Don’t Move Over Martha Stewart…I am Not Coming for You…

I have spent a lot of time watching the greats make food, on television. I am a lover of cooking shows and books about food. I used to stand in the magazine section of a bookstore practically drooling over the glossy pictures in the foodie section…now I do that on my Instagram feed. So, you would think that would make me a mini-Julia Child or Ina Garten…but here’s the thing…I don’t really cook…it kinda scares me.

I mean, I can make a meal, sort of. I am a frozen veggie, 90 second in the microwave quinoa/brown rice kind of girl. I can scramble eggs and I once made an Easter ham dinner that did not kill my family, but I don’t know…maybe I just don’t have the cooking gene.

Which would really bum me out since I am Italian and that should have been part of my starter kit at birth. Shouldn’t I have come out of the womb asking the hospital staff if they wanted a tray of lasagna or baked ziti? But no, I gave the doctor another gift; that story is for another day.

My mother did not have us in the kitchen as kids. I think she tried, but we weren’t really interested. I wish she would have insisted we learn all the things like normal italian mothers do. I would love to go to gatherings for a potluck and not just bring a dessert that I had a friend make or bought at the bakery.

I worked for a long time in the hospitality industry, especially in restaurants, so my excuse for getting nightly takeout was I am so sick of looking at food, I can’t bear to stand in front of stove and make something. But that’s really just a lie. The chopping, the blending of flavors, the searing, the roasting, the sautéing…it scares me. I can admit now. I am always afraid it will be bad, and my friends will either be polite and eat it anyway or just tell me straight up it’s junk. Either way, fear grips my soul every time I have a spatula in my hand.

My sister and I used to watch the show Chopped all the time. The show where they give you a bunch of weird ingredients and the contestants had to come up with a dish. My sister could always come up with an idea, I was lucky if once a week I had an idea. Or maybe it wasn’t a good idea…maybe she was just throwing a me a bone, like a participation trophy. LOL, the world may never know.

Every year I say I am going to tackle my fear of the oven and never have. I just let the idea slide away, because Neil and I do like to go out to eat. But we are doing that challenge, which means no restaurants. So, this week, I am going to pick a healthy recipe, buy the ingredients, actually attempt to use the oven and I will let you know how it goes. I am determined to become more than just an enjoyer of other people’s creations…this year I want someone to raise a glass in compliments of the cook and to have that cook be me. Bon Appetit!

***Question for the comments…Do you like to cook? Do you have any fears about cooking at all? What is your favorite meal to make?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

17 thoughts on “Don’t Move Over Martha Stewart…I am Not Coming for You…

  1. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Do I cook? Umm YES. No fear. Well, YOUR favorite meal that I make is baked ziti, which we’re having tomorrow, except this time, it’ll have bolognese sauce.
    Look, get a recipe. An easy one. If you can read, you can cook. THAT should be your New Year’s Resolution. Learn to make 5 dishes that are easy. Get a cookbook. But not Rachael Ray, because as we all know the laws of physics cease to exist in het kitchen!

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  2. Fear of failure is a real thing in the kitchen! I’ve got it too some. I read “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell and did soon learn to embrace our failures. Easy and great book! I also began to create Positive Self Talk around cooking and baking. Another great book to help with that is “ What You Say When You Talk to Yourself” by Shad Helmstetter💚proud of you! Those 30 days recipes aren’t hard either! Cant wait to hear and see!

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  3. Tracie, I think this is a fabulous idea!! You’re going to have so much fun! It’s so easy when you follow a recipe and before you know it, you’ll start adding your own flavor to it. Have fun and enjoy! 👩‍🍳👌👏

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  4. While I’ve been cooking since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I still have moments of doubt. But as others have said, just go into it wanting to have fun. It’s not about perfection, it’s not all about presentation. It’s about fun, enjoyment and sure, nourishment. I have a motto that I came up with years ago…Food, an adventure meant to be shared. When I think of cooking like that, then I realize that yes there will be failures, but there will be a lot more success. You can do this!

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    1. Ok I’ll try to have fun, lol. Remember that easter I made dinner for my family? Ham in your oven, i did the rest in my oven. We had to go church and sing in the choir…totally nerve racking lol


  5. Haha Tracie. You make me laugh! Yes, I like to cook. But, I sympathize with you. My mom never really had me in the kitchen with her so I learned many basic techniques from my mother-in-law about 20 years ago. Then, after my kids were big enough to like new and interesting flavors, I started having fun in the kitchen! I like making sauces, recipes are the best! The biggest hurdle for me is to buy everything I need at the store first… then it is much easier in the kitchen. I have substituted items here and there but it can be stressful. My favorites are blue cheese sauce for beef or pork, chicken carbonara, coffee rub steak, mushroom, onion and cheese stuffed chicken breasts, lime cilantro shrimp pasta, the list goes on! 🥦🍤

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  6. Ok…I’m not a cook either but I love using the imu…I can make rice…and if I’m home alone I’m eating breakfast for dinner…thank God for the crock pot right “set it and forget it”…I can do poke too!!!

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