I hate cooking. Never have liked it. My mother and my sister both enjoy it, but I obviously didn’t get that gene. It stresses me out. Even following a recipe, I’ll screw something up. The smoke detector goes off every time I put something in the oven.
Most of my adulthood, I was the person who was told to bring rolls or drinks to family gatherings. Until, by some weird twist of fate, I found a recipe for deviled eggs with a secret ingredient that makes them off the charts delicious. These days that is the only thing I get asked to bring.
And even though I have a “specialty” now, I still fuck up hard-boiling the eggs from time to time. I know that’s the cliche joke to describe someone who can’t cook, but in my case it’s verifiable. One Thanksgiving, I actually botched three dozen eggs. True story.
So it’s ironic that I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to recipes. I’d had this board for quite a while and one day it occurred to me, why have this if I’m not going to attempt any of these? It’s so easy to save a pin and I have the best of intentions, but then I just forget and buy the same damn things over and over at the grocery store each week.
So I decided that once a month, I would pick two or three recipes off the board to try out. A couple of recipes turned out amazing, and were so easy to make that I have added them to my go-to dinners. Others were way too complicated for my limited kitchen skills and ended up in the trash. Most, however, are somewhere in between – edible but nothing to get excited about.
I still hate every minute I am in the kitchen, but the end results are satisfying enough to keep going. There is some weird sense of accomplishment. Even if the recipe turns into a total disaster, I’m still trying something new.
Following are the recipes I made this past week. Everything turned out great, so sorry to disappoint those that were hoping for an epic fail. I’m sure I’ll have one of those soon enough, and I promise to post all about it.
This one I will definitely make again. I substituted chicken tenders cut into small pieces instead of using a rotisserie chicken. It still came out scrumptious.
Not very pretty, but there was almost no prep and all you had to do was basically throw all the ingredients together. Really good, but if I make it again, I’m throwing some sour cream on top.
I was worried these were not going to turn out at all, but they ended up being super easy to make. Just the right combination of chocolate and toppings. So yummy!
Here are a couple more recipes that are my favorites from past trials.
It seems my criteria for a good recipe seems to be low number of ingredients, very little prep, and straight forward instructions.
Your turn. Go through your own recipe board or search for some on Pinterest, get your butt in the kitchen and try them out. I would love to hear your results, so share in the comments, and a link to the recipe (if it’s good). Pictures can be shared on the Tea With Traci Facebook page!
Does that fancy cooking utensil come in a plastic version at Walmart?