My name is Ethel and I’m not professionally trained–at least not in the culinary arts. Instead, I was forced to try my hand at cooking when my husband, Omar, and I moved to rural Indiana from the Washington, DC metro area in 2007. We only had access to fast food within a 15 mile radius of our house. Without the dining options we were used to in the city, I started cooking. We were in Indiana for four years and over that time, I tried my hand at many different cuisines and adventurous dishes. Before we knew it, we actually preferred eating in, rather than eating out.
We’ve moved back to the city life, but I’ve learned to love being in the kitchen. Our kitchen now is probably 1/10 of the size of the kitchen we had in Indiana (see the page “Our Kitchen” for pics), but most days, I try not to let a small kitchen get me down. I have a gas stove, a great chef’s knife and access to fantastic ingredients. I try new recipes I find in magazines, cookbooks, online or ones I make up. I try to keep it healthy, or at least healthier than eating out.
MY GOAL FOR EATING IN INSTEAD
My husband and I generally strive to eat in instead whenever we can in our daily lives. It helps us save money (so we can pay off student debt instead) and maintain a healthier diet. I try to make as much as I can from scratch within the time constraints of a day job and my local grocery stores. You’ll see that some creations are wonderful, others just mediocre. That is just the way it is with cooking and eating at home. Regardless, my darling husband (whom I often refer to as my “husbanders”) is always willing to taste, eat and clean up. Even if he’s lying, he always tells me he prefers eating in instead of dining out. Truth be told, we do eat out and you can see some of my favorite restaurants and my eating out logs under the “Eating Out“ link.
Want to contact me? Send me a note at eatingininstead [at] gmail [dot] com.
CREATURES I FEED
My dear husbander, Omar.
Our cats, Beed and Capties.