Real women cook meatloaf

13 Jan

Well, I don’t. But you can substitute meatloaf with meatballs, hamburgers or chili. The point is, real women cook real food.

Women on TV and in movies sit firmly in one of two categories–gourmet chef or kitchen disaster. They either burn water or cook meals so elaborate that most women feel inferior because they cannot live up to the imaginary standard. But the truth of the matter is, more women cook like Roseanne Conner than Monica Geller. And that’s OK. Roasted chicken with mango chutney and carmelized onions, parmesan-crusted potatoes and grapefruit smoothies is not a normal meal. Chicken cutlets, applesauce and iced tea is a normal meal for most people.

The fact that you can’t cook to perfection or cook gourmet style should not inhibit you at all from trying to cook. The fact that your meals do not look like a spread fit for Martha Stewart Living is acceptable. What you see on TV or in the movies is not real! So, please, do not think for one minute that anyone you cook for will not appreciate a homemade meal, even if it’s served on mismatched plates and is not taken from Rachael Ray’s greatest hits. Do not think for one minute that grasping the basic fundamentals of cooking is beyond your grasp. Do not think for one minute that what you see on TV or in the movies is in any way, shape or form, a reflection of most women’s normal reality. 

The reality of normal women’s lives is that we spend our lives on a budget. We budget our money, our calories, our time. How we choose to cook is a reflection of that. While occasionally we may cook a special meal or try something fancy, our every day menus contain simple foods like casseroles, chili, and pancakes.  And again, that’s OK. The fact that you cook simple, tasty and nutritious foods should not embarrass you. It should empower you! 

Thomas Wolfe once said “There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves”.  He didn’t specify how fancy that dinner needed to be.

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6 Responses to “Real women cook meatloaf”

  1. Stan January 14, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Great Article!!

    • janalynch January 14, 2010 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks, Stan. I appreciate it.

  2. FranticWoman January 15, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Great post! Good (and spot on) observations! I was watching Bree on Desparate Housewives the other night and thought about how ALL her meals were spectacular. I was like “Does she ever just make chili?” Sometimes we really just do want simple yet tasty dishes. I dont want gourmet everyday to eat so why would I cook it?

    I would cook more too if I didnt have to clean up – I avoid some dishes just because they dirty the kitchen up too much.

  3. stephb January 18, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    i make casseroles all the time. they are fast, make enough for leftovers, and fit our budget! i would break the bank trying to cook like giada or ina every day. thanks for this post!

    • janalynch January 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

      i love casseroles, too! i love how they’re dinner for at least 2 nights as well as lunch for a day or two. and they’re so easy to make!

  4. Heidi January 22, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I love this post. It is so true. I don’t make meatloaf, but simple food is the norm at my house.

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