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Recipes Are Dirty Liars

I'm doing my best to cook more often. I'm not the chef in the family (one of my hubby's MANY attributes :->)however, with my guy out of town, I did what I could to make sure that we were well fed and not a slave to the nasty drive-thru.
My husband is home for a few days and I've tried a recipe that says it takes "25 Minutes Prep." Yeah, well, that's a lie. A bold-faced lie. And this isn't the only recipe that's lied to me!!!
Tonight I was creating a soup. I know to look over the entire recipe and make sure I have all the ingredients. I know now to have items sliced, chopped, and diced so when it's their turn to go in the pot I'm good to go.
But there is no way, even with all of my preparation, that this endevour could only take someone 25 minutes! And this recipe was in the magazine "Real Simple"!!!
What's the matter with me?!? I just don't think I have the cooking gene. Am I the only one?

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21 comments:

  1. Nope... I don't cook at all, if that makes you feel better. So you're way ahead of me in that respect. I just don't have the patience to do all the work, which is sort of terrible. Soup? I'll open a can. Or order takeout. Anything more than that is too much effort. Like I said, terrible.
    Anyone who can cook at all AND enjoys it even a little gets my instant respect.:)

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  2. I actually am a trained cook. Really. And? It never takes the time they say bc they have sous chefs in the kitchen with them laying everything out for them to chop. They are lie tellers....don't believe them!!!

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  3. Thats true, chefs have all their veggies in front of them to chop, so its quick! I am pretty fast, I was a line cook for a few years! But yeah... they tend to not give you the right times, at least for the layman!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  4. Wow...its like you are channeling my wife.

    Nothing wrong with you...wait...are you good at anything else?

    ;-)

    J

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  5. i just did two posts of my hopelessness in the cooking department. i need the cooking for dummies manual.

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  6. Very funny! I feel the same way a lot of times. What the recipes don't mention is that you have to be a Super Chopper - one that can chop all ingredients at light speed. Thanks for the laugh!

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  7. Maybe you can hire one of your neighbor's kids to be sous chef for you or something. Then the recipe would be right.

    (Off topic, found a transcript on that article. Wow.)

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  8. Yeah ~ when Mr Blarney is gone on a business trip ... and that's often ... the kids and I pretty much scrap anything together or run into town. PB&J, soup, Mac & Cheese, Waffles, pancakes there is no limit to the boxed, canned or frozen goodness here. The kids really enjoy backwards night (breakfast for dinner) ... just thought I'd throw that one out there for you.

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  9. 25 minutes in real chef time, maybe. In actual person time? Probably at least an hour! I'm a big believer in convenience foods, takeout, and restaurants, but lately it's getting too expensive so I think I'll have to brave the kitchen more often very soon. Fortunately my hubs is a great cook. Unfortunately he is too busy lately to do much of it.

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  10. Funny! Yah.. "real simple". Try kraftfoods.com for some nice simple recipes. I've found that their times are pretty right on as well. Good luch!

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  11. Anything more than 4 ingredients is a weekend meal for me!! I don't have that kind of time during the week!

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  12. You're looking at this the worng way. I'm reminded of the quote: "I like to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food". The moral of the story, "The longer it takes to cook, the more wine you get to enjoy". Cheers!!!

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  13. I think I could have the cooking gene if I could just learn to love washing all of those dishes required to make those wonderful dishes. Until then spaghetti it is :)

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  14. Hubby does the cooking. Which is partly why it's so devastating when he has to be deployed --- baby and I are forced to forage for food in trash cans (drive-thrus!) and the woods (cans of whatever). I keep telling myself I will learn to like cooking, but I just can't convince myself!

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  15. Do not resist the Drive Thru, Ann! The Drive Thru is our friend!

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  16. Hi, just came by to say hey, and happy GNO! Oh, that's not tonight? And here I wore my heels and everything.

    Have a glass of wine on me?

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  17. I've been making one of Rachael Ray's recipes from 30 minute meals and the closest I can get is 45 minutes! It's still yum-o though!

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  18. I'm with you--recipes always seem to take me way longer than it should!

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  19. One thing to remember is that most recipes don't take into consideration that a real person is doing the prep. It always seems to take me longer than it says.

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  20. I found that the "recipe giver" always seems to leave out that secret ingrediant that makes their dish so good. Frustrating!

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  21. Don't feel bad - I always take FAR longer and then usually do something wrong anyway! But its a good starting point?

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