having two avid cooks/bakers in one kitchen can be chaotic. usually, it's one or the other who's puttering in front of the stove. i tend to read while dw puts together a meal, and he in turn, tries to help me when i take on the duties but as he once told me, i'm usually blissfully unaware of anything and everything around me while i'm measuring and/or stirring.
it's not that i think of cooking as a solitary activity, it's just that i haven't learned to cook with anyone. also, it's a different style approach. dw talks out loud, he likes to have all the dishes washed & put away, have everything mise en place before he even turns on the stove/oven. me? i prep to a certain point, get bored and then go full speed ahead (if rachael ray and giada di laurentiis can do, damnit, so can i!). i am also capable of working with a full sink of dirty dishes & a minuscule amount of counter top space. yes, i've gotten burned, burned food and well, i see the benefit of doing it dw style, but i still prefer my method.
there's nothing wrong with either of our styles... unless both methods are being utilized in one kitchen. when i made this buckle for a dinner with friends in DC, he was in the midst of cleaning up the kitchen AND trying to come up with a dish for another dinner with another set of friends, locally. i was trudging along like no one else was in the space with me, while he was trying to accommodate my erratic movements and early morning stupor. at the time we were short on temper but now looking back, i can only roll my eyes. how many people can truly say they can cook & bake with their darling loves??
recipe adapted from food librarian, originally from the LA Times. i added red raspberries to the crumble top, because why not?