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    I'm interested in knowing some of the crazy things you've done in the kitchen. (No, not that, you perv.) These could be things that happened when you were first learning to cook, bake, etc. or just learning a new technique.

    I made an apple pie once and forgot to peel the apples.

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    Also, I forgot to add salt when canning deer meat one time...no biggie there, as I am not allowed to have a lot of salt. It turned out fine.

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    A few years back, I had to have kidney surgery. I could lay down or stand, but sitting was out! My hubby moved my sewing machine to the kitchen counter and I stood and made 2 quilt tops that way! One counter held the machine and the other had my cutting board! Everyone had to learn to work around them for 2 months! My kids still tease me about the time i shut down the Kitchen so I could sew! :lol: :lol: Nothing stands between me and my quilting! Ninnie in NC

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    My sister made a turkey once. Then called me to ask Where are the giblets? I told her they were INSIDE the turkey! She said she couldn't find them and stuffed it and it was in the oven already. She found them...AFTER the turkey was done lol

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    I was making pumpking pie from scratch and forgot to add the gelatin and it turned out watery. At a later time, I didn't know that you are not supposed to use hand dishwashing liquid in the dishwaher, not even a little bit. I swear, I still see bubbles coming out of it if I look very carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    My sister made a turkey once. Then called me to ask Where are the giblets? I told her they were INSIDE the turkey! She said she couldn't find them and stuffed it and it was in the oven already. She found them...AFTER the turkey was done lol
    You know what!? I did that once. I THOUGHT I looked in there good enough...Mom said, "Where's the neck and stuff?" I said, "There must've not been any with this one!"...........well, let's just pretend that was a secret to making the turkey nice and juicy!
    I don't usually put stuffing in my turkeys. I make it on the stove, that's what DH likes best...and I do, too...but I put onions, carrots, celery, garlic, etc. in my turkeys before roasting. YUM! The juices have so much flavor for gravy! And, yes, each Thanksgiving I make gravy from the juices from the turkey even though it's such a no-no! Gotta watch the fat and cholesterol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I was making pumpking pie from scratch and forgot to add the gelatin and it turned out watery. At a later time, I didn't know that you are not supposed to use hand dishwashing liquid in the dishwaher, not even a little bit. I swear, I still see bubbles coming out of it if I look very carefully.

    Maria
    Yes, just a little goes a long way. I learned the hard way, too. I only used maybe a teaspoon since I was out of dishwasher gel....now I'm afraid to put something in the dishwasher if it's been in the sink soaking and there's been dish liquid in there!

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    I'm just telling all my "dumb" moments, but it's fun. My DH killed a wild turkey one time, and I had no experience with wild turkeys, not much with store bought ones at that time....and I baked it upsidedown. After it was done, I couldn't find the meat. I was upset and crying. I thought I'd baked it too long and dried up all the meat....
    I've had several people tell me that that is a good way to bake a turkey because it "self-marinates" with all the juices in the bottom of the pan, and the breast doesn't get dry....I just use an oven bag these days! LOL!

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    I decided to make Sauerbraten once and found 3 different recipes. Unfortunately, I used parts from all three and apparently they were not compatible. It was the worst dinner I EVER made. Even DH couldn't eat it. My mouth still puckers at the thought of it.

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    When I was pregnant with #4, I had a really bad day and was trying to talk DH into just going out for dinner. He decided to cook. He made a pork roast, pulled it out of the oven and set it on a glass platter. He then went to heat some string beans. Instead of putting them in the microwave (come on, I'm a quilter, not a cook!), he put them in a pan and on the stove. Unfortunately, he turned on the burner under the pork roast. After a few minutes, he heard the roast sizzling. He turned off the burner, grabbed the platter and it EXPLODED!! We had glass shards imbed into the wall behind the stove, into the linoleum on the floor, and land on the countertop. The three kids and I had just walked out of the room. Don wasn't hurt, but dinner was destroyed.

    We went out for dinner that night!

    And insurance paid for a new floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    I'm interested in knowing some of the crazy things you've done in the kitchen. (No, not that, you perv.) These could be things that happened when you were first learning to cook, bake, etc. or just learning a new technique.

    I made an apple pie once and forgot to peel the apples.
    Not that?!? Ummmmm...... nope... got nothin else! LOL ;-)

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    Shelley, my hubby did the same thing with a pan of brownies, :shock: I found glass for 6 months behind fridge, stove, cabinets.

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    Well let's see when I got married 34 years ago I did not know how to cook. I would boil eggs and forget them and they would explode and decorate the ceilling.
    I tried to make biscuits and they were so bad the dog wouldn't even eat them. My DH would tell people you could bounce them off the wall.
    My prowess in the kitchen was so well known by my BILs that they would bring food with them when they came so they wouldn't have to eat my cooking!!! They were young when we got married so I kinda helped raise the younger 4 so I got teased alot.
    My youngest BIL was 7 and he would eat anything I made even if it was burnt!

    I did learn to cook and even cooked for a daycare I worked at so I do cook from scratch 30 years later and I do some baking.

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    I also have a mental block when I bake cookies. I can make the best trays of cookies until I get to the last tray or two and I burn them every time!!!

    I have gotten so I put part of the dough in the freezer and bake it as needed and I don't burn it as often but I still do sometimes!

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    I had everything cut up and waiting in individual serving dishes on the counter for tacos, and we eat a super supreme taco. When reaching in the cabinet above to get a plate, I dropped it, and it broke all over in the food! I had to start all over again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    My sister made a turkey once. Then called me to ask Where are the giblets? I told her they were INSIDE the turkey! She said she couldn't find them and stuffed it and it was in the oven already. She found them...AFTER the turkey was done lol
    I did the giblet thing the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner. I was so embarrassed. :oops: :oops: :oops: My husband teased me soooo much. That was til his mom told him if he knew it all he could make the turkey next year. I really loved that lady.

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    Made a cake tonight and the darn thing ran over the side of the pan and into the oven. The only thing I can think of is that the new stand mixer fluffed up the dough too much. Yikes! Now the whole house stinks because I have to run the self-cleaning function on the oven. grrrr.

    I think I give up housework all together and stick to quilting.

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    I used to cook for a daycare and had large professional ovens. I decided to try to make a lemon desert bar and you had to bake it. It took vinegar and baking soda. I went to check on it and all I could see was yellow clouds of dough in this oven that was probably 3' x 3'. There was batter dripping off the top and when it began to subside the whole oven was a great big sticky mess!!! I apparently had used the wrong amounts!! It was like a volcano blew up in there!

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    This isn't from learning anything new,except that I did. I never knew that potatoes could explode until one did - in my brand NEW oven! I guess it just couldn't take the heat. I had poked it as usual. Now I know why people wrap them in foil. What a mess! Dinner was delayed and I will use the microwave on potatoes from now on!


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    Quote Originally Posted by judee0624
    I never knew that potatoes could explode until one did
    I didn't know that either. Thanks for the heads up.

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    When I first started to cook I decided to make home made biscuits, I mixed the flour, baking powder, salt, shortening and milk together. Then I rolled them out and baked them. I was so proud of them that I took some to my mother. She said, "oh, you brought me some cookies". I told her they were biscuits not cookies, I had rolled them too thin. I now make a pretty good home made biscuit, and they don't get mistaken for cookies anymore.


















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    Quote Originally Posted by judee0624
    This isn't from learning anything new,except that I did. I never knew that potatoes could explode until one did - in my brand NEW oven! I guess it just couldn't take the heat. I had poked it as usual. Now I know why people wrap them in foil. What a mess! Dinner was delayed and I will use the microwave on potatoes from now on!
    I always stab my potatoes to death, so hubby says. Then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and toss in oven. Never had one explode. Had it happen in microwave when I forgot to stab one to death lol

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    My parents remodeled my childhood home when I was growing up. All of my dad's friends would come over and help and my mom and I cooked meals for them. One evening we made a gigantic pot of beef stew to serve. Somehow a large cricket had landed in the stew and boiled for a while. It turned bright red like a lobster. Mom and I were horrified, but we ladled the cricket out and served the stew. Needless to say, my mom and I filled up on salad and cornbread! We still laugh about "Cricket Stew."

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    When we were first married we had no stove just an electric skillet and a coffee percolator electric. So I decided to make DH some pancakes but got the big idea to make one big one. Needless to say it didn't get done in the middle and he still kids me about it after 45 years.LOL There have been a lot of mistakes since then too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judee0624
    This isn't from learning anything new,except that I did. I never knew that potatoes could explode until one did - in my brand NEW oven! I guess it just couldn't take the heat. I had poked it as usual. Now I know why people wrap them in foil. What a mess! Dinner was delayed and I will use the microwave on potatoes from now on!
    I sometimes bake potatoes in foil in the oven. We slice them and place butter between the slices.Then put in foil salt and close the foil Put the foil wrapped potatoes in a pan so it won't drip on your oven.

    This is a favorite of ours and you don't get the exploding potatoes. Yes I have had potatoes explode but I still much prefer oven baked potatoes they just taste better.

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