When You Realize You’re a Crummy Chef

Lately I’ve been trying to master my homemaking skills.  This includes baking and cooking.  I learned that cooking tasty food means taking extra time to let flavors meld and really soak into the food.  I thought I had done pretty well, especially for someone who used to subsist on microwavable everything.  I made lasagna from scratch using my mom’s recipe.  I roasted my own vegetables.  I never give my child microwaved food.  I thought, “yes, I am killing this homemaking business!”

Then I went to my friend’s house for dinner.  She made something I often make, meat sauce with noodles, only it was delicious and Ro ate two helpings.  TWO! I can hardly get her to eat any of the sauce when I cook it.  That’s when I realized I am in reality a crummy chef.  It’s as if some people have the magic touch in the kitchen and some just don’t (ME).  Much like a green thumb, I lack this magic touch.  No matter how hard I try, my lentil soup is bland and my meat sauce is lackluster.  I’m thinking I need some one on one tutoring.

Maybe this is an unrealistic goal, but I want to be the mom who makes delicious food that her children remember fondly and come home for as adults.  But, so far it looks like I’ll be the mom my child invites out to eat.  Wondering if I can turn this around, or if after 15 years of cooking for myself I should just let it go.


3 thoughts on “When You Realize You’re a Crummy Chef

  1. I just wanted to add that sometimes kids eat a lot when they’re at a friend’s house or school or whenever someone else other than you made it. Not to take anything away from your friend’s amazing cooking (I’m sure it was delicious!). You are several steps ahead of me. I pretty much just learned how to chop veggies without taking a day to do it.


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