Cooking Williams-Sonoma Style

I can honestly say that last night was the first time in a year and a half of marriage that Erin made a meal that was inedible. That’s pretty good, wouldn’t you agree? Here’s what happened last night:

Erin saw a recipe in the new Williams-Sonoma magazine for chili-garlic prawns with Chinese noodles… sounds pretty good, huh? So we went shopping for the necessary ingredients, which included a bottle of chili garlic wok sauce. Well, we found a bottle of chili sauce with garlic and thought, “Hmm… sounds like this is the right stuff.”

Boy, were we wrong.

I came home from putting gas in the car last night to find Erin with a distressed look on her face. The first thing out of her mouth was, “I think I made a mistake – I can’t feel my tongue and my lips are burning.” I did what every loving husband would do and said, “Oh, I’m sure it’s fine – let’s eat!” After a few bites my mouth was on fire, sweat was breaking out on my forehead, and I was starting to agree with Erin that this meal may not be edible (especially since I needed to be able to talk that night to lead our church home group!). So, after cooling down our mouths with some cereal (I distinctly remember a twinge of jealousy as Erin plastered her lips to the SIDE of the milk jug in a desperate quest for relief) we looked at the recipe again and discovered that – of course! – the bottle of chili garlic wok sauce was for sale exclusively by Williams-Sonoma for a mere $12. We obviously chose the wrong sauce – but you can bet that we’ll try a bunch of other options before we pay $12 for a bottle of sauce!!

I love my wife – I love that she enjoys discovering new recipes and trying them out. I really am looking forward to our next new dish… although I must say that if there is any mention of “chili” in the name of it I’ll be double-checking the ingredients and keeping the cereal nearby…


3 responses

  1. Sarah Potts

    Hehehe, Jer, what a meal that must have been! I can just picture the two of you now… desperately trying to cool off your sizzling mouths! Hope everything is back to normal now. Happy cooking! Be careful, Erin!!!


    January 26, 2007 at 3:44 am

  2. Cherylyn

    that is the most adorable story everrrr.
    i’m so happy that you two survived your first out of control cooking experience & you’re alive & kicking!!!


    January 30, 2007 at 7:12 am

  3. Betsy

    We did the same thing! They should have been more clear about the difference in their recipe. What a way to turn off customers!

    June 7, 2008 at 1:08 am

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