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Old 04-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Family cooking dilemma..advice needed

For Easter dinner, my sweet daughter-in-law was asked to bring some kind of bread to go with the dinner. She has very little cooking experience and I was thrilled to see her cooking out of her comfort zone. She went and bought a bunt pan (she didn't know what that was) for this recipe from Paula Deen. Please read carefully...
Herbed Monkey Bread Recipe : Paula Deen : Recipes : Food Network

As you can see, the recipe calls for 2 packages biscuits. Well, at dinner I could tell there was something wrong with the way it turned out but I didn't let on, and we all told her how good her contribution was. She said she couldn't find packaged biscuits on the bread isle of the grocery store, so she thought packaged rolls would be fine. She rolled them in balls as was directed in the recipe, and proceeded. It's ok to laugh here.

For one thing, Paula Deen should be ashamed of herself for not specifying 2 packages of refrigerated biscuit dough in the recipe. Most of us here know exactly what's meant, but we all need to be reminded how a novice cook reads a recipe.


My dilemma is how I tell this sweet girl about her mistake or should I ?

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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I think she would rather know. Walk her through the recipe and what is meant by the author of the recipe. Reassure her that it tasted great, but would be even better with the proper biscuits. And then show her how to make it with cinnamon and sugar for sweet Monkey Bread.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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You absolutely should tell her. Gently explain that, while she selected a tasty recipe, it was poorly written and that mislead her. Let her know you are not upset or disappointed with her. The fault is really with the recipe. Encourage her to try it again with the right ingredients so she ca see how it should be.

I would also review this recipe on the Food Network site so they know they screwed up. Tell your DIL you are doing this so she knows she is not to blame.

I would also suggest she should test a recipe before making it for others.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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You tell her that pacanis can't follow any of Paula Deen's recipes and have them turn out either I'm serious.

But yes, I'd tell her. You already know where she went wrong anyway. Tell her it came out good considering the mistake, which she is not to be blamed for.
Then tell her to avoid PD's recipes altogether
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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I enjoyed Paula when she first appeared but, now she is more of a fictional character. I doubt that she ever tasted this recipe or has even seen it.

I would tell your daughter-in-law that you checked out the recipe and noticed Paula's error. Then invite her over and make this recipe correctly or perhaps a similar TNT recipe. In years to come this will be her and her husbands story. Remember the year you made....

It is sort of the initiation into the club!
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the good advice friends. I'm glad I didn't open up my big mouth at the dinner, as I'm sure she would have been embarrassed and I'd sure not want to be "that" kind of mother in law. This kind of thing can be so touchy. I think I'll tell her I looked for the recipe because I wanted to make it, and found the error made by PD.
I reviewed the recipe at the Food Network and gave it a negative one star and the reason. That should teach them not to mess with a Mama bear.
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Excellent, Kayelle! Perfect solution.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:21 PM   #8
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Excellent, Kayelle! Perfect solution.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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You tell her that pacanis can't follow any of Paula Deen's recipes and have them turn out either I'm serious.

But yes, I'd tell her. You already know where she went wrong anyway. Tell her it came out good considering the mistake, which she is not to be blamed for.
Then tell her to avoid PD's recipes altogether
+1.

pacanis has a hard time following recipes...
(3rd person?)

but i really do agree with the spirit of pacnar's statement. be positive and helpful with your criticism, allowing her a way out to save face.
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I find it irritating how sloppily many Food Network recipes are written lately. I guess that they assume that you saw the episode and can correct the mistakes on the fly. Assuming that Paula didn't type this in and upload it to the website, means that more people saw it and still didn't notice anything wrong with it, says a lot.

That recipe could mean the biscuits in a tube, frozen biscuit dough, or pre-made biscuits from the bakery. Those who cook would probably know, but those just learning would be lost if they hadn't seen the episode.

I've had good luck with Paula's recipes, but I have only made the ones from her original cookbook, before she became a character on a show.
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