Cooking Skills of Man
By Thorin N. Tatge
(To “Faith of Man” by Bill Staines)
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There's a fellow with a cookbook in the kitchen
On his face he wears a flabbergasted frown.
For he's desperate and confused, and dearly wishin'
That his wife had not been summoned out of town.
He's committed to a fancy dinner party
But he doesn't have the first clue what to serve
So, because he wants his guests to all eat hearty,
He begins by grilling up some lime hors d'oeuvre.
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And he wraps them in pistachios and bologna
And he adds a cup of Kellogg's Raisin Bran.
Then he stirs the whole mess up
In a nine-inch frying pan
And he trusts it to the Cooking Skills of Man.
Well, he's violating all the basic no-no's
And he's substituting applesauce for flour!
He stuffs the baked potatoes full of Ho-Hos
But even so, they wind up tasting sour.
Well, he tries to make a stir-fry without oilin'
Swaps tablespoons for teaspoons every time!
And he watches all the pots that don’t start boilin'
And his casseroles are caked with oven grime.
And he checks his cake about three times a minute
He’ll be doomed to get a pan of blackened dregs.
He’d try to make an omelette
Without cracking any eggs
And he’d blame it on the Cooking Skills of Man.
Well, he made himself a castor oil frittata
With a side of cherry bundtcake florentine.
And he made a giant seaweed enchilada
And he called it vegetarian cuisine.
He thought that he had cooked himself a winner
But the guests surveyed the spread suspiciously.
They took a few small bites out of their dinner
Then they cleared the room and ordered KFC.
So when life gives you a truckload full of lemons
And your efforts taste like salad from a can,
Just take the little that you know
And make a rutabaga flan
And leave the rest to the Cooking Skills of Man.
Just make a minestrone soup
Full of grapes and marzipan
And chalk it up to the Cooking Skills of Man.