BFF #176 Kitchen Disasters…a.k.a. What Not To Do In The Kitchen!

Seriously?!?!?! You really want to know about my kitchen disasters? Okay, I admit that I’ve had a couple of whoppers. We all do, right? However, let me preface all of this by saying I never had the pleasure of cooking lessons during my youth. Somehow that experience with my mom escaped the both of us.
My girlfriend taught me to bake though…at her house. The kitchen in my childhood home was off limits to cooking by me as that area of the house was my mom’s domain. As much as I love to eat, you think I would have learned to cook early on. The good news is that I am learning to cook now, but very slowly. Thank goodness I have a husband who is a really great cook, a veritable chef! And, he shares all his great recipes with me so that I can share them with you here and on my other blog, Recipes for Today’s Working Woman. I have a few recipes and a lot of tips to share as well, so keep checking back to these websites for updates!
So without further ado, here are my biggest faux pas in the kitchen:

In college, I was hungry for some real popcorn, not the hot air stuff. I went to the dorm kitchen on our floor with all the things I would need and proceeded to make it. I turn on the gas, put the pot on the burner, poured the oil in and then turned around to pick up the popcorn off the table. When I turned back to the stove, I saw the pot going up in flames. OMG! I had started a fire! Needless to say, I never cook again in that kitchen.

The first time I made a meal for a friend was a total disaster as well. I had planned to make spaghetti, how could I mess that up. After the popcorn fiasco, this was going to be a piece of cake. Wrong! So WRONG! I made the pasta as usual, but instead of rinsing it with hot water, I rinsed it with cold water and completely ruined the meal. Not even the pasta sauce could save it. At least my friend ate it without saying anything but I was totally mortified. 

I love meatloaf. I’ve always used a family recipe because it was the only one I had. The first time I made it for my husband, it turned out like a charcoal brick. Not sure what happened, but we don’t use that recipe anymore. Enough said.

Since these episodes, I have burn toast and singed the edges of numerous pizzas. I’ve cut myself with both dull and sharp knives countless of times, broke a juice glass with my bare hands and shattered a glass coffee pot down the front of me. With all these mishaps, I’ve never needed any stitches. But I do keep a big supply of Unguentine on hand because I have been known to burn myself when using the oven. (I swear by this stuff. It’s the best burn ointment ever!)
I wish I could say that I am embarrassed, but actually when looking back on these moments, I have to admit that some of them are pretty funny. The best part though is that with each of these, I have learned how to become a better cook, or at the very least, what not to do in the kitchen!

Wishing you moments of kitchen magic!

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  • Jo

    LOL…you know they say we learn from err than from success, so you are no doubt well learned! Great stories. ♥

  • "What not to do in the kitchen"…Sounds like a TV show. Hmmm…it might be a hit!

  • It isn't funny how our biggest flops turn into our funniest stories and our biggest source of learning and growth?? I am glad you found a guy that is a good cook! At least you will never starve and eventually a little cooking know how will rub off. 😀 Great post!!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

  • Oh, Susan, sounds like you've had to learn to cook the "hard way"!!! Glad that I started learning to cook as a pre-teen and had someone around to show me cooking the best way. But, there have been a few things that I've learned through "trial and error". Thanks for sharing. Now take care and enjoy your kitchen.

    Betty
    http://todaysbaker.com/cooking-tips/four-ingredient-crockpot-recipes/