Chaos in the Kitchen

Learning to cook is as easy as pie—or is it?

After six years of living off of instant rice, spaghetti and PB&Js while I was pursuing my degrees, one day I realized that kind of food just wasn’t cutting it anymore. While those meals definitely saved time, they also weren’t very satisfying.

I needed to learn how to cook.

Let me start by saying, I’m not completely clueless in the kitchen. I know how to make a grilled cheese, stir-fry and anything involving a Crockpot. But I am definitely a far cry from that of Rachel Ray.

I love how all of those chefs on TV make everything look so easy and effortless, while I am still burning the second pancake in a batch. (I can make the first one perfectly!)

Although I have no horrific stories of cooking gone awry, I can tell tales of melted cooking utensils, dried-out chicken, mushy carrots and steam burns. I’ve learned that cooking is mostly a process of trial and error—which also involves knowing when to put the pans away and just call for take-out.

So, just askin’ … what mistakes have you made in the kitchen? Share your stories in the comments section below.

Andy March 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Knowing the right heat is a huge problem even when following a recipe. For example, medium-high heat is highly variable between stoves, burners and fuel types.
Pessa March 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
When my sister was younger, she made chocolate chip cookies. instead of a teaspoon of baking soda, she used a cup. They were they puffiest cookies I've ever seen.
Marlene Higgs Loula March 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I think Brian should win a prize - I'm very impressed. I was inspired to come up with a top ten list on my blog. I'll share one of them with you, in case it might help some poor fool like me in the future . . . if you put a tightly fitting lid on a hot pan and let it cool long enough, the lid will never come off – ever.
Bill Tucker March 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM
you aren't learning if you're not making mistakes
Brian L. March 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sweet, a prize for mistakes. I only wish now that I had put a lid on it as well for the coup de gras. My mom would have been all the happier.


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