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Oops! Funny kitchen bloopers

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I recently made the most ridiculous cooking mistake: The plan was to make a quick, healthy, fool-proof stir-fry. I set some quinoa and water cooking in a small pot, then started the stir-fry, checking on the simmering quinoa occasionally. But, when the quinoa cooking time was up and the stir-fry was done (perfect timing! hurrah!) I lifted the lid on the pot of quinoa only to find... Gooey steel-cut oats! A summer cleaning session had inspired me to decant some of my dried goods for better-looking pantry storage, and I had mistakenly grabbed the glass jar of steel-cut oats instead of of quinoa. (I guess that's why Martha says to label those jars...) Do you have a recent cooking blunder? Share your story in the comments section! To kick off the conversation, here's a funny one a friend recently sent me:

Did I tell you about the Greek shrimp and pasta salad recipe I tried this week? We all agreed it was a little “eh." Then yesterday I was clearing some groceries off the counter and found cherry tomatoes and a red onion. I couldn’t remember why I bought them until I looked at the pasta salad recipe and realized I only used the first column of ingredients – left out the cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, oregano and Kalamata olives! Sheesh!!

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    These kind of things seem to be happening to me a lot lately! Over the weekend I was making spinach dip in mini bread bowls to take as an appetizer to a party. I thought these little bites of deliciousness, made by pressing some refrigerated bread dough into the wells of a mini muffin tin and topping with a spinach and cheese filling, would be perfect for a summer party. When I got home with the ingredients, I reread the recipe only to find, to my horror, it only made 10 mini bowls. What a rip off! I had to make another trip back to the store in order to have enough to double the recipe. But the story doesn’t end there. With all the ingredients ready to go, I started filling the tins…and ended up with nearly 40 mini cups! Turns out the original recipe called for the use of a standard-size muffin tin, not a mini-muffin tin; my brain just automatically thought mini bread bowls meant mini muffin tin! Regardless, they turned out to be as delicious as I imagined them to be and a huge hit at the party (I guess it wasn’t such a bad thing that I had more than originally planned!).

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    I tripled or quadrupled a banana bread recipe and completely forgot the baking powder. It was a disaster. I wasted so many good ripe bananas. I actually cried but it's funny to me now. :)

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    This isn't recent but I always remember it- as a kid, my brother and I wanted to do something nice for our mom so we made granola bars- except instead of 1/2 tsp of salt, we used... 1/2 cup. Really let that sink in.

    The look on my mother's face when she took a bite- trying so bad to hide her reaction. 2 things I took from that moment- 1. Damn, my mother loves me. and 2. READ QUANTITIES CAREFULLY.

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    I had a friend in college who would bake cookies during finals. We are not entirely sure what happened but we believe she got her tsp and tbsp mixed up. They were the saltiest and unedible cookies ever. Too much salt and baking soda.

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    My husband is famous for his from-scratch Belgian waffles. Not once, but twice, he has accidentally used Salt in place of Sugar. NOT tasty!

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    I've had so many! but the best one by far, was when i had dog-eared a recipe I had seen on Everyday Food for a salad for my husband to try out on a week when I was working late (he likes to try new recipes out.) He got all the ingredients, and followed it to perfection. I was so ready to try it because it looked so good in the magazine but when he served me it was a totally different dish with shrimp. He got the recipe from the wrong side of the page. You can imagine the rest.

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    When I was younger I was in 4H. Anyway, one year I made bran muffins for the fair. While they were being judged the judge kept raving how moist they were. I remember thinking back about making them and then remembered I totally forgot to add the oil! No wonder they were chewy and moist! I didn't say anything and ended up winning a blue ribbon. I guess I just created a low-fat bran muffin on accident.

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    Years ago, before he married me, I made chili for my beloved. I ended up seasoning with cayenne pepper instead of chili powder and thought the amounts were interchangeable--NOT. It was REALLY hot but I told him I liked it that way. "Pride goeth before a fall..." LOL!

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    I once made a blue cheese torte with pecans encrusted around the side. The recipe called for blue cheese, cream cheese and butter to be creamed together. YOu layered it in a removable cheese cake pan. I made this, decorated the platter with grapes and crackers. It was just beautiful. Well, that is until I tasted it. I LEFT out the blue cheese!!!

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    Hey, don't worry about it - i dont even know what steel cut goats are.

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    Pumpkin Pies - No sugar = Do not try that at home..just sayin

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    we should all really pay better attention in the kitchen, and get those martha P-touch labels! ;)

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