I’ll admit it. My specialty is brownies (the box kind) and mac and cheese (again, the box kind).
I would be a better cook if I had time, but I don’t. I do like cooking when I get time. I’m just not the greatest at it. I would say I do ok about 50% of the time. The other 50% something is either over-cooked, under-cooked, burnt (which I guess qualifies as over-cooked huh), bland, too spicy (scratch that, I hate spicy food, my food is NEVER too spicy…), or just plain gross.
Krista is also the queen of measuring errors. I hate to measure. I will when I have to, but I would rather know just about how much.
Take mac and cheese for example.
The box says to put X cups of water into the pan. Uh, ok, am I the only one that just goes to the spicket and fills it a little over half full? Do you REALLY measure out the water??
My husband does. *groan* It infuriates me. But at least he is helping to cook…
Seriously, you are just going to drain the dumb water anyway.
So this morning, I was making frozen strawberry squares. It is a recipe I got from my mother-in-law, and they are SUPER yummy. They are light and fun and cold like icecream but not heavy on your stomach. A great summer treat!
I’ve made these things many times. I get a little better at it every time. We have small groups this evening and I thought it would be a fun dessert to bring. I decide to make it this morning, before church, so it can freeze all day and be perfect by this evening.
So… I start with the crust. I put the 2 cups of flour in the bowl. I add the 1/2 cup of brown sugar. What is the next part? 1 1/2 cups of butter. So, I remind myself that each stick of butter equals a half cup, and being the mathemetician I am, I calculate that to be 3 sticks. That seems like a lot, but I just move on. Good so far right?
I melt all three sticks of butter, then dump the melted butter on top of my flour and sugar.
Uh, problem. Something registers in my brain that makes my stomach tighten. There is too much better. The mixture is goopy instead of breaded.
I recheck my directions.
Crap! 1 1/2 STICKS of butter, not CUPS.
My solution? Brilliant I say, just brilliant. I add 2 more cups of flour and another 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I make a double batch. Disaster averted.
And, now I have crust for another frozen strawberry square delight to be made sometime this next week.
Moral of the story? When you screw up baking… just double the batch:-)
Do you have any cooking horror stories? Any advice for us idiots out there that don’t follow directions well?