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Women in Ag: Improvising

I love to cook and, dare I say, I’ve become pretty darned good at it. Baking, however, is a completely different story. Some people don’t understand; they think cooking and baking are the same thing. Let me set the record straight: They are two very different beasts!

With cooking, generally speaking, you can wing it. Add a little more of this or that if you want, leave this out if you don’t like it, etc. When you’re baking, though, you need to follow the directions. I’m not good at following directions (which is also why I don’t buy furniture from Ikea). Inevitably, every time I try to bake, something goes horrible wrong. Brownies turn out like sheet rock, bread doesn’t rise, parchment paper catches on fire in the oven . . . you get the picture. 

A few weeks ago, my friend asked if she could come over to bake and decorate Christmas cookies. I told her that sounded great, but she would have to do the baking and I would be in charge of taste-testing and clean up. I also warned her that I don’t bake, so she would need to bring over any baking supplies she would need. 

Do you know what she didn’t bring? A rolling pin. Because, apparently, everyone has them. She honestly couldn’t believe that I was getting through life without one. I don’t make my own pasta and I don’t bake, so the need has never arisen for me to get one. My kitchen is small, I don’t like to have a lot of things I don’t use lying around. 

Luckily, we were able to put our minds together over a few glasses of wine and improvise – with the wine bottle of course! Add a little bit of flour and a wine bottle works just perfectly as a rolling pin. 

See? I knew I didn’t need to invest in one of those things. After all, I ALWAYS have a bottle or two of wine lying around. Happy holidays to all!

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