Dear Mouthy Housewives,
It’s summer and whatever energy that I had to cook in the cooler months has evaporated. How many nights a week is it acceptable to order take out?
Are you supposed to cook during the non-Summer months? That’s news to me, but then again I’m on a first name basis with every pimply faced pizza delivery guy in the Southwest region. In fact, last year I was even invited to three proms, mostly because I’m a good tipper and never complain when the pizza box smells like Mountain Dew and weed. (Plus I look fabulous in taffeta.)
But let’s talk about this “cooking” thing you speak of. I have to admit, it’s an intriguing concept.
Now, it’s completely understandable that when the temperature gets over 90, the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove. And for that reason, I say go ahead and order take-out at least a couple of times a week. However, in the interest of your budget, your waistline and your children becoming wards of the state because their blood-Mu Shu Pork content is .5%, it’s probably good to aim for at least three or four homecooked meals a week, too. (Did anyone get that one? Blood-alcohol = blood-MuShu pork? Or should I go lie down for a bit?)
One easy way to do avoid the stove is to find some tasty no-cook recipes like the ones here and here. Or make something well balanced and simple like whole wheat peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for dinner. Or even better, just send your significant other outside to BBQ a couple of steaks on the grill while you stay inside cutting up a watermelon and making sweet, frigid love to an industrial-sized box fan.
Ahhhh! I feel cooler already, don’t you?