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Old 05-24-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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Tried to make my mom's hash. I've asked her how to make it, and it never comes close to how she makes it. Ground beef, potatoes, onion soup, hot sauce, onions, and Worchester. Sounds easy right, well, I managed to screw it up. Now there's a whole bunch left over that we don't want. My DH said "what did you do different?" which is his nice way of saying "that sucked."

Some of the potatoes were either under cooked or soggy, the hamburger didn't have the nice crisp that my mom gets on it, way too much Worchester so it was kind of sweet and mushy, it didn't have that greasy hamburger-y crispy crust flavor that my mom manages. What a waste. I'm running out of ways to prepare red meat without a grill.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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It took me 24 batches of dough to make my Grandma's noodles but I finally figured it out and they now turn out good most of the time but there are still those batches that don't. I think I'm in a hurry when that happens though.
Otherwise I have made a lot of dishes over the years that were absolutely unedible but as one who cooks often and is a very good cook if you don't make mistakes you are not a cook.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Ratatouille. My wife swooned in delicious delight and ate it all.

But I could not choke it down. Dunno if it was the thyme or oregano or what. Barf. I should have known as I was sprinkling spices I could not even stand the smell of.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:43 PM
 
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Strudel - SO can stretch the dough to the point you can see the moons of the fingernails. I cannot. Kitchen shears have been my rescue.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I ruined a roast once with a terrible wine-spice marinade and over-cooking.

Now I follow two rules: one, take a sip of the wine. If I don't like drinking it, don't cook with it. And two, a meat thermometer is my friend, especially in very old ovens that may no longer heat evenly or accurately.

As I recall, I ordered pizza . . .
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Who hasn't? I tried making cranberry oat cookies a few Christmases ago, and I wound up peeling them off the cookie sheet. And then there was the time I added 2 cups of sugar to a recipe for scones instead of 1/2 cup - that mess slid right off baking sheet.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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More times than I care to remember . I tried making my granny s three bean salad , forget it . I messed it up and it was awful .
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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I had whole squid so I tried stuffing them with a bacon, rice and vegetable mixture. I didn't realize that the bacon was Apple smoked maple or something until I smelled it cooking. By then I'd already gone through so much other prep I figured I'd give it a shot and complete the dish.

Awful. Sweet bacon infused everything and did not play well with the seafood. It was like eating calamari with marmalade.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:40 PM
 
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I had whole squid so I tried stuffing them with a bacon, rice and vegetable mixture. I didn't realize that the bacon was Apple smoked maple or something until I smelled it cooking. By then I'd already gone through so much other prep I figured I'd give it a shot and complete the dish.

Awful. Sweet bacon infused everything and did not play well with the seafood. It was like eating calamari with marmalade.
I've fallen for the maple sausage before. Look forward to a great breakfast with hash browns, eggs, toast and (normal) sausage, and surprise! its maple syrup sausage as that maple smell fills the house. Straight into the garbage it went.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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About 20 years ago, I tried to make "mock split pea soup" out of green beans (this was an old Weight Watchers recipe). My family still remembers how awful it tasted and occasionally teases me about it.
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