True confession: I avoid certain recipes because of the messes they create, which in my world means anything fried or anything that demands the use of a cast iron skillet. So no matter how amazing a recipe looks, the extra work of dealing with hot oil or a seasoned skillet is often enough to make me pass. And I doubt I’m alone here.
Of course, we all know spills, splatters, and funky smells are bound to occur when you cook at home, no matter how meticulous and neat you try to be; it’s part of the experience. But I’ll venture to say we also all have our "mess" limits when it comes to the kitchen — whether they land low (dirty dishes) or high (cleaning out a deep fryer) on the effort scale.