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April 12, 2010

Relationships can be difficult. You may love your partner, but sometimes when you don’t communicate well, fights can arise from misunderstandings or menial things.

You know what’s also difficult? Cooking with your partner.

Tyler chops apples for our almost-disastrous dinner.

Last night, Tyler and I decided to make dinner. I had a late night at work, so I told him I would not be home until 8 p.m. I know Tyler gets really hungry, so I asked if he would like to start dinner early so we wouldn’t have to eat late. So, as Tyler does, he got really excited and decided to go all out, finding recipes and going to the store and just being generally awesome and enthusiastic about the prospect of making dinner.

When I got home from work, I was under the impression that Tyler would be cooking. I still had homework to finish up and needed to be at my computer for the next three hours to update photos as The Maneater live blogged Columbia’s municipal elections and mayoral race. However, there was miscommunication – Tyler thought this was a joint effort; I thought he had it taken care of.

Tyler asked me to help, and I willingly accepted, although begrudgingly. I took care of the pork, thawing it and pan-frying it. However, I consistently undercook meat – it’s just something I don’t have a knack for. Tyler does. He told me the meat was undercooked and I needed to put it on the burner for longer. So, I complained that he wasn’t draining the bacon correctly. I got upset, he was mad, and we got in a tiff.

However, as making the meal went on, we got over it. We found our rhythm in the kitchen, as my kitchen is very small and there’s barely enough room for two people to be cooking. And once dinner was served, we were completely happy as the food was so good.

The moral of the story is that cooking with someone else isn’t easy. Last night, I learned that different people have their strengths and weaknesses in the kitchen. Tyler is great when it comes to cooking meat, but I have a knack for adding ingredients on the fly to improve recipes. You just have to realize that you’re both hungry, and if it’s 8 p.m., tired, and that just listening to each other is the best option, because, honestly, that pork was undercooked. Learn to work as a team in the kitchen, playing off of each other’s strong points and making one badass meal.

In conclusion, let me share you the recipes that made us so happy!

Apple Mashed Potatoes

Apple Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 bacon strips, diced (cook them crunchy, not wiggly)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk

1. Place the potatoes, apple and salt in a large saucepan; add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 12 minutes or until tender.

2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook bacon. Remove and place on paper towels.

3. Drain the potatoes and apples. Add butter, spices, sugar, milk and apple butter; mash until smooth. Top with bacon. Add cheese for flavor.

Peppered Pork with Chive Sauce

Peppered Pork with Chive Sauce

  • 4 boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 3 oz. package cream cheese with chives cut up

1. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with pepper, rubbing it lightly into the pork.

2. In a 10-inch skillet, cook pork in hot oil for 10 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

3. Remove pork and keep warm.

4. Carefully add the water to the hot skillet.

5. Add sherry (or broth) to skillet. Heat until bubbly, then add cream cheese. Whisk until melted and well-mixed.

6. Transfer warm pork to dinner plates. Top with cream cheese sauce and extra chives (optional).

7. Nom away.

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