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Old 04-21-2007, 07:06 AM   #11
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When I was first married I was cooking a spicy dish and measured out about a teaspoon of red hot pepper powder into the simmering pot and began to stir and stir and stir--then I noticed that instead of completely mixing in there were specks floating on top which turned out upon closer inspection to be tiny flour beetles. Sure enough they were Living in the can of hot red pepper!!! Talk about mad!!!

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Old 04-21-2007, 12:14 PM   #12
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Since this has morphed into a thread about sharing stories I've moved it here to Off Topic.

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Old 04-21-2007, 01:20 PM   #13
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One time when I was a kid, my family came on hard times, so we were making the best out of what we had on hand. One night my mom made what she called "Salmon Cassorole Suprise" with canned salmon, maccaroni and I don't know what else. It might not have been so awful but she burnt it a little. It was Horrible! but thats all we had for dinner so we ate as much as we could stomach. It was bad, bad, bad. I've never had canned salmon as an adult because of that dish.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:37 PM   #14
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I hear you, Renee. To this day the mere mention of Spam turns my stomach inside out as well as salmon patties. Had too many servings of them as a tyke and in the immortal words of Poe's raven, "Nevermore".
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:58 PM   #15
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When DH and I were dating, I wanted to impress him by making a coffeecake one summer morning at his house while his mom was at work. Not being familiar with her oven, I set the temperature way too low. It was a dial and I was using the wrong mark to line up the temp. It just kept rising and oozed out of the pan and all over the oven. I doubt if I even knew how to clean it up properly either, his poor mom when she came home!
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:50 PM   #16
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mmmm yum lentil soup mmmm
Hi Expatgirl, i cooked some porridge and ate a whole bowl before i noticed flecks. I looked in the box and it was writhing with tiny crawlys (like little maggots) It didnt make me ill and years later i made flapjack, the same bugs were in it but i still cooked it (i was a single parent and couldnt afford to replace the oats)and we all (me and my 2 daughters)ate it. I never mentioned the bugs and nobody was ill. Nowadays i thoroughly check the oatmeal beforehand. Im a lot older now and dont think i could stomach the nasties.

Ill keep a watch on my flour as well now ive read your post.
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:31 PM   #17
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Many years ago I decided to make Seafoam Candy. I had never made it before. I think maybe I was using too small a pan, but I can't remember. All I know is that suddenly this foam started oozing very quickly all over the stove--kind of like a volcano. It was a mess!

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Old 05-17-2007, 03:26 PM   #18
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We got married when fondue pots were popular so we got a few as wedding gifts. My DW got a recipe from a friend that she just had to try. It was a cheese and white wine fondue for dipping large toasted bread cubes. My DW and her sister heated and stirred this mixture for a long time before they told me it was a failure. The wine and the cheese wouldn’t combine. I looked at the recipe and told them to read the bottom line: “The wine and cheese will not combine”. The idea was to let the bread cube soak briefly in the wine that floated near the top and then drag it thru the melted cheese. No wonder fondue has not remained high on the charts.

My latest blunder has been forgetting the yeast in the bread machine. I set the timer to make sure we would have fresh bread for dinner the next day. Our machine has a yeast dispenser on the lid so the dough doesn’t begin to work too early. I arrived home from work and opened the lid to the bread machine finding a brick I could have used as a patio paver.

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