Prep time

So this morning I made dinner in the crockpot (yeah Crem I know I know but you’re preaching to the choir here). Alto2’s Chicken Cacciatore.

I got to thinking about prep time. Typically, especially in “fix it fast” type cookbooks they list preparation time …

never, of course, taking my lifestyle into account.

  1. Ask Spouse if he can get the kids off to school
  2. Get out crockpot.
  3. Wash crockpot as Spouse didn’t do a good job last time it was washed.
  4. Yell at Chip to get his shoes on and let the dog out.
  5. Put presliced mushrooms into crockpot.
  6. slice onions and put in crockpot.
  7. Look for can openen.
  8. Find can opener in a drawer – but not the one it belongs in. (Housework done incorrectly still blesses your family — yeah right flylady).
  9. Tell Spouse he needs to go to the store to get garlic.
  10. Put plum tomatoes in crockpot. Get mental release by crushing the poor innocent tomatoes in my hand.
  11. Add basil, oregano, and fennel spices to crockpot.
  12. Remind Spouse to make Chip’s lunch.
  13. Help princess snap her jeans.
  14. Go to get chicken from downstairs fridge.
  15. Start a load of laundry as long as I’m in the basement.
  16. Look for kitchen shears – which are not in their assigned place.
  17. Rip open chicken
  18. Spouse is yelling at Princess to get her shoes on, go to look for Princess’ shoes, and find them — on her feet.
  19. Yell at Chip to let the dog out before he poops in the crate.
  20. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  21. Add chicken broth to crockpot.
  22. Say goodbye to family as they leave.
  23. Check recipe (which was upstairs the entire time)
  24. Call Spouse and tell him to pick up some tomato sauce while he’s at the store.
  25. Argue with spouse while looking for tomato sauce because he insists there is some in the house, and I insist there is not.
  26. Find pizza sauce, marinara sauce, tomato paste, and black beans.
  27. Realize I never made my lunch, figure “forget it I’ll go to the Jewish deli”
  28. Leave for work late.
  29. Get to work and find out the person I needed to meet with never showed up.


One response to “Prep time

  1. The beauty of the crockpot is that you can easily substitute what you have in the pantry. You could have used the marinara sauce and a little tomato paste. Ease up on the other salt and seasonings, add a wee bit more broth and maybe another can of tomatoes. How did it turn out?

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