1. I assume it’s a character gag. She’s a terrible cook but won’t acknowledge it. A simple hard to fail recipe goes worse than is possible to conceive. She refuses anything is wrong and finds a farfetched way to downplay the disaster.

    The humor is supposed to be in the pathos.

  2. Yea, Kamino’s on it. In cooking, a ‘reduction’ is “the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling.” (Thanks Wikipedia.)

    Being a terrible cook, she doesn’t realise this and so is reducing the sauce by having it bubble out of the pot and all over the floor. “What could go wrong?” Har, har!

  3. She’s a kid. She is making dinner. She doesn’t really know what she is doing. Most families with kids doing this sort of cooking would use jarred sauce. Here she was either trying to help out by cooking or has been told to cook – and there will be a huge mess that will have to be cleaned up which will waste more time for mom, grandma, or aunt (or the combination) as they clean up,even with her help than if they had cooked.

    Sort of like when I ask Robert “Why don’t you cook? You are the better cook?” (He really is.) Then instead of having some time to do other things, I have to show him where each item is – again – and then I have to wash every pot we own.

  4. On a slightly more serious note: when cooking tomato sauce from “scratch”, when it reaches a good, thick consistency, the pot will start to produce mini “mudpot” eruptions, which can produce spatters up to two feet in any direction. When it does that, lower the heat and stir the sauce, then put a lid over it (not sealed, just covering most of it). Usually, simmering the sauce slowly for an extended period will notably improve the flavor.

  5. Heh. I make sauce from scratch quite often, only I do it in a large frypan without a lid. And the recipe is simple enough that Holly would have no problems assembling it.

    Probably 30% of the time, I don’t nail the temperature and I have an extra 10 minutes of cleanup afterward because of the spatter.

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