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I like cooking and I like eating good food.  I also have a job that takes up a lot of my time.

When I get home from work on an average day, two possibilities confront me.  First, I could order food – Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, or Italian restaurants offering takeout are only a few minutes’ walk away.  By taking this option, I can be eating a reasonably tasty meal within half an hour, and when I’m done, my kitchen is still clean.  It’s a fine option for any given night.

But ordering food creates a few problems.  First, I don’t get to cook.  As I hinted before, cooking is a hobby of mine.  I’m someone who really doesn’t practice any other art form, so making delicious meals and tweaking spices just so are my creative outlets.  Sure, I can cook on the weekends, but that really isn’t enough.  Second, takeout meals aren’t usually that healthy.  There’s a reason burritos or General Tso’s chicken or pad thai are pretty tasty, and I always feel a bit more sluggish the day after stuffing myself with a meal involving healthy doses of delicious, delicious fats.  Third, there’s the financial considerations.  I don’t really eat fast food, and man cannot live on $1.69 pastor tacos alone, as delicious as they may be.  A reasonably interesting takeout meal averages about $10-15 per person in the city, while a home-cooked meal can be exquisite at half the price.  Not really a big deal, but it adds up.  And finally, takeout food is collectively boring, and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when convenience is a primary driver of food choices.

This blog is documentation of my desire to cook while working as a professional.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to chronicle the struggle of cooking on a limited time budget as well as keep track of some recipes that are fast yet tasty.

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