named Zero) except for where the kids are constantly adding "strings" to their "bows" and I use that expression ALL THE TIME. And only now does it occur to me that maybe other people do NOT use that expression. Hmm. 


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    But then she gave me this recipe for enchiladas with red sauce and this recipe for fajitas AND I MADE THOSE THINGS TOO. I KNOW.

    I just have to say that you and I are so alike. I love reading your blog because it makes me feel like I'm less of a weirdo. Not in a "you're totally weird like me" way, but in a "I'm not the only one!!" kind of way.

    I made enchiladas the other day too and they were really good. I will need to try these recipes now. I also put the leftover cream sauce from the pasta we had the night before in mine and it was such a good idea. But then again, what isn't good with the addition of cream?

    I hate cooking too. It's so haaard. And I'm naturally terrible at it. Thanks for the recipes!

    Maggie-I'm like this too. I don't enjoy cooking, and I'm kind of a picky eater anyway, so I'm totally insecure about anything I cook, even when people tell me they like it!

    I secretly LOVE cooking when its for my own family - which means just my husband and me because you know the preschoolers only eat mac n cheese or grilled cheese or just plain hunks of cheese.
    In theory I would really like to have people over for dinner parties but then I panic that I would completely fail at the cooking part...

    Which is all to say: Maggie, you are my hero.

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