There can only be one answer to that question: I did not make The List.
"What is The List?" you ask.
The List is the answer to all of my struggles with cooking. Before The List came into my life I was a disorganized cook at best, always stressing over what I could/should cook with my knowledge and ingredients on hand. Many times I would think, "Well, I could make a tuna casserole..." but lo and behold, I would have no tuna on hand. And a nothing-casserole just doesn't seem like it would do the job. Or I would have a wealth of ingredients on hand, but I didn't know what to do with them. Which would mean one of three possible things would transpire:
- I would have to run out to the grocery store to pick up that one item, say tuna, and come home instead with five items -- tuna, chips, peanut butter, cookies, and juice. This turned out to be both a waste of time and money.
- I would try to make something up, which had something like a 20% success rate. Not that great...
- I would give up entirely, hop in the car, and head out to eat.
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That, however, is just the beginning. I then take The List, and on the back I subdivide it into three categories: TJs (Trader Joe's), Mi Pueblo, and Lucky. Going through each day, I write down the ingredients I would need to make that meal that I don't already have at home. That way, when I go shopping, I know exactly what I need and where I can find it at.
But this week I failed. I did not make it. Instead, I just said, "It's OK, I will just make something with what I've got." But what I've got sounds like yuck. I don't want that. I want something else. Yet I don't have the ingredients for my something else. And I don't want to go to the store. Gee, I really should have my The List. I guess I will sit down, and get to work. It only takes ten minutes but saves me a week of agony, so why not?