One of the art forms I’ve been the least enthusiastic about delving into is also probably the most useful: cooking.
I’m a terrible cook. Once, I messed up macaroni and cheese from a box.
But it’s occurred to me recently that I spend an obscene amount of money on eating out. I don’t go to fancy places; some days I’ll hit up Subway and just eat half a sandwich for lunch and the other half for dinner. But these visits add up, too, and even though it’s convenient, I just can’t justify the expense anymore.
So I’m finally starting to cook.
But at this point, if we’re sticking with the art analogy, I’m definitely just doing paint by numbers. I still really don’t understand how flavors work (or don’t), so I pretty much stick to my rigid recipes.
Even that isn’t always as easy as it probably should be, though. I can’t seem to get through a meal without some sort of crisis.
The other day, for example, I made lasagna for the first time (I told you — I do not cook). I got it all prepared and popped it in the oven before realizing I didn’t cook the noodles.
Do you have to cook the noodles? I don’t know. My frantic Google search for the answer was inconclusive. Something about no-cook noodles, or maybe if you bake it longer or use more sauce it’ll be OK. … It was just too much.
After worrying about it for the entire hour and 15 minutes it was in the oven, I’m pleased to inform you that you definitely don’t need to cook the noodles beforehand, no matter what Yahoo Answers tells you. Phew.
Always an adventure, but I think it’s worth it to have more money to spend on art you don’t eat.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes holidays actually make my work week more difficult. Cramming five days’ worth of work into four days is draining. The best thing for you this Friday night is a drink (or two, or three) at Rivers Restaurant with some live music from Valle Musico. From 8:30-11:30 p.m., listen to some elegant guitar-based music with jazz, classical, Latin and worldbeat music influences — for no cover. Can’t beat that.
All week long, world-renowned New York City choreographer Molissa Fenley has been an artist in residence with Dance Initiative at the Launchpad in Carbondale. Her residency culminates in a performance from 6:30-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Launchpad. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.danceinitiative.org. Get your tickets fast; there’s limited space.
One Moment, a nonprofit organization that offers support to families affected by pregnancy and early infant loss, is sponsoring its third annual Walk For Hope from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. The event is a remembrance ceremony and walk. Registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for children, including a T-shirt. Children are free if they opt not to get a T-shirt, and infant onesies are $15. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.one-moment.org.
Jessica Cabe is really good at making Maruchan ramen noodles. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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