We didn't prepare meals at home often. The kitchen in our apartment was not exactly a dream kitchen. It was galley style with very limited cabinet and counter space and no dishwasher. The refrigerator was a twenty year old, single door model with a tiny freezer that had to be defrosted once a month. As much as I've always enjoyed cooking and baking, this kitchen did not exactly inspire me.
|This picture is on the website of the apartment complex |
we lived in. The size is the same, but our kitchen
had dark, faux wood cabinets and an older
refrigerator. What you see is what you get, opposite the
sink is a blank wall.
It wasn't just the kitchen that made culinary inspiration difficult, there was a lack of places to find inspiration. We take the internet and food channels on television for granted now, but at the time, you had to rely on cookbooks and magazines for recipes. Finding the perfect dish was a lot more time consuming. There was no function to search by ingredient other than the index at the back of the book, and, of course, you had to have the book in the first place.
Eventually, though, we started cooking at home more often. After a trip to an apple orchard, Mr. W and I had a pie bake-off to see who could make the tastiest apple pie (he won). Shortly after that we made homemade clover leaf rolls to take to Thanksgiving dinner. Little by little, we found ways to be creative in that small space.
Fast forward to today and cooking together is one of our favorite things to do. It's more than just a hobby, it's a passion. While other couples may have date night and go out for the evening, we enjoy spending our date night in our own kitchen. It's time spent together, talking, laughing, listening to music and creating food to share with family and friends. Our efforts are, more often than not, successful, but we've made a few duds along the way. We made some less than impressive empanadas (really bland) last week and an inedible Pad Thai the week before. Two bottles of sickeningly sweet homemade Limoncello await a palatable use, as well. The butterflied lobster tails, Thai shrimp, lemon glazed chicken scallopini, five cheese paninis, and chicken empanadas we've made recently more than make up for all of it, though.
In the very near future, we would like to share our cooking adventures on This Stop Willoughby. We'll be choosing dishes from random places all over the globe as well as putting our own riff on recipes from chefs right here in the U.S. They will, likely, be posted on Saturday or Sunday of each week. We hope to inspire you to cook with someone you love (or a perfect stranger if that's your thing). I hope you'll join us!
*If you attempt to click on the video for our wedding song in the wedding post I linked, you will find that it is no longer available. If you would still like to hear the song, you can click here for another youtube video.