Making a meal when you’re not adept with the rules of the kitchen can be somewhat intimidating for a novice cook. Not knowing the proper amount of ingredients to add and at what temperature to cook it can sometimes end in disaster, even for someone as skilled as Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood, who has released several cookbooks and hosted 11 season of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, admits that there are times that even she has a cooking snafu or two.
“Here’s the thing: if you’re going to cook, you’re going to make mistakes. Even [on] things that you have made a million times,” Yearwood explained to Sounds Like Nashville and other media recently.
“Thanksgiving, a few years ago, I made pecan pie. I make pecan pie every single Thanksgiving,” she continued. “It’s got like four ingredients! How can you screw that up, right? So, one of the ingredients is a melted stick of butter. So, I put the butter in the microwave, and I melt the butter. I make the pie, and it comes out. I make two. It comes out, it looks gorgeous, like the pecans I put on top didn’t even sink down in it. It’s like, ‘This is one of the most gorgeous pie I’ve ever made.’”
Her pie victory was short-lived as she cut into the pie and realized something was off, but couldn’t quite put her finger on it.
“[I] start to serve it, and I’m like ‘This doesn’t feel [right], something doesn’t look right.’ It’s tasted good. It kind of tasted more like a praline bar. But… the butter was in the microwave. So, when I realized that, I brought the butter out, and we named it Bob Bowl ‘O’ Butter, and we had melted butter to dip our biscuits in at Thanksgiving,” she conceded with a laugh.
The Georgia native encourages beginning chefs to start with the easy stuff and keep trying because practice makes perfect.
“If you don’t think you can cook, go home and look up the meatloaf recipe in the first book. It has four ingredients, and I promise you, you can’t screw it up,” she shared.
Yearwood will spend a little less time in the kitchen as she and Garth Brooks conclude the North American leg of their three-year long record-breaking World Tour with the final shows in Nashville, TN.