Hi, my name is Mark. I live in Pennsylvania and I am a stay at home dad to THREE BOYS, six, three, and zero. I have been a stay at home dad since 2001, which means I should be good at this by now. Um, right.
Anyway the idea for this blog was born from my wife Karen, who in her blog chronicled several dishes that I prepared that were each a smashing success. I started to get a little undeserved praise, so I figured I would show an honest view of my cooking skills. I suppose in this blog I will mention successes in the kitchen, but that’s not really funny, is it?
Then Karen got this GREAT idea that I could include my failures as a parent in the blog as well, thereby supplying me with an endless stream of material and entertainment for the world at large, and not just her. It’s a shock that she even trusts me to stay home with the kids.
Anyway, since my wonderful wife goes to work every day and often comes home late I am forced to do at least some of the cooking. I don’t mind, though, I really enjoy cooking, except that at times my children refuse to eat my cooking. I’ve always had to do some of the cooking, and I would follow recipes with some form of success or make things up and fail miserably. Then I discovered two things that would change my life forever: The Food Network and DVR (Alton Brown is KING). You mean I can save all these shows and watch them WHILE I make the food? Where do I sign? So now I’m kind of a foodie, except I haven’t got the skills to match. I like aiming high, but when you aim too high sometimes you crash and burn. And when you crash and burn, grab the camera.
Karen is a wonderful cook and is the first to tell you that she’s better than me. However her job forces her to smile politely and force down the food that I have slaved over for at least 20 minutes. There are still times that I try to make something on my own from what we have lying around the house, and usually we end up ordering a pizza after I’ve ruined something.
My favorite pastime is making substitutions! Oh, the substitutions I make based on what I have in the house are spectacular! But that’s another post. There are times when going to the store to buy two ingredients for a dish is simply out of the question. So I ask myself things like, “What’s kind of like sherry vinegar? Of course! balsamic vinegar!” I don’t need to tell you what happens next.
Karen is scared that I will start ruining dinner on purpose just so I have blog fodder. Silly Wifey. She knows by now that I don’t have to TRY. Sometimes dinner just gets ruined.