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Monday, May 24, 2010

Frugal Kitchens 101 - Cooking Disasters

Frugal Kitchens 101

Anyone who has cooked at one time or another has experienced a cooking disaster.  I'm talking about the type of cooking disaster that there is really no way to salvage.  I don't care what you try to do or add or whatever woobie joobies you wave at the dish it is clear cut it is a disaster.  Today's Frugal Kitchens 101 discusses cooking disasters and what to do.  Sometimes this simply falls under the toss it rule.  Learn from the mistake(s) made in the dish and move on. 

Smaller disasters happen in my kitchen on a fairly regular basis because I like to experiment.  I've always said one of the beauties of cooking is you can eat your mistakes.  That is not always true!  A few years ago I made a beef burgundy.  It was absolutely stunning looking, perfectly plated AND that's where it ended.  Neither of us could eat it as it was about as horrid tasting as it could get to the point the garburator would not eat it.  So what was supposed to be a great romantic, candlelight dinner for my husband and I turned out to be a disaster.  The thing is in this case there is absolutely nothing I could have done to salvage the beef burgundy.  It would have been spending good money after bad so the frugal choice was to toss the dish.  Looking back at the whole experience I can laugh but then it was horrible because wasting food goes against all of my principles and besides we had no dinner!  Actually we did not have the dinner I had planned but rather a quick put together pantry meal.

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