Confessions of a Failed Domestic Goddess

1 Dec

Do you know those people who love to cook?  The ones that approach food preparation like an art form, making picture-perfect entrees from exotic cookbooks?  Who can whip up a delicious four course dinner from whatever’s left in the fridge or pantry?  That put in a full day’s work, stop by the market on the drive home, and have the family sitting down to a home cooked meal before the Jay Leno show signs off?  Well, I’m not one of them.

In any given week, I can juggle multiple work assignments across three or four cities, navigate strange airports, hotels and rental car lots, follow up on leads, negotiate contracts, host teleconferences, conduct team meetings and fill out (dreaded) expense reports.  But on my life, cannot orchestrate dinner.

It’s not that I can’t cook.  I can.  Sort of.  I just never grew to really love cooking.  Most of my cooking ventures end up with something getting burned.  Usually it’s the food.

Feeding my family took a village.  My husband learned to cook quite well (out of self preservation), and we had both pizza delivery and the fire department on speed dial.

Missing or, at least, lacking the ability to unlock the genetic code for domestic goddess, I found myself more comfortable in a boardroom than in the kitchen.  So when I tell people who know me that I’m writing a cookbook, their first response is a silent, but quizzical expression followed by unrestrained laughter. 

But I’m going to approach this like any entrepreneur would – passion for the topic (idea, solution, service, product, business, customer, etc.) is 51% of the recipe for success.  The rest is learning, experimenting, organizing, creating, motivating, producing, cultivating, marketing, servicing and persistence – seasoned with a pinch of good luck.


2 Responses to “Confessions of a Failed Domestic Goddess”

  1. mbordelon December 1, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Silent pause of respect for your brand of domestic goddess….

  2. June Shifflett December 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    You reall can cook when you want to. the things that I have eaten that you cooked were very good.

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