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Yes, That Would Be The Perfect Career For Me

Yes, That Would Be The Perfect Career For Me

March 30, 2006

“Mom, did you go to cooking school?” my 5 year old son asked last night.

“Uh, nooooo. Why?” I was finally able to get out once I stopped the hysterical laughing.

“Because you are such a good cooker. You make the best things. Like this! How did you know how to make this so good? Mmmmmmmm. I know… you should be a cookbook writer. Mmmmmmm.”

“First I cooked the elbow shaped macaroni. Then, I open the package of powdered cheese. Added milk and butter. I prefer not to measure exactly. I’m daring and crazy like that. I like to embrace the recipe and make it my own. Stir it up and viola, culinary delight!”


I like to think of it as setting the bar low for my future daughter-in-laws.

Posted by Chris @ 9:44 pm  

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  1. carrawayseed says:

    Ahh yes, as my hubby would say…I can open a can as well as anybody else…

    Gotta love him.

    I’ve been told anyway.

    Hope your weekend is better than your week! Gum surgery? (shudder)…..

  2. Safa says:

    LOL!!!! Sounds like dinner at my house…although I use Velveeta so around here I’m practically Wolfgang Puck!

  3. momteacherfriend says:

    As a daughter-in-law struggling over my bar…I thank you!

  4. mary says:

    Hehe, my husband used to make box macaroni and cheese for our son. As he was stirring in the milk he’d say “This is where the artistry comes into it.”

  5. Chilihead2 says:

    I’m considering the fact that I laughed until my sides hurt my workout for today. Thank you.

  6. maria says:

    yeah - I get the “great pasta mommy” when it’s noodles and Ragu - the meal I slave over w/spices and complicated things - no one will eat…

  7. Leah says:

    Did you know today is “she’s funny that way day?”
    I’m funny like that too.
    Never measure the butter or milk. I like mine a little juicy!

  8. T. says:

    I am thrilled to know that my children aren’t the only ones who believe Mac’nCheese is a culinary delight.

  9. Jennifer says:

    your five-year-old is so sweet! ahh! i hope my baby boy grows up to tell me things like that.

  10. Meepers says:

    I’d like to go on record as saying that my sophisticated tounge really loves Mac n’ Cheese. The more fake the better. Also: my husband refers to warming anything up as cooking, and I’m ok with that!

  11. Meg says:

    Don’t worry, Sophia will know how to cook - Miles will be well taken care of…

  12. Silly Older Bear says:

    When we were in college my brother went on a semester abroad type of trip and stayed in the UK for a while.

    He got off the plane with tales of “they made us mac and cheese without using a box!” He was in awe.

    Face it, some of us men aren’t THAT picky.

  13. nabbalicious says:

    Someone at work once told me about how his mom used to make the best macaroni & cheese. He and his siblings would eat it and just marvel about how good it was, but whenever they’d ask their mom how she did it, she’d just shrug.

    Finally, after years of this, he asked his mom point-blank how she made the stuff, and told her she wouldn’t always be around to make it and she would have to pass the torch someday.

    “So, what’s your secret?”
    “I just follow the directions on the box!”

  14. kalisah says:

    the funny thing is, I raised My Kid on Kraft Cheese & Macaroni, and when I finally made some creamy, homemade mac & cheese goodness, HE DIDN’T LIKE IT.

  15. Erin says:

    Awww, how sweet. I’d take that compliment.

  16. Elena says:

    Your daughters-in-law will love you! Believe me, having a mother-in-law who loves to cook, and unfortunately is good at it (plus a *dear* husband who frequently mentions those two facts) makes life at times very difficult.

    I never measure anything either (which drives my husband crazy, *evil laugh*).

  17. halloweenlover says:

    The young women of the world thank you.

    I got rave reviews from Josh over my mac and cheese and fish sticks. Go figure.

  18. Libragirl says:

    My nephew loves my mac and cheese from the box better then his moms from scratch and she’s a baker and can cook like a chef.

  19. jennster says:

    sweetest post ever! that is so freaking cute!

  20. Jen says:

    That is hilarious. My daughter also thinks I am absolutely talented when I make a batch of cookies from those “Break-n-Bake” Nestle Toll packages.

    She always leans over her dinner, drags in a big long breathe through her nose, and whispers, “Wow, that smells dewicious . Thank you so much for my dinner.”

  21. Anonymous says:

    Your little guy is the sweetest

    “my husband refers to warming anything up as cooking, and I’m ok with that!” - me too

  22. Ficklechick says:

    I feel the same way about housecleaning. Setting the bar low for the future daughter in laws. It’s my wedding gift to them. :)

  23. Kim says:

    I love that little people see things so simply. What’s good to them is good, regardless of how it got that way. Thanks for the laugh.

  24. andrea says:

    Hey I see we use many of the same recipies! Aren’t they so complicated. :) Great post!

  25. Gabriela says:

    Too funny! I just got done serving up gourmet mac and cheese out of the box.

  26. Sheryl says:

    She’ll thank you, I’m sure.

  27. Liz says:

    my husband starts twitching and foaming at the mouth uncontrollably if he knows that I am cooking something without looking at a recipe. lol

  28. Lisa says:

    You have to measure the ingredients for that? LOL

    The elbows are so last year here now. We have to buy either the spirals or Spongebob. One box of those character ones definitely don’t go far here. Have you tried the Supermac? My oldest whinced when she opened the box and said, “Why are the noodles…brown?” She wouldn’t touch it.

  29. Melanie says:

    No measuring the amounts for boxed mac & cheese here, either. My kids love the boxed kind and hate the “real” stuff on the very rare occasion that I make it. To tell the truth, I like the boxed kind better, too! ;)

  30. Heather says:

    I get so irritated when I work for an hour on dinner and no one says a word, then they rave for 10 minutes over Hamburger Helper!

  31. Mommy@Home says:

    Sounds like Hamburger Helper in my house- my husband thinks it is the best thing in the world. Well, it makes things easy for me. So I don’t complain.

  32. Kristen says:

    My husband does that - about stuff he makes. Like opening the macncheese was SOOO hard… And how is it that it tastes SO much better when he makes it?? LOL. This is my first visit the infamous (all good) Big Yellow House. It’s really quite lovely.

    Now to get some mustard :)

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