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Published on October 22nd, 2014 | by Alex and Brett Harris

Flynn McGarry, Age 15: The Homeschooled Teenage Chef





(New York Times Magazine) — One weekend in February, in the kitschy, barnlike house he shares with his mother and grandmother in the San Fernando Valley, Flynn McGarry was preparing an eight-course tasting menu for 15 guests.

The McGarrys’ living room, which is dominated by a gigantic brick fireplace, had been cleared to make room for four tables draped with white tablecloths that his mom, Meg, steamed and pressed before moving on to the silver. “We’re having a ‘Downton Abbey’ moment here,” she said.

McGarry, who turned 15 in November, has been hosting his supper club — which he calls Eureka, after the street where he used to live — since he was 11½. Cooking what he calls “progressive American cuisine” is a time-consuming endeavor, and the $160-a-head tasting menus can take somewhere on the order of eight days to prepare.


By noon on Saturday, McGarry had finished making the ember-roasted carrot gelée to go with the smoked egg yolk that would be served alongside compressed mango, pickled mustard seeds and coffee-pickled carrots. The beets for the beet Wellington, a dish inspired by a photo of rare beef Wellington that he saw on Instagram, sat in the smoker; they had already been roasted over wood chips and steamed.

The beets would eventually be swathed in a mushroom duxelle, dotted with beet greens, enveloped in puff pastry and accompanied on the plate by a smear of creamed sorrel, a beet bordelaise sauce made with reduced ember-roasted beet juice and a single smoked, glazed date.

On Sunday, Huy Nguyen, the 36-year-old executive sous chef at Faith & Flower, a new restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, and Josh Graves, its 27-year-old pastry chef, arrived to help out in the kitchen. Nguyen made the kale purée for the abalone, or sea snail, course, while Graves made rolls and sliced mangoes.

At one point, McGarry entered the kitchen with a tray of flowers and herbs from his yard, where he grows the things he can’t find anywhere else or — in the case of “supertiny lettuce,” say — to the exact size he wants.

“Are those daisies edible?” Meg asked.

“Yeah, they’re not daisies,” McGarry replied. “They’re St. John’s wort.”

“You have to be careful with those,” she said. “They’re medicinal. They’re for depression. I wouldn’t put it on people’s food.”

“They get one petal,” he insisted.

“They won’t be depressed,” Graves joked.

“Is that really what it is?” Meg asked. “Maybe that’s why we’re so happy here.”

Around 7 o’clock, the guests — among them were a couple of actors (Dan Byrd of “Cougar Town,” Michaela Watkins of “Trophy Wife”), a producer, an editor, a lawyer, McGarry’s manager and several restaurant people — milled around the house and chatted on the porch before sitting down to eat.

McGarry emerged from the kitchen with each course, to both present it and finish it at the table. A snack of puffed trout skin was followed by blanched asparagus tips, wrapped in grilled asparagus gelée and garnished with the controversial petal. Served on a rustic slab of gray slate, they resembled an exotic species of snail. Diners praised the clean flavors and the way each ingredient was “elevated” rather than obscured. (“People use butter as a crutch,” one griped, by way of praising McGarry’s palate.) They also teased the chef for not yet being old enough to drive.

“When I’m little, I want to be Flynn,” said Max Shapiro, a real estate broker and an amateur chef who runs B.R.K., a private supper club (“a hobby turned psychotic,” Shapiro said of his elaborate dinner parties) in West Hollywood. He was sitting beside his friend and supper-club partner Max Coane, a sommelier. Both are regulars at Eureka. “Want to smell some wine?” Coane asked McGarry.

McGarry is small, very slender and lightly freckled, with thick auburn hair that swoops to the side in a style that one diner described as “a perfectly tossed salad.” He comes across as preternaturally calm and poised, though not entirely un-self-conscious.

This may have something to do with the degree of attention trained on him at all times. Dinner, for instance, was filmed by a documentary filmmaker; McGarry’s father, Will, a professional photographer, took pictures throughout. And while McGarry’s mother has retired her YouTube channel, Dining With Flynn, and his sister no longer posts on her blog, The Sister of a Culinary Prodigy, diners snapped pictures of their food on their iPhones as each course arrived and posted them to Instagram. Later, Tyler Florence, the Food Network star, left an encouraging comment about the beef course. “Tight brother,” he wrote.

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(Flynn at age 12, in his kitchen/bedroom)

McGarry’s story reflects many of our prevailing pop-culture obsessions — precocious kids, superparenting, esoteric food, homemade celebrity — and he has already appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the “Today” show and NBC’s “Nightly News.” He has consulted on a sitcom about a teen chef, inspired by his life, that was in development for a while at NBC. He’s working on a book about his experiences and his approach to food. After turning down countless reality projects, he’s in the process of developing an unscripted travel series with RipCord, a production company founded by the actor Mike White, that will soon be pitched to networks.

As a way to cull through all the inquiries, Meg, whose mother was once an executive at NBC, initially instituted an NBC-only press policy. But as interest grew, the family handed over the task to professionals. McGarry now employs a manager and a lawyer, and requests go through his agent at U.T.A.

Yet the formidable machine that has been assembled to catapult McGarry to the culinary equivalent of Bieberish heights is, in some ways, at odds with his real ambition. The danger of child stardom is that it can undermine adult credibility. McGarry prefers not to think of himself as a kid chef, but rather as a kid who happens to have aspired to be a Michelin-starred chef since he was 12.

To that end, McGarry, who is home-schooled through an online program, cooks an average of 160 hours a month. He has apprenticed at some of the best restaurants in the country — at Grant Achatz’s restaurants Next and Alinea in Chicago, and at Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park in New York, where he has staged, or interned, five times.

He was invited to help prep a dinner at the Modernist Food Lab in Seattle, under the chef Maxime Bilet, and asked back a few months later to help put together a charity dinner with guest chefs, including the departing White House pastry chef, Bill Yosses, who helped him land a gig cooking on the White House lawn during the Easter Egg Roll. McGarry posed for a picture with the Obamas.

Last September, after he became a regular at the Eureka dinners, Shapiro took McGarry to Alma, in downtown Los Angeles, which was named Best New Restaurant in America in 2013 by Bon Appétit magazine.

Ari Taymor, Alma’s 28-year-old owner and chef, asked McGarry if he’d like to help out the next day at a private event, a collaboration dinner for 150 people at a farm near Bakersfield. McGarry said yes, and they spent five hours cooking two whole goats over an open fire in pitch dark 40-degree weather.

“It was pretty gnarly,” Taymor recalls. “I got smoke-inhalation poisoning, and he looked like he came out of a chimney.”

But Taymor was impressed by the young chef. “He’s a prodigy,” he says. “He’s only been cooking for two or three years. I’ve had people working for me for eight or 10 years — it’s just the way he handles, the way he moves. It’s kind of an innate thing for him.”

McGarry, who is technically in the 10th grade, now works at Alma a couple of days a week. Meg wants him to finish school as quickly as he can so he can work full time at a restaurant. “He’s a professional,” she told me. “I think he can learn more being out in the world.”


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  • Wow!! that is such a gift!! Flynn, Don’t ever take it for granted!

    I’m lucky if I can boil water without setting the house on fire!!

    • Yeah, I’ve found a way to ruin pretty much everything when it comes to cooking, even mac’n’cheese (I evaporated all the water out and fried the noodles).

      • Nice…

        • Kim

          lol then you have to stand by the stove and keep watching the water…. I tend to have that same problem too — distraction is a no-no when you’re cooking! Tip #1 for Not Setting the House on Fire While Cooking: Don’t read an exciting book while you’re supposed to be cooking. 😉

          • Heidi Erickson

            That is a good tip. 😉 From reading through these, I think that something that would solve most of our problems would just be to utilize the kitchen timer that comes standard on most stoves. Or set an alarm on our phones, or something similar.

          • Kim,
            That sounds amazing… Hypothetically. But I have this Friend how has been suggesting books to me and… They are all so amazing!!!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Brilliant once again! In fact, the walls will be lined, simply stuffed, with books, which everyone is encouraged to read. 😉

          • And candles to drowned out the smell of burning food.

          • Kim

            Don’t forget a fire extinguisher!! Provided the fire extinguisher is in an accessible place and not hidden by a pile of exciting books that have been chucked there in a rush to switch off the stove. 😉

      • Sam the programguy

        I almost did that to some ramen noodles tonight. They turned our WEIRD.

        • Ikr!😆

        • I’ve heard that they’re good dry… *Shrug*

          • Sam the programguy

            My brother thinks they are. But what I endend up with actually wasn’t dry, it was more like mush or cooked oatmeal…or something.

          • Lovely… 😛

    • Kate

      Hahaha! Agreed!

  • Ruthie

    As an Italian, I always appreciate food (well, most foods). As a teenager, I’m inspired by how good Flynn is at what he does! I’m one of those people who can barely do mac n’ cheese. So another thing to add to the bucket list…

  • Liam

    (Flynn at age 12, in his kitchen/bedroom)

    Wow, good for him. It must be nice I guess to have your bedroom a kitchen. 😛

    Nice article! :)

  • alana

    Anyone else confused about the food terms mentioned above? I’m talking about gelèe, borderlaise, and blanched. Any idea? By the way, this is cool!

    • Ruthie

      I understand what blanched is, but not any of the others.
      You can blanch things by putting them in boiling water and then in ice cold water. I’ve done this with peaches.

      • Heidi Erickson

        That’s why that sounded familiar. Thanks, Ruthie. I’ve done that with tomatoes too. Before canning.

    • It’s an off shoot of a conversation that we all had earlier. Where in a Trent was pretending to be a villain, only daunted by breakfast foods, and Sadie was laughing for him. Then I said, something along the lines off “Coffee!!” and then…. Yesh. I sound crazy.

      I think that you started specking Greek some where in your comment… would you mind translating?

      • Sam the programguy

        Hey, um, Rachel. I think alana was asking about the strange words in the article.
        But I do like hearing your version of the villain story! :)

        • alana

          I was talking about the article. And I saw you guys in that comment section of the procrastination discussion. It’s because of you guys that article has over 250 comments, and it’s about this breakfast food thing! (By the way, peanut butter toast for the win!)

          • Sam the programguy

            Maybe one of us should actually submit a discussion question about breakfast food.

          • Yeah!!!

          • Sam the programguy

            Do it Rachel

          • OK

          • Done!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Lol!! You guys are terrible! ;P

          • Sam the programguy

            Ikr? Now I look like the villain. I was thinking about deleting my comments about submitting the discussion…that way no one would know that it’s was my idea.

          • Heidi Erickson

            Ha! Yeah, right. I think Rachel’s replies would still give you away…. They would say who she replied to up on top.

          • Sam the programguy

            Maybe, but still, both you and Rachel know that it’s my fault.

          • Heidi Erickson

            True…and so do Brett, Trent, Grant, Ruthie, and anybody else who has been following this thread. You’re out of luck. I commiserate with you. :)

          • Sam the programguy

            Well yeah, but the worst that could happen is to have Brett ban me. But my comments will have already infiltrated peoples minds….Muhahahaha!

          • You should ask something about the social networking site on the discussions. Like who’s interested.

          • Sam the programguy

            I was thinking about that. That’s a great idea. I was trying to figure out exactly how to present the potential project. Hey do you have any suggestions for a name? Projects with names are always easier to work on, in my opinion.

          • If you give me a few hours I can probably come up with a nice catchy name and maybe even a logo (I like that kind of stuff). First, I would need to know what the basis of the social networking site would be.

          • Sam the programguy

            Sweet! What exactly do you mean by “basis”?

          • Ohh, umm… I guess it would be like the under riding purpose for even making it. Or maybe a statement that the whole thing is built around.

            Like for one company that mows, their basic thing they did was mow and blow people’s property. Catchy name = MoBlo

            Or there was someone who made a revolutionary new way to sharpen mower blades. Catchy name = DynoMo, Logo = a T-Rex using its teeth to sharpen a mower blade.

          • Madeleine Grace

            Awsome that would be cool the only thing is i have no idea what ya’ll are talking about!

          • Madeleine Grace

            what kind of project?

          • Sam the programguy

            I want to build a Christian social network. (with help of course!)

          • Madeleine Grace

            WOW! that’s really cool :) do mean like a website sociel media thing?

          • Sam the programguy

            Yeah.

          • Madeleine Grace

            Cool that’s really Awesome when you publish it and all send me the link :) i wish i could help but i have no computer skills that would be of any use :( i’ll pray for you though :)

          • Sam the programguy

            You could test it couldn’t you?

          • Madeleine Grace

            test what?

          • Sam the programguy

            The website.

          • Madeleine Grace

            yeah i sure could and would be willing 😉 anything to help!

          • Sam the programguy

            Cool.

          • Madeleine Grace

            :) i’m happy to help!

          • Madeleine Grace

            granted i can actually do whatever it is you want me to do :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            what should it read? i’ll post it er submit it :)

          • Sam the programguy

            Too late…Rachel did it.

          • Madeleine Grace

            :( so i guess your back on? did you get your phone unfrozen?

          • Sam the programguy

            I don’t know if my phone’s totally back yet. I’m using my laptop.

          • Madeleine Grace

            i figured :) what kin you have? i’m using mine to haha

          • Sam the programguy

            My phone? It’s a Motorola Droid 4 (XT894) running a custom rom of Android 4.4.4 KitKat (CyanogenMod 11).
            Good enough?

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahaha yeah but i meant your laptop? :)

          • Sam the programguy

            Oh! It’s a Dell Latitude E5420 running Windows 8.1 Update 2 (Windows 6.3 Build 9600)

          • Madeleine Grace

            oh cool yeah i’ve got an old old dell computer still on windows 7 and vista business :)

          • Sam the programguy

            Dual boot? Sweet!

          • Madeleine Grace

            excuss me?

          • Madeleine Grace

            it’s an precision m70 if that means anything.

          • Sam the programguy

            Oh OK. That means a lot to me.

          • Madeleine Grace

            really wow i thought i had the oldest computer in history :) jk

          • Sam the programguy

            It’s only like a 2004 computer. I had one that old a couple years ago.

          • Madeleine Grace

            ok know i don’t feel so bad :)

          • Sam the programguy

            That’s just a bit old.

          • Madeleine Grace

            thanks!

          • Sam the programguy

            So like does it have Windows Vista and 7?

          • Madeleine Grace

            i believe so i don’t know i know it has vista but i’m not sure about windows 7

          • Sam the programguy

            Whatever. They’re both pretty sweet.

          • Madeleine Grace

            yeah i guess so :) know it’s me who can’t keep up with your comments Sam the Programguy

          • Madeleine Grace

            oh wow i just figured out what Programguy means :)

            I’m Slow :(

          • Sam the programguy

            So tell me…what does it mean?

          • Madeleine Grace

            :) your a programmer you can do a lot on the computer some might call you a computer geek. your the guy to go to if i ever need coputer help your the ‘programguy’

          • I think we have the same computer only mine is a Windows 7 that I’ve modified. (Don’t judge.)

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahaha i won’t :) mine is really old as it is :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            you don’t need to show off with me buddy :) jk

        • Oops… Sorry alana…. I thought you were talking about Trent’s comments.

    • Kim

      Lemme try to translate the food terms…. Gelee must mean a gooey jelly; borderlaise must be something bordering on latte; and blanched must mean a black avalanche of something. 😉

      • Heidi Erickson

        Wow. 😉

      • You’re good!!

      • alana

        Not that’s what they mean, but I appreciate the effort. I love your definitions! :)

        • Kim

          Thank you! 😉 At the rate of my success, I think I shall become a professional amateur specializing in defining food terms. 😉

      • lol Nice!

  • I’m going to cut is streight with you guys: These are the most important things in my life, in this order:

    Faith,
    Friends (Family),
    Food,
    Football.

    With these things, I am a VERY happy man (Okay, teenager; what ever!)

    Of all the people I know, I am pretty sure I love food more then most of them. Food = awesome. So, having a chef, who people like me can actually relate to, is awesome! God bless, y’all, I’m fixing it get me something to eat!

    – Trent

    • Liam

      The five F’s! 😀 Ya food is good, especially coffee cake.

      • Sorry. But nothing can beat a good beaf, chese, and bean borrito. Mmmmmm…..

        • Kim

          What’s a borrito? :)

      • Yum, Coffee Cake!!

      • Ruthie

        Oh no! Not the food again!
        P.S. Blueberry coffee cake is the best! ; )

        • Ruthie

          Actually, if you are going to mention food, this would be the place to do it.

          • Sam the programguy

            So…milkshakes all around?

          • Madeleine Grace

            Yes Please!!!!!!!!!

          • Ruthie

            Oh, that’s true. Sorry, this is coming from a person with zero allergies.

          • Lucky…

        • Liam

          Blueberries….uggg. I haven’t had the best experience with those.

          • Ruthie

            What is the matter with blueberries, sir?
            With such an enigmatic comment, this question is begging to be asked.

          • Some people are allergic… myself not included…

          • Liam

            Well, when I had a blueberry muffin…it didn’t turn out well because…
            Nevermind. No one wants to hear that here.

          • Ruthie

            Now you’re asking for it. Explain. Unless it will make those of us who’ve just had dinner lose it.

          • Liam

            That’s the problem…it will. 😛 😛 Or it did to me.

          • Ruthie

            Okay, never mind. We’ll just leave it at that!

      • Kim

        Especially tiramisu! XD

    • Sam the programguy

      That explains what happened to the villain. :)

      • Madeleine Grace

        wait waht?

        • A few days ago, on the discussion question: “How do you beat procrastination and gets stuff done?”, there was a discussion about commenting, French Toast, and Coffie Cake. We got a little off topic. lol

          • Madeleine Grace

            oh ok :) a little lol 😉

      • Kim

        Wait I still don’t get it…. Whowhatwhenwherewhyhow is the villain??

        • Sam the programguy

          Trent is the villain who distracted by breakfast food…on the procrastination thread.

    • Sydnie

      Has anyone heard of the five meals?

      Breakfast
      Second Breakfast
      Lunch
      Snack
      Supper or Dinner

      • Heidi Erickson

        I wouldn’t count on it, Pip.

        jk

        Yes, and don’t forget, elevenses!

        • Sydnie

          Haha I wasn’t surve how many people would get that! :)

      • Ruthie

        *gasp*
        You forgot tea, and second tea!!!

        • Sydnie

          That’s part of the British meals usually 😉

          • Ruthie

            Oh okay if you want to be technical about it. But I really don’t think that our dear miniature friends would mind!

          • Sydnie

            Yeah you’re probably right :)

      • Kim

        Hobbitses rock! XD Wait, did I catch your allusion right? You’re alluding to Tolkien’s hobbits?

        • Heidi Erickson

          What other kinds of hobbits are there?

          • Kim

            Oh yeah! Haha I was just wondering if the five meals are exclusive to hobbits. 😉

          • Heidi Erickson

            Oh sorry! I misread your comment. (duh moment) 😉

            My little sibling-hobbits could eat 5 meals, if you include snacks. 😉

          • Sydnie

            I’m not sure if the’re exclusive to hobbits or not I just put second breakfast in as a lord of the rings reference.

      • “What about Breakfast?”
        “You already had it.”
        “We had one, yes, but about second breakfast?”
        “I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.”
        “What about Lunchon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Supper? He knows about those. Doesn’t he?”

        • That’s my favorite part….

          • Heidi Erickson

            Oh yes. And then Pip finds the apple floating in Isengard and he looks up to see if it came sailing through the air too….

          • mimeforJesus

            I never noticed that!!

          • Heidi Erickson

            It’s easy to miss! But now it’s one of my favorite parts. 😉

        • whats that from?

          • The Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

        • mimeforJesus

          And then comes the apple…

      • Sarah Phillips

        Inevitable: “A Teen Discussion on Cooking Food” becomes “A Teen Discussion on Eating Food.” 😉

    • Madeleine Grace

      mine are
      God
      Family
      Dance
      Friends
      School
      Books

      hahaha oh wait i forgot one hold on
      God
      Family
      Dance
      Friends
      Music
      School
      Books
      their that’s better :)

  • Hey Everyone! I found an even better article about Flynn after I already posted this one. It includes more quotes from Flynn and makes it clear that his success is the result of doing hard things, not just being super-gifted:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/22/terrorists-end-canada-s-innocence.html

    The problem with most media coverage of young people like Flynn is that our culture is so quick to label exceptional young people as “prodigies” — rather than recognize the hard work and dedication that made their success possible.

    If you actually take the time to listen to what these “prodigies” actually say, you’ll find that they resent the prodigy label and find that it demeans the hours-upon-hours of time they have spent investing in their gifts.

    • Ruthie

      Brett, I clicked on the link and it’s going to something about Canada and terrorists. I can’t find anything about Flynn. Help?

    • Madeleine Grace

      Yes that’s a vary good point Brett. most people think that we are so gifted and that we were just born this way were sometimes we are but most of the times we aren’t. i’m not saying God didn’t give us talents he has but we have to work to make something great out of them. i know as a dancer I’ve spent countless hours working on my technique and perfecting steps. and getting stronger and building muscle it’s hard work it doesn’t happen in a day. i think that’s what a lot of people don’t understand. we work hard at least i do to get were we are in life. so yeah :)

      • Sam the programguy

        Yeah just like me. I’m a computer geek and that’s something God has made me good at, but it’s not like I just was good at it. I have spent several thousand hours using a computer. I must admit that a lot of them weren’t very productive. But I have worked very hard to learn things that (quite honestly) no one cares about. Why? Because that’s what I enjoy. It’s only worth it, though, if I use my skills to glorify God somehow. That’s one reason I love doing tech stuff for my church.

        • Madeleine Grace

          Yes your so right. we work to be good at what we’re good at. God gave us the talent but if we just left it as is we wouldn’t get anywere and we surely wouldn’t be using them for God’s Glory it’s like the perable of the talents. we work to improve our skill so we can Bring Glory to God and share our talents and God’s love with the world. that’s what i strive to do with my dancing i dance like no ones watching but God’s watching and people see that in you and are changed by that.

        • Madeleine Grace

          Well said Sam!!! :)

    • Jeff Stormer

      Mastery of a subject/skill set takes about 10,000 hours on average. That’s roughly 5 years of 40 hours per week of “paying your dues.” I think it was Henry Ford who said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, paraphrasing a bit there.

      It is completely awesome to see so many young adults boldly moving in the paths He created for them before He said “Let there be light.”

      Not a fan of the whole concept of “adolescence” as it’s evolved in our culture (In spite of (because of ?) having a degree in youth ministry.)

      I much prefer the Biblical division of children/adults. Just because all y’all haven’t been around the block as often as an old fa…duffer like me doesn’t mean that y’all can’t teach me a thing or three.

      Recently found this site and will not only be…lurking…a lot, but will be highly recommending it to the younger folks I know.

      Disclosure: BA Youth ministry, former youth pastor, mental health professional (Adolescent & Family therapies), Scout leader, high school teacher…I’ve been getting energized by youthful zeal for the many decades since I was one. Appreciate the opportunity to chime in.

      • alana

        It was Thomas Edison who said that quote, but your point has been made.

  • Heidi Erickson

    Wow! Go Flynn! What a way to do hard things. I was just floored. I only knew meanings for maybe a third of that stuff. And 160 hours a month? Sometimes I have felt like I have been in the kitchen for 160 hours a month, but I know it is -nowhere- near that, and it is spent making pasta and soup and super-easy stuff.

    Lol, you guys are so funny, Rachel and Grant. I once put gluten flour into the banana bread instead of bread flour. It was quite odd (okay my sister who is reading over my shoulder says “disgusting”), but my sweet family ate some anyway and it made them sick. Now I can actually cook without them fearing for my life or theirs… (Well there was that instance about 6 months ago where I actually started melting a pot onto the burner cos I neglected to put water in…and later that week poured cold water into boiling oil…but we don’t need to mention that….)

    • Sam the programguy

      You’re making me feel good about my cooking.

      • Heidi Erickson

        lol!

      • Madeleine Grace

        why is it that bad?

        • Sam the programguy

          Maybe, maybe not.

          • Madeleine Grace

            so which is it?

      • That was the whole goal

    • Oh Heidi, we should start a restaurant. “The Flaming pots and pans.” :)

      Have you ever made Baking soda muffin ma’things? (I have no clue what they are really called. Sorry.) Anywhatwho. What would you say that they would have in them from the name. This chick put baking powder in them, and then let them burn. Epic.

      • Sydnie

        Nice I burn omelets quite frequently………

      • Heidi Erickson

        Hahaha!! YEAH RIGHT….

        “Welcome to the Flaming Pots and Pans
        Home of the Amateur Chefs, Schaus and Erickson
        ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK”

        Charred walls will be “the look” we will “intentionally” go for. Our specials can be Rubbery Gluten Banana Bread (wow won’t that be a hit in today’s gluten-free era?) and Epic Zap-fried Baking Powder Muffins. Ramen will be the staple, jk.

        • Sam the programguy

          You girls are terrible! Jk

          • Madeleine Grace

            were you talking about all girls their or just Heidi?

          • Sam the programguy

            Oh, sorry. Just Heidi and Rachel.

          • Madeleine Grace

            oh ok :)

          • No, we’re just having fun.

        • And pizza from a box.

          • Heidi Erickson

            Brilliant. ;P

          • Thanks. I need people to tell me that. :)

        • Kim

          Y’all are epic hilariousness!! XDDD

          • I try to be funny. Sometimes it doesn’t work that way.

          • Kim

            Well, I think it works most of the time! ;D

          • Yay!

      • Heidi Erickson

        No, seriously, now, that is hilarious about the muffins!! I know, I am always having to stop and remember which one is which. I don’t particularly remember switching them, but I do know I regularly lose count when I am measuring flour or salt or sugar or you-name-it, and have to estimate how much I have put in. Or I miscalculate when doubling or quadrupling (big family) and put in way too much of something and have to try and separate the specific powdery stuff from all the other mounds of other powdery somethings to get it out. Or just add more of everything else.

        Oh! I do remember once when my brother put in WAY TOO MUCH salt in the waffles. He was trying to multiply a recipe by 6 and messed up the calculation between teaspoons and tablespoons (I don’t blame him). They were…quite salty. Just an excuse for extra toppings, though, right? 😉

        • Heidi Erickson

          Oh, no, I unintentionally led that back round to breakfast food…

        • Ruthie

          Totally understand about the multiplying problem!
          Once, I doubled a recipe. The problem was that I didn’t see that the recipe had already been quadrupled! We had a lot of dinner last night! (thank heavens for teenage brothers! Well, most of the time) ; )

          • Sam the programguy

            I heard that! You can’t take it back now!

          • Ruthie

            Oops. At least we’re not related!

          • Madeleine Grace

            of course you can Sam :)

          • Heidi Erickson

            :) That would be a lot of dinner! Yes, I rely on my little brother to help me out of those sorts of difficulties, too. 😉

        • mimeforJesus

          My sister put baking soda in our stir-fry sauce instead of cornstarch a little while ago… that was the WORST stir-fry we’ve ever eaten!

          • Heidi Erickson

            lol, that does sound disgusting…….

      • Madeleine Grace

        a bit ambitouse but i’m sure you guys could do it :) hehe

        • Sam the programguy

          Yeah, but their Rebelutionaries. They could do hard things like that, lol.

          • Madeleine Grace

            Lol i know so am that’s why i know they can do it :) that’s how i know you can successfully build your own website!

        • Heidi Erickson

          Haha! Thanks. This confidence is just overwhelming. 😉

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahhahaaha

    • Kim

      LOL! That so reminds me of Anne Shirley and her cooking mishaps….

  • Another Home Schooler!!!

    • Anyone here a Home Schooler?

      • Liam

        I am. I am pretty sure the majority of people who post here regularly are to.

        • Sam the programguy

          Yeah, like me. :)

        • Great!, I don’t think we could cook like flynn tho.
          Good job Flynn

      • Loud ‘N Clear!

      • Ruthie

        Sorry, I meant to put the homeschooler comment under this question, not above. I’m still kinda figuring out this whole commenting deal!

      • Yes, yes I am.

      • Sydnie

        Yeah, I am what curriculum or curriculums do you guys use? I use abeka btw

        • Sam the programguy

          A Beka for me too (usually, anyway).

        • My History, Bible and English are Notgrass.
          Math- teaching textbooks
          Spanish- Rosetta Stone
          Science- Evolution, the grand experiment
          Logic- the fallacy detective

          • Kim

            The Fallacy Detective rocks!!

          • Indeed, it does

          • Kim

            Have you read The Thinking Toolbox as well? 😀

          • Not yet, but I own it

        • Heidi Erickson

          I do Teaching Textbooks for math, Apologia for science, “The Fallacy Detective” this year for logic, and some Easy Grammar Ultimate series for daily grammar. “Tools for Speech” is my curriculum for my speech club. For History, Government, and Theology, etc. this year I have a plethora of books to read by C.C. Coffin, McCullough, Eric Maybury, Dr. Sproul, etc, etc. in lieu of a curriculum. (heh-heh I am behind, hence the plethora – my own fault.) I am mainly doing the “Foundations” series by Dr. R.C. Sproul for Theology, though.

          I have heard great things about A Beka. I think my brother may have used some of their materials.

          • Ruthie

            Love Apologia science! I used to use TT for math, but switched to Saxon. For history, I use Tapestry of Grace, which uses a crazy amount of books we are borrowing from college libraries, and for logic I also do The Fallacy Detective! Also, I’m going through Systematic Theology.

          • Madeleine Grace

            I Love Love Love Apologia science it’s the best in the world! i used to do Tapestry of Grace but then i started going to schools for homeschoolers i go to a coop in Canton

          • Madeleine Grace

            and i just realized you guys might not know were that is it’s in Georgia :)

          • Heidi Erickson

            Yay for Apologia! High five, Ruthie and @madeleine_grace:disqus. That is awesome that you are doing The Fallacy Detective, too! I had no idea this many people were doing it. Wow, Ruthie, that sounds like a ton of reading. And Systematic Theology…that is really awesome. That is a lot of reading right there too. We have a Systematic Theology, and so I can respect how much reading you are doing. That is really great.

          • Ruthie

            Wow, I had no idea so many people were using The Fallacy Detective either! This is great!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Oh, and I used to use Saxon. It is really nice. My mom used Saxon too. :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            I use Glencoe for math i used touse Saxon though. and i’ve used A beka for health and consumer math.

          • Kim

            I use Saxon too! 😀 This is so awesome — we have so much in common!

          • Madeleine Grace

            Really? that’s cool like what? 😀

          • Kim

            Like Saxon and Apologia! 😀

          • Madeleine Grace

            supper Awesome!!!!!!!! 😀

          • Kim

            GO APOLOGIA SCIENCE! Hey, I really should check out R.C. Sproul’s Systematic Theology too!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Thanks for the recommendation! Do you mean his book, “Everyone’s a Theologian?” I am going to be reading that…. Or does he have a Systematic Theology, by that name?

          • Kim

            I think R.C. Sproul has a series/curriculum on Systematic Theology…. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/foundations/
            I haven’t studied it, though. But since it’s from R.C. Sproul, I reckon it’ll be good!
            Has anyone here studied apologetics and worldviews, by the way? :)

          • Heidi Erickson

            Thanks, Kim! :) That is actually the series I am going to be going through this year. And it is really good! My dad has already gone through it and he really appreciated it, and I have friends that have as well. And I agree – Dr. Sproul is a wise and learned man and his books and lectures are very very good. I am reading through a book by him on philosophy called, “The Consequences of Ideas.” I am enjoying it a lot.

            And in answer to your question at the end: For me, not much yet. I haven’t really gotten much into studying theology, apologetics or worldview until recently. But this year I definitely am! I am going to be going through another set of lectures by Dr. Sproul titled, “Defending Your Faith,” which is an intro to apologetics. And another series by him on Christian worldview. I am also going to be reading “7 Toxic Ideas Polluting Your Mind” by Anthony Selvaggio, and “One Or Two” by Peter Jones. They are both worldview books that look really solid, but I can’t say more to recommend them beyond that cos I have yet to read them! 😉

            “The Undercover Revolution” by Iain H. Murray, btw, is a great little book on how fiction changed Britain; how the worldviews presented by authors in their writings changed people, and now a whole nation. It is less than 100 pages I think.

            If anyone has a book they want to recommend on these subjects I would love to hear it! :)

          • Kim

            I HIGHLY recommend the book Understanding the Times: the Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews by David A. Noebel! It’s such a helpful, comprehensive, and excellently-written book! It’s also available as a high school curriculum for homeschoolers. Check it out here: http://www.summit.org/curriculum/high-school/home-school/

            I also recommend I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by R.C. Sproul and Frank Turek. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but so far, I find it the most thorough and comprehensive apologetics book I’ve read! It’s definitely a very handy reference book. http://impactapologetics.com/i-dont-have-enough-faith-to-be-an-atheist-book-mp3-or-cds/

            Additionally, How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey is a brilliant book on Christian worldview! I’m reading it right now, and it has a wonderful writing style and rock solid content. It’s a very informative, very relevant, and very inspiring book! http://www.colsoncenterstore.org/product.asp?sku=0842318089 I hear that its sequel, Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey, is also an excellent book on Christian worldview.

            And for a fun and brief introduction to apologetics and worldviews, I recommend the short book How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig… And Other Ways You’ve Been Brainwashed by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay! http://www.exodusbooks.com/details.aspx?id=27122

            I’d better cut short my recommendations before I give y’all an information overload. 😉 I’d love to hear anybody else’s recommendations too!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Wow, thank you so much, Kim! I will have to check them out! :)

          • Kim

            It’s my pleasure! 😀

          • Kim

            It’s my pleasure! 😀 Let me know what you think of them!

          • Kim

            My pleasure! :) Let me know what you think of them!

          • Ohh man, I hated apologia science!

          • Heidi Erickson

            I hated it at first. I have friends who don’t care for it either.

          • Kim

            Why??

          • Have you done it before, Kim?

          • Kim

            Yes! I am doING it, in fact! XD

          • Ruthie

            Grant, why in the world would you hate Apologia!?!

          • Which Science text book are you using??? I’m doing Chemistry…

          • Heidi Erickson

            Finishing Biology. 😉 I am hoping to do their A&P this year too. Are you enjoying Chemistry? I have always thought it would be fascinating to study, but I don’t know what to think, having heard mixed opinions from other people studying it…

          • It’s a little confusing, but other then that i’m loving it!

          • Heidi Erickson

            lol well that is good I guess. :)

          • mimeforJesus

            What’s A&P?

          • Heidi Erickson

            Anatomy and Physiology. The study of how the human body works. (Sorry for the long wait in replying! I’ve been super busy with school….)

          • mimeforJesus

            Cool, I’m doing Apologia’s A&P course this year :)

          • Heidi Erickson

            Sweet! Are you liking it?

          • mimeforJesus

            Yes :) I love science!!! I’m on the integumentary system right now. What about you?

          • Heidi Erickson

            I find science absolutely fascinating! I’d even say I love it. I just wish it didn’t take so long. ;P I am way behind on it…heh heh. I am studying cells right now in Biology.

          • mimeforJesus

            Yeah, I’m pretty far behind myself… it just takes so long!

          • Kim

            I’m doing Physics!!

          • Abby M.

            That is CRAZY!!!!! I use Teaching Textbooks for math, my brother is using Apologia, and we all use Easy Grammar!

          • Heidi Erickson

            Wow! That is great! :)

        • Khan Academy

          • Sydnie

            cool I’ve never heard of that one before

          • Kim

            Has anybody here studied at PHC Prep Academy? :)

          • Has anyone ever done Life of Fred math??

          • Abby M.

            I used Life of Fred! I switched back to Teaching Textbooks.

          • mimeforJesus

            I’m really late here, but I do/did Life of Fred for five years! This year I’m using Khan Academy because I don’t like math enough that I want to do all the extra that Fred does in each subject, but I really like the concept (and how he explains things – it’s so much easier to remember!).

          • Heidi Erickson

            Oh, Khan Academy is awesome. That is really cool that you are using it. I have heard that you can use it for all of school, but have never heard of anyone particularly doing so.

          • I might use it for the whole of school, but who knows, God may have other plans for me. 😉

      • Heidi Erickson

        Me, too!

      • Madeleine Grace

        OMG your kidding right :) i’m a homeschooler and proud of it!!! how long have you been homeschooled? what grade are you in?

        • Forever, and I don’t do grades lol. I use Khan Academy, and I’m learning the guitar!!!

          • Sam the programguy

            Guitar!

          • I do guitar as well.

          • You do guitar?

          • Sam the programguy

            Yep. Just got started a couple months ago.

          • You must be pretty good then, Do you play Minecraft?

          • Sam the programguy

            Good? Maybe. I’m pretty much teaching myself guitar so I don’t I know if I’m doing it all right. It’s fun.
            Anyway, Minecraft: I’ve played a demo of it…once. It’s interesting.

          • Madeleine Grace

            me to!!!!!! i do unfortunatly lol. i go to a coop. and i dance and write songs and read and a bunch of other things :)

          • Kim

            I would love to see your songs!! I love writing song lyrics as well. Is there any way we can see your songs? 😀

          • Madeleine Grace

            well um i don’t know i’ve never really shared them with anybody except for a guy at my church who helped me write songs er a certain type of song. but i’m a little apprehensive about posting them on the web. :) and i don’t know were i would post them if i did. so yeah i don’t know :)

          • Kim

            No worries, I totally understand :)

          • Kim

            No prob, I totally understand :)

          • coop?

          • Where is NZ?

          • Sam the programguy

            New Zealand….Far away from Washington.

          • Oh….. New Zealand! Wow! That’s really far away! (I thought it was like, Some place in…. I don’t even know where. :) *Shrug*

          • Thanks!

          • Look on Google Maps. 😀

          • Why didn’t I think of that??? (Yet another way to go Rachel moment….)

          • lol “Google”… My answer to everything. 😀

          • That’s an awesome answer!!

          • Madeleine Grace

            yeah you don’t know what a co-op it?

          • Oh co-op. I know co-op in gaming, but I don’t know what your talking about. ‘_’

          • Madeleine Grace

            never mind it’s ok 😉

          • :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            were do you live? we have to meet! :) hahaha lol

          • NZ

          • Madeleine Grace

            oh :( that’s far away i live in the stats

          • Most do… lol

          • Madeleine Grace

            i love meeting knew homeschoolers :)

          • Me too

          • Sarah Phillips

            Me too! Don’t all homeschooled kids play the guitar!? 😀

          • Sam the programguy

            Until a couple months ago, I could only play the air guitar. So maybe it’s more like, all homeschooled kids should play the guitar :)

          • Sarah Phillips

            Or, at least all the non-cooking ones should! 160 hours a month…wow! Practice makes perfect, I guess. :)

          • IDK, lol

    • Ruthie

      Double HS (homeschooler, high school)!!!

      • You did homeschool, and now you go to high?

        • Heidi Erickson

          Hey Dominic, :)

          I think what Ruthie meant is that she is currently homeschooling through high school. Both HS’s. Tell me if I am wrong, @disqus_X4CWJCR8nF:disqus.

          • Ruthie

            Nope, you’re right! : )
            I probably should’ve clarified better.

          • lol (Litterally, I am laughing out loud!) You guys are crazy! At this rate this article will be the first on the Rebelution to ever have 1000 comments! :) My commenting box has a delay now!

          • that’s why we need a network! (no pressure)@programguy:disqus

          • Heidi Erickson

            Lol. I was thinking yesterday: oh my, Trent is going to have a heart attack when he gets back on here.

          • Sam the programguy

            Hey Trent
            Are you interested in a social network designed for Rebelutionaries so that they don’t have to flood the comment section here?

          • Sure. I think it would be a great idea. But, don’t kill yourself from exhaustion or stress because of it. You are more important then a social network. Just keep that it mind.

          • Sam the programguy

            Thanks for the tip!
            I want you to help me test a demo website. Please sign up at
            programguy.humhub.com

          • Oh I see, then so am I. 😀

    • Guest

      I Love you already 😉 jk

      • Madeleine Grace

        Homeschoolers are awsome

      • Join The Rebelution!!

  • Sydnie

    That’s so cool! I cook but not like that!

  • Madeleine Grace

    has anybody been homeschooled their whole life?

    • Ruthie

      Meeee!

      • Madeleine Grace

        wooohooo!!!!!!!!

    • Sydnie

      Me too!

      • Madeleine Grace

        woohoo so have i :) high five :)

      • Madeleine Grace

        high five girl! :) hehehe

    • Sam the programguy

      Meeeee 3

      • Ruthie

        Ha! I was first to reply!

        • Sam the programguy

          That’s cause I can’t keep up with all of Madeline’s comments!

          • Sydnie

            We can!

          • Sam the programguy

            Looks like I need to call out the big rig…my laptop!

          • Madeleine Grace

            if your just doing this on your phone then that’s not going to work :)

          • Sam the programguy

            It *was* working

          • Sydnie

            lol I just stole a laptop from my brother and now every 5 minutes he’s asking me if i’m done so he can play minecraft (actually someone else just got off)

          • Madeleine Grace

            did you leave :( or are you still their?

          • Sam the programguy

            I here with my laptop…and my phone is buzzing like crazy!

          • Ruthie

            I was trying to keep up with yours, Madeleine’s, and Sydnie’s!
            booya

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahaha

          • Sam the programguy

            I’m quite a few threads right now. It’s tough!

          • Sydnie

            I use multiple tabs it works quite well I just keep my email open so I know when someone comments

          • Madeleine Grace

            yeah same but i’m actually on the website lol come on Sam it’s as easy as pie

          • Sam the programguy

            I’m getting push notifications on my email.

          • Sydnie

            Yeah me too

          • Ruthie

            I do exactly the same thing! It gets super confusing! Especially when the comments skyrocket

          • Sydnie

            yeah that’s why I keep my email open it helps me sort thing out

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahaha am i too quick for you? :) and it’s Madeleine not Madeline :)

          • Sam the programguy

            Sorry, it must have auto-corrected.

          • Madeleine Grace

            it’s ok

          • Madeleine Grace

            hey hey guys don’t get all bent out of shape it’s all good i’ll be leaving soon so yeah :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            i’m just really likeing this website a lot

          • Sydnie

            Me too I just joined last week and it’s like all i can talk about

          • Madeleine Grace

            haha me to :) it’s awesome

          • Madeleine Grace

            well if i’m keeping you from something then you can just go my comments will still be hear when you come back :) just teasing

        • Madeleine Grace

          :)

      • Madeleine Grace

        woop woop!

      • Madeleine Grace

        meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 4!

    • Heidi Erickson

      Me, too. :)

      • Madeleine Grace

        :) whoop whoop

    • Kim

      Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

      • Madeleine Grace

        wooohooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

    • *Raises hand*

      • Madeleine Grace

        haha cool 😉 Your Awesome Trent!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Abby M.

      I have! Never leaving it….. 😀

      • Madeleine Grace

        😀 why would you want to :) lol and did you change your avatar?

        • Abby M.

          Yes, I did. It’s a picture my sister took of me doing a “halo”( I take gymnastics) in the setting sun on our property. (and no, I wouldn’t ever want to leave homeschooling either)

          • Madeleine Grace

            haha cool :)

          • Abby M.

            Yeah, except for the part where I pulled a muscle because I worked to hard on them that day. 😀 But, that’s okay. I enjoy gymnastics too much to stop doing it because I hurt myself. It’s not the worst thing that happens. ^_^

          • Madeleine Grace

            hahaha you sound like me i’m a dancer and don’t let anything stop me from pursuing my passion :) not even a sprained ankle

          • Abby M.

            That’s about right. Almost all my friends are dancers or gymnasts. Both have to work super hard. Stretching, actually feels great to me. I love it. My sister… not so much. ^_^

          • Madeleine Grace

            haha i know right 😉 i don’t meet dancers vary frequently so when i do i love comparing notes lol 😉

          • Abby M.

            Me too! I’m always like “where do you take lessons?” “what’s your favorite part?”…. :)

          • Madeleine Grace

            haha yeah same hear!!!!!!! :) i love dancing so much and music. and of course Christ!

          • Abby M.

            We should get together sometime! 😀 Where do you live???

          • Madeleine Grace

            Georgia what about you?

          • Abby M.

            Alabama. 😀 Close to the border to Georgia. What about you?

          • Madeleine Grace

            what do you mean?

          • Abby M.

            I mean do you live near the border to Alabama or do you live closer to, say, S.C. Sorry, should have been more clear.

  • Madeleine Grace

    were’d ya’ll go?

    • Sydnie

      I’m still here

      • Madeleine Grace

        GoodY

      • Madeleine Grace

        so what do you do?

        • Sydnie

          what?

    • Sam the programguy

      My phone got stuck…too many tabs open.

      • Sydnie

        and you call yourself a geek, shame on you!

        • Sam the programguy

          I never claimed to be a rich geek! :)

          • Sydnie

            lol ok

      • Madeleine Grace

        that’s not good

        • Sam the programguy

          It will live.

    • Madeleine Grace

      :)

  • Liam

    This section had around 20 comments this morning. Now 180+? Wow, and Madeline shot up there in posts. 😛

    • Sam the programguy

      She’s not the only one. I have just as many as you do now.

      • Ruthie

        Sam! You’ve passed Brett. Good job!

        • Sam the programguy

          I have? It doesn’t look like that to me???

          • Ruthie

            Oops, misread again. Super sorry. I thought you had 248, instead of 238. My bad.

          • Sam the programguy

            Just you wait

      • Liam

        I know. You shot up 60+ today. 😛

        • Sam the programguy

          Your turn…

          • Liam

            I don’t think so. I kinda got in a post frenzy last night, I will posting casually for a while. 😛

          • Sam the programguy

            You are a wise man.

    • I know. There are more comments here then the article we had the debate on!

  • 278 comments.

  • Abby M.

    That is great! I love cooking, but it doesn’t ALWAYS turn out the way I want. And, like the people below me, I love reading. Doesn’t turn out well during cooking as they said earlier. 😀 Oh, people below me: “are you competing to see who can comment the most? 😀 I was reading your comments, and they set me laughing while I was supposed to be doing math!” 😀 God bless!

    • Sam the programguy

      Yep now we’re going to get banned. Muhahahaha!

      • Abby M.

        Not sure how to respond to this comment. 😀 Is that sarcasm, madness, or just being funny???? 😀

        • Sam the programguy

          All of the above

          • Abby M.

            Wow… That’s a lot of feeling to cram into one sentence. 😀

          • He has a talent for that. We could call him a prodigy, but he works pretty hard on it, so we’ll just call it a gift. :)

          • Abby M.

            He must have. I’m not fantastic at writing at all, so, I’m glad he has it. ^_^ It’s definitely a gift. Cause not everyone has it. :)

  • Isaac Kitchen

    WOW!!!!! I am 14 home schooled, but didn’t know what half of those courses are…
    :(

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