I don’t know why, but I love to cook. Of course, I also love to eat, but I do love to cook. But I’m very picky about my cooking. Making spaghetti by boiling spaghetti noodles and adding a jar or can of pre-made pasta sauce isn’t cooking by my standards. Neither is making Hamburger Helper or boxed Mac & Cheese.
For me, cooking requires that I actually have to prepare ingredients for myself. That I have to take ingredients that although they could be eaten as is, would probably taste much better as something else. For example, canned tomato sauce is fine by itself I’m sure, but it makes spaghetti sauce or chili that much more enjoyable.
When I make chili, I don’t just brown a pound of hamburger, pour a can of tomato sauce in, dump a can of beans in, and drop a seasoning packet meant to make chili into the pot and wait for it to simmer for an hour or so. No, I brown the ground beef with minced garlic and chopped green pepper. I drain the meat mixture and add spices that I select myself – no pre-made seasoning packets. I add a can of crushed or diced tomatoes (either one) and a can of tomato sauce (the big cans). I add two cans of dark red kidney beans. I make my own chili.
I could take it a step further if I wanted and cook the beans myself, but the crushed/diced tomatoes and tomato sauce are out of my realm – at least for the time being.
*This post was brought to you by the crock-pot full of chili simmering in my kitchen and making me hungry.*