Originally Posted by sparrowgrass
Clean as you go. Run a sink full of hot soapy water, put all utensils, measuring spoons and cups in the soapy water as soon as you use them. Wash them while you wait for the pan to get hot or the water to boil. After you use the flour or milk or cumin, put the top back on, and put it right back in the cupboard or fridge.
By the time my meal is ready for the table, the only things left to be washed are the pots and pans I used to cook in, and they are in the sink soaking. The counter and stove are wiped down, all ingredients are put away.
That's exactly the way I cook, Sparrow, and it was my mom who taught me.
My husband does a lot of our cooking, but he doesn't follow that rule.
When I can, I follow him around and clean up after him. He is so good to me, I can't complain about him being a little messy.
That's something else my mom taught me. When you have a good man, don't gripe about the small things.