I had baked M a pumpkin pie so our family could celebrate his college acceptance. Last night he had another slice of pie for dessert. I saw the pie after he’d cut his slice, and the cut edge looked like it had been attacked by rabid mice.
Me: “What did you use to cut your slice of pie?!”
M: “A fork.”
Me: “A fork? That is the wrong implement! Haven’t you even seen someone cut a slice of pie? You can use a knife, or you can use the official pie server. Do you know what that is?”
Me: “It’s the thing you always use when you’re cooking ramen.”
At this point, I realized that someone whose idea of an appropriate utensil for straining water out of a pot is a pie server, is someone who clearly doesn’t learn kitchen customs by observation.
So he may be an A student accepted to a great college, but he still needs something like this posted in the kitchen: