"I don't cook because every time I do I burn the food in my pan."
My immediate reaction was to tell my friend
"Turn down the heat." or "Pay attention";
instead I said, "It happens to the best of us."
I will admit: "My name is Kelly and I have burnt food to the bottom of a pan." I remember times where I would scrub and scrub and scrub a pan to try to get the remnants of my dinner out of my pan. I once thought about just throwing the pot away because there was no way the burnt mess was ever coming off. One day I was reading a favorite magazine of mine "Cuisine at Home" and saw a tip that makes it easy to clean up a minor disaster such as burnt food.
This also works on other containers, but if they are not stove top safe, use the microwave.