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Most women (certainly not all) take pride in their ability to throw down in the kitchen. Fried chicken, collard greens, baked mac and cheese … those are just some of the soul-food recipes I inherited as a young girl from my mother. She would always say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” and she wasn’t talking about boxed banana pudding either!

I am one of those chicks who stays up ’til 3am Thanksgiving Eve, bathing a once-wild bird and prepping the collard greens with smoked turkey neck bones and my grandmother’s secret ingredients.

But, not every woman does the same. In fact, some ladies, I’m sorry to say, just can’t cook! And, there is no better example than the ones we see on TV.

Between Gina Waters’ Cajun burnt cooking and Peggy Bungy’s non-cooking, we have put together a list of our favorite characters who couldn’t even boil water!

Gina Waters- “Martin”

Poor Gina, all she did was “snap them raggedy a** peas.” In one of the funniest “Martin” episodes to grace the television circuit, Gina and her best friend Pam competed against Martin and his boys in a Thanksgiving throw-down for the ages!

Rachel- “Friends”

Rachel tried her best to make a traditional “trifle” pie for Thanksgiving but even Ross, the man who was hopelessly in love with her, said it tasted like “feet.”

Peggy Bundy- “Married With Children”

With cigarette in hand and a belt cinching in her waist, Peggy Bundy tossed her garden salad with vigor. Unfortunately, that’s all she could make and even that dish came served with a cigarette butt or two!

Aunt Viv & Hillary- “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”

I have come to realize that even though Aunt Viv (the dark skin version) can dance her tight buns off, we’ve never seen her actually throw on an apron… Their butler Jefferey did all of the kitchen work. I guess those are the perks of being wealthy and having a live-in maid. Lord knows, we’ve seen Hillary try and fail miserably!

Lucy- “I Love Lucy”

Lucy may be good at squashing grapes with her feet and turning them into wine (one of the other essential parts of cooking) but cooking was definitely not one of her strong suits.


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