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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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