When people my age marvel at my cooking skills, I marvel at their lack of curiosity.

Don't be afraid to experiment when cooking. But also don't be afraid to do some research and find out what ingredients in a recipe do. Example: Sugar binds with water to help lock in moisture.

'"People don't need to have perfection — you have to know what are the failures that are OK." Burnt edges can be cut off. Overcooked meat can still be served. ' - From here:

this article also highlights the need for a class such as Family and Consumer Sciences (aka Home Economics). When you consider that student are in an environment where /everything/ is based on test scores and performance, it's not hard to see why they're afraid to dream or experiment. There's no room for experimentation or dreaming when the odds are stacked against you at a student and more and more content is being brought into education.

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