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.


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

  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.

  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?!?

  4. You are hysterical.

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

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

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

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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


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