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I too LOVE cooking--it is really my only hobby!--and it's frustrating to come home from work to a hungry family who wants to eat NOW...this situation often leads to pizza even though I have an obscenely well stocked fridge for scratch cooking.
What I try to do is plan as much in advance and prep as much as I can in advance (i.e. on the weekends or days when I'm at home). Lately I've been really into freezing things. I got an awesome book from the library called Fix, Freeze, Feast by Katy Neville. It's got recipes for using warehouse sized packages of meat, cheese, etc. and then making up whole entrees that you freeze to cook later (along the lines of those dinner assembly places). You have to remember to thaw the night before, though, that's the only downside.
I also try to prep as many ingredients as I can in advance--for example on Sunday I'll chop up three pounds of onions and put them in the freezer, same with peppers, etc. Then I can more easily cook say a RR recipe (I agree the prep work is often the deal breaker there for me, as well!) in 30 minutes or less since I don't have to do all of the chopping.
Robin ******'s recipes are also pretty good for prepping in advance and are quick to actually cook.
I also have been buying whole chickens and cooking them to use the meat later; I keep it shredded in the freezer.
Sarah, with 3.5 yo DD Charlotte + brand new baby Eleanor Jane April 28, 2010