Living like the Joneses. Ha!

In NoLa for our honeymoon

We’re everyday people, just another couple next door. We aren’t necessarily traditional. To be honest, we both have our own way of not blending in. Linz dons a crazy goatee and I like mixing and mis-matching my attire. Conventional we are not. Like most people we know, we are lucky enough to have steady jobs and steady bills. We often sacrifice what we want for what we need. We would love to vacation 6 months out of the year rather than squeeze our vacations into 4 weeks. We are, I guess, living the American dream.

We’re newlyweds still. We e-met in March 2008 and got married this last June. We are an eHarmony couple, even though we both doubted we would find someone we’d want to marry. Somehow we did and we know how lucky we are to have navigated to that website when did. We are a testament for all the cynics and naysayers out there, particularly ourselves.

home sweet homeThat’s just a little segue into this: we are not living lavishly. Our 2 bedroom condo is about 1,100 sf, which is a bit of a squeeze without being crammed. Our kitchen is a 10-foot long by 3-foot wide galley, not an awesome restaurant style kitchen, though we dream of one. But our little kitchen serves us just fine.

We both love food, preparing and eating it. Finding someone who enjoys cooking was a really big plus for both of us. When we planned our first date, we both agreed that cooking together sounded like an excellent plan. It would give us something to concentrate on other than the initial awkwardness of meeting for the first time. And so we did and have done ever since.

More often than not I will come up with a  menu of sorts and Linz will busy himself with all sous chef responsibilities. He dices and chops everything, he swears I’m not as adept at this task as he is-WHATEVA! And we both try to clean as we go. But there have been times when our little kitchen looks as if a search warrant had been served on the premises.

What I’m trying to say is that you don’t need a fancy setup to do some mad cooking in your kitchen. You don’t need a whole lot of appliances or equipment. The thing you DO need is a desire to try your hand at it and to see what magic you can whip up. So drop the excuses and get those pots out!

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