It started out when I decided to make a crock pot potato soup. Easy peasy, right? I woke up early before work, did a little slicing and dicing. You get the drill. Then I hit a little snag. The recipe called for corn starch. While getting the groceries I bought corn meal. Same thing? No, I was told they were not. So, I was told I could substitute flour. Ok, I can do that. I talked up this soup to Eric and told him how we were going to come home from work to a nice, warm, homemade meal all ready for us. Fast forward 9 hours when I walked in the door to a god awful stench. Now, surely that can't be my masterpiece soup, right? I run to lift the cover off of the crock pot and start to gag. There awaiting us was a big, black, mushy pile of goo. Cue the door, and in walks Eric and he does nothing but laugh. Turns out I accidently used powdered sugar instead of flour. Woopsies. Big Fail #1.
Later on in the week, I found a recipe for a yummy roasted red pepper basil pasta. As I'm grinding together all of the ingredients I see it asks for basil. I go into my spice cabinet and pulled out the dried basil. As I'm reading, it calls for one cup. I start shaking and shaking. Luckily (unluckily I guess) I had a couple of containers. Still, it wasn't enough and I could only come up with a little more than 1/2 a cup. As the sauce finished, I tried a little taste. Oh em gee. Horrible! I then realized they meant one cup of FRESH basil. Now, why don't they spell that out for me? Big Fail #2.
I decided the 3rd time would be a charm. It couldn't get worse, right? Right?!? Up next was Jamie Oliver's Crunchy Garlic Chicken. I was bound and determined not to eff this one up. I am going through and I read to zest a lemon. WTF is zesting a lemon? Luckily, Mr. Google helped me out so I didn't get off track.
I didn't stop there though. Oh no, I was going to really see this mission out. To go along with the chicken, I also made these Cheesy Ranch Potatoes. I was a little nervous, because the recipe was pretty vague. And if you haven't noticed from my previous attempts I need the Cooking for Dummies version. At this point Eric was getting nervous. I could see him scoping the freezers for a frozen pizza to throw in and save the day.
As the timers beep, the result was.........................................amazing!
Ta Da!! Move over Rachel Ray! (Is Rachel Ray still the cook of the moment? See, I don't even watch those shows, so I'm totally lost)
Maybe I need a cute little apron to fit my new role. Time for some shopping...