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how embarassing! 
Feb. 5, 2011 10:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 10, 2011 2:26 pm
I almost don't want to share, but then, that's what this site is all about, right.  Besides, if one can't laugh with friends, just what are we all doing?

It all began Friday, when I stumbled on a recipe for Italian Rice Balls, that sounded more than interesting.  The first issue I had, was being out of rice, but I was convinced that I had some "instant" that a friend had picked me up (by mistake...)  After rooting through the pantry twice, and checking my one "over flow" cupboard, I thought to look in the corner cabinet where I store pasta, dry beans, and the like, and I found a lucite cannister containing some strange looking "rice," but then, I don't often use the instant, I find it has an odd texture when cooked.  So, I made up the "rice," with the intention of letting it cool to room temp, to use today...  Now, once again, the "finished" product looked strange, but I figured perhaps I'd not made it properly... it had become a mushy texture.  Following the recipe, sort of, I cut down the amounts as I didn't want to feed an army Sunday... after all, I don't follow sports, and expect to be home alone again Sunday.

Now, I had planned on using panko, to bread the balls, I couldn't find the box I just knew I still had... somewhere!

Once the "balls" had been breaded, I began frying them in the skillet.  As I expected, they did turn a wonderful crunchy golden brown, just took a little rolling them around, as I didn't deep fry.  Once the last batch came out of the hot, bubbling oil, I decided to try one of these morsels.  Now, I'm not too sure just when the thought passed through my pea brain... could it be?  No... surely not!!  Could the strange looking rice actually BE the missing panko?  Could I make such a ridiculous error?

Well, sad but true, I had mistaken the panko for instant rice (which I still haven't found. )  The finished product was edible, despite being somewhat "stodgy," they did have good flavor!  I seriously doubt that they will all be eaten, at least not by humans!  I don't think the dogs will mind one bit... it's just sad that I wasted the ingredients - but at least I DID cut down the recipe!  I have, however, learned an extremely important lesson:  ALWAYS put on your reading glasses, when selecting ingredients!  When you can't see past the end of your nose without, don't trust your eyes!  I've been "blind as a bat" for some time now, you'd think I would have learned my lesson already!  In fact, I think I've given a whole new meaning to "cooking crazy!"  Perhaps there is still hope for me.

Till next time... try not to make such a crazy mistake, but, if you have, feel free to share!  I'd hate to think I'm alone in that respect!!
Feb. 6, 2011 12:57 am
When I first started cooking, I decided to cook a new recipe for my new boyfriend and added 1/4 CUP of nutmeg to a recipe that called for a 1/4 teaspoon... We ended up ordering pizza that night but we're married now so it's all good. :)
Feb. 6, 2011 2:29 pm
I've done the reading without my glasses in the market and brought home some very odd things! There is a ground meat rice ball recipe that the Recipe Group made a few weeks ago that was quite good. You may want to give it a try. It is in my recipebox if you are interested, since I can't seem to post it here.
Feb. 6, 2011 3:28 pm
I laughed out loud. Sounds like something my mom would do. :D
Feb. 7, 2011 4:39 am
oh Stevie, how funny, i though i was the only one that did stuff like i need glasses to do everything too.....ttyl friend...judy
Feb. 7, 2011 12:41 pm
Been there and done that. When I was in high school I "breaded" and fried pork chops only to find out the "flour" I had used was powdered sugar. I now leave every ingredient in it's original packaging so I don't make that mistake again!
Feb. 7, 2011 6:45 pm
Thanks, all!!! You've really made my day, not that I'm PLEASED for you, but have to admit, it's nice to know I'm not alone with the occasional "oops!" Guess if I continue to re-package, I'd better put a HUGE label on it!
Lee B 
Feb. 10, 2011 2:26 pm
When I was about 8 yrs. old,I decided that I would make grits for myself.Instead of using 1/8 of a tsp. of salt in the boiling water, I used 1/8th of a cup.NASTY!!!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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