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My Mother, the Ultimate Prepper

October 21, 2011

I think that title says it all.

I’d be willing to bet my life that if asked her #1 cooking tip, my mom’s answer would be…

Prep!

Her fridge totally confirms my assumption.

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I spy the makings of shrimp tacos.

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And ready-to-heat-and-go rice.

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And salad dressing that’s ready to be poured.

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And either my mom has taken to drinking or she’s got Bourbon bread pudding ready to bake.

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Seriously though, my mom swears by prepping everything ahead of time.

Me?  I’ll read recipes through before I start cooking so I know to call Joey and make him chop an onion for later, otherwise I’m pretty much a “chop-as-you-go” kind of gal. 

I also don’t have a real job that keeps me from being home early enough to cook everything at once or a daughter and a husband who get rather cranky when dinner isn’t on the table at a certain time.  Oh hey, Beanie and Dad — yes, I’m talking about you two!

While I don’t get my prepping skills from my mom, I do get my love of cooking from her.  The excitement in her eyes as she told me about the menu she had planned for when Joey and I came over for dinner on Wednesday was totally something I can relate to. 

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Either she likes to cook, or I’m just really really fun. 

Or she shares my love of making fun of Joey.

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Good thing he’s a good sport 🙂

Happy Friday!

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Do you prep things ahead of time?

What’s your #1 cooking tip?

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2011 9:15 AM

    Haha man I wish I was that prepared with things like that!

  2. October 21, 2011 9:39 AM

    At first I thought your title said “my mother, the ultimate pepper.” LOL! I thought I was organized, but nothing compared to your mom’s mad prepping skills!!!! I need to up my game!

    • October 23, 2011 10:19 PM

      Ever since you said that, *I* keep thinking it says “ultimate pepper” ha ha.

  3. October 21, 2011 9:47 AM

    This made me smile because my mother is exactly the same!
    I’m kind of in the middle, I roughly prep what my dinners are going to be for the week but then my lunches are completely random 🙂

    • October 23, 2011 10:18 PM

      I like having the option to make random lunches 🙂

  4. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    October 21, 2011 11:03 AM

    I used to prep things when I had a really time consuming job, and I loved it! I only cooked once a week, and had food for the rest of the week.

    • October 23, 2011 10:18 PM

      That sounds like a major stress reliever/time saver.

  5. October 21, 2011 11:50 AM

    That is major prep! Great idea 🙂

  6. October 21, 2011 3:18 PM

    Ha wow I wish I was prepared like that… I need some tips! I get so tired of slicing and dicing sometimes, but I found if I do it while listening to music or something it is helpful 🙂

  7. October 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    I like prepping vegetables.. washing them all when bought and chopping them so they’re ready. Otherwise I often get lazy and just skip them. 😛

    • October 23, 2011 10:17 PM

      I started doing that last winter and even went so far as to roast them all right after I bought them but that crashed and burned 😛

  8. Sheila aka Mom permalink
    October 21, 2011 5:10 PM

    You’re absolutely right! I would say prepping is my #1 cooking tip. It makes me feel so much more in control when I’m making something I haven’t made a 100 times before or even if I have. I can just concentrate on what I’m cooking. And usually when I’m cooking there’s a few other people around distracting me — like putting in a stick of butter when I’m only supposed to put 2T in the hard sauce for the bread pudding. But then my #2 tip would be, you can never have too much butter, so no harm done.

  9. October 21, 2011 5:55 PM

    Haha that is awesome but no, I am not nearly patient or planned enough to prep in advance like that! I WISH I was. Probably saves her a lot of time! I do it when people are coming over for a meal so that I have to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen when they arrive, but not on regular days.

  10. October 21, 2011 6:28 PM

    I need to prep more often, but then I just find it takes the fun out of deciding what you’re going to eat the day of.

    • October 23, 2011 10:16 PM

      I think it’s mostly helpful if you’re busy and don’t have the time/energy to decide the day of.

  11. October 22, 2011 7:08 AM

    It all sounds really good 🙂

    I’m horrible at prep. It takes me like 1/2 hour to prep everything….if everything is even just onion/garlic/celery/carrots.

    Chinese food is especially hard for that reason!

    • October 23, 2011 10:15 PM

      Cutting onions and garlic is the bane of my existence!

  12. October 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    Haha, Joey is the best. 🙂

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