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Diary of a Rookie Cook

I've never really cooked. I pretty much eat the same way I ate in college, making whatever is fast, cheap, and easy.


But I want to cook. I mean, I really like eating, and cooking is a necessary first step to eating really well. I collect cookbooks, recipes, and cooking appliances, but I don't ever actually take the step of making anything.


So now that I have a proper kitchen I thought I could finally start attempting some of the recipes I've saved on Facebook.


Because they seem much easier than the recipes in the cookbook, frankly.


Recipe #1: Pecan Pie Bread Pudding




Seems simple enough!


Step one, get this enormous loaf of bread and let it sit for a day:



It occurred to me, that if the whole point of "day old bread" was for it to be dry, I probably should have taken it out of the bag. Oh well, I'm sure it will be fine.


I added everything to the big bowl and created something that looks like what peasants eat in medieval movies.


I also "chopped" the pecans by hitting them with my meat hammer while they were still in the bag. Worked great!


Yes, I have a meat hammer. No, I have never actually used it for its intended purpose.


I wasn't able to create the bread pudding lasagna that it recommends. This may be because I chose my pan based on the picture rather than the actual measurements in the recipe.



Close enough!


It tastes delicious. This one is a keeper. Easy enough that even I couldn't mess it up.



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