“Well done Bridge, four hours of careful cooking and a feast of blue soup, omelette and marmalade. I think that deserves a toast, don't you? To Bridget, who cannot cook, but who we love..”-Tom, Bridget Jones’s Diary
No one would dream of comparing you to Rachel Ray or Giada. You are not even close. When you once declared that you were trying a new Martha Stewart recipe, all of your girlfriends snickered. Despite your best attempts, you are a walking kitchen disaster (WKD).
Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly challenging (and stressful) for those who simply are not blessed with kitchen grace. Whether you need to whip up some grandma-worthy samosas, or will host a fabulous holiday turkey dinner, you are in dire need of help. Before you throw in the kitchen towel, admit defeat and commit the fraudulent act of ordering take-out while pretending it’s yours, take control of the situation with these steps:
1) Clean out the shoe boxes from your oven – this is no longer appropriate shoe storage.
2) Get yourself a fabulous apron – if you want to be great in the kitchen you have got to start thinking and looking the part.
3) Toss the technique cookbooks and seek professional help.
Reading a cookbook may offer great recipes and guidance, but if you need help with kitchen fundamentals consider signing up for a cooking class. Most local community colleges offer cooking classes that are stress-free and highly educational. College Board is a great tool for finding local community colleges in your area. For those WKDs who prefer to pick and choose one class topic at a time, high end grocery stores such as Central Market, Market Street, and Whole Foods all offer cooking classes in 2-3 hour sessions at their store locations. Also, as an added bonus, many of these stores offer seasonally relevant classes such as yummy holiday dessert baking. If you're looking for more one-on-one instruction in the privacy of your own kitchen, many cities offer private cooking lessons like Home Cooking New York in NYC. Get a group of WKDs together for a lesson and make it a cooking party.
So, when the next culinary challenge comes your way, don’t go hiding under your covers praying for a miracle. Step up to the plate and get yourself some mad kitchen skills. Because while your friends and family may always love you – they really don’t love your cooking.
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