I am an organized type of person. My favorite recipes—hundreds of them-- are in plastic page protectors in their appropriate binders:
And I love to cook (you know I’ve won dozens of cook-offs), so I’m not afraid of attempting a complicated recipe on occasion, such as my lemon souffle:
But my prize-winning creations are all fairly simple, which is usually the only kind that can win a contest. They may be creative, but they are all do-able, even by non-foodies:
So believe me when I say I sympathize with my friends who refuse to delve into the difficult. Life is hard enough without making the daily act of eating into an Olympic event.
I have therefore compiled a list of 15 reasons why you are totally justified refusing to make a recipe:
1- It has more than five ingredients
2- One of the ingredients says “available in Asian and specialty markets”
3- It has the word “Diet” in the title
4- One of the steps is “chill overnight”
5- It calls for Star Anise, Ribbon Fruit, curry leaf, or minced Jalapenos
6- It claims to be better than sex, and it won’t be
7- You need a rasp, a mandolin, a stove top smoker, and a bamboo steamer basket to make it
8- The last line is “Serve at once…”
9- It says “serves 12” and you have three
10- It involves more than two mixing bowls
11- It starts with one cup of clotted cream
12- It can stick to the sides of the baking dish
13- It requires deep-frying oil, which will spatter your entire kitchen.
14- It claims to be an excellent source of fiber.
15- It says, “may curdle,” “may boil over,” or “may crack.”
Let’s eat well, let’s enjoy life, but let’s not stress ourselves into a knot of worry just preparing daily fare. Better yet, let’s eat out and let someone else do the cooking!
Be sure to read “Sisters in the Mix,” my comedy about a woman who has both OCD and a cooking show. You can find it here.