Adulting in the Kitchen: My How To Guide

Posted October 19, 2016 by Paula in Advice / 5 Comments

Adulting in the Kitchen: My How To Guide

I never wanted to grow up. I had Peter Pan Syndrome before it became a thing! But somehow, when I wasn’t paying attention, I did grow up. Well, in some ways. In others, I’m still a kid.

My sister calls me an enigma. I can run an entire store, but not my own life. She may or may not have said this to me after I set some paper towels on fire the first time I cooked for myself.

There are still some areas of my life that I need a little help in. The kitchen being the most obvious one. So what I decided to do was find a way to appear to be an adult in the kitchen, even though I’m clearly not! And the best way to do that is to learn to cook a few things. Not a lot. Just enough to pass by.

And because I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels lost in the kitchen, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you!

So here are my tips for adulting in the kitchen and impressing all the people in your life!

Have some go-to recipes

This is the most important tip to adulting in the kitchen! And you know what will help you the most here? Pinterest! You probably could’ve guessed that! Without Pinterest, I would have no idea how to make anything.

You want to have recipes for any kind of event that could come up. The workplace potluck. The girl’s night in. The Family dinner. A night in with your boyfriend. Fundraisers. All of these regularly pop up in my life. And to keep myself from stressing every time they do, I have several recipes to choose from that I know I won’t screw up.

Here are the ones I love the most: (Yes, I realize most include pepperoni. Remember the not growing up!)

Pizza Casserole – perfect for any kind of pot luck dinner.

Deep Dish Pizza – fun and easy to fix with your boyfriend on a night in.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches – Perfect for any of kind of shower, girl’s get together, or picnics with the boyfriend.

Pull Apart Pizza Bread – Fun for a girl’s night in.

Chocolate Eclair Cake – the yummiest and easiest dessert ever! Tip: Don’t make your own icing. Buy ready made, melt it, and pour over your cake. Delicious!

Chicken and Dumplings – Perfect for cozy Fall nights with your boyfriend or family dinners. I may have possibly let Cap do most of the work here. Maybe.

Southern Banana Pudding – this will impress everyone in your life! Everyone! So it’s perfect for any event! Tip: leave out the cream cheese and use a whole container of cool whip instead of half like this recipe calls for.

Frozen Lemonade – This is just for fun and so delicious!

Master one basic cooking task

What is that one thing that you have to Google every time you go to make it? For me, it was How to boil an egg!

For the life of me, I couldn’t remember, and I tried all kinds of methods and they never turned out the way I wanted them to. But then I found this method here, and now my eggs are perfect every time! And to be sure I never lost that recipe I saved it on my phone. I don’t need to look at it now, but it’s there just in case.

So, whatever that one task is that you have the most trouble with – master it! If only so you can feel better about your own semi-adulthood!

Own all the cooking things!

One of my best friends sells Pampered Chef, so I actually do own ALL THE THINGS! That doesn’t mean that you have to, but you do need to own a few things to help pull off the kitchen adulting. And here are the very basics:

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls – in different sizes
  • Colander – at least two
  • Mixing Spoons and Dippers
  • A Casserole Dish – the prettier the better
  • A big pot – I’m still working on getting one to suit Cap’s standards
  • A can opener – because lets’ face it most of what you eat will be from a can
  • Manual food processor

I’m including this list so that you won’t be like me, and have to run out and buy things while cooking because you didn’t realize you needed them until right then.

So, these are my tips for appearing like an adult in the kitchen. Do you have any kitchen/cooking advice? Do share! Because obviously, I need all the help I can get!

Adulting in the Kitchen: My How To Guide


5 responses to “Adulting in the Kitchen: My How To Guide

  1. Love this post! I remember my early cooking days. When I got married (young! 23!) I really had no clue around the kitchen, nor did my husband. We really learned over time. It’s all bout trial and error. And yes, it’s great to get comfortable with a few things and then move on from there.
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