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Potholder Soup - New Cook Disasters

Updated on April 23, 2015

Cooking Disasters While 'Learning to Cook'

As a newlywed many years ago, if someone had suggested I write a page to include a recipe you would have found my family & friends "rolling on the kitchen floor" unable to contain their hysterical laughter! My early cooking days were often a disaster!

Hubby Bob's favorite stories about me over the years was about my 'faux pas' in learning to cook for him, particularly the "Potholder Soup" story. Thank goodness I married a man with a sense of humor.... and, one who could cook! Otherwise, he might have 'starved' waiting until I learned.

Burned the food
Burned the food | Source

First Time Cooking

A 'Definite' Novice!

Between college and marriage, I shared an apartment for a few months with a girlfriend. When I first moved in, she suggested we 'share' the kitchen duties.... one week she'd cook and I'd wash dishes, the next week I'd cook ..... After 3 days of my first week of cooking, Doris changed the chores list to "she'd do ALL the cooking, I could do the dishes". It was my first indication that I REALLY could not cook! Actually, I thought I could, until I realized that all the cooking I had done growing up had just been carefully explained step-by-step "prep" work prior to the actual cooking.

A few months later, I became engaged and prepared to leave our apartment and go home to get my wedding organized. Bob & I took Doris out to a farewell lunch at which she gave me two cookbooks as a gift -- which should have been a warning to Bob of what to expect!

The books were The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken and Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two Cookbook. Believe it or not, I STILL have both cookbooks, which proved to be of tremendous help as the recipes were simple and easy to follow

Cookbooks for those who 'hate' to cook... or for the newlyweds and 'empty-nesters'.

If you're like me and not much of a cook, simple recipes are the best. And recipes designed just for 'two' are perfect for newlyweds, or those of us who are now 'empty-nesters and back to cooking for just one or two!

The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition
The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition
You won't believe how many times I used the original copy of this book which goes back to 1962. Perfect for those of us who either 'hate to cook' or really don't know How To Cook!
French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup | Source

Potholder Soup

My 'First' big mistake

I'm newly married -- we're living in our 'beginner' furnished apartment. Bob comes home for lunch. The dishes and pots & pans which came with the apartment do not match and are a mish-mash of 'whatever'.

I'm fixing Lipton Onion Soup for lunch with a grilled cheese sandwich. How hard can that be? Bob's setting the table and the soup is 'simmering' when I lifted the lid to give it a stir, replaced the lid (which did NOT fit the pan), leaving the potholder on top. Instantly, the lid 'flipped over' and tossed the potholder into the simmering soup before I could grab it. I immediately 'fished' it out, but not before it had boiled some of the 'dye' out of the potholder. You see, it happened to be a potholder hand-made by my great-grandmother using crochet thread made in the 1930s or 1940s. I'm sure the 'dye' back then was not non-toxic. We did give the onion soup a tiny taste just to see, but it tasted terrible and we were convinced it would probably 'poison' us, so had to toss the soup out.

The story, as told over the years, acquired the name "Potholder Soup".

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Broccoli for dinner
Broccoli for dinner | Source

Hubby Called My Recipe "Broccoli Silage"

One day I decided to surprise my husband by serving a vegetable with dinner that was something other than the "peas, corn or carrots" which were the ONLY vegetables I ate.

I carefully shopped for a 'different' vegetable and came home with a nice fresh head of broccoli. Never having cooked it, I looked it up in a cookbook, carefully cooked it, and served it with dinner with the remark "Look, honey, I've made you something special!".

Bob took one look and said "what is this silage?" Not knowing anything about broccoli, I had cut off all the heads (like you'd do with the tops of carrots) thinking they were what you threw away -- then cooked only the STALKS! Bob thought it was pretty funny!

Jersey Breakfast
Jersey Breakfast | Source

New Twist to Old Favorites...

Fancy Up a Hot Dog? How Hard Can That Be!

My next "mistake" in my early days of learning to cook came with trying to make an ordinary dish a little different. Hot dogs had become a 'standard' and you couldn't goof them up too much. But plain hot dogs can become boring, so I decided to try something I'd heard about - hot dogs with cheese, wrapped in bacon. Sounded good, and not too hard.

I got out the package of hot dogs and some slices of cheese. I didn't realize you need to split the hot dog and put the cheese inside, so I 'wrapped' the cheese slice around the outside of the hot dog. Now for the bacon - I wrapped the bacon around the outside of the "dog and cheese", then realized I didn't have any toothpicks. So I 'tied' the bacon around the hot dog.

[I've been teased many times over the years by hubby that if I only knew "physics" I wouldn't attempt some of these things]

Time to cook. I put the 'prepared' hot dogs on the broiler pan and stuck them in the oven to cook. As they cooked -- you guessed it -- the bacon "untied" itself and fell off, the cheese all melted off in a blob, and I was left with - once again - a plain hot dog - and a messy broiler pan to clean! Hubby's 'cooking disaster stories' are getting longer by the episode!


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Shepherds Pie
Shepherds Pie | Source

Shepherd's Pie - American version

or "How to get your husband to eat a casserole"

Like most men, Bob was not fond of casseroles, but there was one we had regularly and he really liked, because to him it wasn't a 'casserole', it was a Shepherd's Pie - American version with little resemblance to the true English dish -- or even to "Cottage Pie", the beef version.

Our 'kids' grew up eating "Shepherd's Pie", which, at least in our version, was simply hamburger, onion, and cream corn - all topped with mashed potatoes and baked - very quick and easy. One day my daughter (who also wasn't much of a cook at first - well, you see what role model she had!) decided to make it for her new husband. She even called me up long-distance to get the recipe. So, she successfully cooks the Shepherd's Pie and serves it to her hubby who said "what is this - you know I don't like corn!" Daughter immediately burst into tears, and hubby shut up and ate every bite without a further complaint -- and even ended up liking it!

Dessert Disasters ...

Or - actually -

"Frosting Flops"

Chris on his first birthday
Chris on his first birthday | Source

Firstborn's First Birthday

Angel Food Birthday Cake

It was Christopher's first birthday ... my first time to bake a birthday cake. I chose Angel Food as I thought sweet cakes with rich frosting might be too much for a one-year-old. I had an Angel Food cake pan, which I had yet to use, and the cake was a cake mix. Didn't seem too hard, even for a non-cook like me. I was right. The cake came out just fine.

Chris was going to get just plain cake to eat, but his dad and I thought we'd like a little "something" on ours. So I made a chocolate whipped cream topping, which came out perfect!

I put the topping on the cake and proudly presented my "masterpiece" to hubby .... who immediately burst out laughing. Seems as though I had 'frosted' the cake upside down! Well.... nobody told me you turned an angel food cake over before frosting or serving! I thought it was the same shape as the cake pan!

Chris licking beaters - 2nd birthday cake
Chris licking beaters - 2nd birthday cake | Source

Chris' Second Birthday!

I've got this 'cake-baking' down pat now....

OK - time for Chris' 2nd Birthday. Forget the angel food cake flop. I made just a plain ordinary chocolate cake mix - baked in 2 round layers - came out fine and I frosted them perfectly. Even let 2-year-old Chris lick the beaters!

Now.... I decided to "Write" his name and Happy Birthday on the top with waxed paper cones and colored frosting. All that went perfect, until.......... I'm halfway through and Bob calls in a teasing tone from the other room "Try not to 'goof' it up this year!" I 'replied' in kind and finished what I was doing. Looked at my 'handiwork' and what did I see ---


Bob had interrupted me right after 'writing' the I in birthday; I lost my place and left out the 'R" Well - it 'tasted' fine!

Bakery Cake
Bakery Cake | Source

Chris' 3rd Birthday

Bakery Cake!

Enough is enough ............ for Chris' Third Birthday, we BOUGHT a bakery cake!

Having the Last Laugh
Having the Last Laugh | Source

The Last Laugh :-)

'and they said I'd never learn to cook!'

All the 'teasing' I endured in my long quest to learn to cook culminated in me winning a RECIPE CONTEST sponsored by a local newspaper. I know submitting a recipe wasn't the same as 'entering a COOKING contest', but winning 1st. Place and having the recipe and my picture printed in the newspaper DID make me feel somewhat victorious in the kitchen afterwards.

That winning recipe, submitted below, became a favorite of my family and friends over the years. And the funniest part of all.... it wasn't an original recipe - I clipped it out of the food section of a Miami newspaper many years earlier.

P.S. The Recipe Contest was for ANY recipe, NOT for an original...

Recipes | Source

Stroganoff Sandwiches

My Favorite "Winning" Recipe

2/3 cup beer

1/3 cup salad oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove garlic, minced.

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-1/4 lbs. flank steak, scored

6 slices bread, toasted

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

5 medium onions, sliced

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 cup dairy sour cream


  • Day before serving, combine beer, oil, salt, garlic and pepper. Add meat, turning to coat, and marinate overnight in refrigerator.
  • When ready to cook, drain meat and broil 3 inches from heat about 7 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter and cook onions and paprika until onions are tender.
  • Trim crusts from 6 slices toast and place on 6 serving plates. Cut remaining toast diagonally in half and place 1 toast triangle on each side of trimmed toast slices.
  • Cut meat in thin slices diagonally across the grain. (You should get about 24 slices.) Use about 4 slices meat for each sandwich and top with the onion. Crown with dollop of sour cream.

*Makes 6 sandwiches.

*Adjust portions according to your preferences

+++Served simply with a salad, this is a very filling meal.

My Award Winning Recipe!

5 stars from 1 rating of Stroganoff Sandwiches

I Finally Became a 'Good Cook'

I actually DID eventually learn to cook -- and even became quite good. The best compliment I ever received was from my dad - who was the "cook" in our family. On a visit many years later, after cooking and serving my parents three delicious meals in a row, dad said "You know, you've turned into a really GOOD COOK!" I always treasured that compliment.

Cooking Disasters Storytelling is a Winner!

Telling the stories of my troubles learning to become a cook at least ended up being well received. I was absolutely delighted to have this story receive 3rd place in the Fresh Squid Contest for December 2009 and become chosen as "Lens-of-the-Day" while it was part of Squidoo.

I am happy people liked my 'cooking tales', as they were stories I've wanted to tell for a long time! Hubby has certainly enjoyed sharing them with friends and families over the years and they became funnier with each telling. I think his teasing was only fair. After all, he had to be the official 'taster' of each cooking flop!

A Very Funny Cookbook - Southern Recipes to "Die" for...

A friend gave me this Cookbook and even if you never 'cook' anything from it, it is a hilarious 'read'. Called "Being Dead Is No Excuse", it's the Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral! The author, inveterate hostess Gayden Metcalfe, explains everything you need to know to host an authentic Southern funeral, such as: Can you be properly buried without tomato aspic? And what does one do when a family gets three sheets to the wind and eats the entire feast the night before the funeral?

Each chapter includes a delicious, tried-and-true Southern recipe you'll need if you plan to die tastefully any time soon. Charming and entertaining, this book will give you all the ingredients for the perfect Southern send-off! Granted, death is no laughing matter, but Southern funerals definitely can be!

© 2009 Wednesday-Elf

Do you Like to Cook? - Hope You Were Better at it Than I Was!

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Paul Ward: I didn't know about the 'baked beans', Paul, but I do like Cottage pie. :)

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      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Cottage pie with tinned baked beans - winter comfort food.

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: Thanks, Ruthi. Cooking STILL isn't my favorite thing, but at least no one goes hungry when they eat at my place. My 'disasters' have certainly made for some funny stories over the years. :)

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @anonymous: Yep, Charli - at least no one starves at my house now...LOL.

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      6 years ago

      Oh, how I laughed WITH you all the way through your cooking experiences! I empathize with you as I've had my unfair share of not-s-great-a-cook disasters. I smiled that Dad comlimented you--Bravo to you for overcoming the kitchen!

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      6 years ago

      That's a wonderful lens, with terrific stories! You kept at it and look at you now!

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      7 years ago

      This is just too funny! I remember my first try at cooking a whole roasted chicken... let's not talk about it.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Enjoyed this all over again - and even managed to give an angel blessing!

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      still laughing!

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      7 years ago

      I always read every word of Potholder Soup -- and always laugh out loud! I just love this article and the merry little elf that wrote it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      It has been a long time since I first read this article! I definitely needed the laugh today! I also added my blessings :)

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      7 years ago

      there is always something to learn when it comes to cooking... I think we learn more by our errors...

      how many people have prepared a dish that smelled heavenly as it was cooking and then... you tasted it... Yuck!!!

      I hate when that happens...

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      7 years ago

      I've always hated to cook, but lately I have become so tired of the few recipes that I make over and over that I've been doing some experimenting with mixed results. Happily, both of my daughters are excellent cooks.

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh my goodness, I do believe I saw this page many moons ago so Deja Vu BIG time. Seems you've been hard at work making it even better! I'm also not a cook, so remember well this funny 'potholder soup' story, somewhere I saved a quote..."I understand the concept of cooking, just not as it applies to ME! Touche and Happy Holidays. There are always folks around who love to cook at Christmas, I say let 'em HAVE it.

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      7 years ago

      great stories.I am still smiling

    • Adriana Daniela profile image


      8 years ago from New Market

      LOL, you made my day. I have a few of these stories myself ;)

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      What a fun collection of memories and so nicely showcased. I had my shares of cooking disasters (don't put frozen shrimp into hot oil unless you want to set the kitchen on fire).


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      8 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for sharing your disasters. Not much of a cook myself beyond meat and potatoes. Your shepherds pie sounds like something I need to try.

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      8 years ago

      I do NOT like to cook :) Let me clean and you do the cooking any day. Luckily I have a husband who likes to cook and he is really good. Excellent lens! Angel Blessed

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      8 years ago

      I cook because I have to,... I don't like it at all! But I am trying to experiment with different recipes!

      I will try your recipes,.. hopefully I will be a pretty good cook one day!

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      8 years ago

      I'm trying to decide which of your recipes sounds most enticing. Since cooking is also not one of my favorite chores, I'm sure that if I emulate your style I could learn to love cooking. Now, I hafta' contemplate how my good hubby-buddy will react when I make him a big pot of 'Potholder Soup.' P'rhaps he will think I've added a new type of veggie to the soup, ya' think? :)

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      sorana lm 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I can see why this is your favourite. Great recipes. :)

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      orange3 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great stories! I love to cook but my mother is a terrible cook! Some of your stories reminded me of her. Haha!

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      mommytalks lm 

      8 years ago

      LOL - I think that broccoli story is hilarious! I will probably always think of that now when I cut some up! : )

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      Kathryn Grace 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      I could tell a few tales m'self. But I love to cook now. It's becoming a bit of a hobby.

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      Lisa Auch 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      I forgot to say, 3 years married last week and getting slightly better!

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      Lisa Auch 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      Well...I am so glad I popped on over, too funny

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      Linda Hahn 

      9 years ago from California

      Check out my Rainbow Cake disaster lens and you'll find out.

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      9 years ago

      This is just about the funniest thing I've ever read, you are too too funny. thanks for the laugh!

      Love this lens!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      9 years ago

      Yup, things can improve, just keep it up!

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      9 years ago

      I love your potholder soup story! My own problem as a newlywed was forgetting to cook anything for dinner at all.

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      9 years ago from United States

      I love your cooking stories ~ I'm a pretty awful cook myself so it's a good thing my husband can cook (and likes to cook) or we'd all go hungry LOL

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      9 years ago

      I love cooking. Nice lens!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm back to leave a blessing.

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      9 years ago

      I used to be a good cook:) well not anymore!! congrats on the purple star!!! Nice lens!!!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your cooking stories and sure have come a long way. Nothing like a reassuring compliment from your dad on your cooking skills. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      9 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day! A Special Angel Blessing from this Fool today.

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      9 years ago

      I can certainly relate to this lens lol. I remember my early days too as I am sure my family do too.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens - well done with the Purple Star.

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      9 years ago

      That is a very funny story about the potholder soup!

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      9 years ago

      How adorable, I just loved this lens! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful stories. I do love to cook, and even have a few funnies like this too!

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      9 years ago

      I remember these stories well!

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      Senora M 

      9 years ago

      :) LOL. Great lens! I do cook sometimes, but I'm much better at sewing! I have a few items that are easy and my world famous chocolate chip cookies--Crisco stick recipe with Mexican vanilla. It makes all the difference in the world!

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Well you definitely have some interesting recipes. I loved the broccoli story :) The Shepherds Pie sounds good, but nothing like the "real" Shepherds Pie" we make here in England. I love the way that dishes can be interpreted in different ways.

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      9 years ago from New York

      I love to cook. Your story about the broccoli reminds me of a friend who didn't recognize a whole cucumber when she saw one at my house (she'd only seen them peeled and sliced in salads).

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      littlelu lm 

      9 years ago

      Hello again Elf :) I just made it to level 47 to find I'm in good company. Thought you might like to know that you are tall in my eyes as I only clock in at 4 foot 10 (and 1/2, on a good day).

      Another great lens, I've certainly had my own challenges in the cooking area.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Just discovered your page on the "Food and Cooking Side Ads"! Wonderfully charming read and here, here for getting dad's approval of your cooking. You just gotta add this and more of your food and cooking pages to my site'd sure love to have ya join us!

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      9 years ago

      I do like to cook and your potholder soup brought you many a memory and story to be told, so, it was the best soup ever.

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      9 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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      9 years ago

      Yeah, I love soup, especially during our cold Canadian winters. Too often, though, they are too salty. I can't knit and my sewing skills are mainly for buttons that came loose on my daughter's clothes. I loved how you told this story, very enjoyable.

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      Nightowl John 

      9 years ago

      Yes, I like to cook, but my wife does most of it. My oldest daughter is in Culinary school! Thanks for a fun lens to read!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      9 years ago

      I love to cook. I applaud you for keeping up the effort. This was very fun to read.

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      9 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      This was a great funny lens! I especially had to laugh at the broccoli story! If you'd had the internet back then it probably could have been avoided by googling broccoli :) Yes, I like to cook, but didn't always know how... It sure is a learning process...

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      rachsue lm 

      9 years ago

      I have to admit, that was one of the funniest lenses I have read. I am glad it all work out for you in the end..LOL. Thank you for sharing your stories and such a great lens!! I myself, think I am a good cook, but my family does not always agree!!

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      9 years ago

      I do but my husband is the better cook so I usually let him do it.

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      9 years ago

      Coming back to *Bless this HILARIOUS lens!

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      9 years ago

      Hahahaha, I'm laughing all the way to the stove! Your cooking escapes sound so much like mine. But, I'm still a lousy cook. I never grew up, I guess. Great job.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      Your Potholder soup story is so funny, I can just imagine that you might get a little ribbing from your hubby over the years over this. I can really relate. When I was first married I soon learned that I knew nothing about cooking at all! LOL

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Your stories are wonderful. It's almost hard to believe all the mistakes you made! :-)

      My mom was (is) a great cook, and she taught me. But all great cooks have disasters at times. We joke about the TIMBER cake because the layers kept sliding off -- TIMBER... there she falls!

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Reminds me of the first time I tried to cook for my wife.

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      9 years ago

      I am sitting in my screened porch with my laptop reading this lens. The Florida night are is great and I like to see the dogs as the owners are walking them. As I was reading, I let out a howl of laughter (scaring the owner and the dog started yipping). They were looking all around to see where it was coming from!

      I laughed so hard through this whole lens. Thanks for sharing and being able to laugh at yourself! <3

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Congratulations on LOTD on this lens! Well done!!

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @GrowWear: Thanks, Mimi. Cooking has never been a favorite chore of mine, and still isn't, although I DID finally learn to cook edible meals :o). At least no one 'starved'.

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      9 years ago

      Dropping in to thank you for the lensroll and to lensroll you back. ...Have to give you a lot of credit with your Chris' birthday cakes and all of the trials at learning to cook; you have certainly been determined! Congratulations on dad's kudos and for the winning recipe. :)

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      9 years ago

      Very tasty!

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      10 years ago

      Very Entertaining. You're son sounds very much like my own.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @wvclaylady: What a funny story! Nice to know I'm not the only one who had cooking 'disasters'! :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Shannon Williams 

      10 years ago from Davisville, WV

      I loved your stories! They remind me of once when I was younger, I wanted to make chicken livers and onions. When I grew up, we always boiled chicken before frying it, so I figured it was the same with chicken livers. So, I put them in boiling water, and left them to cook. When I came back a little while later to give them a stir, I found I had successfully made a pot of chicken liver SOUP! LOL They had completely fallen apart, and it was just a gray, watery mess. Well, I later learned that I should have just floured them and fried them. They were much better the second time around! LOL

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      10 years ago

      Back after a while just to tell you how happy I am for this page having got Lens of the Day, brought sales and simply because your first soup looked a lot like my first one...

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      10 years ago

      Nice story...! I couldn't cook anything but instant noodles back in college, too, and now I can be proud whenever hubby tells me that I have cooked him a delicious food!

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      10 years ago

      Well that was an entertaining lens. So Shepards Pie is it? All these years I have referred to it as cream corn casserole. Not a fan of cream corn. And yes you did become a good cook. No complaints here. Although I am a bit older than two now, I still like to lick the beaters. Chocolate Chip cookie dough is still my fav.

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      10 years ago

      Back to congratulate you on LOTD and to feature this lens on Lenses That Shine.

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      lasertek lm 

      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I will share this lens to my sister who'll become a wife soon. She will definitely learn much.

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      10 years ago

      5 stars!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!! Very nice lens with great ideas!!! 5 stars! Annie~

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      10 years ago

      Thank Goodness cooking is something we get better at with practice!!

      I love your funny cooking stories - Brilliant lens!

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      10 years ago from Australia

      This lens has brought a smile to my face today - thank you for sharing all of your funny cooking adventures - the broccoli story was great and the 2nd birthday cake was nearly as good as my brother's engagement cake where his (soon to be) mother in law spelt his name wrong!

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      hayleylou lm 

      10 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and thanks for making me laugh. The Stroganoff sanwich recipe sounds yummy so I am favouriting your lens so that I can return for it later. Thumbs up :)

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD, nice work!

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      Anahid LM 

      10 years ago

      Hi I like your lens it is funny good for you at least you are trying to cook. All the best.Anna

    • RobininColorado profile image


      10 years ago

      I love it! It took me only 20 years of marriage to become a good cook! Your learning curve was way better! Great lens! I am looking forward to trying your recipes!

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      AngHoo LM 

      10 years ago

      Kind of... Congrats on LOTD... I enjoy it... Nice meeting you... Cheers, Ang

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      10 years ago

      Very useful and great looking lens. Congratulations! 5 stars

    • graysquidooer profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens, how did you do all the fancy frames ?

      Where did you find the time to do such a impressive lens?

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      10 years ago

      I never use to like to cook, but for some reason this year i'm totally into it! I make as much as possible myslef from scratch. Love your lens.

    • Commandrix profile image


      10 years ago from Benson, IL

      Gave you a fave and a thumbs up. :)

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      10 years ago

      Loved reading your lens, well done you! I am one of those people who keeps cornflakes in their oven so you've heartened me that there is hope.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      10 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Huge Congrats on the LotD!!! I'm so happy for you. Updating to lensroll to Fantasy Dinner and all my recipe lenses . Even though I have not really thought of myself as a cook, I surprisingly have quite a few now. You've shown us that it doesn't matter. We all learn something eventually. :D

    • Richard-H profile image


      10 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Cooking is not one of my strong points, but I've been known to boil a mean egg ;)

      Really enjoyed reading your story and many congrats on LOTD! I don't cook much but I can leave a Squid Angel blessing :)

    • burgessvillian profile image


      10 years ago

      Very amusing lens. I'm sure everyone who cooks can remember a goof they did. I know of a few that I did myself. Congratulations on Lotd. Thumbs up.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, and very funny. My mother used to tell me similar stories of when she was learning to cook as a newlywed. Congrats on LOTD

    • mich1908 profile image


      10 years ago

      I imagined I like to cook until I actually did it. Sadly I lacked the cooking instinct. I love to eat though! I enjoyed reading your humourous lense. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!! Wonderful! Celebrate!

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      10 years ago

      very good story.. congrats on LOTD!

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      Kathy McGraw 

      10 years ago from California

      Congratulations....this was such a fun lens and I just love seeing it make LOTD :)

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      10 years ago

      Congratulation on LOTD. What a delightful lens you had me laughing out loud as I had memories of learning how to cook. Mom taught me how to cook so when I left home I was a fair cook. But I always wanted to do my "own" version of the way that Mom did it.

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      Diana Grant 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      That was good fun! When I got married, I had no idea how to cook, because we had a cook when I was a child in Africa, and I wasn't even allowed in the kitchen, in case I got in his way. My mother-in-law became my teacher, which was no bad thing, as I could then cook food for my husband "like momma used to make", but there were a lot of mistakes along the way to my becoming the fairly good cook I am today.

    • LadyFlashman profile image


      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congrats on becoming LOTD for this wonderfully funny account of becoming a good cook!

    • Airinka profile image


      10 years ago

      very kind lens ;)!

    • semas profile image


      10 years ago

      Really enjoyed your journey to becoming a good cook! Congrats on LOTD.


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