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Old 11-16-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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I've heard a lot of funny stories of young people learning to cook, but today I heard another one that kept me giggling. A friend came in to our library today and her 15 year old daughter was with her. They checked out some cookbooks. The mother then told us what the daughter did the previous night. Reading instructions from a book it said to "grease the bottom of pan", so (bless her heart) the young cook, turned the pan upside down and greased it. She asked her mom, "Why do they want you to grease the bottom of the pan?"

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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I'm glad she didn't light the stove! Or did she?
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:39 AM   #3
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So, I'm like 16, right? I come home from school one Friday in the winter and decide that we must have chocolate chip cookies. I'm too young to drive. and we don't have the logs in the fridge, and I want it to be a surprise. So I lug out a cookbook and mix all the ingredients.

And I look around and find the flour and add it. "That's funny, didn't remember the flour being in a tupperware."

Put it in to bake.

The smoke alarm goes off. The smell of burnt cookies fills the air.

Turns out I'd added confectioner's sugar, and the cookies melted when I put them in the oven and ran off the cookie sheet and burned on the bottom of the oven.

I wasn't allowed to cook again for a loooong time.
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Old 11-17-2006, 03:06 AM   #4
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I've been there and done that. I just can't cook
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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This happened to my sisters best friend. She was just married and was having both families over for Thanksgiving. Everything was going pretty good then she poked the Turkey to see if it was done. Well once the fork came out some of the juices flowed out. She put a band-aid on it. I don't think she has lived that down. Her husband thankgoodness is a chef and he does all the cooking. She clean up.

Then my husband who worked for the Gas Company was sent to this house, the guy was at his wits end. He couldn't get the stove opened. When my husband got there the oven was cool enough for him to open it. All that was left of the Turkey was ash and some bones!
All he could tell the guy was to run it again and fininsh cleaning the oven. I don't know what happened after he left. But I bet the wife wasn't to happy.
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Old 11-17-2006, 11:09 AM   #6
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As you can see from my ticker we got married 34 years ago tomorrow so Thanksgiving is always a week later. With that being said, two of my husband's single friends bought a huge turkey and basically invited themselves to dinner. I was 19 had never cooked anything more involved than Rice Krispie squares in my life but I was too embarrassed to tell anyone.

I unwrapped the turkey, put it in a pan, put it in the oven and set it to cook according to the wrapper directions. I lived with my grandparents when I was in high school and because she fed so many at the holidays, she always made her dressing outside the bird, so I did too! I had bought a box of croutons, put them in a baking dish and put them in the oven! Our little apartment about an hour into this started smelling like burnt toast and burning paper. (I didn't know there were innards in the turkey and left them in there and they were wrapped in paper! The "dressing" was nada, but after dh helped me get the stuff out of the middle, the turkey came out ok.

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Originally Posted by cawthraven
So, I'm like 16, right? I come home from school one Friday in the winter and decide that we must have chocolate chip cookies. I'm too young to drive. and we don't have the logs in the fridge, and I want it to be a surprise. So I lug out a cookbook and mix all the ingredients.

And I look around and find the flour and add it. "That's funny, didn't remember the flour being in a tupperware."

Put it in to bake.

The smoke alarm goes off. The smell of burnt cookies fills the air.

Turns out I'd added confectioner's sugar, and the cookies melted when I put them in the oven and ran off the cookie sheet and burned on the bottom of the oven.

I wasn't allowed to cook again for a loooong time.
See now, you could have avoided the whole thing by eating half of the cookie dough like I do before placing them in the oven. Then you would have discovered your mistake prior to setting off the smoke detectors!
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Originally Posted by stitchwitch
Originally Posted by cawthraven
So, I'm like 16, right? I come home from school one Friday in the winter and decide that we must have chocolate chip cookies. I'm too young to drive. and we don't have the logs in the fridge, and I want it to be a surprise. So I lug out a cookbook and mix all the ingredients.

And I look around and find the flour and add it. "That's funny, didn't remember the flour being in a tupperware."

Put it in to bake.

The smoke alarm goes off. The smell of burnt cookies fills the air.

Turns out I'd added confectioner's sugar, and the cookies melted when I put them in the oven and ran off the cookie sheet and burned on the bottom of the oven.

I wasn't allowed to cook again for a loooong time.
See now, you could have avoided the whole thing by eating half of the cookie dough like I do before placing them in the oven. Then you would have discovered your mistake prior to setting off the smoke detectors!
But it didn't taste "wrong." Maybe a teensy bit too sweet, but overall, it tasted like chocolate chip cookie dough.
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My dad loves my pecan pie, so every year, the task of making pecan pies belongs to me. I remember one year, to make them extra special, I decided that I was going to make my own pie crust, instead of buying ready maid shells. I found a recipe in a church cook book called "fool proof Pie crust" and decided to use that one. Well, either it was not entirely "fool proof", or I'm dumber than a fool, because next thing I know, I'm standing in the kitchen, with a huge wad of dough in my hands, that I could have sliced and used to roof the house.

From now on...I buy the shells
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