February 23, 2007

Cook's Christmas in February

I don't think I've mentioned it here, but my LCB doesn't like to cook. She can, she's good at it, but she doesn't like it. I, on the other hand, LOVE to cook. And I'm continually making my family nervous with my latest / greatest experiment from the kitchen / lab.
One of the things I really like about being here in Maryland, is that last year I was able to keep an herb / vegetable garden just outside the kitchen window. Fresh peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, all just outside the door for the picking. As much as I loved living in California, I could never keep a plant alive there.
Well, my LCB, while she doesn't like to cook, does like to surprise me with new stuff for the kitchen. Honestly, if she didn't, I'd still be making pie crusts by hand with a pastry cutter. My LCB bought me a KitchenAid stand mixer, which I thought was just outrageously priced. But now I wouldn't want to be without it.
True to form, this weekend, she surprised me with two more items. She's a bit of a QVC fan. I can't watch the channel for very long at a clip, but she could watch it all day long. So, the other day I saw yet another QVC Package on the porch, and brought it in to her. She said "That's for you". (?) So opening it, I found she'd bought me a brand new Japanese Kohaishu chef's knife!

My chef's knife had lost it's edge a few months ago after 20 years of faithful service. (It's getting sharpened this weekend) But you know, in the kitchen, you can never have too many knives.
The second surprise just arrived this evening. Since it's not quite spring yet, never mind what the groundhog said, I'm still not able to plant my herb garden yet. It'll be another month or so. So to fill in the gaps, she bought me an AeroGarden Kitchen Herb Garden!

I haven't set it up yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so tomorrow. I'm quite anxious, because I haven't been able to snip any fresh oregano since Thanksgiving.
I really do have the best wife ever.


Mimi said...

You do indeed have a wonderful wife, Charles.

Hmm. Think I'll e-mail this to the Best Husband in the World and see if he gets the hint!

Lydia said...

Lucky you! Such wonderful gifts in the middle of winter. The gifts we receive for no reason at all are the best, aren't they? My husband surprised me last week with a new computer -- perhaps so I can blog faster.....

Freya said...

What a great post! And a lovely blog too!

Charles said...

mimi -- Good luck with that. I'm sure your husband is much better at hints than I am.

lydia -- Gifts for no reason really are the best. I have a very high regard for Christmas and Easter, but most of the other holidays I consider "Hallmark Holidays". Made up by the greeting card industry. I much prefer the spontaneity.

freya -- Thank you so much! I'm just getting started, so I'm sure there are more revisions on the way.

Mimi said...

Funny you should say that — revisions — it took me a while to find my voice when I started out. Last summer, I concentrated on getting the hang of blogging.

I like when food blogs are more than recipe blogs — and that's why this is such a good post. It gives you a glimpse of the person behind the food.