I think I'll start this blog off by demonstrating where the 'clueless' in 'The Clueless Gourmet' comes from.
I rarely bake. The oven in my apartment cooks majorly unevenly, and I gave up on trying long ago. Only once in a while does something come out as passable, so I avoid wasting my time and money whenever possible.
However, occasionally there comes a time when I can't avoid it. I'm forced to bake and hope for the best. This is one such time. I have to participate in a bakesale on Tuesday. Being the scatterbrained busy-bee that I am, I didn't think to check what ingredients I already had for the recipes I plan to make. The grocery store isn't nearby, so I can't just come home and see what I'm out of and go back and get it. I had to get it all before I came home last night.
As I was going down my list of ingredients in the grocery store last night, I found that the only one I was sure I had at home was butter. It's been so long since I've baked, I didn't have any clue if I even had enough sugar!
So I bought some. And some flour. And some baking powder. Baking soda. Brown sugar. Shortening. And a slew of other ingredients.
I get home and begin to put it away and find that I already had . . .
. . . sugar. Flour. Baking powder. Baking Soda. Brown sugar. Some of them I had multiple packages of that had never been opened.
Ok, it's obviously time to clean out the cupboards! In doing so, I found multiples of other things I'd bought previously, not knowing I'd already had them. Cocoa powder. Honey. Hershey's Syrup. Croutons. Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Various spices. More pasta than I know what to do with.
I guess I should get to cooking and baking, eh?
I'll write a proper introduction later. For now . . . Hi, my name is Corry, and I'm clueless!