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"Cooking Catastrophe…" is the thirty-third post from Emma's Blog. It was published on November 20, 2013.

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 Last night after closing up the office, I brought the ledger book to Norma (side note, what I wouldn’t give for an escalator to their house), and just happened to walk in without anyone noticing me. For just a brief moment, I saw Norma in her apron, cooking a meal for Norman and Dylan, who were setting the table. Everyone was happy and smiling, I swear Norman Rockwell couldn’t have done it any better. It was so sweet, but it made me realize that those moments are pretty hard to come by when it’s only a dad and his daughter. So I decided I’d do something about it. I’d cook dinner for my dad and me.
 At first I thought about something easy, like chicken and rice, because it’s the thought that counts. Then I realized, screw that, go big or go home! My first thought was duck confit, but that takes like 3 days, so scratch that. My next thought was some kind of a pasta dish, but that seemed too easy. Then it hit me: beef wellington. It’s meat, it’s a pastry, AND it’s British. Perfect! I just had to cook it while Dad was in the shop, so I could surprise him with it.
 I should have mentioned this before… I don’t know how to cook. I mean, I can boil water, but I’ve never done any of that expert-level stuff. But I watch a lot of cooking shows, and I have a recipe, so how hard could it be?
 Turns out, very hard.
 It didn’t take too long for me to screw up pretty much every aspect of the meal. The sauce was chunky, I burned the beef (after dropping it on the floor), and somehow the pastry came out liquidy. I have no idea how that’s possible, but I figured out a way to do it.
 Dad came in right as I was about to lose it, probably because the smoke detector had been going off for about five minutes, and just started laughing. And then I started laughing, because what else could I do?
 After we cleaned up the mess, Dad ordered a pizza and we put on a movie. It wasn’t a Rockwell painting, but for Dad and me, it was perfect.

Emma's Blog
2013
Living in the Moment…In Case You Don't Know…I Was Playing Minecraft…New Boy in School…Isn't it Strange How…I Have a New Friend…First. Official. Snog!I've Just Had the Scariest Experience…I Was Right!I Am So Pissed Off…Here I Am…I'm Back to Reading Harry Potter…I Just Helped Norman…I've Known This Town Was a Bit Freaky…No Nancy Drew…Norman's Mom is So Nice…This is a Sad Day…I Have a Job!I Messed Up…Norman's Dog…Well Everyone, It's Official…Even Though I Almost Got Fired…Moving On…I'm So Stressed Out…Welcome Back…Honestly, Nobody Thought…I've Got Bad News…Do You Know What…It's My Birthday…SAT Time…Stitch 'n BitchOn the ProwlCooking Catastrophe…This Must Be a Joke…
2014
Movie Reviews…For Jiao…I Can't Believe…It's Been a Few Months…Kyle Miller…Bradley is Gone…Yesterday Was Insane…I Haven't Said Much…I Took a Little Swim Today…Norman's in Jail!Norma was Fishing for Info…I'm So Depressed…They Found Norman!
2015
Breathing In…I Have to Say…I'm So Confused…Stuck in the Middle…!!!Rant Alert!!!Life is Hard Sometimes…I Haven't Slept…God, My Emotions…I had to do it…There is Something About Him…
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