11 responses to “A Year in Failures”

  1. Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

    I feel your pain. I had a meltdown two nights ago trying to make miniature cherry pies at 10 pm. Overfilled pie tins=sticky burnt goo all over the place. Oh well – they made tasty cobbler!

  2. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi

    I have FAIL clusters as well. Like the mayo that wouldn't emulsify and the extra egg whites from that made into meringues that I burnt. Sigh.

  3. Joanna

    Oh yes, *please* share the strawberry frosting recipe! I would love that. Also, would that single serving chocolate cake be in a mug? And if so, have you read this blog post over at King Arthur Flour, wherein they try to come up with something better than the (apparently abysmal) 5 minute mug cake? Funny – and kind of makes me want chocolate cake…

  4. Darlene

    As someone who makes "5 minute" cakes I can tell you what went wrong. First the mug wasn't large enough. Since I don't have any mugs capable of holding 1 1/2 cups of water, (the amount of space required to cook the cakes without overflow) I use a small cereal bowl instead.

    Second thing is it was cooked WAY too long! I have an OLD microwave and I only cook my cakes for 1 3/4 minutes, NOT the 3-5 minutes most recipes call for. The cake is done when the top no longer looks "moist", you touch the top with the pad of your finger and it comes away clean and it just SLIGHTLY pulls away from the side of the container.

    I have a whole page of "cakes in a mug" recipes on my blog. I've tweaked some of the recipes so they work for me and added some suggestions for easier cooking.

  5. What's For Dinner?

    Oh goodie! My most recent failure was a campanelle pasta, pineapple, pine nut, fresh green bean, and Asian vinaigrette marinated pasta salad. WHY why WHY? Is all I could ask myself. I knew none of those ingredients went together. But somehow I couldn't help myself. And I boiled the noodles in chicken broth. Some days are just an epic FAIL. I blogged about the whole catastrophe as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your 2010 failures with us!

  6. sarah henry

    LOVE this post, Debbie. Not least of which because I've been consumed with writing and reading "best of" posts over the past week and they're wearing thin…trying to recall my biggest recipe fails of the year….a recent stir fry with way too much tamarind paste comes to mind.

    But, hey, I reckon you had so many fails because you actually cook. A lot. This is a good thing.

  7. Reidy @ altdotlife

    Lesson learned this year: don't make sweet potato pie in the toaster oven. This was a two-time fail. First I did it, resulting in slightly burned-on-top marshmallows. Then a couple of weeks later, my husband tried it, and we had our first kitchen fire of 2010. Will we remember for next time? Probably not.

  8. debbie koenig

    You guys, I LOVE these stories! I think people, especially food bloggers, feel the need to make it seems like nothing ever goes off the rails. But seriously, half of my life is off the rails. So good to know I'm not alone!

  9. Brittani Blue

    My most memorable FAIL was an eggplant parm. The eggplant was so bitter and I couldn't bear to eat more than one bite. My husband ate it though, which was strange to me because he's so picky.

  10. debbie koenig

    Interesting, Brittani! I've read that most of the eggplant grown today has had the bitterness bred out of it–I don't bother to salt mine anymore & I've never noticed a difference. OTOH, I've also read that eggplant gets bitter the longer it sits in refrigeration. Perhaps yours was lingering in the fridge for a while?

  11. Dianne Jacob

    Hey Debbie, an old boss used to say, "He who doesn't stub his toe ain't moving."

    How refreshing to have a post with these hilarious photos.

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