I enjoy cooking and baking. I find them both to be challenging yet relaxing. I enjoy the creative nature of the work and satisfaction of a job well done – at least according to my taste buds. Over the years I’ve developed some kitchens skills by being somewhat adventurous and trying new things.
Although I do have fond memories of the oven catching fire the year I roasted my first Thanksgiving turkey.
You’ve probably heard the warning - don't make a recipe for the first time to serve to company! I guess ideally you don't want your company ringing the doorbell just as the smoke detector is going off or the soufflé is falling. But, hey, isn't that why we have pizza delivery?!
When cooking, I do tend to try new recipes using company as my unsuspecting test subjects. Generally because most recipes make a lot more food than my hubby and I can, or should, eat at once. I'm not opposed to leftovers, but if the recipe doesn’t turn out all that well, I don't relish the idea of eating it for three more days.
The other reason is, if the trial produces good results, I want to get the biggest bang for my buck. My husband is very complimentary of my cooking, but doesn’t he have to be? There's nothing like accolades from an adoring crowd – or at least two or three or eight people who aren’t related to me by marriage – to validate my kitchen caper.
Baking, however, is a different story. I usually take a baking recipe out for a trial run before committing it to others or an event. Of course ending up with a whole tray/pan/loaf, etc. of something yummy can be dangerous if it’s just me and the dog, mostly because the dog won’t get any.
For example, take the sticky buns pictured above.I used a new recipe which I thought turned out quite deliciously – well I had to taste at least one! How then do I keep from eating all of them? I give them away. If baked goods turn out well, I’ll share them with neighbors, coworkers, the trash pick-up guys. Anyone willing. That gets it out of the house, but also satisfies the main goal of my baking – seeing others enjoy the fruits of my labor.
What about you – are you brave enough to test recipes on guests or do you stick with tried and true options that limit your liability?
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