I adore food (and I'm sure I'm the only one who feels that way, right?). I love going to fantastic restaurants, whether they're hidden gems or world famous, and I've been known to go on culinary tours instead of actual vacations. That's why it's pretty hard on my ego to accept that fact that I'm bad at cooking. Well, let me make sure the record is straight, before I go further: Sometimes I get it right when I'm cooking. In fact, I used to get it right far more often than I do now, but not enough time and too many distractions have seriously compromised my abilities. I burn all kinds of things on the regular.
So what's a mom to do? Well, I have a few secrets I'm willing to divulge. First of all, follow recipes. Don't assume you can wing it like other people, and have your meal turn out okay. I've made that mistake too many times, and it's a giant waste of food. Second, don't bother attempting kids' meals that you may fail at. That's another waste of food, and your kids will end up hangry as they wait for you to figure out another option for them.