The Cooking Results Are In!

Well I managed to make it through my first recipe pretty much without incident. Steaks seem pretty easy to cook, but I did end up having to cook them for almost twice as long as the directions said. And are you supposed to cover them while they cook or not? I wasn't sure so I did a little of both. Ha! That's the other problem I have with cooking, I get so technical wondering if I am doing everything right and it takes the fun right out of it. I am a definite follow the directions to a "T" kinda gal with no experimentation whatsoever. Hopefully that will change as I get more comfortable with cooking in general.

SO the moment you've all been waiting for! Behold my attempt at Filet Mignon with Rosemary & Mushrooms:

And here is the version my girls got:

The score:

Husband-Loved it! Thought it was such a treat to be getting steak, and thought it was soooo good. (At least that's what he told me!) He gave me an "A"

Natalie-I was surprised she actually ate all of her meat and said she liked it. I gave her BBQ sauce to dip it in and did not give her any of the mushrooms or sauce because I knew that would be pushing it. Of course she left a few green beans on her plate, but overall she did a great job.

Kara-She liked it too. Since she still can't talk I don't get much complaining from her! When she is full she just starts throwing pieces of food on the floor.

Me-I thought it was yummy too. The mushrooms and rosemary really did it for me. And it smelled so good while cooking! I also liked that it was versatile in that for the grown ups we could add the mushrooms and sauce and we could give it to the little ones plain.

I'm not doing anything fancy for side dishes right now. Baby steps, people! I'll let you in on my dirty little secret:


  1. your little secret really isn't soooo dirty! the meal looks delicious.

  2. We have a winner! Congratulations on your yummy dinner!

  3. WOW! You got 4 thumbs up. That's what I call a huge success! Way to go momma!

  4. um YUM!

    looks delish. great job jackie! i now want a little kid dish like your daughter's. so cute!!!

  5. If you're a follow directions to a T kind of person, you definitely should try baking. Baking is more of a science than cooking, much less interpretation.

  6. You go girl! The more you cook the more you get used to it! My kids prefer canned veggies over fresh, go figure!

  7. Looks yummy! I laughed at your kid version! Very typical in my home with four little ones. I find it hard to be motivated to cook since they hardly eat "grown-up" food, and yet I keep pressing on! Love getting new, yummy recipes! Thanks!

  8. Sounds like the meal was a huge success! and looks fabuous too! Good work!

  9. Ha ha, that bottom photo is so hilarious! I was thinking that meal looked like actually a lot of work for a non-cook. Congratulations - it's brilliant!