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On cooking and being so good at it that it's bad 
Jan. 11, 2013 8:18 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 4:43 pm
I'm a decent cook.  I have my moments.  I can follow a recipe and, when the recipe is good, I look good.  I'm not the creative come-up-with-it-myself culinary genius.  I probably couldn't even deconstruct a peanut butter sandwich.

Lately, though, Allrecipes has been my haven for impressive meals.  From our Thanksgiving dinner of french onion soup, parmesan asparagus risotto, and brisket to Christmas' beef bourgninon and garlic mashed potatoes to New Years' incredible short ribs (makes my mouth water just typing it), it's been a good year for me in the kitchen.

January has been a continuation of mouth magic.  Even my quick and easy weeknight dinners have all turned out extremely well (no thanks to me and all praise to the wonderful recipe dreamers on this site).  But last night something horrible happened-- I was so good that it was bad.

Last night a wonderful chipotle crusted pork tenderloin was sizzling away on the grill and my boyfriend and I were about to leave to eat out.  The dinner we were cooking was for my parents and sister who was babysitting so Cason and I could have a much needed date night.  But the dinner we were making for them ended up being so outrageously delicious that it cast a pale shadow on the restaurant meal we had to follow.

And that's the problem-- you know you are a good cook when you'd rather stay home and eat your food than go out and enjoy being served.  However, one thing saved the meal that followed and makes the dining out experience simply invaluable-- alcohol. 

Jan. 11, 2013 9:05 am
You need to find the alcohol drinks on this site, and then you’ll have no excuse to eat out. Try Easy Frozen Margaritas . . . http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-frozen-margaritas/detail.aspx or Sangria! Sangria! . . . http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sangria-sangria/detail.aspx. You’d better be careful as your parents might want to move in with you guys if feeding them to well. *** I’m a native Miamian, and spent a lot of time as a youngster hunting Homestead and the Redlands for game birds. That was eons ago before it built-up. You look young enough that you might not remember Hurricane Andrew that decimated your area about 20 years ago. You know how hot it gets down here during the summer . . . try some of the ice cream recipes and you’ll have your friends eating from your palm.
Jan. 11, 2013 5:27 pm
My husband and I would much rather eat in than out. First, you save so much money. Second, there are some truly awesome recipes here on AR. Last night I made a seafood dish that would have cost us about $60 in a restaurant and I made it for about $20. It was restaurant quality for a 1/3 of the price, no screaming children, no loud, drunk patrons. It's a good thing when you'd rather eat at home :)
Jan. 11, 2013 6:33 pm
I've experienced both that and another problem. Both of which suck equally. I to host an annual Christmas dinner. It started out as a way to thank my employees and then gradually became a nosh fest for business aquaintances and good friends. I always thought that having these dinner parties would get my wife and I invited out to dinners in return, socializing such as it might be. So I would throw these things, and cook my heart out often spending upwards of 400$ on food and wine for 10. And they were spectacular, I had a sort of waiting list of people who wanted to be invited. The problem? Year after year, I'd spent this mountain of loot putting on this dinner and in return, we never got invited out to dinner, ever. I finally quit doing them and then one day, talking about food to my best friends wife, she commented that no one wanted to have us over for dinner for fear that I would poo poo their food efforts. I was dumbfounded. I never considered for one second that I was too much of a foodie. Sheesh. I would love to be invited over just for the gab and go but I kind of screwed that up. Sigh
Jan. 12, 2013 11:32 am
I still love to eat out, no kitchen to clean up! I do love to cook, but sometimes I like to sit back and let someone else do it for me.
Jan. 16, 2013 6:07 am
That's the "a-ha" moment for sure! You know you're a really good cook when you'd far rather eat your own food than go out. But Texas Roadhouse ribs are way better than mine. Guess I'll have to work on that, lol.
Jan. 21, 2013 4:43 pm
Thank you all for your wonderful comments! @Conky Joe -- I will definitely be trying those recipes out. The only bev. recipe I have made so far was Champagne Punch and that was a major success. I was a little kid when Andrew struck but the only birds flying around here are fighter jets and pigeons now. ;) @Raed- That is a predicament! Also, when you are a great chef, you are always expected to cook for holidays and family gatherings. Your food was so good it actually intimidated them!
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I'm 22 and a momma to a lovely little bundle of love and poop named Riley Rose and another bundle of love and poop, a dog, named Salinger. My human and non-human animal keep me pretty busy. When I'm not changing diapers, acting as a human cow, or vacuuming up shredded tissues, I am a wizard in the kitchen, whipping up tasty vegetarian concoctions that are kind to my animal pals. Allrecipes.com is my best friend and I try to return the food love by leaving recipe reviews and ratings that have a pinch of self-serving-humor.
My favorite things to cook
All things delicious-- anything sweet and ovenly is heavenly
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking tradition was disinterest and scoffing at all things culinary. For 18 years, I rejected the notion that I would ever be found slaving in the kitchen. Much to my mother's dismay, I denied all her attempts at teaching me how to cook. After leaving for college and realizing that good dinners don't grow in microwaves, I had to attempt to learn my way around the kitchen. After many failed recipes and trash bags full of inedible food, my kitchen thumb is now as green as the neighbor's jealousy at how delicious my apartment smells. Food should be fun but sometimes cooking new recipes can be stressful. Thanks to allrecipes, I get to learn from everyone else's mistakes, too bad I didn't learn that sooner.
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