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The Ramblings Of A Fledgling Cook

The Weakest Link - Kitchen Edition 
Apr. 21, 2014 10:48 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2014 12:40 pm

Today, while working, I got to thinking back on some nightmares from my kitchens' pasts. Because what better way to get in the mood for preparing supper tonight than to think of all the times you had to go for takeout because you didn't get it right!

I was leaning towards a pasta dish. That, in turn, got me to thinking of my infamous Manicotti dish, which I've written briefly about before. Trust me, the less details, the better. Let's just say it was so bad it fully influenced my husband to swear off of any dish resembling a stuffed noodle. It kills me, it really does, as my cooking has *cough*somewhat*cough* improved since then. Every once and awhile I slip a hint in one of our supper conversations to try and redeem myself but no matter how I mask it, he always says no.

So while wracking my brain on supper (and trying to be productive at work), this brings me to my question for y'all:

Have you ever prepared or attempted to prepare a recipe that you or an unsuspecting victim (I mean, dinner partner) absolutely could not bare to eat? Something so heinous that even your pets would turn their noses up at it?

Maybe enough failed dinners will inspire something that won't have my husband running in the other direction come supper time :)

(None of these are mine, however, imagine a culmination of these in one dish - THAT was the Manicotti dish...)

Apr. 21, 2014 11:24 am
I've had so many of these moments too, Faith! That pizza "volcano" in your oven looks similar to a recent one in mine-haha! We can't possibly be the great cooks we try to be without these hilarious happenings-shows we're out there experimenting! Love your blog post!
Apr. 21, 2014 11:46 am
You're not alone, I've had a few in my life, more than I'd like to admit. Even though I try to be a little more selective these days on reading ALL ingredients of a recipe, every now and then, one still sneaks up on me. I've had a number of 1-star reviews right here on AR and, honestly, a number that I would have rated 0 stars if possible.
Apr. 21, 2014 1:37 pm
Paula, I laughed so hard when I saw that photo of the pizza. Had no idea that was possible. Thanks for stopping by! :)
Apr. 21, 2014 1:40 pm
lutzflcat, I think I'm too nice sometimes when it comes to rating. I don't know if I've ever given one star - due to the fact that if we don't like it, 99.9% of the time its a cook error - and I'm always the cook :)
Apr. 21, 2014 8:27 pm
LOL - I think we have all had those 'moments'. Good thing we can laugh!
Apr. 22, 2014 4:52 am
Make the manicotti dish again. You can do it now. Don't announce it in advance, just make it and smile and serve it. You'll both be happy! (And then blog about it, with photos.)
Apr. 22, 2014 4:58 am
Baking Nana, definitely so, I have to laugh everyday else I'd be crazy (ok....crazier.)
Apr. 22, 2014 4:59 am
Indiana Peggy, heh, you don't know how tempting that is! I just need to find the *perfect* recipe for it. It didn't help that I cooked it not long after we stated dating. He's a very picky eater but to make me happy, he was going to try it. I wonder if that dish has influenced him to be even pickier since! But if I ever do make it, I will definitely blog about it! :D
Apr. 22, 2014 6:50 am
Great idea for a blog question! Let's see, there've been a few massive failures but the one that rears its ugly head at first is a Thai seafood stew I made a number of years ago using a blue ribbon recipe from Epicurious. The broth in the stew was heavily lime based and quite frankly the best thing you could say about it was that it was interesting (a complete waste of 50$ worth of seafood). Now I can say with certainty that I will never make that recipe again, but I will make another recipe, and it will be better. So your Manicotti, if it wass cooks error, now you know better, if it wasn't, then make a different stuffed manicotti.
Apr. 22, 2014 7:15 am
Hi Faith! Living at high altitude, baking is a challenge. I made a brownie recipe that declared it was for high altitude and the brownies overflowed all over my oven. I now put a baking sheet under the pan when I make a recipe for the first time. I made a carrot cake that also said it was for high altitude and it sank in the middle.
Apr. 22, 2014 8:18 am
good thing I don't live in high altitude!
Apr. 22, 2014 9:38 am
Raedwolf, thank you for your story! I think I'd have cried at the cost lost but I'm so glad you are willing to try another :) I was 18, just out on my own & had never had cooked anything not out of a box in my life (besides maybe a grilled cheese sandwich.) For the longest time I was pretty sure it was my fault. Looking back recently, though, it's ingredients vs. cook time doesn't seem right now that I know more about cooking, either. We'll call it a draw on whose fault it was and start fresh - one day! :)
Apr. 22, 2014 9:40 am
Lela, oh my goodness, I've never even considered what a challenge that could be (cooking at a high altitude.) Like everyone else I've seen the special instructions on various recipes/mixes/etc. but I never thought much about it. Hope you've had better luck with baking sweets since you've encountered those! :)
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 26 year old work from home mom to two sons (7 & 4.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 9½ years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "ups" category. We never went outside the box although I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients - I jump on the idea of anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
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Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
My sweet potato pie & homemade biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or Ramen. It had too much seasoning, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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