When you flop…

…I guess you flop hard. I wasn’t going to write about Tuesday, but a few blogger friends suggested that I keep things real on here. Here’s the reason why there are no blog entries this week.

Tuesday was a big kitchen day for me. I was counting on two perfect blog entries, since these were both new recipes for me, aka blog-worthy. I was going to make blueberry scones with fresh Louisiana berries, and some caramelized onion chicken for dinner. It was going to be excellent.

I get home at 4pm, and the sour cream I thought I had, was in the trash. Scones are scratched.

Perhaps I could make muffins? I search through my Joy of Cooking book, and find a recipe. Let’s do this.

They come out of the oven ultra dense and not very flavorful. Fail #1. After posting about this on a cooking board, I realized that it was perhaps due to too much flour. I still haven’t gotten on the “weigh ingredients” bandwagon when it comes to baking. Lazy me.

So, I take the dog for a walk to just shake off the bad kitchen juju, because there was a chicken recipe waiting for me. The walk sucked…first off, it was hot as jalapeno outside. Second, a stray dog tried to approach my dog, and I’m not about to let them play when God knows what is on the stray dog….paranoid dog mom. So, I carry my 30 lb. dog 2 blocks, until the stray dog gets the clue. I’m exhausted when I get home, but I’m starving.

I pound the chicken, because it was super thick and would NOT cook in the alloted time on the recipe, taking out every frustration from that walk and those nasty muffins. I cook the chicken, then make the sauce, combine, and just taste the sauce for good measure. It honestly was disgusting. Fail #2.

I don’t know what went wrong with that recipe. It has 5 stars, but wow, it just did not taste right at all. I did submit my review on the website too, and made sure to inform that I’m not a reviewer who adds 5 ingredients and messes up a dish because of it. I truly followed that recipe and it sucked so bad. I have a huge “?” on my head after that one. I don’t see what went wrong.

Have you had any kitchen fails lately? Let them out!


  1. uh, in a word, yes. This evening I made a chicken recipe in my crock pot (should have known just from that) and it was bleh. Bleh, bleh, bleh.

    Got the recipe from Real Simple years ago and only just tried it out now and it won’t be done again.

    Throw all this in a crock pot and cook for 2.5 hours on high:
    Chicken thighs
    red potatoes
    butternut squash
    onions, quartered
    cloves of garlic, peeled
    slices of orange
    2 cups of chicken broth
    TBS honey
    fresh thyme sprigs

    It was awful. Perhaps I am too used to roasting things and getting actual FLAVOR out of them, but it came out bland. If I wanted to eat soggy bland veggies, I would eat the veggies in chicken stock.

    The one saving grace was that the chicken was tender….but even so…bland, bland, bland.

    Oh well…at least now my magic binder will be one page smaller.

    • The Nifty Foodie says:

      Haha…I hardly ever have great luck with crockpot recipes! I wish they would work out, because cooking would be unbelievably easier!

  2. Oh darn! I hate flops! :-(

  3. why in the world are you baking if you’re not bothering to weigh anything?

    • The Nifty Foodie says:

      I weigh from time to time on the complicated recipes, but I was in a rush to do these, so I went by volume. Yes, I know I made a mistake…I admitted my laziness and accepted it. No one is perfect.

  4. Dude, I don’t know anyone who weighs their ingredients. I never do and my baked goods turn out fantastic 95 percent of the time (usually they only flop if I do a sub because I don’t have the right ingredients). Don’t fret over it, Amy. You’re right. No one is perfect!

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