Thursday, March 19, 2009

Freaky Foodie Friday Trainwrecks!


Welcome to this weeks Freaky Foodie Friday Trainwrecks! Michael had such a fun idea for this week! Rather than our usual virtual potluck, our theme is food mishaps or food bloopers. I know this will be fun to read, but maybe not so much fun to remember!

No pictures were ever taken of any mishaps in my kitchen. I was too busy trying to rescue whatever I had burned, sloshed or dumped. Let's see how many bloopers I can remember.

Cooking has never been one of my favorite pastimes. Before I was married, I could make cookies and cakes by following a recipe but very little else.

Not long after our wedding, I was attempting to cook dinner when my brother in law dropped by for a few minutes. I went outside to talk to him, but didn't think to turn the stove off. Yes, that was my first burned meal as a newly wed and I've had many others since then.

Hubby called from work one long ago evening craving popcorn. He had an errand to run, and wanted to drop by the house to pick up a big bowl of popcorn to take back to work with him. I put the oil in the pan on high. (Wasn't this a brilliant move on my part!) The oil wasn't heating up quickly enough while I watched it, so I thought I had plenty of time to take care of an accident our new puppy had just made. I picked up the oops, glanced up at the stove and saw flames dancing around in the pan, burning the knobs, buttons and bottom of the top oven. Our front door was open, so as I ran for the stove, I looked out the door, saw hubby and screamed "it's on fire!" I was holding the tissue wrapped puppy poo in my hand and threw it out the back door, (I think it flew into the neighbors back yard). I reached for the handle on the pan just as hubby screamed "no - don't touch it!" I was going to move the flaming pot out to the back deck. He grabbed something to cover the handle and put the pan on the floor. We put the fire out, but he burned a big round circle in the linoleum and was quite proud of his quick thinking. (I wouldn't have put the pan on the floor.) Insurance covered the damage, but it took forever to have the floor repaired.

One evening I was making a lime molded jello salad to take to a potluck at work the next day. I poured the liquid jello into the mold and watched in disbelief as it all ran out the bottom of the Tupperware mold. I hadn't double checked the seal. That mess ran off two sides of the counter and cabinet, then all over the floor under and around the stove. The mess was unbelievable.

So much for the mayhem and madness of my foodie trainwrecks.

I have a cute one to share about my daughter in law. My son and daughter in law got married last June. His kitchen remodel wasn't completed before the wedding, so they were without a stove for a few months. When the new stove was finally installed, she was baking up a storm. She had just taken cookies out of the oven as my son got home from work. He grabbed a beer and a cookie and they called me to come over and sample the fresh cookies. (BTW, I don't understand how anyone can drink a beer and eat a cookie, but I digress...) My DIL left the room for a moment and my son said the cookie was a little bit salty. I took a bite and couldn't eat anymore of it. I looked at him and he was foaming at the mouth with the beer and baking soda in the cookie, but was gamely eating it. (You know that's LOVE, to finish the whole stinking cookie that is making you foam at the mouth!) My DIL came back in and asked how the cookies tasted. I asked how much baking soda she added to the recipe. She looked puzzled and took a bite of my cookie, which she promptly spit out and ran for the recipe. She had used tablespoons instead of teaspoons of baking soda. My son and I thought this was hysterical. My DIL, not so much!

Please drop by Michael's @ Designs by Gollum for the list of participants to this weeks Freaky Foodie Friday!

Enjoy!

Diane

52 comments:

Mrs. B. Silly said...

ROFL, those are some pretty good stories! I haven't done anything quite as good as setting the whole stove on fire but my sister did that once with hot oil too. I did blow an electrical outlet by spilling orange juice all over it and destroyed a pan by letting the water boil down completely.
I made the teaspoon/Tablespoon mistake on cookies once but luckily it wasn't the baking soda and they still tasted okay.

Gollum said...

Oh, those tricky T vs t, or even Tsp and Tbs. Great stories!!!

Happy To Be said...

Oh Diane...now girl the hot oil could have started a fire...but you know that...but why sit the pan on the floor...are you living with my DH and don't want to tell me ha ha!! but you know I use to keep my iron skillets in the oven and always turned on that oven and forgot about them until the smell..I guess I was seasoning them more...and girl don't get me started on making mashed potatoe and learning to make gravy without lumps in it..may you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kristens Creations said...

Great stories Diane! I'm glad insurance covered that fire and I hope your neighbors didn't step in poo!lol...Loved the story about your son foaming at the mouth from to0 much baking soda. I guess the beer and baking soda don't mix very well! Have a great weekend! Kristen

Kristi said...

What a great story. I love the newly wed stories as I have one of my own!! Husbands are so good to us aren't they?? I loved all of your stories, thank you for sharing with us!!

Chandy said...

Still LOL! We all have those moments when we just couldn't get things right... I'm glad time has a way of allowing for experiences to improve.

Happy Friday

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

You had some good ones to share!

My husband still doesn't get the tablespoon and teaspoon...

Susan

xinex said...

Oh Diane,LOL! Sorry about the linoleum, at least he did not burn the whole house. Funny newly wed stories!...Christine

Linda said...

Diane, those are some great stories. Oh, yuk, I'm trying to imagine the baking soda cookie...much less with beer! What a great son to eat that - true love! Linda

Martha said...

Great stories -- I think newlywed cooking stories are usually the best!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great stories, Diane!!

Jill said...

Hi Diane..
Great post! Oil fire.. no good! I know someone who got 80% burns all over her body from one.
Love the newlywed stories. I have some serious food disaster stories!

Kathleen Ellis said...

LOL! cute stories...especially the last one! I don't get beer and a cookie, either...guys...who can explain them?!
Thanks for the smiles!
Happy Spring!
;-D

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh LOL -- foaming at the mouth cookies! Too funny!

Smilingsal said...

lol Tupperware must be burped. I think that I've mixed up the teaspoons vs. tablespoon too.

Smilingsal said...

Tupperware must be burped. I think that I've mixed up the tsp. with the tbsp. too.

imjacobsmom said...

Too funny! I'm glad the whole house didn't go up in flames! And foaming at the mouth....LOL ~ Robyn

mbkatc230 said...

I'm sitting here cracking up - the picture in my head of you throwing the puppy poo in the yard while the kitchen is on fire is just too funny. And your son must be a good man to continue eating that cookie while imitating a rabid dog lol! But I'm with you - beer and cookies? Kathy

SusanQ said...

I loved all of your stories and your adorable pooches!

Shirley said...

Great stories! I guess everyone has had their mishaps.

Foley said...

Great stories Diane - though she may not realize it now, your DIL has the start of her very own "train wrecks" !! lol

Foley said...

Great stories Diane - though she may not realize it now, your DIL has the start of her very own "train wrecks" !! lol

Michelle said...

What funny stories...I was definitely chuckling. I've had similar experiences in the kitchen, especially the burning part! I get so distracted with things. Lol! You sound the same way.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

LOL~! Those are some funny stories! I have burnt many a meal in my day!
Hugs,
Penny

prof en retraite said...

LOL LOL You are too funny, Diane! Or it's funny NOW, I should say! I love the story of your poor son and the foaming cookie mouth!!! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You are a great story teller, so funny! Thanks for coming by and the sweet comment that you left!

Linda said...

I set the oven on fire one time. I decided to impress my (Now-ex) husband with a Dutch apple pie. Unfortunately, I was too generous with the apples and overfilled the baking dish. The topping, made of butter and sugar, just slid off the top once it got hot, and starting burning inside the oven. My husband turned it off and sprayed the inside with a fire extinguisher. Needless to say we had to buy a new stove.

JyLnC said...

You're right cameras have never been near when I've created a Foodie disaster either. Cute stories!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

OMG, I could never compete with you and the kitchen disasters! NEVER! LOL!
And OMG, I would have laughed my ass off, watching your son foaming at the mouth.

Justine :o )

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm having the best time reading about everyone's train wrecks in the kitchen...it makes me feel so much better about how bad of a cook I am! I loved your stories...and what a sweet hubby he was to eat that cookie...THAT is a good man lol

ann said...

Too funny.When are we going to have more?This is fun.I loved your stories.Why didn't I think of this,duh?I;m just glad someone did...Ann

The White Bench said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy I've inspired you!
Such fun stories!... Cooking could be so destructive at times! Although I am a good cook, I had some troubles in the kitchen, such as inflaming the hood, cutting my fingers, putting salt instead of sugar while chatting at the phone, etc.
Have a great w.e,
Monica.

Bo said...

Hi Diane...I don't blame you for not having photos of food disasters...who has time or inclination for that matter...LOL.
These were some fun stories to read, but thank goodness I didn't have to live them... ;-) Bo

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

LOL Funny stories! Just wanted to drop by to let you know I just store my tablecloths and napkins in large drawers in my china cabinet...would love to hang them in a nice big pantry...in my dreams! :-)

Femin Susan said...

these are some pretty stories.

Tootsie said...

jello is a horrible mess to try to clean up! and the foaming cookie mouth!!!! oh my!
we have a story here about a "fart cookie" but I will save it for another day! have a great week....I am sorry I have not been much of a commenter lately, been very busy and distracted...I am reading tho!

Happy To Be said...

Hey Diane...thanks for coming by...Now what a day I had today...Yesterday it was like spring time here I am out taking pics of my yards and all the flowers are starting to bloom...then it starts to rain...ok no big deal...go to be it starts to snow again..snowed all day long...and get this P.G.&E turns off the power at 7am until 6pm to set new power poles..so now I have no heat !! Len drag out the generator and we hook up the TV...but cable won't work without power so now we have to watch DVD's all day...got out the camp stove so now I am cooking breakfast on camp stove in my kitchen...Oh I should have done pics of that for FOODIE FRIDAY!! you know how to camp out in your own home...I just stayed in my PJ's all day covered up on the couch and watched movies...actually it was a great day, took me a day and no one could get up the driveway to visit so didn't even do my hair of course I could't without power...send Len out for pizza at 7pm...so I didn't have to cook dinner YAHOO!! Any hoo hope you have a great Monday dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mimi said...

Diane, I am so happy that I'm not the only adult around who still blubbers over cartoons...or feels passionate about animal welfare and care. When I was younger I used to think that I would "grow out of my passions". Instead, they have become more a part of me than I had ever thought. And, you know what, now that I'm older, I don't care about what other folks think when I react to sad things in what they may believe is an "unacceptable" way.

hugs...mimi

bj said...

Thanks for stopping by to see all my blues this morning...
Hope your day is a great one!!

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Diane,
What great stories....now that I think back I know all of my girlfriends have started a fire on the stove at one time or another....I think that is part of being a newly wed and never really cooking before...very cute stories....
Hugs,
Mo :-)

RobinfromCA said...

Oh my! My sides hurt! Haven't we all been there? I didn't know what lemon rind was when I got married. I thought - "No way it's the peel, who would use that?" I decided it was a fancy word for pulp. I made a lemon meringue pie that after 2 days never set up! Lemon water in crust with a beautiful meringue on top. :-D

santamaker said...

This was such a funny post...what a great hubby to eat while foaming at the mouth!
To answer your question about covering a chair. When I buy one I look for one that is not soiled too badly or that smells because after spraying with a can of Lysol I re cover it over the existing fabric. I've stripped a couple of chairs before and not only is that a horrible job, but it messes up the shape of the chair and I believe that you have to have some formal training to be able to do it from scratch. I basically cover the chair with the fabric, staple and then if I need to hide the staples I will hot glue some trim over them. I know that this is not professional, but it's just for me and I think that it ends up looking pretty good. Good luck with yours and don't be afraid. Just play with it and learn by doing.

Catherine Holman said...

Mishaps are so much fun! I can't count how many I've had over the past 36 years of wedded bliss.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment!
Catherine

prof en retraite said...

Hi Diane! Thanks for visiting my little Paco man!! Hope you are having a great week...hugs...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness Diane I laughing my head off at you flinging puppy poo out the back door!

Hilarious stories!!! ;)

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, I think I would have to move where there was a Hobby Lobby,LOL! Just kidding, it is nice though. You just can't beat the prices half off! Thanks for your nice comments! Kristen

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I'll try to stop back by for this week's post later... if not...Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

thanks for the sweet comment!

Lavender Chick said...

I could picture every bit of this as I was reading!!! Very entertaining from my Friday after work! I feel sorry for DIL though...

niartist said...

OMG! Diane - still laughing! Have a great weekend!

dana said...

It warms my heart to find out others have had food mishaps---I think a book could be in the works with this Posting Theme you guys have working here! :)

Hope you're having a great weekend--we're bracing for a snow storm! Dana

Charmingdesigns said...

I enjoyed that!!! LOL. Laurie

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