Episode8 – Making and Eating Dinner, and Washing Up
When I get home, I start on dinner right away. I clean off the kitchen counter （where you prepare food.）after putting away the groceries （We
sometimes call a supermarket a grocery store ）and decide to make pasta.
I preheat the oven to 375（ in other words, 375 degrees Fahrenheit） to bake （cook something, usually in an oven）the bread and to keep the chicken hot until my wife gets home.
I put some water in a pan and turn the burner （ is on top of what we would call your stove）on high. When the water starts boiling（means to make the one of very hot until you start to see bubbles.The average temperature is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius, in order to boil water）, I put in the pasta（the pasta noodles） and decide to make a salad.
Just then（means at that time – at that same time）, my wife opens the back door and yells, “I’m home!”（You wouldn’t say,“I’ve arrived,” or “I’m here,”） She comes into the kitchen, and helps with chopping（means to cut something into small pieces） the tomatoes to add to the sauce.
She stirs （mix what is in the pan.）the sauce until it’s done, while I finish tossing（means to mix the salad together）（also mean to throw,eg. toss me that pen） the salad（In a salad, you often have lettuce and maybe tomatoes, other food, other vegetables, and you want to mix them together. Often you put in a salad dressing，which is a liquid, often made from some oil, that gives a better taste to your salad）.
I get out the place mats （are things that you put underneath the plate and the spoon, fork, and knife so that the table doesn’t get dirty）and napkins（ a little towel that you use. In case you need to wipe your face while you are eating，and it’s common in Americanrestaurants and in houses for people to put the napkin on their legs while they are sitting – on the top of their legs, which we would call the lap – on your lap, you put the napkin while you are eating. ） to set the table.
I also make sure that there is a spoon, knife, fork, and plate for each of us.
About 15 minutes later, we sit down at the table in the dining room and talk about our long day.
My wife says she’ll do the dishes（ the same as to wash the dishes）, since I cooked, but of course I help out （means the same here as to help. But if we are talking about helping another person do something, maybe something that we don’t have to do, but we want to be nice, we would say we help them out）by drying them.
First, I put some of the leftovers （is extra food that you did not eat.）in a Tupperware container （We usually refer to these plastic boxes that we put food in as Tupperware containers，Even if you don’t have a container made by Tupperware company ）and some in plastic wrap （ is a thin,
clear piece of plastic that I put food into，putting paper around a present or a gift that you are giving someone. The paper is called wrapping paper.）and the rest in aluminum foil（keep the food in your refrigerator or in your freezer）.
Then I dry the pans, plates, glasses, and silverware.