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Skeen

Cod writes: "Can anyone explain this?"

Nope -- I can't.
I mean, I understand about the stress of dinner prep and all, but I don't understand the so-called appeal of this "Dream Dinners" concept. Sounds dire to me.

But what is it that has made Americans "uncomfortable in their kitchens," as the article puts it? I mean, it's a fact that people aren't cooking, don't like cooking, don't even bake their kids a goddamn birthday cake, etc. (NYT had a piece on this last week, I think -- and I can affirm based on personal observation.) Why? What's the phobia?

Skeen

Some further thoughts... Why does the NYT think that the Dream Dinners concept is not okay, but that buying a bag of prewashed, precut produce at Trader Joe's and a "simmer sauce" to glop over it IS okay? Is it the different demographics involved? (Like, soccermoms/suburbs, BAD, urbantwentysomethings, they're just like us!!)

Debra van Culiblog

Skeen's all over it!

Folks from all over are calling in to tell me that they use organic or 'good' stuff (they're not really calling in). But one woman's 'organic and local' is another woman's wilted. I don't know what to believe.

Since this is not a Mommyblog and since not very many Mommies like me anyway, I'll just come right out and say it: stay-at-home Mommies waste a lot 'o time. I have seen several stay at home Mommies take two hours to do things that don't really need to get done at all. The longest lunches I ever have in my life are consistently with stay-at-home Moms.

Still, no one has to LIKE cooking, and even a stay at home Mom can have their priorities up their asses I mean have different priorities.

I grew up in an extremely emancipated household with two working parents, and my mom, the non-cook, refused to let my dad, the EXCELLENT COOK WHO LOVETH TO COOK, do any week-time cooking. She had and still has this thing about doing the wifely in a very June Cleaver sort of way completely inappropriate to my dad's family's communist leanings and the fact that before marriage she had never seen a kitchen (no lie).

AND SHE WON'T LET THE MAN EAT KASHA FOR BREAKFAST NOW THAT HE'S RETIRED!

I don't get it. ('Because kasha smells like dirt!', she'd say)

Two hours for 12 different 'entrees' (gawd I hate that word in this context) does sound like asskikn tempo, I have to admit.

But it's a different cultchuh. This service is definitely not for the Jews.

Debra van Culiblog

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I love cooking. I grew up in an extremely emancipated household with two working parents, and my mom, the non-cook, refused to let my dad, the excellent cook who love to cook, do any week-time cooking.But there are some people who don't like cooking, don't even bake their kids a goddamn birthday cake, etc.

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