Well, it's the effort that counts!
For Christmas dinner, Jennifer Garner stuck to her tradition of making Ina Garten's beef bourguignon recipe, but this year, she had quite the mishap.
"It was long enough ago that the smell of this perfect stew makes me feel happy, cozy, and relaxed," she captioned her tutorial video. "Until I almost lit the kitchen on fire—Ina would never 😬!)."
"That’s my favorite!!! And I almost set the kitchen on fire every time!" the Food Network star commented on her post. "Happy New Year!!! Love you. ❤️❤️❤️."
In the end, the dish turned out unscathed, and she documented the entire process — flames and all — on social media.
Scroll down to see the actress in the kitchen and to get the recipe!
The prep started out smoothly, as the mom-of-three filmed herself while cutting up the ingredients and such, noting that she was doubling the standard recipe. At one point, she even played a round of "ask me anything," answering fans' questions like what her favorite color is and what kind of fruit she likes best.
But when she added cognac to a pot that was filled with veggies, oil and fat and lit it with a lighter, flames flew up into the air.
The star's jaw dropped, but luckily, the flames quickly simmered down.
"A thousand pardons," she told her viewers. "Can you believe that just happened? That was wild!"
She then suggested that if you too are doubling the recipe, keep the cognac to the standard amount! She also warned chefs to "stand back" when pouring the alcohol in.
The rest of the cooking went off without any issues, and the A-lister even tried a bowl once everything was done, smiling as she scooped it up.
"Maybe this will make sense for your New Year’s Eve, but wherever this weekend takes you—we wish you a healthy, a joyful, and a peaceful New Year," she concluded after she wrapped up.
The Alias alum's celebrity pals went crazy for her post, with Eva Longoria commenting, "Omg we have to cook together!!!"
Rita Wilson said she was going to try out the recipe herself, while Holly Robinson Pete admitted, "Oh girl I will burn this whole place down! Yikes."
For the list of ingredients and instructions, check out Garner's post!