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8/19/14 12:30 P

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I'm a very good cook most of the time and can bake well but I'm terrible at cake! My most egregious offense was making a cake for my parents and I used granulated sugar instead of icing sugar in the frosting. It was greasy and gritty and slid right off the cake.

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8/19/14 11:36 A

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i made some bean and grains soup mix and followed the directions and still managed to scorch it

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Once attempted boiling Corned Beef around St. Patrick's Day....tasted like shoe leather with stringy
cabbage! Also, broiled a steak with the oven door closed...set off the smoke detector

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When I was a kid about 10 years old my mother left some pumpkin defrosting in the sink and left a note for me to make a pumpkin pie. I had made many pies but never from fresh pumpkin so I mixed the spices and eggs and milk and added the pumpkin which was in chunks, I tried to beat it up with the mixer but the pumpkin just kind of stayed in chunks. I thought maybe it was going to cook down in the oven so I put it in to bake. It smelled delicious but that was the end of the delicious, it was a stringy chunky mess! That still gets brought up sometimes and I am now 60 lol

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11/30/13 4:15 P

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I made carrot cake bars using one of those baking substitutes that have a prune base. They came out of the oven looking and feeling like a sponge. I've never tasted a sponge, but I did taste those bars and I wouldn't be surprised if that's what a sponge tastes like! I didn't bother icing them; just chucked them (and the baking substitute!) in the trash.

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Here's another one: I was about ten years old and wanted to bake a cake for my mom's husband, who'd been away on Reserve duty for two weeks. I added the eggs and oil to the mix, but I somehow missed that I needed to add water as well. The batter was so thick that I burnt up the motor in my mom's hand mixer! I baked the cake anyway. It came out about a half-inch tall. I burnt my hand pulling it out of the oven and the cake cracked in half when it hit the floor.

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11/25/13 5:47 P

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Oh no no no, paella should never be made in a slow cooker! *Spaniards everywhere cry*

Pyrex has changed the way that they anneal glassware in the last few years. It is not very good at going from hot to cold conditions. I've had two dishes shatter on me now and I didn't do anything ridiculous with them.

I now look for old Pyrex whenever I go to resale stores--I won't buy more of the new stuff.

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I've learned to smell all extracts before using them (unless you know that you recently bought it). I made a lemon cake recipe a while back that called for lemon extract. I made the mistake of measuring it and dumping it in the batter without smelling it. It was old, and had basically gotten a really strong alcohol flavor. The whole batch smelled like Lemon Pledge. I ended up baking it anyway in case the flavor 'mellowed' any with baking. It didn't taste horrible, but it still tasted 'wrong', so I had to toss the whole thing.

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11/24/13 6:30 P

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Wow, I had the same thing happen to me once - I had a Pyrex glass baking dish literally explode in my hands. I think they were saying something about that on the news recently - they changed their formula of how they make it, or something, and it's been causing all kinds of problems.

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11/24/13 4:40 P

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I just tried a slow cooker recipe for Paella this week.... The magazine picture looked so yummy! I followed the recipe EXACTLY - which made me nervous because after 3.5 hours on high, the rice was still raw, and there was considerable liquid still left in the cooker... But it said to add the shrimp at that time and cook for another hour. One hour later, the shrimp was cooked, but the rice was not. Another hour, then two, then THREE - and the rice was finally done, the shrimp was rubber, and the vegetables were total mush. And my husband said it looked like Beneful dog food. :^(

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my fiancé LOVES pad tai, so I decided I was going to make it for him as a big surprise supper! Well, I chose to double the recipe I found so he could take some to work the next day as well. I doubled the fish sauce by eye balling it in the pot. BIG MISTAKE!!! It smelled like a dead fish in my kitchen and when he sat down to eat it he took one bite and gave me a disgusted look, he swallowed it and I asked "is it good?" he said yes and tried to take another bite but was having trouble getting it down. I got up and threw the whole pot in the trash, he said "please don't try that again, we will just order it from the Tai Place" we had to get Subway for dinner that night and the porch door stayed open to rid the house of the fishy smell. it was gross, but he is a trooper :)

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Was making a lovely roast pork, with all kind of yummy goodness, apples, carrots. pulled it out of the oven and as i was walking to set it on the counter the whole glass casserole dish EXPLODED in my hand. teeny, tiny shards of hot glass everywhere! No roast for dinner that night :( and it was smelling so good lol

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I made sugar cookies and they tasted horrible. I made a second batch and the same outcome. I made these cookies for years and never had a problem.



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I bought a frozen pizza and it looked great on the box like so many of the pix do. It was quite spicy.


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Split pea soup & cornbread.
I made soup with just water & the same with cornbread because I had no broth or milk & eggs.
Lucky my roommate had frozen meals for us to eat-lol!


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Okay the best accident I can remember making was the year that, being unable to buy my dad a Christmas present - I decided to make him a german chocolate cake, because it was his favorite.
I got all the ingredients together and started making the cake - when I realised that I didn't have any eggs! So I started a mad hunt through the fridge to find *some*thing to replace the eggs! All I could find was eggnog. I thought "Man! I promised him this cake for Christmas!" and decided that since eggnog was made out of eggs, it would have to do.
I don't know if I put too much in or not, but the cake came out really yummy! ...but falling apart. Haha it was the messiest Christmas dinner I've ever made - but the whole thing was delicious.

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OMG...mine does that too! I don't even try to make it anymore! Oops, was trying to reply to the banana bread mishap!

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There was that time I forgot the baking powder in the cake, but I didn't know enough to cut it up and call it blondies



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I have a couple of those use every pan and bowl in the house recipes! They are delicious, but dang the clean up is a lot of work.



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When I was about 9yo, my Mom and I were going to make a 4-layer cake. When baking, Mom would read the recipe, then let me do the measuring/adding/mixing (not to mention the tasting!!).

On this particular recipe, she discovered she was missing an ingredient for the recipe and needed to run to the store. She called out the next few steps and left to go fetch more sugar. I put in the teaspoon of baking soda, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt (or whatever it was). Then, it was time to add the milk.

I could have *sworn* she said to put in 4 cups of milk. It seemed to make sense to me... I mean, we were making a FOUR-LAYER cake, so FOUR CUPS of milk seemed right. So... I opened the top of our Tupperware milk jug and dipped in a drinking-size cup - four times - and poured that into the cake mix.

When Mom got back from the grocery store, she was shocked! Here was this soupy mess in the bowl and didn't look at ALL like cake batter! She asked, "How much milk did you put in here?" "Four cups," I said.

Needless to say, our 4-layer cake turned into about 4-dozen cupcakes....!

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This may not qualify as a real kitchen 'disaster', but I count it as one because of the mess it made in the kitchen. I have a recipe for chocolate fudge layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting. If you make the effort to actually bake this cake, it's one of the best I've ever tasted. However, I count it as a kitchen 'disaster' because I swear that recipe dirties up every pan/dish I own! It's been years since I've made it, but I seem to remember that there were two or more batches of dry ingredients that had to be mixed up in their two or more separate bowls before you mixed them together (some had to be sifted and some didn't, I think). Then you had two or three bowls of various liquid ingredients that had to be measured, mixed, heated, cooled, etc. That dirtied up even more bowls. The filling between the layers took another couple of bowls and the frosting took up another two or more. I haven't looked up the recipe in a long time, but I vividly remember how many dirty pots, pans and bowls I had in the sink when I finished. I was in awe. One day I might drag out the recipe and bake it again just to see if it is actually as delicious as I remember (and if it's worth the trouble). Maybe I was just extra hungry that day!

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Just the other day, I tried a biscuit recipe from Facebook. Well, they didn't rise much when I baked them but when I tasted them right out of the oven, they were okay. I wrapped in aluminum foil, thinking that they would keep. The next day, when I touched them they were like rocks! When I threw them in the garbage, they weighed the bag down! emoticon LOL

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Our first Thanksgiving after I was married, I volunteered to do the pumpkin pies for the family get-together. The first batch of crust was terrible and I threw it out. The second batch came out okay but in my frustration over the crust, I forgot to add sugar to the pumpkin filling. Naturally, my Dad was the first one to eat a piece and it took a long time to live that one down!

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11/18/13 7:25 A

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I bake all day at work never at home!

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Its now 15 years ago. I just met my husband and wanted to impress him with a gorgeous cake. (at this time I ve been slim, so I didn't care about "healthy" or "good" food).
I made a raspberry-chocolate cake.
And it was disgusting.
I had not seen that it was a orange flavored chocolate.

He ate it.
Even when I suggested to go to the next bakery and BUY some decent stuff ;)

So, never mix raspberries and orange-chocolate *yuck*




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@ Paula:

Your story made me LOL. I remember some of those "it doesn't look that hard" disasters, like my first from-scratch chocolate cake... or should I say my first chocolate manhole cover. Bwahahahaha!

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Back when I was a "Newlywed" I decided chicken and dumplings should be easy to make. I asked my Mom for the recipe (this was before you could pull up 1000 on the internet) and she tried to warn me that is was a little advanced for me. I said "How hard can it be????"

Well, I don't know what I did wrong to this day but my "dumplings" disintegrated into a big pile of goo with chicken pieces in it! My newlywed husband said "What is this???" At first I shouted "Just eat it!" But then I started crying and said "You don't have to eat it!"

I have never tried making chicken and dumplings again! I wish this kind of forum would have been around back then because I have really let that keep me from trying anything that isn't labeled "easy" on the recipe or seems complicated at all.

Also, I left the baking soda out of caramel corn and it was rock hard! I think I gnawed my way through it somehow but it wasn't pretty!

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I'm usually a fairly good cook/baker, but several years ago a friend was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and was really bummed out about her diet restrictions. I thought I would cheer her up by finding a low sugar chocolate chip cookie recipe, and making her a batch. I had never worked with a recipe like that, but I figured, "how hard could it be?" To this day, I am not sure if I read the recipe wrong somehow, or if the random recipe I picked off the internet was just BAD, but my results were something along the lines of tasteless biscuits studded with mini chocolate chips. Awful.



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It was years ago, but...

My first pressure cooker memory is a vivid image of green beans on the ceiling.

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These stories are great! Keep 'em coming please!



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Great topic! I've been laughing so hard I scared the cats and they ran out of the room!

I made a gray cake once. I baked a from-scratch blackberry layer cake. I didn't know that you should fold the berries into the batter. I poured the berries into the batter as it was being beaten. I took that moldy-looking cake to work and people actually ate it! (It tasted good and everyone seemed to understand after I told the story.)

I like to make gumbo now and then, but I always have to be careful while making the roux, because I learned how to make it by just starting out with equal parts flour and oil and adding whichever one you need to add as it slowly cooks. You have to make sure that you don't have too little or two much, and if you think you have too much, never add the whole skillet full to the gumbo pot. One time I added way too much and that was the thickest gumbo you ever saw. I could eat it with a fork!

I remember making spaghetti one time and I was browning some ground beef in one skillet while I was stirring the spaghetti sauce in another pot. The beef spat at me and burned my arm. Without thinking, I threw up my arm to get away from the hot oil. When I did, I flung spaghetti sauce across the stovetop, the wall and the ceiling. I didn't think I'd ever get that sauce cleaned up.

Finally, a friend of mine served some banana punch at a Halloween party once (I know, it sounds gross, but it was actually kind of tasty). She sealed the leftover punch in a plastic gallon container (like the kind restaurant-sized mayo comes in) and forgot that she had left it on the corner of the countertop. Several days later, she noticed it and opened the top. Big mistake! It exploded and she had fermented banana punch all over the kitchen.

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Women's Day magazine had a recipe for a salmon baked in a mustard and maple syrup glaze. I thought that sounded weird, but I was just getting into healthy cooking. It was HORRIBLE. We still talk about the mustard fish. It's been three years.

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First of all, some advice. Don't brag about something you've made unless you have tested it first!! I am not a baker. I love to cook and hate to bake. However, once I made the chocolate cake on the back of the Hershey's cocoa can and it was fabulous. My family loved it. So, that cake became my specialty. I would also make cupcakes with the recipe. My daughter was having her cheerleading banquet and they asked us to bring a dessert. I brought the chocolate cupcakes. I thought to myself, "oh, everyone is going to say, who made these delicious cupcakes?" Unfortunately, I couldn't keep my mouth shut. I was talking with the coach and her mother right before the dessert line formed. I told them that they should try my cupcakes, that they are fantastic. Of course, when I went up, I got my own cupcake and so did they. I sat down to eat it and realized after one bit that I forgot the ingredient that makes the cupcakes moist. The cup of boiling water! They were the driest cupcakes I ever had in my life. I couldn't even eat it. Meanwhile, the two women that were eating my cupcake just smiled at me from across the room and gave me a thumbs up. So embarrassed!

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I can completely relate to that. You make amazing stuff all the time at home, then as soon as family comes or you cook at their house it just doesn't come out right--and it just gets under your skin so bad!

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I can usually make a dynamite pot of chili. But the night my family from out of town was coming over I decided to make it in the crockpot and it came out watery. I was soooo embarassed. I dont see them very often so they dont realize that I really can cook. I actually lost sleep over this!



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left a saucepan on the cooker and went to work
I remembered and got someone to come in and turn it off.

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an eggplant dish that was so salty that we had to have PB&J for dinner instead. Still dont know why I didn't add any salt.

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Banana Bread that never would bake in the middle. Cut into it and would flow all over the plate.


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I tried to make split pea soup in Korea.

I bought canned peas, ham and all the other necessities. I followed the recipe exactly. I attempted to eat it...the peas were hard little rocks. I cooked it longer...the peas were still little rocks...I cooked it longer...yup still rocks. I took the darn peas out and blended them then put them back in....still hard little rocks, just smaller pieces.

I have no idea how they manage it, but Korean canned peas remain hard little rocks despite blending and 24 hours of cooking. It's a mystery.



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Following a Betty Crocker recipe for pork chops.

I was a teenager and it was my turn to cook. I pulled out these beautiful butterfly pork chops. Since i never cooked them before, I pulled out Betty Crocker. I weighed the chops and looked at the table.
The marinade I had them in was delicious. The potatoes turned out excellent. The beautiful pork chops went from a lovely full chop to shoe leather. BC had me broil them 15 minutes on a side. Yes a side. Must have been when the consumer was worried about disease in the chops so you had to cook pork.

i was devastated. My step mother told me I probably misread the chart. i showed her. She just shook her head.


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Baked fish marinated in teriyaki sauce. The cat wouldn't even eat it.

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Why trying to be healthy and decided to make parmesan chicken with fat free mayo, as the venue to mix the bread crumbs and parmaesan cheese. Fat free mayo doesn't brown and it really looks yucky!

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I tried to make stove top popcorn for the first time the other day and I started with way too much oil. The popcorn was COVERED in it. Ick.



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My kids love to tease me about this one... Years ago I got excited about baking cakes, and I bought a set of mini bundt pans. I made a wonderful chocolate cake recipe but forgot one crucial ingredient: sugar!

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misreading teaspoon for tablespoon.



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The first time I made sausage gravy I didn't pour the grease off, and I ended up making about a gallon of gravy! I never saw my mom pour the grease off when she made it so I didn't know about that step! I do now!



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We were having a potluck at work and I was assigned the bars. I love pecan pie bars so decided to make them. I had them in the oven with about 10 minutes to go when I dozed off (working 3rd shift). I dozed long enough for the smoke alarm to go off. Not just a little smoke but big bellowing smoke was rolling out of the oven vent. They were so hard and black we couldn't get them out of the pan.

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Sort of related to this question: A few years ago my daughter sent me a French essay she had written so I could print it out at work. The assignment was to write about someone in the family, and since she had written about me I was naturally curious what she had written. I copied the essay into Google translate, and couldn't stop laughing at this sentence: "My mother is a bad stove."

I don't remember exactly what I was cooking, but about 6-7 years ago I managed to set one of my potholders on fire. A bad stove, indeed!

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The first recipe failure I had in my life was when I was 13 years old. I thought it would be nice to make a cake with icing. Well the cake didn't rise, and I don't know why. But I wasn't the only one putting ingredients in. My sister was supposedly doing every other ingredient. Opps! And it was burnt on one side.
Anyway, the neighborhood guys who had a crush on us, kept bugging us about the cake. they wouldn't take no for an answer. We told them it wasn't any good. So we gave it to them, with the icing covering it. After one bite, they threw it back at my mom's screen door. So much for being an instigator. eva.

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I will never forget try to make a cake for my mother has a young child. I learned the valuable lesson that there is a difference between a measuring cup and a coffee mug. Unfortunately my attempt at the cake didn't rise and didn't taste very good.



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Among other kitchen disasters over the years....
....the cinnamon Coffee cake...which would have been Very Good if the canister I took the sugar out of for the topping hadn't of had salt in it!! Just why my Mom switched them...I will never know! But I've always checked ever since then..... emoticon

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My worst food mistake was 20+ years ago when as a new bride, I took the turkey carcass home from my parents house to our apartment with the intention of making turkey soup. I put the carcass in a big pot on the stove, covered it, and boiled it for about three hours--and then left it there for about two days thinking it would make a really good soup stock if I let it set for awhile. When I finally got around to cutting up the veggies, and took the lid off the pot, the smell was so wretched, I made my husband throw it out, pot and all! I have redeemed myself since and actually look forward to making turkey soup and giving it out to people who don't cook, but always with a little smile to myself (and my husband) about that first Thanksgiving. emoticon

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I managed to ruin spaghetti. I have fun experimenting and substituting while I cook, and surprisingly, it almost always turns out well, or at least edible. So one night, instead of basic spaghetti with basic pasta sauce, I decided to make it a creamy tomato sauce. I didn't have cream or whatever you're supposed to add, so I used some Greek yogurt. It made the sauce taste sour, and it was just awful!

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Hmmm ... I forgot the soup I was reheating and ruined not only the meal but the (very nice) cooking pot.

The worst disaster though was when I attended Thanksgiving at a friend's home. She a) didn't know you had to defrost the turkey FIRST, before placing in the oven and b) didn't remove the giblets from the plastic bag. TOTAL disaster. We ordered pizza.



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I set the sweet potatoes on fire at Thanksgiving. Yep, flames coming out of the oven. Those marshmallows sure do light up quick! To this day my family still reminds me every year about those sweet potatoes, and it's been atleast 10 years :)

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Well... I'm really trying to get into clean eating and trying some new things. I've been reading and hearing SO much about kale chips, (and I like kale) that I thought I'd give it a try.
um... yuck.

Other than the fact that they were salty, they were light as air - which, when you enjoy eating is not very satisfying and not terribly tasty. Plus, within a very short time they weren't crispy anymore.

It was WAY too much time and effort for a small amount of yucky chips. Won't be doing that again!

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It seems like it's so easy to get chicken wrong... Too hot a temp is almost always the culprit, too...

But on the brighter side, that's one way to get your water intake up for the day! emoticon

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I am a pretty good, albeit basic cook. On Sunday, I cook a bunch of chicken that I can use for the week on salads or in wraps. Grilling it is easiest, but this weekend it was too late, I needed to bake it. :-( Bad Idea. I dusted it in flour and ranch dressing powered, just like my mom does. I excluded the stick of butter that my mom uses because I'm trying to eat healthfully. I bake it for 40 min at, well, TOO high a temp and they came out like little nuggets of chicken jerky. They were SO dry and tough but I didn't have anything else to add to salads! So I choked through it on Monday and Tuesday. And I'm serious when I say, I had to have a sip of water after every bite of chicken to prevent myself from choking. Fortunately, when I got home from work on Tuesday, I found the chicken fairy (MOM) had dropped off a bag of real homemade chicken strips that day.

As always, MOM was there to save the day!

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Well, once in Home Ec. I made the most awful sugar cookies you can imagine. I had just broken up with my boyfriend and he changed my recipe from 1 tsp. vanilla to 1 cup of vanilla. He also switched the sugar out for salt. Imagine the look on my teacher's face when she bit into it.

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Don't make SF/FF pudding with non fat milk. Nasty.



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One time I was making ginger cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and they were sooo good. until I added ginger powder on top. ruined the whole cupcake :/

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the first few times i tried microwaved bread pudding for one, i ended up with scrambled egg with bread in it because i overcooked the thing. i've improved since, though.

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Pound Cake & Key Lime Pie. The Pound Cake was a brick and the Key Lime Pie was drinkable. emoticon



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I burned the hummingbird food.

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Not a super disaster but I decided to bake the other day. I have made bread from scratch (no machine) many times but I wanted it to be more "fun" so I added buckwheat, whole wheat and corn meal to my white flour ... since I also lack patience instead of letting it sit and rise over night I gave it 2 hrs ... weeeelll it came out hard as a brick. It was tasty but definitely not a fluffy bread I wanted :D

PS this is second mistake with trying to bake with some buckwheat added



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My sister and I started cooking very young, and had reputations as great cooks by our teens. Then we decided to make homemade fried chicken to impress our daddy and my new b/f.

We spent a couple days before testing out different spice combinations in the flour coating, and watching all the cooking shows on public TV learning how to cut up whole fryers just right. We slaved away for about two hours in the kitchen, then very proudly called everybody to the table set with taters and gravy, corn, green limas, biscuits, cukes in vinegar, and a gorgeous platter of golden, crispy, picture-perfect fried chicken. Daddy asked the blessing, then grabbed a beautiful drumstick, his favorite. He licked his lips, chomped down, and...blood. That golden, pretty, crunchy fried chicken was blood raw at the bone. All of it. Apparently we had our oil too hot, so the outside was brown 'n crispy and the inside was raw. My daddy had to scrape his whole plate in the trash; the chicken blood had run all over everything on his plate.

We put the chicken in the oven on a baking sheet and let it finish cooking through, but it just wasn't the same as having that first bite be just right. That was a long time ago, but we still laugh about it every time we fry chicken for family get-togethers. I was mortified in front of my b/f. And the look on daddy's face... he hasn't forgotten it either.

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so, I saw a chef on tv slice frozen boneless chicken breasts by using his food processor as a quick and easy method to prep the chicken for stir-fry. I used his method and it worked great...until we were eating the meal and my daughter pulled a tiny metal rod from her mouth! I looked on the lid of the food processor and realized that the metal piece had broken off and ended up in her food. At least she didn't break a tooth!

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BITSNPIECES38: Whoops! Thanks. The video shows that, too. OK, next time. Otherwise, successful first try.

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Peggy0203: I made the same biscuit mistake. My friends played hockey with one. The biscuits wouldn't even soften up in the pond!!!



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@AlbertJon. According to Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, every poached egg should be removed from the cooking water and dunked into a bowl of clean water. The clean water rinses the vinegar taste away.

Just thought I'd share a tip from the master!





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Just last week I was making a stromboli for my bf for dinner. So I roll the dough out, put a little sauce down, add some shredded chicken, heap a ton of sliced mushrooms on top of that. I smooth a little water around the edges, and pull down the top half of the dough. I crimp and close it the whole way around. Rub some olive oil all over it. Reach for my knife to cut some vent holes, which is sitting right next to the container of grated cheese. The full container of grated cheese. The cheese that is the most important ingredient in a stromboli. Sitting right there. Untouched.

Fortunately, the dough mercifully let me open it back up and add cheese, and close it again. None the worse for wear. But I had a moment of panic, looking back and forth between the cheese and the closed stromboli - do I pretend I didn't notice and just put it in the oven? Do I leave it as is and make a cheese sauce to dip it in after it's cooked? Do I attempt to open it back up?



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My poached egg experiment in the hot water worked pretty well. I had no white vinegar, so I used some apple cider vinegar. It is a bit too strongly flavored, so there was a subtle vinegar taste to the egg, although that disappeared with the black pepper and garlic powder I put on the egg. I like this method and will use it occasionally.

DPF1206 : I have had a couple of wrap disasters, too. One of my worse was when I spread Laughing Cow light cheese on a Flatout wrap, added cooked spice apples with cinnamon, and then, for some obscure reason, added some Cool-whip. It was not a dessert I will ever eat again.

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Over time I came to believe that anything could be made into a wrap for a quick meal. A flour tortilla, a bit of cream cheese, then add whatever was handy - TA DA - instant lunch! One day when whipping up my lunch, I spied left over butternut squash in the fridge. I eagerly spread it into my wrap thinking, "what a good vegetarian option." Was that ever a mistake. Talk about nasty tasting. ICK!

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Here's a bit of good information. One day I was painting porches with cement porch paint. Understand this stuff really has a foul odor. So I see something on TV, so I figured I'd try this. What a big mistake and a costly one was this: you wrap your brushes in plastic wrap and stick it in a freezer. So I stick it in the large freezer. So I left them in there and my wife kept telling me that that smells going to get in the food. I honestly didn't believe this but, the smell not only filtrated the freezer it somehow got in the food. The smell, the taste was absolutely awful. I just got done smoking a pork butt a day before and would you believe it got in there too. everything smelt and tasted like that Paint. We lost all of our food in the freezer. I figured around $300.00 worth. Lesson learned and I'll never ever put a brush in the freezer again.



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CHERRIESONSNOW: Good descriptions! I wonder how many others have tried that?

One of my egg stories concerns something I tried to do with a raw egg after watching Giada on her Food Network show. She showed how to "twirl" boiling water to make a funnel and then toss in a raw egg to poach/boil it. Then quite neatly she used a utensil to easily retrieve it intact. I tried it the first time and total disaster. So I cleaned the pan out and tried it again. Same disaster! LOL!

Edited-in: I just now found this Youtube video on how to poach an egg in hot water. I am going to try it in a minute or so.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxvxwk3TFPQ

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This is so stupid I shouldn't even share it, but I am going to anyway. One time in my early twenties, I wanted a hard boiled egg, but being young and impatient, I was too hungry to wait 12 minutes for it to boil. So naturally, I put the whole egg in the microwave and sat back to wait for the magic. In a minute or so the door exploded right off of the now smoking microwave and blew burnt egg shell all over the kitchen. No one was harmed in this experiment, but for weeks my apartment smelled like burnt hair. emoticon



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Yes, it must have definitely been a food disaster for her neighbor. She wanted to apologize to whoever had lost their roast and get them another one, but she never did find out who it had belonged to, even though she asked around.



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Oh my gosh LOVE4KITTIES that really is a bad one! Your poor MIL's neighbours (and lucky MIL's dog!!)



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This one is truly bad...

My MIL had recently bought a little property in the mountains and built a small house there. She hadn't fenced her property yet. It was Christmas eve and she was busy cooking so, when her dogs needed to go out for a potty break, she didn't have time to take them out on their leashes. So, she just let them out for a bit. Well, her larger dog came home about 15 minutes later with a beautiful (though dirty and gnawed) roast. She thinks he went to a neighbor's house and went inside (people sometimes leave their doors open) or that the neighbors had left it outside to keep it cool (people there sometimes "refrigerate" things outside in the winter there when the weather is very cold and there's no room in their fridge). Whatever really happened, all she knows is that it really looked like it was someone's Christmas roast that her dog had stolen.

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LOL! : Yes, it is essential to poke those potatoes. I think some of us have indeed let something boil too long on the stove, such as beans, and then had to deal with an awful mess, ruined pans, and sometimes a rather nasty smell. I have done both the beans and the eggs, so I know what that is like. And I have exploded things in the microwave and had quite a mess to clean up.

My best/worse microwave light show was when I left a steel clamp on a duckling package, as I put it in the microwave to thaw a bit more before baking. LOL! What interesting colors those were!

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10/29/13 12:47 P

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One Sunday I decided to boil a pot of mixed beans. I put it in the pot filled up with water then went to watch tv. I accidentially fell asleep and burnt the beans the pot and my house stunk for months. That was so awful emoticon

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I boiled four eggs in the kitchen, and forgot about them. When I went back to the kitchen, the eggs had exploded and burned the pot in the process, leaving a thick cloud of smoke all over the apartment. I cleaned up well, but it left a weird smell behind. My roommates still have no idea where that smell is coming from, and I'm too embarrassed to tell them the truth since I'm normally an excellent cook.

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10/29/13 11:10 A

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Several years ago, I came home from work for lunch and put a potato in the microwave to cook. I went in the other room and sat down to wait for it to be done. I'm not sure what happened (either the microwave malfunctioned or I put the potato in for too long or maybe it was because I forgot to poke holes in the potato), but I started hearing a rattling, vibrating sound. I went in to check on the potato and it was vibrating like crazy and IT WAS ON FIRE. I turned the microwave off and, fortunately, the fire mostly went out on its own when I did. I was able to easily put out the remaining fire. But, the microwave was pretty scorched. I avoided putting potatoes in the microwave for many years after that and it's something that I do only very rarely now and, when I do, I watch the entire time.
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10/29/13 10:40 A

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Just a month ago I was making a 2-layer cookie dough / brownie treat for new neighbors. Had it all mixed up (brownie layer on bottom; cookie mounded on top), put in the oven and was cleaning up - when I spotted the egg sitting on the counter.

I had forgotten to put the egg in the brownie portion.

I crossed my fingers; finished baking it, and gave it the neighbor without tasting it - told her it was a "new recipe that I hadn't tried yet so I hoped it was good." I hoped it would just be fudgier/thicker than it was supposed to be. How can chocolate and butter be too bad?

She later told me it was wonderful - either it actually was good, or she just has lovely manners. (Or both, I guess!)

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10/29/13 9:47 A

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I love to cook and most often do it without a recipe. Since I have been young there have been a number of completely inedible dishes. My family calls them my "experiments" lol Now I let them know before they try it when its a "free hand" recipe
one time I was trying to replicate an Indian curry dish. Thinking I wanted it spicier I added an additional tablespoon of curry powder and then the rest of the ingredients. Or so I thought! What I was really adding was the homemade version of the optional curry powder mix I already added, and already increased. Ended up with 6 tablespoons of curry powder for two yams and needless to say the sauce was um thick. It ended up burning and the house stunk like curry for weeks, and I had to throw out the pan because everything cooked after that tasted like curry.

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10/29/13 4:36 A

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the biggest flop to date???? Stuffing.... I know one of the easiest things to make and i over watered it. I had stuffing soup. :)

I make this looks good!


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10/28/13 10:30 P

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Generally, I do pretty well in the kitchen. I started cooking at 14, being taught by my Grandmother and Mother. Grandma didn't believe in recipes - I learned to bake bread from her by feel and adding a pinch of this and that until the bread seemed right.

But, I still made flops. My mom's favorite beef stew recipe called for 1 TBSP of salt - which was a misprint that she never fixed. It's really hard to fix too much salt, although I've learned that adding sugar is supposed to work. But, believe me, I corrected the recipe!!

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All of these disaster stories made me laugh. I didn't start cooking until I was round 18. I had observed enough and asked enough questions from my mom and relatives that I knew what I was doing when it came to baking and cooking. However...

One night I was cooking dinner (pork roast, baked potatoes) and the rest of the dinner came out fine but I made green beans and I somehow put in way too much pepper so I figured I would just add another can of green beans and it would even things out, WRONG! My dad tasted them first and he rushed to get water. I don't know what I was thinking there...

I've cooked tilapia and ruined it horribly and since fish is expensive I was hesitant to try again but I've since learned how to do it properly. I had the same issue with learning to make pancakes but I'm good with those now~

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Oh, I have more disasters than successes, let me tell you! We used to bake tilapia in foil bags, which was an adaptation of one of Chef Meg's recipes. I couldn't get the parchment paper to stay folded, so I use foil instead. After months and months of success with this recipe, and its standing as a staple dinner, the fish suddenly stopped cooking!! I'd put it in exactly the same way as I had before, and it would come out just as raw as it went in. And, you probably know this, once fish has been undercooked, there's NO undoing that! Stuffing it back into the oven only gives you...raw fish. :( Yuck! We determined that it wasn't the oven. We switched fish packets, but to no avail. In the end, we had to take it off our menu. I miss it, too! One of the best meals and I can no longer get it to cook! How strange is that??

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10/28/13 12:58 A

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This wasn't an actual failure, only a dream. One night I dreamt I was in the cemetary burying a burnt chocolate cake. That was one seriously burnt cake!
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10/27/13 9:33 P

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These are too funny. GREEN-EYED-LADY your chili story reminded me of the first time I made a meal for my family. I was about 12 and decided to do my grandfather's favourite, chili. Unfortunately he didn't have any chili powder, so I substituted the 5 tablespoons called for with what seemed like a close enough match: cayenne powder (all 5 tablespoons). We all tried valiantly but none of us could get it down! I was so disappointed.



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I went to a lot of trouble to make my dad a blueberry pie for his birthday one year when it was just the two of us in the house--I think I was about 17. Fresh blueberries and pastry from scratch. When the oven timer went off, I put on the oven mitts, opened the door, and took the pie... unfortunately I had baked it in a disposable pie tin which promptly folded in half as I lifted the pie off the oven rack... and the pie dropped through my hands all over the inside of the open oven door. It was too hot to clean right away (and I couldn't face it anyway) so dad came home to a huge mess in the kitchen instead of a delicious homemade pie!



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these are so great

I think our next thread should be How do we salvage our disasters?

There have been some great disasters but also some outstanding SAVES

Awesome all!!

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I once tried to make tuna casserole without tuna. I had the noodles, the cream of mushroom soup, and some leftover fake crab. I thought, 'eh! They are both kinda seafoody. Shouldn't matter too much.' Right? Wrong. It tasted awful. I joke about it now, because we were really poor and couldn't even go out and buy the stupid tuna! Needless to say, we ate it...

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10/26/13 6:30 P

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AANDAWN: LOL! Good one! Makes me think of a scene from "A Christmas Story" where the neighbors' dogs broke in and destroyed the Christmas turkey.

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This is a food disaster but not really a cooking one....

There was a Christmas dinner in our family where one person made a big ham and lots of sides. Everything was put on the table and it was time to sit down, but the room was stuffy. So one of the brothers turned on the ceiling fan, which apparently had not been cleaned in a while and the person has cats. To say the least cat hair flew all over the food and the ham ended up looking like a chia pet. Everyone went to a restaurant for dinner that day.



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I am not a good cook...its definitely something I struggle with in this lifestyle change! I couple of weeks ago tried making a recipe from a crockpot cookbook..thai peanut chicken. It had a sauce made of peanut butter, salsa, soy sauce, lime juice. Good god it was horrible. I followed the instructions to the letter. It was supposed to cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, which is exactly what I did, but it came out somehow dry and chewy and just plain gross. The sauce tasted bitter, overcooked, and had a horrible texture.

Now that I am thinking about it, I think it may have been the type of chicken I used. It called for "chicken pieces" which probably meant bone in, skin on chicken, and I tried to use the healthier boneless skinless breasts which do not hold up well to overcooking! Yuck! Very disappointing. Now I am a little scared of the crockpot!



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