Sunday, February 6, 2005

Homecooked Meals: Please Pass the Pepto!!!!

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin,US columnist (1935 - )

 

 

 

I love Calvin and Hobbes' cartoons. The one above is very  appropriate to the topic I want to explore today.

I am a not a domestic diva.  Martha Stewart will never be a friend of mine. Though it would be fun to invite Emeril in my home to show me a cooking trick or two (Ladies and gentlemen: Leave your dirty thoughts in the gutter where they belong. I am talking about real cooking. Not "cooking" with a wink. LOL).     

My family members could attest to the fact that we eat out often because I lack some basic cooking skills. I have a very small repertoire of passable and edible culinary delights but I am most  comfortable in leaving the cooking to those who have better relationships with the kitchen gods. 

Don't get me wrong, I can bake around a lot of people. I can make a great Tiramisu from scratch and whip a batch of Baklava in no time. So it is not arsonphobia... In retrospect, it might be reverse arsonphobia because my cooking seems to come out in the Cajun (reads unintentionally burned) and/or the flambe' (reads unintentionally flaming) variety.  

18 comments:

boiseladie said...

I love the quote you have posted here above the comic.  It's great!

republicanjen said...

LOL  Very cute!  Casseroles are the easiest and you can serve them twice.  My parents did not pass alot of cooking details to me, so I'm having to learn as I go when I have the time.  I recently figured out how to make my own spaghetti sauce and it wasn't too bad!

derasta said...

Thats great you can make baklava! You must be a great cook :)

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heyleesilentd said...

This seems kinda like an unfinished entry....
But I like the quote at the beginning, very funny. I got my moms cooking skills, when your lucky it turns out decent. But on the average, normal, totally not out of the ordinary day, it's burned, undercooked, overcooked or just disgusting. So my stepdad cooks. Ha ha...
-Haley

karensull12 said...

Not everyone can be Martha Stewart!  Hey, and you can bake so that's a plus!  I'm sure your family loves that.

justaname4me2 said...

I was not touched on the shoulder with the wand of domestic Goddess. But I try sometimes! I have my select "specialties" and a whole lotta hambergerhelper in between. Martha Stewart be damned :o) As long as no one is starving, I consider my home a success!
Rebecca

judithheartsong said...

well....... I was a very good cook, but I cooked for twenty years solid and am now on hiatus. Very funny entry!! judi

my78novata said...

Love the cartoon. Man I just love tiramsue. YUM YUM Lori

mkolasa101 said...

I love that cartoon and I beg your differ with you in your declaration that you are not a good writer,  what insight and compassion and love you show through your journal entries.  Enough that I'll click "Notify me when a new entry is made."  Of course I'm new to J-land journaling myself, but not new to journaling.  I'll be back.

http://www.journals.aol.com/mkolasa101/PurelyPoetry

chatzeekay said...

love the comics

jcole16757 said...

This is funny!  I'm not a big cooker but do it because it has to be done.  My husband says the best thing I make is reservations.  LOL  

deveil said...

Florida person here also, I just found your journal today, and I'm really enjoying it.
I'll add you to my favorites so I can keep reading, love your photo's also you should do a photo blog also.

derek

marigolds2 said...

well, hey there!  thanks so much for visiting my journal today and leaving a comment on the Backyard entry.  and for leaving the link to your journal!  which i love - it's totally delicious.  I've read back through the last ten entries, enjoying them mightily.  please come back to visit, also to my book journal, and know that i will be a frequent frequenter of your writing too.  -  mary ellen
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cneinhorn said...

too funny, love the quote and comic :-)

~JerseyGirl
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oceanmrc said...

Oh, I may have to steal that cartoon!  
My specialty is grilled cheese.

sonensmilinmon said...

LOL, Your my kind of person, I can RELATE! We eat out much more than I'd like.  But, for variety sake, it's often best we do.  I do the most basic of cooking.  Now Sonny will do most of our cooking as he seems to have more skills then I do. Whew.  Loved the entry, I don't feel so alone now.

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

wildjoker669 said...

i find myself and my family eating out most of the time just because i dont have time to cook at home hardly at all i find my family asking me mommy can we eat at home dont u know how to cook anymore
have a great night xxxxstaceyxxxx

samnsmile5 said...

Loved this!  I am right there with you!  We have very few home cooked meals anymore...I like to think it's because of our busy schedules...but truth be told...I'm not very good at it.  :)  
Michele   http://journals.aol.com/samnsmile5/LettingItAllSinkIn