Cooking Boo Boos

United States
October 18, 2007 8:07am CST
Well, confession time lol. my friend twoey68 started a discussiion about making some pies for her husband. It got me to thinking about a cooking boo boo I made which still lives in our family memories. So I thought I'd share and see the funny blunders of others, just for giggles. One year I decided to make sweet potato pies for my family's Thanksgiving dinner. These were to be sliced potato pies, a Southern recipe which we've all missed since my grandmother passed away. It is a sweet potato pie as you are familiar with, but instead of pureeing the potato and adding the spices, it's made like an apple pie. You bake the potatoes until barely done and cool. Then you slice the cold potatoes and make the pie using the spices for a sweet potato pie, but you make the pie as if making a traditional apple pie, layering the potatoes and sprinkling on the spices. So all went seemingly well, Thanksgiving morning I loaded the two pies into my car and off to mom's I went, so proud of myself for surprising everyone with this long missed treat. But soon after leaving my house a nagging thought came into my head, something was not right about those pies. I pondered and pondered, going over the preparation again and again in my head, never figuring out just what the probelm was... UNTIL... just as I pulled into her driveway.. BOING.. the lightbulb went on over my head.. OMG.. SUGAR!!! There is not one drop of sugar in those pies!!!! DISASTER!! So there I am at her door with two totally inedible but beautiful pies in hand.. oh how we all laughed, even the dog wouldn't eat em.. and to this day if I say I'm bringing pies, the ineveitable warning is, "Now don't forget the sugar". So, what is the worst yet funniest kitchen boo boo you've created? I know they are out there so FESS UP!! LOL. In my brother's name I will out him first. Shortly after he moved out I get a call at work asking me to drop ny his apartment to help him with a problem. On arriival he tells me that his first attempt at making a cake has failed, but he doesn't know quite why. The 'thing' in the pans resembled a cake, but looked so odd. So I asked him to tell me step by step what he did. Boxed cake and (this was before canned frosting) a simple add-water frosting mix. Yep, all seemed fine until I realized what he was saying. He had put the frosting on the cake batter BEFORE baking. LOL.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Hi there, so I inspired you huh? LOL Well, I have had my share of mishaps in the kitchen...luckly Hubby doesn't hold a grudge or make too much fun of me. Let's see there was the peanut brittle that still gives me nightmares (shudders), the numerous mac and cheese dishes that turned out like paste (still don't know what happened there), and cookies that could easily be used as bricks to build a house. When my Mom was first married she attempted to make her first turkey. She was trying to measure how much salt to use for the number of pounds of the bird and went from teaspoons to tablespoons to cups. About halfway through the cooking she realized her mistake and took it out and dumped the stuffing and rinsed it out. As far as I know it turned out allright although it just fell off the bone LOL My favorite wasn't really a boo-boo as much as a gag my Mom pulled on me. I was about 13 at the time and made my Mom a big homemade Mexican dinner of Tacos with real tortilla's that I rolled out. I set the perfect table, we sat down to eat and when I turned around to get something off the counter, I turned back to see my Mom lying on the floor, clutching her stomach and moaning! I thought I'd poisoned her!! After about 2-3 minutes she started laughing and I was laughing. I was furious that she did that but at the same time it was hilarious. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
23 May 08
That baby is so cute. Little angel sleeping so beautifully. I am talking about the photo you have uploaded.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
23 May 08
I just happened to look at the photos and your photo caught my attention. Sorry for giving a comment in another discussion that is not related to this. I typed out your name twoey68 and located your response here.
• United States
27 Jan 08
I haven't had many, but my best one is definitely a "No Fool Pie." It's called that because it's so easy to make. My Dad was over for Sunday dinner, so I decided to make one. The ingredients are simple and you just pour fruit on top of a batter (no mixing). I keep my self-rising flour and plain flour in two totally separate places: the self-rising always goes in the canister. I make my pie and put it in the oven...the fruit smells delicious! I open the oven to get it out and it looks like a pancake! My mother, bless her, had put plain flour in the canister. So I am the one who got fooled making a No Fool Pie! lol I was so embarassed!
• United States
12 Feb 08
rofl... ya gotta love those 'foolproof' recipes.. somehow I often manage to flub them up.. perhaps you shoul have called it a fruit tart lol.. and doesn't it always happen when you are cooking for someone else?
@jesus777 (664)
• Bermuda
18 Oct 07
now that is hilarious abotu your borther and his attempt to bake a cake i think he needed to cooking 101 or a simple cooking class well when i first learned how to cook it was pancakes something simple but i had put too much baking soda in the batter so it was a mess in the pan i will tell you that!!!!! lol~~~~
• United States
18 Oct 07
Yeah, bless him. My mom and dad were somewhat traditional in the 'girl things' and 'boy things' stuff.. Poor baby, he was so lost in his twenties. He got married and had a baby boy. Well, his 'wife' deserted them both, so there he was alone for the first time wiith a baby to care for. We went thru the bringing home of the laundry all looking a weird tie dyed greenish cause he'd mixed the clothes and washed in hot water... During that time is when the cake thing happened. In all honesty he'd never seen a cake until it was finished, so he had no clue.. but he surprised us all in that he turned out to be a fabulous dad, totally devoted to that baby.. He is stubborn so he toughed it out, and learned on his own mostly, just a phone call to ask a 'how do you.....' when attempting something new, once he figured out we wouldn't tease him... Now he is quite an accomplished cook, but it's taken 25 years or so lol.
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
18 Oct 07
This is a story about a chocolate cake. When I was young around 13 my cousin and I made a cake by accident we added 2 cups of baking soda instead of 2 teaspoons. We poured the cake in the pans, baked them, took them out of the oven let them cool then took them out of the pans and waited with watering mouths as we frosted it with the chocolate we where so proud of it then we decorated it with those silver bebe things that are really hard. It looked so nice I can still see it today until we tasted it OMG! was it gross. We gagged and spit it out told everyone not to eat it because we messed it up. Everyone teased us about it it was horrid. Well we had a nieghbor she was a girl and she was around our age at the time we kids just walked into each otheres houses it was cool the parents didn't care it was the 70's anyway my cousin and I went over to her house to play and left the cake on the table we were gone for a hour or so and when we got back the neighbor girl was sitting at the table eating the last bite of cake the whole cake was gone she ate the whole thing! We told her it had too much baking soda in it and thats why we didn't eat it. She didn't care she said it was good...yuck! I will never forget that cake...lol. -Amber
• United States
18 Oct 07
rofl.. soo funny.. but at least your cake found an admirer, I think that may be the funniest part.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
18 Oct 07
I've actually never had a cooking disaster. Color me lucky, I guess. However, I will share my sisters cooking disaster, because it's funny. My little sister wanted to make spaghetti for the family for dinner. It was just her, myself, our mom, our uncle and my friend Jason. Well, she went to add the basil, and my mom had bought one of those big containers at Sam's. She was used to the smaller containers, you know where you screw the top off and it's got the little "shaker" lid on top to keep you from sprinkling in too much. The big container didn't have that. SHe didn't notice. So she unscrewed hte lid and started shaking and proceeded to dump about a cup and a half of basil into 2 quarts of tomato sauce. She did manage to scoop a lot of it out, but she was stirring while she dumped, so there was still way too much basil in the sauce. My friend and I each took a small plate and ate it without complaining then went out to eat. My uncle took one bite and ordered chinese for himself, my mom and my sister.
• United States
18 Oct 07
rofl.. pesto spaghetti!!! too funny. I did that with a big garlic container first time I used one.
@niranjans87 (1078)
• India
18 Oct 07
Well i dont have to remind you that salt is probably the most important ingredient in almost any recipe...well and hmmm it realy tastes bad without it...well this is what happened...my mom cooks i dont...i know to cook some stuff but well as i found out...well my mom went out of town for a couple of days and i was alone...i told my friends that i would cook something and get it to college....well i forgot to put in salt...hmmm i think you can understand the situaton i was in when they all tasted it and their faces started going in various directions... But probably the worst boo boo has to be that of my friend...we prepare a dish called lemon rice which is very popular...well my friend was alone at home and she decided to cook that...well she s not really good...i went over to her place and we started eating it...well it really wasnt that good and the thing was we couldnt even figure out what was wrong....i asked her to tell me how she d prepared it and to my horror i found out that she hadnt put in lemon extracts to lemon rice...thats equivalent to not putting ham in a hamburger....oh we had such a laugh over the issue...
• United States
18 Oct 07
lol, love both of those.. too cute..
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
18 Nov 07
I never had you cannot eat it type of disasters, but I had when I put the ingredients in wrong. Like the time, I was making an angel food cake and I mixed the flour with the sugar and beating it into the egg white, instead of mixing the sugar into the beaten egg whites and afterwards having the flour put in the mixture. As a result, the cake did not rise as much as it should. I can also tell you that my father, no matter how he was at making entrees, could never make a cake. In fact, they were so heavy that I thought they used them as bomb substitutes in World War II.
• India
18 Oct 07
My parents are going to be in Rome or my dad's 60th birthday in 2 weeks, and I want to arrange a surprise evening for them at a restaurant where they might e able to go into the kitchen and cook their dinner with the chef. y dad is a self-taught, really talented gourmet cook who would love to have a hands-on experience like this to learn from a local master. Does anyone know some unusual restaurants n Rome where I could arrange this? Hopefully something off-the-beaten path and not touristy?