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Kitchen Disasters

By Ann Hodgman, "Kitchen Disasters," March/April 2013

Author Ann Hodgman shares her most humorous kitchen disasters.


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"I come from an Irish up bringing and I decided enough with eating cornbeef dinners out we are having a family day and I am cooking dinner. Cornbeef needs to cook for a long time so I decided I would put it on late in the evening the day...
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When I was in high school I decided to have a little dinner party when my parents went out of town and left the house to me. My mom made the best Quiche Lorraine and I thought it looked super easy. The first course was a salad which went over very well. While we we dining in the dining room, my girlfriend saw something running out of the oven door onto the kitchen carpet (yet, we had kitchen carpet!). It was the custard!! I had read about pricking the pie crust and I suppose I got a little heavy handed with the fork tines and unbekownst to me had broken through the foil pie plate. So, when I filled the pie shell the custard slowly leaked out of the pan onto the oven floor and right out the oven door onto the carpet.
Needless to say I scrubbed dried custard bits from the floor and the oven for days until my parents arrived back home. It makes me laugh now as I am a much more accomplished home cook, yet at the time it was sheer disaster. Needless to say, we had salad for dinner that night.

Anonymous

03/04/2013 - 11:19pm

When my daughter was in second grade, I made birthday cupcakes to send into school (back in the day when birthday treats were allowed). As a busy, working mom, I was foolishly trying to prove something, so I refused to buy cupcakes or use a mix. My recipe was vanilla-poppyseed cupcakes with a butter-sugar glaze. It was 11 p.m., and instead of the vanilla, I grabbed the bottle of liquid smoke (used in barbecue sauces). As the cupcakes cooked, the kitchen filled with a strange, smoky, burnng smell. Once I realized what I had done, I panicked, but soon calmed down, "Oh, well," I thought, "They smell funny, but they will taste GREAT." They didn't. In fact, they were completely inedible. My husband (by far the better baker), made a midnight run to the store, and we were saved by Betty Crocker. Lessons learned: 1) Although I am a good cook, I am not a good baker, and I now leave that task to my husband; and, 2) there is no shame in taking shortcuts when cooking.

Anonymous

03/08/2013 - 6:46pm

I come from an Irish up bringing and I decided enough with eating cornbeef dinners out we are having a family day and I am cooking dinner. Cornbeef needs to cook for a long time so I decided I would put it on late in the evening the day before and have more of a late lunch with the family. I put it in a pot with pots of water and set my alarm to wake up hourly to check it. I stayed on the couch just incase. I must have fallen into a deep sleep and woke to the alarm going off the house filled with smoke and the dogs barking and the cat laying flat on the floor coughing. So at 3 am the windows where open the pot was out the back door fans where turned on and I spent St. Patricks day washing the house. I forgot to tur the temperature down.

Anonymous

03/13/2013 - 6:49am



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