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« on: February 08, 2013 07:55:45 AM »

Anyone else experienced this?  You see something awesome on Pinterest, say to yourself, "I can make that!" and then not really like it?  You don't hate it, it's not worth throwing away, but it gets stuck in the freezer for an emergency, or when you have more time to tweak it?  I experienced this with a vegetable chowder recipe.  The problem, really, was a lack of seasoning (easily fixed) and no blender/food processor, to adjust the consistency.  Not as easy a fix, without a trip to the store and buying a new appliance.  So that poor chowder has sat in my freezer for about a month, waiting patiently.  Well, last weekend, I tried a new recipe!  A roasted garlic white bean hummus.  It tasted delicious, but it wasn't what I'd call hummus in texture.  Lightbulb!  My plan is to thin down the "hummus" which is really just a bean paste with roasted garlic, with veggie stock (which would make a delicious soup all on its own), blend it together with about half the chowder (in my new blender!) and then add the rest of the chowder for texture.  I will definitely post everything if it comes out, because it is sure to be delicious.  I find soups and stews the easiest things to "fix", because it's just a matter of adding different things, usually.

Anyone else ever come across a failed recipe that they fixed successfully?

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013 08:04:16 AM »

I have! Usually it is tweaking the seasonings (not enough, too much not the kind I like). I am not a garlic fan at all but a lot of the recipes I find call for so much garlic that people could smell you across the country, I usually try to find a nice pepper, use a garlic salt instead or maybe some spicier seasonings to lessen the garlic.

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013 12:12:30 PM »

Nice, Ais!! Your hybrid soup sounds delicious! It's great that it didn't have to go to waste.

I'm like Pam (except I love garlic Smiley) in that I usually tweak recipes by adjusting the seasoning or maybe tossing in an extra ingredient or two.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013 01:08:58 PM »

Nice!  I'm a student, so living and eating failed food is kind of intense too.

I had a recipe fail this christmas - sugar cookie recipes.  I just added more butter to the dough, and they turned out pretty well.

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013 04:37:12 PM »

The hardest things to fix are too salty, overcooked, and separated. Most anything else can come back to life with herbs, spices, salt, hot sauce, sugar, flour, butter or chocolate!

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013 05:07:32 PM »

Adding potatoes to something oversalted can save it.


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