Yesterday I was chatting on the phone with my daughter who is away at school taking a summer session class. She said she was thinking about making dinner for a guy she’s been dating and wanted to know how to make nachos. I was more than happy to share my vast nacho expertise with her. I rattled the recipe off the top of my head and we went over every detail on how to make them while she took notes. “And don’t forget the “Texas Pete” Hot Sauce when you serve them.” She assured me she already had a bottle.
Later in the evening as I was drifting off to sleep, I tried to remember the first thing I ever cooked for my husband when we were dating and for the life of me I couldn’t remember. It was then that I realized with a start that I forgot to include one of the most important ingredients for the nacho recipe that I shared. I forgot to mention to add a packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix after she browned the hamburger! Too late.
The next morning I found a text on my cell phone from her stating that she “did it and didn’t burn them!”. Not a word about how they tasted. I quickly texted her back to apologize for forgetting to tell her about the Taco Seasoning Mix. She very sweetly replied….”Oh, I was wondering why they were so bland! Not at all like I remember. It’s okay though, we used a lot of salsa and sour cream to help make them taste good. I won’t forget the seasoning packet next time”. :)
I think it might be time to buy the girl a cookbook. Her Mom’s brain has been picked a few too many times and it’s too risky to rely on it when it comes to impressing her dates!
Do you remember the first thing you cooked for a date you were trying to impress?
And do you have any good beginner cookbook recommendations? The recipe file in my head can’t be trusted! :)