I left home at the ripe age of 17 with the knowledge of how to make macaroni and cheese out of a box. Oh, and I could make some rocking chocolate chip cookies with my friend Megan.

So when Lee and I married a year later, he was our cook. (Can’t say I minded!) But once I officially became a stay-at-home mom after baby number three I needed to learn how to make real food.

Slowly over the years I graduated from boxed meals to making most meals from scratch. Not that there hasn’t been bumps along the way. My downfall is usually being sidetracked and forgetting about the (now burning) food in the kitchen.

There was the time I left a hot pad on the stove top, right after I had shut off a burner. Thankfully I was still in the kitchen, saw it fully engulfed in flames, and quickly grabbed it with a pair of tongs and threw it out the porch door and into the snowbank.

That same winter my blender started smoking while I was attempting to puree the ingredients for a pumpkin pie. That found itself out in the snowbank next to the charred remains of the hot pad.

I totally forgot about them both until that spring, when they reappeared from under the melting snow. That made for an awkward conversation, explaining to the family what had happened.

Being a rather high-risk cook, I have embraced the Crock Pot. I use it at least twice a week. I love the put it all in and forget about it concept, since that is what I often do anyway.

Lately I have been trying recipes from cultures from all over the world. We had a Scandinavian day, for example. So far it has been a really fun experience.

Caleb and Corbin are pretty good cooks in their own right, and all the kids help out in the kitchen. I am just so glad that when they do leave home, they will be able to avoid the boxed stuff and make some real meals. And my housewarming gift to them will be a fire extinguisher.

2 thoughts on Adventures in the Culinary Arts:

  • Corbin's avatar on July 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm said:

    Wow thanks, now I will not need to get a fire extinguisher

  • Caleb's avatar on July 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm said:


nothing says home made cooking like lighting the kitchen on fire.

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