I'm no Giada or Ina
I proved it recently...Giada and Ina are Food Network stars. I am NOT!
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, I came home from church, flipped on the TV to keep me amused while I did things around the house. Well, the pros chefs roped me in just like a cowboy (gal) pulls in a bull, ties it up, and walks away.
I had invited a few gal pals over for Thanksgiving, saying they could bring something but I'd get the turkey sandwiches and the fixings. This tradition came from two sisters (one of which really liked to entertain but shared the food fixings amongst us), and the other liked having us all over and usually found a way to order out...so we could enjoy other festivities.
I thought...I can do that...and that...and that. It will be easy! Well, that's what I thought. What I did was roast a turkey (I have done it for years), and made a cake, and made a cranberry cheese log. My friends still brought stuff.
I was up past midnight for 2 nights, and got up at the crack of dawn before our Thanksgiving Day church service. And I said to myself "Self, what are you doing? What happened to your reasoning? You've lost your mind, Marilyn."
Looking back, how could I be so stupid! The cooking divas stand in front of the camera (I don't). They taste their food (I taste my own food, too, ...but I don't always know how to 'season' it, per their instructions.) They have behind-the-scenes assistants who lay it all out for them, measure each ingredient into a small bowl/container so they can just toss it into the big bowl. I do not have an assistant. I don't even have anybody to take out the trash!
Here's what happened:
I didn't check my oven thermometer to be sure it was accurate. Turns out the oven was not up to speed (i.e temperature). Bummer. Then I made the cake, which was too sweet but turned out okay. (The cake batter is better uncooked, than cooked.) The other cooks brought far more interesting...well, everything.
TA DA...the Sweet and Savory Cheese Log was a hit...and I made it for 2 other parties.
Oh well. When I say I'm going to have turkey sandwiches....yes, I will.
Live richly, marilyn
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