I love baking. Or, more accurately, I love baking with a stand mixer. Seriously, it's great. You simply find a good recipe, measure out the exact ingredient portions that it calls for (silence that troubling little voice called "creativity"), throw them in the bowl, hit a button, and let the endorphins flow. Nothing is measured "to taste," nothing requires any sort of timing or awareness of your physical surroundings, and you can spend half of the time looking at your phone if you want. Shit just works.
Cooking, on the other hand... let's just say that there appear to be many more potential points of failure. I'm pretty impressed at the number of ways I've found over the years to overcook and burn things, for example. But after repeat viewings of Andrew Rea's Basics With Babish series, I felt inspired to give this another go. How could homemade macaroni and cheese possibly go wrong?
Well, as it turns out, you can burn a béchamel sauce. You can also undercook noodles. My end product barely has any recognizable cheese sauce, too. Oh well.