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Cooking with HubPages: Recipes, Learning, and Laughter

Updated on December 10, 2017
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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
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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.

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

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

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey


      Oh me, how sad to lose a lovely lemon pie that way. Better to laugh than anything else, though.

      You made me remember another story: Banana Pudding is a old southern favorite, often served to a crowd in a punch bowl. At a friend's family reunion everyone was looking forward to an aunt's Banana Pudding for dessert. It sat chilled in its punch bowl in glistening splendor on a counter below a cabinet that held glasses. (By true southern standards, iced tea is served in glass even when crowds gather.) Someone reached into the cabinet for a glass but it slipped from their hand, falling onto the punch bowl. That the glass and punch bowl were broken was bad enough, but the loss of the Banana Pudding that day is likely something that poor person has yet to live down!

      Early on, my husband knew less about cooking than I did, but he can now definitely hold his own! :)

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      Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

      Oh I do so feel for you! I think there are plenty of us who have had the same experience. Fortunately for me, we had a less traditional division of roles and my husband was an excellent cook!

      One of the things I have been able to make well is a lemon pie. I once produced the very best one ever and was taking it to the table, eager eyes were fixed on it, I was proud of my achievement and then, just seconds before it would safely have landed on the coaster - flip! - it slipped from my grasp and - splat! - landed upside down on the tiles. It was an un-salvageable, sticky mess.

      We had canned peaches. :(

      But, you gotta laugh, I guess, so... :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      When it comes to cooking, I figure I may as well laugh as cry most of the time. :) I am still rather klutzy in the kitchen (maybe that's why I didn't do much more than scrape the bowl as a kid), but I've found ways to be creative so I enjoy it more now and that makes a huge difference! Thanks very much for checking out this slice-of-life piece and adding your comments to it!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      This is a great one. I can thoroughly sympathise with you on the cooking history/experience side. At least now I can cook something passable but I don't actually enjoy it unless it's for an evening or lunch with friends, or a special occasion.

      I love the 'Real life rubber-meets-the-road stuff' phrase. It's such a shock when you have to start out in life isn't it? I did some cooking with my Mum but that was just a 'do you want to scrape out the bowl?' exercise!

      My partner's a great cook so I often leave things to him. Being retired is also a huge bonus - more time to think about what I'm doing and to plan well.

      It is fun here on hubpages and everyone is so supportive, cooks or not. Ann

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Oh dear! If you find it again, be sure to pin it!

      Thanks for stopping in to visit this hub and for adding your comment to the fun stuff with your "dry" sense of humor. I'm sure your sister appreciated being able to keep her hands out of the soapy water! :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I made a cheesecake recipe from Hubpages and now I can't find the hub with the recipe. I couldn't cook when I got married my mother never let me in the kitchen she did all the cooking I did all the cleaning along with my sister. Being the oldest I made her dry. Enjoyed your hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks bunches for letting me know that you enjoyed this humous food read and that it was helpful to you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for letting me know this made you laugh--that makes me smile! :)

      What would an authentic adventure be, after all, if one were sure it would turn out well? :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun here!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks RTalloni for the good read and hints. I just bought ground flax seed for the first time, and I am forever running out of eggs. I will remember your hub!

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Oh this made me laugh! I never cooked as a child, and at school I escaped any cooking lessons.

      As a result , I left home totally unable to cook, and eventually taught myself. There were certainly a number of "yuck"meals along the way.

      I still like to experiment, and not all my adventures turn out well.

      Thanks for a fun - hub - which I'm sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh dear! That would be enough to knock your dinner socks off! I'm sure she gained an appreciation for your variety of dishes as she grew older and learned to cook!

      Thanks kindly for stopping by, and for your generous votes! :)

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Okay, I'm sure my daughter doesn't want me to tell this story for the world to read, but it's funny today (although at the time it happened, not so much), so I'll share it.

      It was in the late 80s when she was 9 or 10 years old (she's 31 now). A few years before, I had just let go of being a vegetarian, but I still made some vegetarian dishes from time to time. So one evening I prepared a (to me) delicious dish of spaghetti and fake meat sauce, made with falafel, that she had eaten before. Now mind you, my daughter had an extremely discriminating palate back then, as many children do, but when I put the plate of food in front of her, the last thing I expected her to say was, "I ain't eatin' this sh*&t!" It was bad enough that she said it, but I had invited a good friend of mine to have dinner with us, so she heard it to. Needless to say, I was so angry and embarrassed that I told her, "From now on, you cook your own food."

      I didn't leave her totally food-less in the days, months, and years that followed, but she did learn how to cook her own food and does a very good job of it today, better than me, in fact.

      I really enjoyed reading this hub, RT. Rated up and awesome!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      iZeko, Maybe we'll start a trend!

      Thank you for stopping in and adding to the fun. :)

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      I’ll have to give your butter-on-one-side-jam-on-other toast a try ;-)) Thanks for sharing your story! It was fun reading it!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      If I couldn't laugh at my cooking escapades I would be in big trouble!

      Now that's a motto that belongs on a refrigerator magnate, "...keep the kitchen clean and eat out."

      Thanks for joining the fun of this hub by visiting and sharing your motto! :)

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      applying jam on one side and butter on the other made me laugh! cool hub.recipies are great if some one else if going to cook them nicely and you just eat :-) else keep the kitchen clean and eat out.


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      How true your statement, "bored cook cooking boring recipes," Movie Master. HP has turned out to be a community full of variety, hasn't it? :)

      So appreciate that you came by with your comment!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have found some fabulous recipes on HubPages, so I am trying lots of new stuff which is great because I had become a bored cook cooking boring recipes!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks bunches for stopping in Pamela99. Have you shared your banana bread recipe on HP yet?

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I don't like to have to cook everyday. I enjoy trying a new recipe and cooking a good meal occasionally. I do make banana bread and have a great recipe that has been in the family for years which everyone loves. I have found some really good recipes on Hubpages which spark my interest.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Chatkath:

      Hope you are enjoying your new abode! Maybe the link to the Beautiful Banana Bread was helpful?

      Thanks much for sharing your No Recipe No More story! :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Just looking for my favorite Banana Bread recipe tonight - I just moved and it is no doubt boxed up somewhere I will never find it! The last time I tried it from memory it was raw in the middle, NO MORE! I can not trust myself without a recipe! What fun cooking can be!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Victoria Lynn:

      I need to follow your hubs carefully! :)

      Thanks bunches for stopping in with your kind comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love cooking and creating new recipes. I hope to share more of that on hp. I enjoyed your hub--very friendly and witty!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Oh, my dear, I am very thankful! :)

      I meant to ask your permission to link your hub here--hope it's okay! :)

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      sj_workman79 6 years ago

      ha ha Great Hub. We should both be thankful we didn't set the kitchen on fire.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh Thelma, that's a doozy of a story! I'm so glad it turned out funny and that nothing bad happened. That must have been some stir-fry!!!

      So appreciate your visit and that you shared your cooking faux pas. :)

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      RTalloni 6 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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      Thelma Alberts 6 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 6 years ago from the short journey


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

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      marellen 6 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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      Carrie Smith 6 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.