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« on: November 21, 2007 06:25:26 PM »

The Thanksgiving turkey thread bump has reminded me of a few cooking disaster stories from my family and friends.  So I figured I'd start a new thread for holiday cooking disasters.  (I searched and couldn't find a similar thread...)

Here's a Turkey Day story to start the thread:

Back when I was about 8 years old, my mother was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 7 people.  She got a turkey, made sure it was defrosted, removed the giblets, preheated the oven to 350, put the bird in with plenty of time to cook... i.e., she did everything right.  Except...... the oven had a "mode select" knob that should have been set to "bake" but was accidentally set to "keep warm".  So the oven temp never actually got above about 150.  As dinnertime approached, Mom checked the bird, to find it was still practically raw!

We ate dinner very late that year.   Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2007 06:47:41 PM »

Years ago, when my aunt was cooking her first ever Thanksgiving dinner for her and her husband, she didn't know she had to pull the guts out. 

They didn't have Turkey that year....
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2007 07:11:24 PM »

I was cooking for a large group of friends in New Orleans once (and food is very important there Tongue ). I went to get the turkey out of the oven and the  oven rack came all the way out and fell on the floor-along with the turkey. Since nearly everyone had already had many cocktails I just picked it up and brushed it off a little and quickly served it before the alcohol could wear off. No one got sick and everyone said they loved the food Cheesy.
My sister cooked her first turkey with the giblet bag still in...I guess not everyone in my family likes to cook Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2007 08:04:24 PM »

The second year I made turkey I did my usual way where I had carrots and celery underneath the turkey and a little bit of water at the bottom.  I did all this in an aluminum roasting pan, the cheap ones in every store. 

When my turkey was done I was taking it out in the flimsy aluminum roasting pan.  It was heavy and the turkey almost fell out.  I managed to keep it in there, but all the water came out and onto my leg.  Boiling hot water.  Shocked I got a second degree burn.  I live by myself and my family hadn't shown up yet, so I just kept working away getting the dinner ready.  I survived just fine.

I no longer use the flimsy aluminum roasting pans.  I have had successful Thanksgivings since then. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007 09:21:32 PM »

My sister in law made a beautiful cake for her Moms B Day ...
Made it from scratch  3 layers all marlbes with differt colors of batter & beautilly frosted...
Bit in & sometihng was VERY off... she used garlic flovored oil in hte cake.    .... ugh!
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007 09:30:43 PM »

Not a cooking disaster, but 4 yrs ago EVERYONE in my husband's family got sick the day before Thanksgiving. My husband, his mom, 3 of his brothers, 1 of his sisters and 1 niece and 1 nephew. FUNNY THING IS........ it was the 1st year his dad made the turkey and it was the best I'd ever had at their house!  Grin

This year.....
I messed up my pie. I misread a recipe (I have been making for 6 yrs- shouldn't have jacked it up, but I did) and added 1tsp of salt to my apple pie instead of 1/8 tsp!  Shocked Luckily, I think I fixed it.

Hubby ICED the turkey instead of just defrosting it in a tub of water. We wouldn't have HAD to do this, except I forgot to take the damn bird out on time to defrost!
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2007 01:47:38 PM »

One year my dad's friends came over for Thanksgiving and brought their dog with them. He LOVED fetch and kept bringing me his sliiiimy ball to throw back and forth. I was throwing it straight out of the kitchen and into the living room - through a doorway  and directly on one side of the doorway was the oven. I ended up throwing the ball into the door frame and it bounced off and landed right in the gravy. The slimy, linty, furry dog ball. My mom served it anyway, after swearing me to silence.
Fortunately, I don't like gravy. Smiley


This wasn't a holiday, but the first time I cooked dinner for my fianc, I wanted to impress him. I made a huge lasagna that looked PERFECT. I cooked it perfectly and when it was nearly done, I started melting butter in a skillet for the bread. When it came time to take the lasagna out, I moved the skillet over and forgot to turn off the burner. The lasagna in the glass casserole dish was set on the hot burner. About 6 minutes later, the thing EXPLODED - sending hot cheese and shards of glass all over both of us. It took me FOREVER to clean up my kitchen, it was the most godawful mess I have ever seen, and both of us had little burns and cuts on our arms. It was probably one of the stupidest things I've ever done.
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2007 05:40:52 PM »

When it came time to take the lasagna out, I moved the skillet over and forgot to turn off the burner. The lasagna in the glass casserole dish was set on the hot burner. About 6 minutes later, the thing EXPLODED - sending hot cheese and shards of glass all over both of us.

That happened to my mom once! We were sitting the the living room, and all of a sudden, BOOM! We looked at each other... then realized what had happened. It was crazy... fortunately no one was in the kitchen at the time.

I can't really think of any disasters off hand (though I do think this is an awesome idea for a thread). But once, a few years ago, my mom was cooking and she decided (at random) to give me a lesson on what to do if the stove ever caught fire. Right as she stopped speaking... the stove caught fire! Of course she put it out promptly and no one was hurt! Crazy!
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2007 12:04:19 PM »

Here's another story...

I was about 12 years old.  My father was on call, so it was just my mother and me.  We decided to cook up some lamb chops for dinner.  The lamb chops were merrily broiling away when one of my mother's coworkers called.

So Mom was in her office talking to her coworker (this was in the dark days before cordless phones) - and from the office you can see into the kitchen.  She started seeing what looked like smoke coming from the oven.  So she called me over and told me to investigate.

I opened the oven door and out came flames!!

I screamed and jumped about three feet in the air.  Mom said to her coworker, "I gotta go, my house is on fire!"  She hung up, ran into the kitchen, grabbed a container of salt, and dumped it onto the fire, which went out.  Neither of us was hurt.

Mom then went back into the office and called her coworker to let him know we were ok.  He told her he'd been about to call the fire department for us.

Obviously, the lamb was ruined.  I think we got Chinese take-out...
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2007 08:14:26 PM »

One of my grandmothers was a terrible cook.  She basted a turkey for several hours and only when she served it did she realize that she never took off the clear plastic wrap.  Shocked
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