Learn to Cook - Tips for The Beginning Cook


Cooking with Vincent Price!

Anyone can cook!

Cooking is an art and like any other art form, it requires practice. I often have to try recipes several times before I am happy with the final result. For many reasons a recipe may not work for me according to the instructions so I tweak and add, subtract or mix two or three together until I am satisfied.

I have been cooking for at least 25 years. All the ladies in my family are very good cooks. My grandmother was the head of food control at the famed Chase Park Plaza Hotel in all of it's glorious years. She would tell me how to cook while I watched. She would tell me about the famous guests or the latest excitement at the hotel.

I loved Vincent Price movies and he was a frequent guest at the Chase. He liked to cook for himself though and would just order things from room service like pots and pans. I was very impressed that even he loved to cook!

During the 1980's and '90's it seemed like women went into the career world in full force. They weren't at home cooking in the kitchen - they were busting balls in the corporate world. They didn't have time to cook! It became almost unheard of..."I don't cook!" became a power statement.


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Now I am seeing a trend - cooking is now coming back into fashion! Food Network, Gourmet and Specialty cooking stores are sprouting up in metropolitan areas. Cooking is not just for the frumpy housewife who has a job to do. Cooking is fun, sexy and a resourceful talent. Being able to open the refrigerator and take stock of the pantry and whip up a delicious meal on the fly is a talent and a skill.

Can you bring it?

"Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food." ~Andrew Weil


Tips for the Beginner

The way you cook is highly dependant upon factors that may be out of your control. There is a lot of chemistry involved in cooking. Altitude, air, temperature, humidity, and salt are a few things that will affect your recipes. If you live in the mountains your cake might not turn out exactly like mine if we follow the same instructions. You should be aware of how your climate affects cooking and baking.

  • Before you begin to cook anything - read the recipe at least twice completely. You don't want to find out you have to marinate your meat for two days in brine before you cook.
  • Measure ingredients in precise measurements
  • Have an Ingredient Encyclopedia that has photos and explanations of items you may have never seen or heard of before. A visual reference when shopping is a huge advantage and time saver.
  • Never try a new recipe if you are having guests. Always practice on the family a couple of times first!
  • Some foods can make you and others ill if you don't cook it completely. Raw eggs, raw or undercooked pork, undercooked chicken can kill a person.
  • Do not try to use substitutions unless stated in the recipe.
  • Do not use salt and pepper unless it is called for. Until you are a pro just let your guests salt and pepper their own meal.
  • Don't be afraid to cheat and use Bob Evan's mashed potatoes or a flavor your family likes. I usually make one dish that is difficult and easier dishes to accompany the meal.
  • Wash dishes as you go this way you don't end up with a gigantic mess at the end.
  • Let the kids help! Kids are terrific for peeling potatoes, stirring, mixing, gathering ingredients or measuring things. Kids can learn to follow simple instructions on boxed items such as noodles or cake, cookie and brownie mixes.
  • Google is your friend! It is a wonderful advantage to be able to search for recipes or reviews from people that have already made the dish. I often incorporate ideas or additions based on the review.
  • When you begin each meal, get all the ingredients together first and measure them out in advance so when you are ready to begin cooking you won't be suddenly surprised if that Vanilla bottle is empty! It also will prevent mishaps such as over boiling while you are trying to measure 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar to add, for instance.
  • Wash the meat, and NO! Adrienne from Beverly Hills - you do not wash a chicken with soap! You scrub vegetables with a brush made for this and no soap. Soap can cause diarrhea. Meats should be rinsed very well in luke warm or cold water.
  • Check the temperature of the oven you use to make sure it is correct.
  • Always preheat your oven or grill before cooking for several reasons. One, for example, if you put a frozen item in an oven that hasn't been brought to temperature it may drastically change the cook time.
  • Serve every meal at least one hour late until you can cook well. Everything tastes great when you're starving!

There is love....

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Cooking is a skill that anyone can learn, no matter how young or old, male or female. It is frustrating to make mistakes while you learn but learn you will. I do not know one good cook that doesn't have several kitchen disaster stories.

Please leave your best tip for the beginner or the best kitchen disaster story that everyone can learn from!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I agree Kelly, Cooking is an art and not all can do it. But, as humans are intelligent souls, we ought to give it a try :)

I remember my first cooking expedition...needless to go in detail...it was disastrous :) Dishes were charred brown and had to soak them O/N. The food was partially eaten and partially discarded. But, the second round was "somewhat" edible :)

Also, I should add that IF a man cooks it is enticing so, men should indulge in this ART more than women :)

voted up as useful, interesting and sharing it across

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

good work! I learned to cook at 14 about the same age as my daughter.my brothers and sister spent a lot of sick nights as I was learning. with my daughter... hot sauce.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Another hub from you, Kelly! way to go, girl! I cracked up seeing you use another pic of Simone. I am going to HAVE to do that. LOL. Cool about Vincent Price, too!

I love your humor, but you also come across with some very valid and true points. You speak the truth! I love to cook and I agree with everything you say. Although sometimes I try a new recipe with my long-time boyfriend (while I hold my breath as he tries it and have some back up bologna sandwiches in the fridge--haha), I often do make something just for me and eat on it for a week or freeze some of it or take the rest to my boyfriend or brother or something. I totally do that.

Great hub, girl. You are a REAL housewife. I have you every vote I could find!

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania


Thanks for this very informative hub! My twin and I can definitely use these tips as recent college grads living on our own. ROFl!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My tip would be don't be afraid to try something different and by all means get creative.

I loved your tip about serving every meal an hour late. I have to remember that one :)

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute! And also informative.If I was a new wife y this would surely help me out. Voted useful, and I think funny too, because of Simone's pic!

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Kelly, excellent hub. I have been cooking since I was the age of 7 and my dad was the one who wanted to ensure that I didn't need to depend on someone else to cook my food for me. :) :D I have grown over the years to love to cook, but I am not expert at doing it. But, you are correct, it takes a lot of practice and I would highly suggest if someone truly wants to learn, then they should get a job at some type of restaurant and learn from a Chef, someone who really knows what they are doing. :) Voted up! :) Useful! :)

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a very helpful hub. Sadly Hubpages and the internet wasn't around when I learned to cook... or learned to use a microwave. I thought it was great until I tried to cook a frozen pizza in it for three minutes. Not pretty. Who knew Vincent Price could cook? Interesting!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter99! haha! I bet there weren't many sicknesses due to your cooking! lol

Hey Hot Sauce is great! You can top and camoflage almost anything with that - even eggs! Good one! Thank you!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Victoria! I know you have got it together! I even saw pictures of your great kitchen:)

I think you're safe trying anything on a long time boy friend. It's the new boyfriends a girl doesn't want to scare away by food poisoning him or something! lol

Right! I usually keep one family style meal (Stouffer's Lasagne is a fav) for mess ups! I bet your boyfriend and brother love the left over's! My BIL used to live one street over - he would stop in frequently and just take whatever was left over home and eat it:) lol He did love that being a single guy. I moved and I know he misses that!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - thanks! Those are great tips! But the real housewives probably shouldn't go too far off on their own just yet...Adrienne just learned to wash a chicken! haha!

Yeah - that's a tip from Aunt Kel - "serve it late and it tastes GREAT!" I mean, honestly you could fry shit and it tastes good to a starving person! hahaha!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi rebeccamealey - Oh I meant to respond to Vicki earlier - I just can not HELP using Simone's photos because they do fit perfectly!!! She does look like a real housewife from t.v. and she gave me so many beautiful faces to choose from! LOL

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Cagsil - thank you so much!

I have always loved to cook and my kids are already learning too! They are 11 and 12 though - but hey that's impressive the younger you get them involved the better! Smart dad!

True - working for a good chef would be a great leg up and you could get paid while you learn! I like that...I actually wanted to take a class at Cordon Blue - there just established one 2 miles away! After I saw how MUCH the classes were? WOW! I just keep watching Food Network:) lol

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Kelly, you can get some great tips from watching the shows, but the shows are really more for show and tell, more than anything else. Still trial and error is one method to work out the kinks. LOL! :)

My dad wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he sure knew his way around a kitchen. :) I had considered taking course to improve my cooking ability, but the price was too much as well. Culinary arts are in demand and always in demand. :) :D Btw- you're welcome. :)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Tammy - Vincent Price - I just LOVED him as a kid. I liked Creature Feature night when they would have a double feature. All scary movies by V.P. Apparently, he was one of the hotel guests that managed to be reclusive. They didn't have great gossip about him. Smart!

I do remember the first microwave we had. My mom refused to use it. My dad used to hollar because he said we had the most expensive popcorn maker on the block! haha!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ray, my nephew wants to be a chef...I really think he will be a great one too! We were just talking about how cool it would be to go to Paris and study there!

Dave used to be a cook! The funny thing is, he has only cooked me breakfast EVER. I just realized in almost 20 years he has never cooked dinner for me. Except for grilling meat. So I always tell him I will believe he can cook when I see it. He talks a big game...! Thank you again!

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi RealHousewife! These are some awesome tips for new cooks as well as those of us that have been cooking for sometime! Voted up, up and away!

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Unfortunately, my mom never really taught me how to cook. When I left home at 17, I became the "Hamburger Helper Queen". Being single until I was 29, I had learned how to cook from trial and error. Lots of error! When I got married, Johnny had been cooking for himself and his kids for several years and I really learned a lot from him.

Of course, when you have children, you cook a lot . Friday nights were the nights I didn't have to cook. After 26 years of marriage, I am a pretty good cook and like to try new things.

You gave some very good advice for beginners here. Voted up and useful!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Kelly........LOL....of course I'm not a Beginner.........much more like a "looking to find more ways and reasons NOT to cook" would better describe me at this point in my life!!! LOL....But I enjoy your writing,girl, so I read it anyway

Hey! All you Beginners! Pay ATTENTION!! The Real Housewife knows what she's talking about !!!! UP+++

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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I wish you would start doing some videos of your cooking. I would be in stitches by the time your recipe was ready :-)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Dexter! I was just thinking about you! How ironic! I was thinking of humorous writers that would make me laugh! Thank you so much:) now I got a smile in advance too!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi sgbrown - yeah my mom did jot enjoy cooking as much because there were 3 of us so I tried to stay out of the way! Lol. My mom only curses on holidays! Lol. But I did too - I learned by so many, many mistakes. And now it seems SO funny!

I was having company once and had a huge pork loin in the oven - everything was cool - the roast should have been done on time I confidently opened the oven door - to find a huge raw slab of meat staring back at me! :0. My husband was trying to be helpful and since I was only preheating the oven he thought I'd left it on and helped me out by turning it off!! Haha. I freaked for a minute and then sliced it up into medallions and no one knew the diff! Ha!

Thanks so much - and I bet after 26 years you are a great cook!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Paula! Thank you so much:) yeah I finally stopped fighting the urge to dodge cooking and went with it many years ago. I made a hobby out of it too though - shopping for weird, hard to find stuff, going to gourmet stores or Asian stores - farmers markets...stuff like that. I did learn to love it and have quite a few tricks up my sleeve:)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm working on it Lela - I just wish I had your brain in my head! Then I might be able to figure it out:) lol. I have been trying so little by little...I think those clips I watched helped a lot! That would be fun...Pedro is always talking to me while I cook - he can see into the kitchen very clearly, he is ALWAYS asking me if I'm hungry! Lol. I know it's because I'm saying that to everyone in the kitchen! Hahaha!

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novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

Realhousewife: Thanks for a terrific hub. I've been cooking for 25 years and I've never looked back. At first you struggle a bit but after some time cooking becomes like a built-in mechanism and you automatically learn to adjust the spice or substitute ingredients. Your tips are absolutely great for beginners and show a few points where things can go wrong. I hope many people will read this article and become hobby cooks. Cooking is not only fun, it's also a lot healthier than buying all the processed stuff that is full of sodium, preservatives and loaded with MSG and all that artificial stuff.

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


So I have been attempting to do some cooking lately and this is a first for me. This article could not be more timely!! I was laughing when I got to the part about practicing on family first.

I recently ended up serving the poor girl a chicken based affair with Hiroshima inspired burnt cheese atop a bed of a gelatinous mass of pasta.

Turns out...come to find...I needed to put tin-foil on the chicken and some oil in the noodle water. Yeah...this will be VERY helpful!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Kelly, though I'm not much of a cook, not been beyond and an omlette or a sandwich and tea/coffee, I feel this is the right write as an introduction to the cooking arena.

You make me feel more confident now.

Voted up, useful and shared for non cooks like me who need a push.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love your tips and tricks! I've been cooking for myself for at least 10 years and my husband often compliments me. It's a good feeling! I love trying out new stuff, too. Last night I made zucchini and squash and added things like ginger, "liquid smoke," and apple cider vinegar to the marinade and it turned out great. I love it when that happens. :D Thanks for sharing these. New and seasoned cooks alike can benefit.

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a great Hub. This Vincent as well loves to cook. I surprise myself what I come up with at times:-) I love experimenting with stir fry's. I also am enjoying learning how to make bread and pasta. Even if I'm just cooking for myself, I have fund preparing it. Cooking can be fun and entertaining with two in the kitchen, especially if it's with the one you love. I love romantic dinners and fine wine and of course the company and scent of a woman to add to the many flavors before us. Yes indeed Vincent Price was not only a versatile actor, but also a legend in the kitchen to. Voted Up awesome, interesting and useful.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Vince - oh I love a guy who knows his way around the kitchen! My husband keeps telling me he can cook but I don't believe him:) lol I have never seen him actually cook food except on the grill. He does like to say things like "next time add a little more garlic" haha!

Thank you so much - and wishing you much luck for more romantic sexy dinners!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much novascotiamiss! You are so right, I did struggle a little at first. It is totally why I decided to start out with toast! lol I would look at recipes and think things like "now what do they mean make a roux?" or I can't tell you how many boxes of noodles I ruined not understanding that you have to wait for the water to RETURN to a boil before you set the timer! lol Silly stuff but when you have never cooked - you question little details.

I had to just think back on all the disasters I had and what I could have done to prevent them and the tips just started popping out of my head! lol

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Thomas that is funny! Yeah I never try a new one on company, sometimes even things that sound easy to cook - are tricky in just one spot and unfortunately can ruin the whole meal. I have been so mad at myself for either reading an instruction wrong (most often I would get my ingredients and add them all, then start reading to find out you don't add something until much later - oops! I have found myself staring at many pots of boiling mixtures wondering for a sec how I can just get that back out?!! haha

Keep cooking Thomas and pretty soon you will be able to set a fine table for the ladies! Hot!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Rajan - wow! Now I would have pegged you for a cook! You always write (and I highly recommend) beautiful articles on ingredients that I use. I just read one about Kale, I believe. I thought you were cooking with all that stuff! lol

Oh for you - cooking should be a cinch because you know so much about the ingredients!

Thank you so much for the read, comment, votes and shares!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey cclitgirl - that recipe sounds pretty good and like nothing I have ever had. You should totally write a recipe hub and share!

I do love when my husband compliments my cooking and he does all the time - but I can tell the diff when he thinks it is good or really thinks it is great! It does make me happy and he looks forward to that meal and I know how grateful he really is to be getting it too!

I love cooking with ginger and I do use quite a bit of apple cider vinegar too. I have an awesome recipe for beef brisquet and liquid smoke is added - you just reminded me that I should make that - I haven't in a while but Dave loves that dish!

Thanks so much and I will be looking out for that recipe!

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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow this was fun and completely informative. Thank you.

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

I beg to differ. After being on this earth for 76 years, my mom's mother still cannot cook. She tries, but is famous for her "black bottom" pies, crunchy hot dogs, "coaxial cable" spaghetti and "ants and maggots" rice dishes. She also makes "brick bread", "blackened grilled cheese" and charburgers. She has quite a repetoire. She has burned pudding and ruined Jello. Mom and her siblings all learned to cook at a very early age in self defense. Her dad put a smoke alarm above the stove so he'd know when dinner was ready.

Mom says she even ruined Cheerios.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Kelley, this is a necessary hub. I like that you do not assume that all adults are able to cook - I am still working on it! My mom does the dishes while the cooking process is happening, as you suggest, and that saves her time after the meal. I vote up and useful, as well as sharing.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi acaetnna - thank you so much! Go duck with all your cooking endeavors:)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Perry - is your mom a cat? That could be her problem! Lol

I swear I do know some people who just can't seem to cook but they just are not following directions:) lol

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Christy! Oh I know too many girl friends who say they can't cook! They can they just haven't tried very hard! I've been able to talk some of them into trying different stuff and they are always successful. I did struggle and sometimes I still come across stuff and I'm like...huh? But with the Internet - you can dig up anything you need to know really. Before the Internet..I'd just stare at the books or call my mom! Haha!

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Kelly ~ Terrific advise for the novice. As an expert cook; I might break a few of the rules! I'm sure you do too since you've been cooking for 25 years. Hugs, Debby

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I think I missed the Party! Wow! Your grandma did give you that flair! I see you doing your best to keep your family fed. I can cook... just to survive Lol! Wonderful and encouraging! Vincent Price? The old dude from thriller? Huhh-hahahaha! let me get my sauce pan and start frying this chopped sirloin...mm.. adding garlic and chopped onions..OMG!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Debby! Thank you!

Another interest we have in common! Oh I break rules all the time...but those were the particular ones I remembered messing up on several times! Especially the "read all the instructions through twice before cooking"...And salt...I still check everything before salting because some meats it dries out - some meats it draws flavor out? I get confused!

I do LOVE cooking though...I love trying new things and finding more exotic ingredients to try. I recently got a paella pan and have been playing with that. It is hard to get that crunchy rice on bottom without burning it!

Thanks and so awesome to see your pretty avatar!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

haha! You gotta love Vincent Price..but oh gosh...I am giving away my age in this hub huh?!! Terrible!

I was a terrible cook when I first started. In fact, one of the first meals I made for Dave when we were dating was a meat loaf. I burned it on the bottom - it was like as hard as a sole of a shoe...but I hurried and sawed taht part off:))) LMAO He LOVED it! hahaha!

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You are so right, Kelly, about not trying out new recipes on innocent guests. Not if you want them to stay friends. On the other hand, cooking a really dreadful meal for those you are not fond of, could go a long way toward ending future visits by them. Not suggesting this tactic for in-laws, though.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, it's true that anyone can cook....but you sure wouldn't want to eat what I cook! LOL Great hub Kelly!

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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Of course you are always filled with some great tips. The main thing I always do is grab all my ingredients and set them out. There have been way to many times when I have been in the middle of making something spectacular... and realized I was missing an ingredient. For instance, a couple weeks ago, I wanted to make Manwhich. Well, I had bought a can at the store two days earlier. Well, I browned the ground turkey and when I went to grab the can of Manwhich - it was gone. Sadly, I am either going crazy or the can of Manwhich was left behind somewhere cause I know I bought it! I have yet to recover from that scenario. However, I did come up with another concotion that tasted very much like an adult version of Hamburger Helper. There have been a few times that I have had to do that. Must mean I am on the way to becoming a brilliant cook! ;)

Great job on the hub like usual. Really loving your cooking series you have going on!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

haha! Now drbj why didn't I think of that? If I make a few crappy meals - maybe all the kids would stop coming here too? That might save me a ton of money too! Hmmmm...now you have me wondering what the worst thing I could cook up would be.

I once made a gorgeous little meat loaf - but I put a layer of broccoli on top of the meat and rolled it like a jelly roll - Dave sliced it open and I was SO proud of my little green beautiful swirl! He was NOT! lol He told me to never do that again! hahaha!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh come on Bill - you are a teacher! You can figure anything out can't you? I am gonna have to ask Bev about this! lmao

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Stacy - I have done that SOOOOO many times. Then I will right in the middle of a recipe and have to ask Dave to go get the missing ingredient. He doesn't ususally like that:) LOL

A distant relative once accidentally left a raw chicken in the trunk of her car oh a VERY hot summer day...I guess it tried to get out of the bag on the way home? idk? anyways she found that chidken! Stunk to high heavens so after that (the smell NEVER really dissipated) we called that the chicken car. hahahahaha!

Thank you so much - and I am still making your meatloaf about once every two weeks:) LOL

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

No, my mom is human. Her mom is insane.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

haha! That's funny Perry - or maybe not for your mom!

You did remind me of this one lady I worked with - really ummmmm.....flighty...lets say. The first time she tried to make a T.V. dinner - she didn't realize you were supposed to take it OUT of the box before you put it in the oven! She caught it on fire! lol It is difficult to believe but some people really can't get it together!

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Kelly, this was great! When I was a kid, my mom was a great cook, but as we got older, she got tired of cooking (she hated it) and meal time turned into a dreadful event. I started to think that all food was horrible until my first boyfriends invited me over for dinner.

His mom was a chef and I fell in love with food and cooking. That's when I learned anyone can be a cook. I have since adopted the philosophy that "Life is too short to eat bad food."

Loved this and really enjoyed the story about your grandmother and Vincent Price (my grandma was a huge fan and used to let me stay up late to watch his movies if I promised not to tell my parents - the nightmares gave it way tho!)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah my mom was a pretty good cook but she was back in college when I was of the age to cook. She cooked a lot but it was a hurried event more out of necessity than love for cooking at that time. I didn't think about it much until I worked in a bar actually. 1860's in Soulard...oh man the chef was awesome and the bar tender was going to school for culinary arts! ha! I was impressed and then I wanted to know how to cook...I realized how great a chef could prepare food!

My grandmother was a wild card and boy could she cook! And working at the Chase - gosh girl we have to have a sit down and I could tell ya some real fun stories!!! LOL

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Well, this was very interesting. I learned a few new things, even though I've been cooking for decades. I did not know that altitude and climate could affect how my cakes turn out. Now I want to go up a mountain and do some baking!

I think this will be very useful to anyone who is just starting to cook.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha! Hey Melovy - now I know you can cook! But I sure appreciate you reading my hub anyhow:) I want a nice each and blueberry muffin right now:) lol.

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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for teaching me several new things. My husband is the cook in our home. I don't have to cook but it's always good to have the skill.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh yes - girl you should learn to cook before the hubby realizes he can hold it against you:) lol. Or what if he goes out of town? Hahaha frozen pizza! Lol

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