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    Sat Apr 20, 2002 9:36 pm Groupie
    The first turkey dinner I ever made was for Mother's day when I was about eleven. I forgot to put poultry seasoning in the stuffing-it was rather bland.I'm sure it is not the only mistake but one I remember.

    My SIL once made no-bake cookies that requires oatmeal but coconut is optional. She put in the coconut but not the oatmeal, insisting she was right. We had to eat them with a spoon!
    Izzy Knight
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 10:59 pm Groupie
    last month i preyed my friend to teach me how to make sushi. before getting familiar with the basics, i attempted a more complex rolling technic, with the rice-side out instead of the seaweed. i was so proud of myself until i realized that i've left the plastic wrap inside the sushi roll. i ended up having to eat the sushi and spit out the wrap.
    Mary Scheffert
    Sun Apr 21, 2002 11:34 am Groupie
    I can think of two right off the top of my head:

    I was making a pecan pie for Thanksgiving, and realized I didn't have enough dark corn syrup, and didn't have any light corn syrup in the pantry. So I substituted pure maple syrup. I don't know if there was a chemical reaction or what, but the inside of the pie didn't set, and the bottom crust just disintegrated. The filling tasted good, but there was no way I could serve it. I ended up throwing it out to the birds.

    I was trying out a new recipe in my brand new crockpot. Sounded really good -- Pork & Apple Curry (not a Recipezaar recipe!). It smelled wonderful as it was cooking, but curry is not a spice we normally use (in fact, hardly ever). The finished dish was not appealing to the eye - the color was something like that you'd find in a baby's diaper. So, I tried to "doctor" it up with some Kitchen Bouquet ... I think that made it even worse. Oh, it was awful! DH & I laugh about it to this day!!
    Sun Apr 21, 2002 8:55 pm Groupie
    You reminded me of one other. I was only married a year when we went to a family reunion (his side) in Georgia where we were supposed to bring a dish to share. I brought a pecan pie(with store bought crust)and wondered why nobody ate any of my pie-IN GEORGIA-pecan capital of the south-pie capital of the world! LOL
    Mon Apr 22, 2002 7:46 am Groupie
    These are all hilarious stories!! LOL!!

    Here's another one I'll share with you, though it was a HUGE failure of my husband's - before we were married!...

    ...It was the very first meal he cooked for me, shortly after we met!

    He knew by then that I loved Italian cuisine, so decided to cook Canneloni.

    He had everything organised - the wine, the soft music, the table set beautifully, a dessert made (unbeknown by me at the time by his neighbour!), and his younger brother who was living with him at the time to stay out til REAL late!!...

    ...Carl served dinner...BUT!!...the Canneloni wasn't cooked!!! He filled the uncooked Canneloni shells/cylinders with a very tasty meat sauce filling, (but hadn't cooked the Canneloni first!) He thought that they'd soften on serving(??!!!)...

    ...I remember not wanting him to feel embarassed in any way, but it was simply not edible!!...

    ...I remember, I looked up at him, and he at me, and I smiled and then I just had to tell me that I couldn't eat them and only got half way through telling him what he'd fogotton to do...when we both just burst out laughing!!!...

    ...He then said that he hoped the dessert would be okay! - and it was!

    It was his neighbour who let the cat out of the bag one day and how I discovered that he hadn't made it himself!!...Again, we had a jolly good laugh about it!

    And even now, 18 years later, that occasionally we recall that first memorable romantic dinner that he cooked for me...!!!!! LOL!! (and YES! we STILL laugh about it!!)
    Mon Apr 22, 2002 7:13 pm Groupie
    Oh, let me count the failures. . .

    The first time I made risotto, I had invited two other couples over, one of the guys was infamous for his voracious appetite.

    I was making this chicken dish called "100-Clove Chicken" which had boneless chicken breast and 100 cloves of garlic simmered in white wine. Well, I timed the risotto and the chicken to come out at the same time, after the risotto had cooked for 20 minutes. The risotto took *forever* (like over an hour). At first, I decided to leave the chicken in a bit longer so that it would be hot. Then I took it out of the oven so that it wouldn't overcook. In the end, the chicken was overcooked and cold (and it was a bad recipe to begin with).

    The risotto was great once it got done but we never figured out why it took so long. I think that it was just bad rice because I replaced the rice and have never had that particular problem since.


    Then there was the time that I spent all weekend and $$$ trying to make cassoulet. My dutch oven was too small and it overflowed all over my oven floor. And then the self-cleaning cycle made so much smoke that my fire alarm went off (a whole-house alarm integrated with a burglar alarm). And the whole house smelled like shit from the burned cassoulet.

    To top it off, the cassoulet was positively awful ("tastes like pablum") and got thrown out.
    Mon Apr 22, 2002 7:42 pm Groupie
    I was about 10 years old and I attempted to make a special cake for my parents anniversary. I had taken my tooth fairy money and walked down to the store by myself to buy the ingredients. I had a small window of time while they were away to make it so I was in quite a rush and very nervous.

    For reasons I still do not understand, I began reading down the list of ingredients and just dumping them into the bowl (ingredients for batter, filling, and frosting) and it didn't occur to me until I had put about 3/4 of the stuff that i hadnt even bothered to read the directions! I was so disappointed,frustrated and broekn hearted. My parents found me crying hysetrically in the messy kitchen when they came home.

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    Sat Apr 27, 2002 2:53 pm Groupie
    I am not an expert cook by any means to begin with. The most recent failure was just last week!!! I was making a frozen peanut butter pie and the first step was to combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. But I totally forgot to soften the cream cheese before beginning!!! After fighting the cream cheese for a while and throwing sugar all over my kitchen, I just threw it out and started over. It turned out really good!!!!

    Sat Apr 27, 2002 7:04 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    probably my biggest goof in the kitchen was when I first got out of the navy, many, many years ago...tried a tuna noodle casserole...accidently opened a can of tuna cat food and folded it into the noodles with all the other ingredients, and baked according to the recipe....Thought that it smelled rather strongly of the sea, but never caught my mistake until I tasted it and then rechecked the tuna can....needless to say it was never served...Think I ended up calling for pizza...
    Lisa Pizza
    Mon Apr 29, 2002 3:51 pm Groupie
    Oof! Has to be my first and only buckwheat attmept! It's not that I did a poor job cooking it - but that I tried to serve it like rice! With tofu and veggies-

    Ick - imagine eating oatmeal with garlic!!!
    miss jane
    Wed May 01, 2002 10:41 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    There are so many, but a few are very memorable.

    When I first left home it seemed that the only thing anyone in my share house knew how to make was curry, and I didn't even know how to make this. I watched, and it seemed that the trick was adding seasoning and fruit (e.g. banana, apple etc) to the meat, and then cooking it for a long time. One weekend I decided to give it a whorl myself, but the only fruit we had in the house were oranges. DO NOT repeat, DO NOT try eating curried oranges. Errrkhhh.

    A few years later I tried making 'toad in the hole' from a recipe book. I'd never eaten it, but it had featured in many stories I had read as a kid. I don't know what I did, I thought I followed the instructions perfectly, but the result was absolutly disgusting... oily, half congealed pudding surrounding withered snags. Yuck. I threw it out and my girl friend who was over for dinner pulled a couple of cans out of the cupboard and assigned me to the washing up.

    My mother once made a coffee dessert for a dinner party when I was about 12. (Just old enough to sit at the adults table!) When it was served out everyone started making faces, but of course, no-one said anything. Afterwards I checked the recipe, and mum and I worked out what had happened. Without her reading glasses mum had put in tablespoons of the instant coffee, instead of teaspoons. I certainly didn't do much sleeping that night.
    Thu May 02, 2002 2:43 pm Groupie
    This is such an hilarious topic. Nancy's disaster is similiar to one that I or my sister hadwhen we were younger, can't rememeber which one of us. But I/she made an angel cake and it was, as Nancy said, flat as a disc. Now, after all these years, I know what I/she did wrong - the eggs. Thanks Nancy.

    My SIL made a turkey (her first attempt) for one Holiday. When she brought it to the table to be carved there was a surprise inside - the bag with all the inners.
    Thu May 02, 2002 2:54 pm Groupie
    This isn't so much a disaster as a presentation mishap.

    I had invited my MIL and FIL over for a traditional Friday night dinner. Chicken, noodle kugel, etc. I had never made noodle kugel before. We had only been married a short while and I was not at all familiar with cooking anything. I found a recipe that sounded so delicious (and it was) but instead of putting it into a 9x13 baking dish, I put it into a casserole dish.

    When I served it I 'scooped' portions out to everyone. My MIL just stared at me, and I said "What?" She told me that it is 'usually' sliced into servings.

    It was absolutely delicious inspite of the way it looked on the plates. It turned out to be my FIL's favorite recipe and it was requested for every Holiday.
    Thu May 02, 2002 3:37 pm Groupie
    For some reason my in laws decided I was cooking the dressing on Thanksgiving. I asked my Mom to jot down how much of everything to put in. Well after several conversations about "well, it depends on the size of the pan" and "it depends on how much you have on hand" I got my list of ingredients. She had written 1 rubbed sage. I took that to mean one can of rubbed sage. It was served. Nobody said a word...not a single word. I knew as soon as I took a bite. I was so embarrased. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of people, lol.
    Thu May 02, 2002 6:51 pm Groupie
    Not mine..but an honest to god true story. My uncle had been out partying at the local watering hole and was feeling no pain when he went home. He was hungry and decided to make a tuna fish sandwhch. He oponed up the can of tuna, mixed it with mayo and some celery. He ate it and thought it tasted kind of funny. He went to bed and passed out, and the next morning he woke up and went to the kitchen and found an empty container of cat food on his counter! Yep..he had made a cat food sandwhich the night before!
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