As much as I’d love to cook with the expertise of Julia Childs or throw a party with the casual ease of the Barefoot Contessa, I’ve resigned myself to the sad truth that I will never be a domestic goddess.
In fact, quite frankly, I have a long history of fucking up things.
Like the Christmas I turned Tyler Florence’s beautiful Braised Braicole into beef jerky because I forgot to put foil over the roast in the oven. (Always cover your meat, folks.)
Or the Thanksgiving I charred the crispy leeks while making Food and Wine’s Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks recipe.
Or the time I set out to surprise my husband with Caprial Pence’s decadent Pear Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust. I went to several stores to find the correct chocolate cookies. I picked fresh pears and lovingly poached them in white wine (and then drank the rest of the bottle). I carefully whisked the custard ingredients. About halfway through the baking process, while I was on the phone detailing my feat to a friend, I realized I had forgotten to put in the sugar. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the wine.) I had to throw away the entire thing.
Anyhow, the point of this self-flagellation is that I’ve learned to embrace my culinary imperfections. I’ve become more creative, flexible, and clever. I improvise.
For example, I didn’t bungle a batch of brownies; I created a new midnight snack.
I didn’t permanently stain my carpet, slippers, and bedskirt. I sacrificed wine in the name of popular meme art.
I didn’t make a complete ass of myself in the grocery store (and cut my leg in the process); I challenged folks to an abstract art competition.
I didn’t forget to buy birthday candles
because I was so focused on purchasing enough booze; I created a learning opportunity for my children.
See? It’s all about how you position it. (That’s what she said.)
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