Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I don't have a cooking blog

The Bad Caramel Apple
Last month, I found a recipe for caramel apples.  It looked good, so, even though it broke my rule that all recipes should be quick and easy, I printed it out.  Tonight, I decided to make it.

I followed the recipe exactly--including the part where it said the caramel should reach 335 degrees.  I was wondering why it smelled a little burnt and why it looked much darker than most caramel.  Hmmm.  Finally, before I dipped all the apples in, I decided to check that cooking blog again.  Sure enough, the 335 degrees was a mistake.  It should have said 235 degrees. 

So my family happily ate their uncaramelized apples on sticks.  I could teach Michelle Obama a thing or two about how to help kids avoid obesity.  Just give me a week in the Whitehouse kitchen.

In my defense I was once a pretty good cook.  It's not a coincidence my husband proposed on the same day he tasted my homemade rolls.  Then we got married and had two kids with gluten allergies, so cooking is a lot more complicated now.  (I also had better hair before I got married.  My hair hasn't looked quite right since I lost my favorite round brush on our honeymoon.)

That's why I like writing.  It's so much easier to fix my mistakes. 

I'm making orange rolls for Thanksgiving this year.  We'll see what happens.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

7 comments:

  1. You're so funny! Sorry about the recipe typo.

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  2. Cherish, just because you have a cooking blog doesn't mean you have to apologize for someone else's typo. It wasn't your cooking blog. Besides, I really do have enough experience to know that 335 was way past the hard ball stage--it says so right on the thermometer.

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  3. Ha ha. We made caramel apples a while back too, but at the time I didn't have a candy thermometer and thought I could still make it work. Not so - our leftover caramel was as hard as a rock!

    And my hair has never been the same since I've had kids. Don't know whether it was all the hormone changes or the stress?!?

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  4. You are hysterical.

    And yeah. We were trying to figure out my son's allergies for a while. Going without gluten is tricky.

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  5. Thank you for making me feel not so bad about my lack of cooking skills :-)
    Happy thanksgiving to you.

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  6. Haha :) I'm right there with ya. Hope the orange rolls went well!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  7. I love your picture. Thanks for the laugh. And orange rolls sound amazing. Good luck!

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