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Have You Ever Followed an Incorrect Recipe?

Well the Recipe Said Eight Cups . . .

This past Sunday, the Entrée Section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel printed a recipe for Stuffed Chicken. However, instead of calling for 1/8 of a cup, the paper accidentally printed eight cups. I can't imagine making a recipe with eight cups of onions, but I'm sure that some new cooks might have done it.

How about you? Would you have fallen for the eight-cup disaster? Also, have you ever fallen victim to a recipe error, or misread a recipe? Share your tales in the comments below!

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vicsailgarden vicsailgarden 8 years
My husband and I have a "reverse" sort of experience. We were making this lemon cream pie from scratch - a recipe from a top restaurant chef here in the Seattle area. Well, the recipe called for sugar. And we made it as such. it seemed a little liquidity - runnier than we remembered from the restaurant. ... But other than that we really loved it! So ... a couple months later, my husband made it again ... and this time we did not have any sugar ... except for powdered sugar ... so he used that! The pie came out PERFECT! Do you think that chef tried to pull a fast one?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I agree Zulkey... I would've questioned the 8 cups too.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
1/8th of a cup of onions is a very strange amount as well though if you think about it.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I wouldn't have fallen victim to the 8 cups of onions but I have made a few mistakes before... one time I was trying to make a spicy garlic pasta from my Everyday Italian cookbook and the recipe called for 1 tsp. of red pepper flakes and I accidentally put in 1 Tbs. well when my hubby and I dug into the pasta our mouths were on fire!! LOL I have yet to try that recipe again LOL
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Abby, you must have a good heat tolerance! I can't even think about touching a cookie that JUST popped out of the album - ow mouth burn!! I did do a recipe oops once. I was making chocolate frosting and put in 3T of cocoa powder instead of 3t. So, I just put in more of everything and had a BOATLOAD OF FROSTING!! My roomates didn't mind. We spent a week finding very interesting foods to dip into the frosting. All fun!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
I've forgotten the milk on several recipes (adding it to mixes like muffins or pasta sides), and I just have to start over. On the other hand, one time I was making muffins from a mix and instead of 1/2 cup of milk, I somehow read 2 cups. Definitely had to start over on that one!! :oops:
Lara16 Lara16 8 years
I think a beginner cook would have definitely followed the recipe. When I was 15 I decided to make fish chowder for my family using this great, fresh and very expensive piece of fish. Well, my book called for 1 cup of flour, so I dumped it all into the pot. I think they meant 1 tbsp... I ended up with a mushy mess of soup that ended up in the garbage. What a waste!! I've come a long way since then...
MayorMolly MayorMolly 8 years
I have definitely made a mistake reading a recipe and the one that i remember the most was when i was making pizzelles. I added too much sugar to the recipe and i thought they turned out horrible but one person loved them...i have now highlighted the recipe so i don't do that again.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
:ROTFL: hell no!!! This one time I printed out a recipe and I was SO SURE that one thing was wrong...I think ti was milk, it said too little. So I just added a more and it turned out great!
kothmia kothmia 8 years
I'm not big on onions, so I wouldn't have gone quite that far... I don't remember having that many recipe goofs of my own, but that's probably because i don't use a lot of recipes, and when I do... I don't always follow them that closely unless its a baked good.
kia kia 8 years
Bwahahaha, what a guffaw. When I was nine I made a T-giving dinner for my family of cornish game hens and stuffing. The recipe called for four cloves of garlic and I didn't know the difference between cloves and bulbs. Luckily my sister who is 12 years older than me came into the kitchen and immediately realized what I did. She sifted through my stuffing and tried to pick out as much garlic as she could. Egads, at least I had sweet potatoes for everyone too.
sundrops sundrops 8 years
If I see something slightly off in a recipe or just something I wouldn't like I just adjust it. Although eightieslingo reminded me of a time I made oatmeal cookies and forgot the oatmeal! They baked into pancake cookies and it took me until they were almost done to figure out what was wrong!
eightieslingo eightieslingo 8 years
One time I made brownies and I completely forgot the eggs. I kept looking in the oven, wondering why they weren't rising at all. I finally realized after I read the recipe again. They were really gooey!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 8 years
I'm not sure what I did but I did make these cookies when I was first married that even my dog's wouldn't eat. That's pretty bad when those guys won't eat it.
caryatid caryatid 8 years
tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon in cookies. yuck!
rothchild rothchild 8 years
i haven't done anything that disastrous but my friend misread the ingredients and thought she read baking powder but what it really said was baking potatoes. that said, she put one cup of baking powder in her recipe.
pineapplespatula pineapplespatula 8 years
recently i made pasta with a garlic walnut sauce that was excellent. the recipe called for a Table spoon of red pepper flakes, and the result was good. but way too spicy and I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a teaspoon
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Maybe when I was a kid and I didn't question authority. But as I've grown up and gotten recipes I've learned that sometimes the original needs tinkering to suit your taste. So when I see these sorts of misprints I laugh and see it as an opportunity to go wild. As as long the basic structure of the recipe is there I can figure out the rest. Example- I just used Yum's drop buttermilk biscuit recipe to make homemade healthy chicken and biscuits. There wasn't a recipe just an idea and a vague memory of my grandma's southern chicken and biscuits. It came out great- I was concerned about baking the biscuits on top of the wet chicken concoction but forethought paid off. Now I just have to write up the recipe for everyone else and post the pictures. I explained how I thought out the cooking process to my nephew (who ate most of the C&B) and is a novice cook and he got it the first time - steam from the hot chicken/veggies and gravy would cook the inside of the biscuit while the outside of the biscuit would brown and become the bottom when you serve it- so there's a touch of crunch.
amers230 amers230 8 years
haha i've never done that, but that def. sounds like something i would do. i'm not a great cook to begin with, but combined with my lack of paying attention i can def. see myself doing that lol
sarahlotfi sarahlotfi 8 years
When I first started cooking I couldnt follow a recipe to save my life. I would always start out with the best of intentions and then somewhere along the way something would get mixed up, overlooked or I just plain got confused. Nothing ever came out exactly the way it was supposed to. Nowadays, I'm a good enough cook that I can look at a recipe and know exactly what I would like more or less of according to my taste, and I just adjust it. So, if a recipe said to add 8 cups of onions, for instance :) I think I'd probably just adjust it to my personal taste.
emalove emalove 8 years
That's a LOT of onions...I definitely would have questioned it.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
The first time I ever made cookies, I used 1 T of baking soda instead of 1 t. We all awaited the delicious-smelling cookes as they baked. As soon as they were done, I took a cookie with one hand, while holding the hot cookie sheet in the other -- ich!! Salty and bitter. I started laughing so hard that I dropped the whole sheet of cookies on the ground.
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