Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cooking Igioms

Cooking Idioms

When reading through a list of idioms I can’t keep myself from chuckling. Here’s a list cooking-related idioms with no notes regarding definitions or origins. I have hopes it will inspire a chuckle or two:

spill the beans
not worth a hill of beans
full of beans
to not know beans
bean counter
too many cooks spoil the broth
out of the frying pan & into the fire
cry over spilt milk
not one’s cup of tea
done to a T
cook up a storm
cook to perfection
burn to a crisp
half baked
grist for the mill
the pot calling the kettle black
to bite off more than one can chew
to bite that hand that feeds one
eat crow
eat dirt
eat humble pie
eat like a bird
eat like a horse
eat high on the hog
eat one’s hat
eat one’s heart out
eat one’s words
easy as pie
that takes the cake
a piece of cake
icing on the cake
have one’s cake & eat it too

Dear readers – any chuckling? If so, what idiom(s) got you going?

My thanks go out to this week’s sources: the OED, Etymonline, & The Idiom Connection


  1. The number of idioms about beans surprised me! And "easy as pie"...that got a wry chuckle.

  2. Anybody who has tried to make pie crust knows that pie is not easy :-) We do have a lot of legume-related idioms, don't we?

  3. Hi Rachel6 & Anne,
    Yes, indeed, beans seem to be a Big Subject when it comes to language. Maybe the misnomer, easy-as-pie, could morph into easy-as-eating-beans or easy-as-making-up-bean-idioms.