"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Bad Home Cook 2.0

by Julie Tilsner on April 21, 2010

in Adventures in Parenting, Good Ideas Gone Bad

Water_dropDearest daughter:

You left a phone message for me a few weeks ago, when I was up in Malibu at a Seder and you were home watching your sick little brother. You had decided to make him matzo ball soup and I was so touched at this act of kindness, and also frankly pleased that I didn’t have to take you nits to a Seder at a big fancy house where you no doubt would have been whining to go home just after we’d tucked into the second bottle of good wine. Anyway, I was surprised to get this message from you as I left:

“Hi Mom? it’s A. We’re all fine. I’m just wondering…I made matzo ball soup, and the matzo balls are fine, but the soup is just not soup, it’s just…flavored water. Was I supposed to add matzo to the water or something? Could you call me back? Because I’m a little disappointed about this because I spent a lot of time looking at the freaking directions… Yeah. And it’s just matzo balls, in, like flavored water. He’s still eating it, but whatever.

Could you call me back and tell me what I did wrong?”

What did you do wrong? You were born unto the Bad Home Cook, that’s what you did wrong. I’m sorry darling, but this is your birthright. My best advice for you is to go out, travel the world, read widely, be happy and productive and curious…and snag yourself a man who can cook for you.

With every sincerity,

Your mother.

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Ayannello2005 April 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

So touching, JT. Smthg 4 A’s scrapbk. 🙂 xo, Aims


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