If you’re looking to live a more greener, organic life, Daphne of A Greener Biener is the girl to emulate. Luckily for us, she took a break from growing tomatoes and making jam to be a guest Mouthy Housewife. She was also a sorority sister of mine so if you’re really nice, we’ll teach you the secret handshake. – Kelcey
Dear Mouthy Housewives,
If you’ll allow me to start with boasting, let me say I am a very talented home cook. The problems is that I taste test so much of the food as I’m cooking that I’m never hungry by the time the meal is on the table. Not only is it a let down to my taste buds to eat when full, but it’s no friend to my waistline either. I have no idea how all of the Food Network chefs manage to not nibble while cooking. Do you have any advice of how I could stop this bad cooking habit?
Just Too Finger Lickin’ Good
Dear Finger Lickin’,
Hats off to you, girl. I like a self-possessed woman who can take credit for her strengths. If you’re telling me that you are a talented home cook, I have no doubt you are indeed tomorrow’s next Top Chef.
The problem here, however, doesn’t seem to be the provision of quality meals for your family. (I’m assuming that some of the food actually makes it to the table for your family? Or are you scarfing down the good stuff and throwing out a bowl of cheerios for them?)
Tasting is an important part of creating in the kitchen. That being said, you won’t be able to lift that ladle if you insist on snacking your way through the process. You mentioned that the chefs on the Food Network never nibble while they cook. So I think the obvious solution is to hire a neighborhood kid to film you every day while you make dinner (tell her you’ll kick in a couple extra bucks if she also does your hair and make-up). Once the camera is rolling, you’ll be too self-conscious to keep up your snacking habit.
Of course, once you tire of being an imaginary Food Network star, you’ll need a different solution. Just like we should never enter the supermarket on an empty stomach, perhaps you should not confront the stove in your weakened state. Does Happy Hour coincide with cooking time at your house? Why not sip a glass of wine while you stir the pot? Or peel an extra carrot while preparing the salads, then munch away. You’ll feel satisfied and your appetite should still be intact for the dinner table.
Feel free to check the flavor and toss in a little salt, but leave the rest for the table. This is where the good stuff happens anyway. Showing your children that you’ve got a handle on how to eat right is the best way to promote healthy eating habits in them.
Trust yourself; we’ve established that you’re a good cook. So don’t go licking the bowl clean trying to prove it. Here’s what you do if you can’t get control of that wandering tongue — act like a Queen: claim paranoia and hire yourself a royal food taster.
Daphne, Guest TMH