I’ll get back to my boring part 2 story continuation of yesterday’s post before the end of the week. Mark my words! But, I just saw on the front page of Google that today is Julia Child’s 100th Birthday (if she was alive)… and it made me want to drink my way through Europe… instead I’ll just do a food post in her honor. Part of the reason I now exclusively cook everything I eat is because of Julia. Approximately 3 years back I saw that movie, Julie and Julia about the chic who cooked her way through Julia Child’s ENTIRE cookbook… something like 524 recipes in 365 days… and she blogged about it. I would never want to take on such a task, but it did get my butt thinking about cooking actual real food. Before then, the only thing I ate were things you could throw in the microwave. Certainly nothing that would dirty a dish because that would require me to get actual exercise via washing dishes. To most people washing dishes would not be considered exercise… but when you be hefting 530 pounds around, standing, moving the arms, and breathing like a clogged up leaf blower, it’s exercise. I’d always break a sweat doing any sort of extra movement back in them days. But, my most favorite staple back then… fast food. The more oil and grease and fat blobules, the better. I’ll take a lard burger with extra lard sauce and a side of lard sticks, please… make that 3.
I didn’t think about calories… I did not own a food scale… I did not measure anything in a measuring cup. I had a brown paper bag or a square pizza-sized box… and I had TV dinners in the freezer for my “snacks.” On occasion I’d make toast and eggs… but that was the extent to my cooking. I guess when you have to exert so much energy to do anything, cooking every meal is a nonoption.
So, I started cooking… and most of the time I suck… a lot of my recipes turn out hideous… but I keep doing it because it is better for me and I can control what I put into my food. I know calories inside and out. I weigh almost everything that goes into my mouth on a food scale. And measuring utensils are now my best friends. I have to say that there are glimpses of times that I actually enjoy cooking now. Not all the time, mind you… but I can eat more when I cook for myself… because I control the calorie amount… and I have always been about quantity of food. I hate feeling deprived. It makes me feel claustrophobic. I still have a lot to learn in the cooking department, but Julia would be proud of my progress. I just gotta start drinking! 😛
That said, no I’m not offering anything Julia Child related for the giveaway… but I am offering one of my favorite calorizing cookbooks… a book all about desserts.
I have my own copy, but I have TWO extras that I’m totes giving away to 2 of you lucky winners out there… a thank you from me to you for reading and sticking with this ole chic. I may not always agree with the Biggest Loser’s methods, but these recipes (at least the ones I’ve tried) are mighty tastee… good on calorizing terms… and hit you in the sweet tooth! That’s right! What do you need to do to get one? It will be by random draw, but there are 2 ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite cookbook or famous TV cook/chef.
2. Click on my Facebook page on the right side of this blog, like the page, and leave a comment. If you’ve already liked it, just leave a comment.
You will get one name entry per thing you do… up to 2 entrants. I will announce the winner on Monday, August 27th… yes, that’s a week and a half y’all! I’m about to be gone next week… these things happen!
Question of the Day: Do you enjoy cooking? Have you seen Julie and Julia?