Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Your Cooking Habits Change When Your Husband Leaves You

Recently my husband left me and being faced with being single and alone I decided that my cooking habits should change a bit. I didn't want to spend a lot of money at the grocery and I certainly didn't want to spend hours in the kitchen making huge meals. So I emptied the contents of my pantry onto my kitchen island and took a quick inventory.

I made the command decision that I would only cook things that could be made with the ingredients on the island. After a few days of Pasta Roni, Corn Bread Muffins, and Grits I missed cooking. Cooking is what I do. The loneliness was beginning to set in and I wanted something to take my mind off the fact that my husband was gone, so I hit the Internet for a recipe. What could I make with zero fresh ingredients? Shortly after I settled into my search I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. I have never made homemade hush puppies and luckily I had and onion in the fridge. These "puppies" were delicious and just what I needed to get my cooking fix.

By the way, my husband didn't technically "leave me" leave me. We are moving home to New Orleans soon and he had a job opportunity that he needed to take in New Orleans before I could leave D.C. So I am living alone and cooking for one, but I am not exactly single ;-)

Hush Puppies

Adapted from Cooking Light April 2010

  • 4 cups of Peanut Oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

1. To prepare hush puppies, heat 4 cups of peanut oil to 385 degrees in a dutch oven. Lightly spoon 3/4 cup flour in dry measuring cups; level with a knife.

2. Combine 3/4 cup of flour and remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Mix ingredients together until incorporated.

3. Drop batter 1 tablespoonful at a time into pan; fry at 375° for 5 minutes or until browned, turning frequently.

Remove hush puppies from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Serve hot with butter.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe


cookingwithchristen said...

you had me worried there for you for a minute with the husband leaving business! Glad everything is good and you get to move back to NOLA!

Angie said...

DUDE. You had be scared for a minute!

Woody said...

I'm the Husband and I was nervous i left her for a second also.

I love hush puppies.

Cant wait to see you in a few days.


the husband

Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) said...

Definitely drooling for some hush puppies now!

The Chef In My Head said...

In the beginning of your story, I was thinking he's crazy, who else could possible cook for him like you? I can hardly wait for all the local inspiration you get being in NOLA (one of the greatest food places in the world). You did remember to tell him that if he really loves you, he won't eat crawfish until you are together again, right??? ~LeslieMichele

The Chef In My Head said...

In the beginning of your story, I was thinking he's crazy, who else could possible cook for him like you? I can hardly wait for all the local inspiration you get being in NOLA (one of the greatest food places in the world). You did remember to tell him that if he really loves you, he won't eat crawfish until you are together again, right??? ~LeslieMichele

Sush said...

I am so happy for you that ya'll are returning home! Missing home...The Big Easy myself, but I will only return for visits. Pretty entrenched in North Cackalacky now...! And yeah, I did scan down the posting in record time to make sure my suspicions were correct and you all are heading home! Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouller, cher!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Those hush puppies look great. I have to say, I eat alone a lot. My hubby works very strange hous and I often cant be bothered to make something fab and dirty up the kitchen just for me. I eat a lot of frozen food (ridiculous for a food blogger). I like what you did here. Great post.
*kisses* HH

Tupper Cooks! said...

Whew-good lead in- Woody, you're a lucky dude! Thanks for the hush puppy recipe-never see 'em up here north of the Mason-Dixon line, but having traveled a lot in the south I love them. Going to try these out ASAP.

Krista said...

Those puppies look deee-licious! Congrats on your move! How exciting! I hope your time apart goes quickly. My husband and I have needed to live apart a couple of times while he went ahead to start a job and I stayed behind to tie up loose ends and pack. I feel ya! Best wishes!

PonderandStitch said...

These look really good! And you know what? I don't think I've ever even tried one of these before!

teresa said...

phew, i was worried! these look wonderful! hope you have a quick reunion with your hubby!

chereemoore said...

my husband moved to chattanooga 7.5 weeks ago for a job while i stay in charlotte to sell our house. it is tough and it definitely changes how you cook. cooking for one has been a challenge for me + you don't get to share your meal. hope your move/transition goes well.

Linda said...

Congratulations on the upcoming move! My hubby had to be away from me 5 months before our house sold. During that time I endured Hurricane Rita by myself. :( It's all worth it in the end--good luck!

We love hushpuppies, and we eat them with butter too! I like your lightened version--maybe we can eat them with light butter ;)

Debbie said...

The hush puppies look so good. I love them with fish and crab cakes. From the start of your story it sounded like your husband had truly left you - whew!

Stephanie said...

Whew! You had me going there for a minute...thought your husband left you left you. glad that's not the case!! You are so better than me for cooking when your husband's out of town. For me it's sandwiches, wraps, ceral etc when he's gone.

Tiffany said...

oh dear! Think you frightened alot of people with your headline!

That food does like quite yummy.
I'm excited to read about your soon to be adventures in New Orleans again

Mark said...

OMG. I was freaking out for a minute...actually had to go back cause I stopped reading and was going to just leave a comment. That's when I found out your husband hadn't actually left you. My wife's aunt and best friend has, in the past two years, just gone through that situation and I was freaking out. I check your blog at least every other day and love your recipes. Hope all is well with your move and wish you and your HUSBAND the best on your move. Don't scare us like that again, BTW. :)

Alisa said...

You had me worried.This was my first visit to your blog to say hello and I was surprised by the first few lines.Im glad he's just away for work,he'd be crazy to let go of someone as wonderful as you:)I had to laugh when I read his comment :)

bluang3lbby said...

I have never had hushpuppies with butter before. Actually the other day when I ordered them, the waitress asked if I wanted butter to go along with them. But since I normally eat hushpuppies when I go to a seafood place, I have to dip them in tartar sauce. But sometimes honey mustard is good with hushpuppies to. Can't wait to see the inspirational recipes from New Orleans. I definitely miss the fresh ingredients from New Orleans.

Julie said...

Phew! You had me worried! I could certainly go for one of those hushpuppies right about now :)

Taylor said...

I love Hushpuppies! These look really yummy

Madelene Boudreaux said...

you really punked me good, I was dogging your husband and getting so sad for you! My kids were laughing at me, like you and I were really friends or something!! Glad to hear you will be back in NOLA!!

Jenny said...

I love the way you say "How your cooking habits change when your husband leaves you" =))

I've experienced this, I have more time on cooking and baking, I've enjoyed myself for being single anyway ^^

KitchenGoddess said...

Whew!! I was thinking what a terrible, terrible man for a second. You seem so sweet and your cooking is on point (not like cooking is a reason to marry or stay with someone). I am so jealous that you get to live in NO. I love the rich culture..oh, and the food.

Keep inspiring us with your post.

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Evil eye said...

Thats a great recipe. I am eagerly waiting for making it myself at home.

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