Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Day to Be Thankful, International Version - Contest Entry Post

Yes, in the United States it's Thanksgiving, but here on this blog I'm always aware of what a global world we live in. For some of us the leaves have fallen and we've already had snow. In other parts of the world, it's warm and there are flowers. How awesome is that?


And while we here in the U.S. have set aside this day to give thanks, and it's very nice to have a holiday when friends and family stop work in order to be together, I'm reminded every day I come here that I have a lot to be thankful for. Because without this blog I wouldn't have met (so to speak) so many of you.

In other words, today and every day, happy Thanksgiving!

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Contest entry # 2
In honor of the day, even if you don't live in the U.S., let's share something. I'll skip the customary what we're thankful for list and get right to the good stuff: cooking disasters or goofs (or anything food-related which one might regret). Tell me one time when something you or someone else cooked (even in a restaurant) where things didn't quite go as planned. It doesn't have to be big. Could be very minor.

And don't worry if you miss this on the day it's posted. You can go back and post on any of the contest entries at any time right up until the day the contest ends. 

I'll start. Last night I was baking my usual pumpkin pie and when I took it out of the oven, it wasn't quite done in the center. So I put it back in the oven, just for a few minutes. But I should have been keeping a closer eye on it, because now the edges are a bit...okay, I wouldn't say charred, but on the edge of burnt. An extremely dark ring around the edge of the crust. Not real attractive. Good thing I know that someone else is bringing a pie and my mother has a rum cake on the way!

So...what's on your list of cooking mistakes? Come share. 




16 comments:

Laney4 said...

The first time I made fudge, it turned out really runny. Instead of telling people I made fudge that didn't turn out, though, I told them I made a fudge sauce for ice cream and they thought it was wonderful!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I'm leaving soon to do some "Black Friday" shopping in our local stores and hoping it doesn't snow again. I used a shovel to clear a path to our back fence yesterday, so I could hop the fence (like I do every day) and clear another path to our neighbour's enclosed area near their back door, as I visit their St. Bernard as often as possible and didn't want snow in my runners. (If I wear boots for just one day, my plantar fasciitis - that causes limping - will kick in for up to 6 mths!)

Unknown said...

We were just laughing at my brother in-law, a chef, who waits every thanksgiving for his annual call from his brother. It is his personal turkey hotline! "Is it ok to eat the turkey if we cooked it with the bag of giblets?" "Should we thaw the turkey?" (The day of).

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, I love that you made lemons out of lemonade (or fudge sauce out of runny fudge)! Good luck on the Black Friday shopping (and on avoiding platar fascitis--I had that once after I did a 21-mile hike, and yes, it went on for months).

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Brenda, how awesome to have a chef in the family! I love hearing about the questions re: thawing the turkey "the day of." I once tried to advise a relative to thaw the turkey days in advance, but he forgot. I think his guests may have had to munch on hamburgers that day. It probably wasn't fun at the time, but doesn't it make for great stories for years to come? It's almost better than getting it right just for the amusing memories!

Mary Preston said...

Laney4 had me laughing & reminded me about the time I was making strawberry jam. It would not set, so it became a sauce to pour over ice-cream. Everyone loved it.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, strawberry sauce over ice cream wins over strawberry jam for me! Sounds yummy.

Shari said...

I love to cook and bake, but I am terrible at burning garlic bread. NO fail it will burn in my house.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Shari, you and me both (on the burnt garlic bread). I always think I'm watching it closely, but somehow I look away for what seems like an instant and...burnt.

Unknown said...

hmm we really haven't had any eating disasters

Jean Smith said...

The first time I made fudge it didn't get solid, so we ate it with a spoon.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

The fudge posts are making me hungry. It's been a long time since I've had any. (I think I may have to either make some or buy a jar of Nutella, which to me tastes like fudge frosting in a jar).

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Amy, you are so lucky. I'm not a great cook (I burn grilled cheese sandwiches almost every time).

Tom Lester said...

I cooked a green bean casserole for thanksgiving this year and left the spoon at the bottom of the dish!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

That must have been a surprise (I would have loved to have seen that)!

slehan said...

I made tuna casserole with mushroom soup and forgot to put in a can of milk. It was *very* dry.

slehan at juno dot com

Myrna Mackenzie said...

slehan, a good excuse to drink more water? :-)