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Cooking with HubPages: Recipes, Learning, and Laughter

Updated on June 4, 2016
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing, or in more typical art forms, artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

New Recipes can be Inspiring

Recipes on HubPages
Recipes on HubPages | Source

HubPages Offers New Recipes as well as New Friends!

One of the delights of being involved with HubPages is that there are some great cooks writing about food and including recipes worth following. Reading their hubs and using some of their recipes has even inspired me to write a little about cooking myself.

I enjoy reading about some of HP's chef's histories and getting to know a bit about them. Some of the most interesting are from other countries. Benefitting from their expertise is icing on the proverbial cake.

Hubbers' recipes often have an interesting history of their own. In spite of my dubious relationship with our kitchen, HubPages chefs have inspired me. To my surprise, some of their stories are as funny as my own!

☕ Inspiration for Cooking

Food and I haven't had the greatest relationship, but I’m glad to say that things have gradually improved. A banana bread recipe recently reminded me of my sad history with cooking, but a patient family, a little counseling, some focus on my part, and hey, I can now cook...a little.

Reading recipe hubs caused me to remember the moment my husband knew he was in trouble. We were engaged, then married at a young age--a very young age. It was a long time ago, but I remember his eye-opening moment clearly.

Early on, if I hadn’t cut or burned myself (or the food), or broken something, or forgotten something, or encountered other issues, I was glad, and the food seemed good to me even if it wasn’t. It had been good to me and I was grateful!

Chocolate.  Always good for what ails you.
Chocolate. Always good for what ails you. | Source

☕ A Recipe for Disaster--not a HubPages' Recipe

At all of 17, I had never cooked an entire meal by myself. I’m also pretty sure I had never cooked meat. The only thing I remember cooking before I married is a cake--out of a box. Unless sandwiches count.

So, we married right after high school graduation. He was older and wiser--at the ripe old age of 18. We went on a little honeymoon and, of course, came home to jobs. Real life rubber-meets-the-road stuff and such where we got up in the mornings and went to work.

His big surprise that first week was that I am not a morning person. While he is Mr. So-Cheerful-It-Makes-Me-Sick at 6 a.m., I am in a fog until about 10 a.m. even with coffee. I’ve adjusted at times, and also fooled a few people along the way, but this poor guy had one royal awakening.

There we were in our tiny little first kitchen making breakfast together. Here’s pretty much how my part of the conversation went: “What do you want to eat honey?” “Toast with your eggs?” “You’ll make the eggs?” “Okay, dear, how sweet.” “Here we go...”

Then I think I dozed off for the next thing I remember he’s standing there looking at me in a most quizzical manner as I put butter on one side of his toast and jam on the other side. I’m pretty sure that when he first saw what I was doing he was wondering if that’s how we did it at our house when I was “growing up.”

He simply took the toast from me and said, “Here, let me.” I think he went to work shaking his head, but I’m not certain because it was awfully early in the day. The really amazing thing is that he came home!

Following a Recipe is no Guarantee!

Follow the Recipe!  First thought at my house is too often a question: "What will this taste like?"
Follow the Recipe! First thought at my house is too often a question: "What will this taste like?" | Source

☕ Learning and Laughing in the Kitchen

My culinary exploits have sometimes been nothing short of adventures. Through the years I can remember three faces being amazed when something I cooked tasted good. At times I was really disheartened at my own efforts, but we got by.

Truth is, when I hadn’t cut myself or burned myself or the food, or broken something, or forgotten something I was so glad that, well, the food seemed good to me even if it wasn’t. It had been good to me, and I was grateful.

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I’ll always regret that I wasn’t better at what should be one of life’s distinct pleasures, but we made it, and once in a while my cooking did turn out. Having just celebrated our 38th anniversary, I’d say my husband has been very patient. He actually trusts me in the kitchen now, and that’s saying a lot.

My daughter was a great cook early on. She picked it up from her father who turned out to be quite a good cook. Her desire and ability to learn continues to serve her well. Even if he did learn to cook out of self-defense, at least my husband learned. My son’s not bad either--but I’m so thankful he married a fabulous cook.

☕ A Recipe for Laughter is Good for HubPages Chefs!

Enough of my rambling! Other hubber's recipe stories inspired me to write a hub for the purpose of logging some funny stories in the comments section. Writing is fun--cooking is, um, something we have to do.

If you have a great cooking story that will bring some humor to the table, please share it. Life's zig-zags can whip us around and make us feel fried. A little funny stuff helps us brave the roller coaster.

As well, if you have a funny cooking escapade that you could write a hub about, do so! Then share a bit of it in the comments below to tempt us to go for the rest of the story. This is all about laughing at ourselves with each other.

Ready, set...go! Make us laugh! It's good for us!

If you can't find something to laugh about, at least chocolate can make you happy! ☺

Some Food and Recipe Hubs that Might Surprise You!

• Crucial tips for successful cooking when using recipes.

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• A you'll-never-know-its gluten free brownie recipe!

• Better for you candy with organic ingredients is affordable.

Repair Kitchen Disasters!

Pumpkin Muffins with no eggs, no cow's milk, and no gluten are yum!

• Can the above muffins be bested with this chocolate pumpkin muffin recipe?

• What is the best egg substitute?

• A Pumpkin Crunch like no other.

Harvest White Beans with corn bread is healthy eating for any time of year!

• Here's a recipe for Coconut Apple Fizz that goes well with appetizers.

Cute Kids Making Cookies:

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I love the cooking and recipe sharing part of the Hubpages community. I am not the best cook myself, but I enjoy using the easy recipes available here. Thank you for sharing your funny life story.

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      marellen 5 years ago

      I'm not a bad cook but an absent-minded one.

      I wanted to steam some veggies and got the sauce pan out put the steamer in the pan along with the veggies and on the stove it went. I left the kitchen to watch TV with my daughter. I smelled something good and thought it was coming from someone else's apartment. Then the smell turned ugly and I realized after 30 was me. I burned the pan and the apartment smelt so bad. I had in all my wisdom, forgot to add the water to steam the veggies. Needless, to say I threw everything out.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for stopping in! So appreciate your visit and comments. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love baking more than cooking. But still I have to cook. The first time I tried to do stir fry at home in the Philippines, long time ago, I put kerosine instead of cooking oil in the pan. The bottle of the cooking oil was looking like the bottle of our kerosine for our lamp at night time. Thanks God nothing worse happened. Thanks for sharing your funny experiences.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Oh that feeling that hits you when you realize, "it was me." :)

      Absentmindedness is a good way to put my own relationship with my kitchen. I should probably put one of those bumper stickers on the fridge that say, "I'd rather be..." :)

      Thanks much for sharing your story. I'm sure your neighbors were glad it was you and not them!

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