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May 28, 2014 4:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 14, 2014 5:49 pm
After all these years, I find out how bad of a cook I am. I overheard my grown children over the holidays talking about my cooking when they were young. They said they would sit down to dinner, look at the plate of food in front of them, and wonder what it was. I had no idea I was so bad! I thought I was doing a good job. I would get out my Betty Crocker cookbook and, randomly pick a casserole, that was always the easiest, then start cooking. It didn't always look like the picture in the cookbook, but I didn't think it mattered. Little did I know that they thought my food tasted terrible! So after all these years I find out. Yes, I do admit I am not a great cook, but I try really hard. My main problem is patience. I want it done in 15 minutes. Thankfully I married a great cook. He has taught many lots these past few years. So hopefully next Christmas I will cook a meal for my children that they will rave about. Or maybe I won't. Reservation do sound nice.
May 28, 2014 8:35 pm
hi patsy. you did not kill your rug-rats. they should appreciate that simple fact. we all cook, have to cook, time constraints and all. those parasites still love you! as we say in the south, " you're cooking with gss!"
May 29, 2014 3:51 am
I laughed reading your post, I think maybe your kids are over exaggerating a bit - when my crew gets together they love to reminisce about "Ma's pork abracadabra" and the year (not so long ago) that I molded the Thanksgiving stuffing in a round bowl, saying "it scared the grandchildren, they didn't know what it was". Oldest son even wrote me a hysterical poem about that one. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make being, your cooking probably wasn't half as bad as they like to kid about, and I'd take their kidding as a form of love for you. - That's what I do anyway!
May 29, 2014 9:35 am
Not everyone is good at cooking - mainly for the reason you said: lack of patience. My sister has absolutely NO interest in cooking & I've tried everything to spark it. It's just not a compelling urge for some people...Maybe you knit or sew or something else for them? Don't force yourself to do something you don't want to - it won't come out very well. Besides, somebody has to eat at all these fine restaurants the chefs are opening! I'm sure you worked hard making a home in your own way - let hubby do his "thang" in the kitchen & you enjoy! He might even appreciate you picking out some recipes you'd like him to make - even a "challenge" now & then? Keep us posted! Tell us some of the stories your kids are telling about you...If it's not too painful, that is! We love a good laugh around here!
May 30, 2014 4:06 am
Hello Patsy, don't worry. My kids ridicule my cooking all the time. If you like it and your hubby doesn't complain it isn't all that tragic. I've taught my monsters to use AR and now they choose dinner and lunch sometimes they even cook. They've since changed their ways! In my opinion less is more. Simple recipes with a few quality ingredients will make for a great Christmas dinner and any other for that matter! No worries!
May 30, 2014 11:49 am
Hi Patsy! This is how we learn, some just take longer than others :) If you ever have any and I mean ANY questions click on "thebuzz" at the top of the page and I'm sure there will be an answer or advise from other Allrecipes members. We have a great member community and there is always someone here to help. Keep cooking!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:18 pm
I wouldn't worry at all and I agree with everyone else here. I bet a lot of it is them teasing ;) I look at cooking as though it will be a learning process for the rest of my life. Keep on trying, it's never too late!
Jun. 2, 2014 2:42 pm
My kids just cried and chose to go to bed instead of eating my meal the other night lol I wouldn't feel to bad about it! atleast they can laugh about it I hope mine will laugh about it one day :)
Sep. 14, 2014 5:47 pm
Thank you!
Sep. 14, 2014 5:48 pm
I really appreciate all the comments! I am getting a little better at cooking, but I will never be that great.
Sep. 14, 2014 5:49 pm
I am definitely going to look at thebuzz! For answers!
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Loving life in Florida. I am not the best cook but I sure enjoy eating! I spend my time making jewelry, where I own When I'm not working, I am enjoying our great weather and beaches, eating my husband's cooking, or dining out at some great local restaurants. And of course, I like a little Chardonnay to sip on in the evenings. Cheers everyone!
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Salmon, salads, chocolate cake for hubby, shrimp, and sometimes steak.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking traditions include letting someone else cook for me. I am trying to get better at cooking. This website is helping me do that. I need easy recipes that don't take all day to make. I don't have a lot of patience....
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My cooking tragedies
There are so many! Frying okra and not cutting them up first. Making rolls that were so hard they broke when I dropped them on the floor. I overheard my grown children talking about my cooking. They said they didn't know what they were eating most of the time. My meals never looked like the recipes in my cook book. But I tried and am still trying!
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