Sometimes I purposefully buy products I don’t want. Recently I was in my local supermarket and asked the store manager for help finding pumpkin puree. He took me to the aisle and pointed in the right direction. When I still couldn’t find it I asked for his help again. This time he brought me straight to the display rack and I found myself face to face with a can of pumpkin pie filling. Not what I wanted. After all the trouble he’d gone to on a very busy Sunday night I couldn’t bring myself to leave without buying it. The problem is all of my favorite pumpkin recipes call for pumpkin puree and most of them say in big letters, “NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING.” Since the pie filling is already sweetened and spiced it won’t give you the same result.
My boyfriend doesn’t cook. Or bake. When I met him he didn’t have any butter or salt in his apartment. Honestly he’s totally clueless about food. Awhile ago I got this idea that it would be funny if he tried to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch (they’re his favorite dessert and he constantly nags me about not making them often enough). He’d follow a recipe with no help from me, and we’d see what happened. Given that he’s shown absolutely no interest in helping me cook, I was surprised when he excitedly agreed.