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Recipe FAIL

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What do all these photos have in common? They are my kitchen failures, of course! If the proof is in the pudding these concoctions demonstrate one thing: looks can be deceiving. I wish they’d turned out great so I could share the recipes with you, but since I can’t why not laugh about it?

Behold, SALTY blueberry preserves.

Fig Walnut Canapes a là Locker Room Funk

Chicken Liver Paté – I practically had to dump that bottle of port in to make this one edible. Kind of defeats the purpose, huh?

An experimental chevré frosting that went baaaaad (pun intended)

All of these failures occurred within the last month. That’s why when people tell me I’m a good cook I have to disagree . . . I’m just a persistent one. :)

What about you? Are you Indiana Jones in the kitchen or do you stick with tried and true recipes?

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12 Responses to Recipe FAIL

  1. Dang, your failures still look tasty!

  2. oftentimes i stick with the tried and true, but every once in a while i get a wild hair and start trying new things like crazy! it’s good to know i’m not the only one whose attempts don’t always produce the desired fruit (no pun intended, but i liked yours, it was so baaaad) =)

  3. Anna D says:

    Don’t we all have our disasters in the kitchen, but not everyone is brave enough to admit it publicly. Here is an easy and very quick chicken liver pate receipt, my son ate it when he was under 1 years old.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Anna, I don’t see a recipe in your comment but I would LOVE to have it. If you don’t see this comment I will most likely hound you via email until I get it. Liver is SO IMPORTANT for health but it is hard to love! I’m trying a recipe this week that calls for soaking in lemon juice overnight. Supposedly that makes it much better . . . we’ll see!

  4. Thanks, Amanda! Presentation is half the battle in my house. My other strategy is to say it in french. You don’t like goat cheese? How about some chevre instead???

  5. Lesley says:

    I have become bolder over the years–I was never taught to cook–its all self taught for me. ( no seriously–never had boiled an egg or anything!) So I try things–and if we like, I either keep making them or begin to experiment with them! And while i love to try new things–a lot of ingredients or lots of labor scare me and I steer clear. I just know that I wont be able to realistic make tit often–and I want something I can hang on to long term!! When we have had failures—pizza or non-msg Chinese seem to be our fill in!

  6. Funny post! I’ve had my share of disasters. I don’t like following recipes… I’m a cooking rebel! I’m a good girl in most areas in my life but something about measuring and follow rules in the kitchen drives me batty. Don’t know what that’s about!?!

    I sometimes will *submit* to a recipe but have been burned a lot that way too! In fact, one of my favorite cookbooks, Nourishing Traditions, has burned me more than any recipe book! I find that many of her recipes turn out bad for me… from hummus to liver pate to peanut butter cookies. So, I usually take the core of her recipes and then “enhance” using my taste buds as a guide.

    This strategy works best for me overall so I stick with it.

  7. Melinda says:

    I’m impressed that you took pictures! I rarely take pics of what doesn’t turn out. Then again, if you hadn’t tried it yet then you wouldn’t know. The salty blueberries look good! I’m a fly by the seat of my pants girl in the kitchen. I’ve often bought something that spoke to me at the grocery store, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Sometimes I follow recipes but even when I do I use it more like a suggestion rather than something to be closely followed.

  8. Alexis D says:

    Coconut Fish Curry = EPIC recipe fail :) My first try at curry and I happened to pick a really hard one. When a recipe doesnt go as planned then I will usually eat whats edible b/c it usually doesnt taste *that* bad but the coconut fish curry left THE worst after-taste EVER!

    Count me as #3 for people NT has burned – biscuits were not edible – i.e. rocks!

  9. […] the smooth texture of jelly or jam, large chunks of fruit are suspended in a syrup base.After the salty blueberry preserves debacle it seemed like a fool’s errand to try again, but the thought of sweet and tart […]

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