Recently I was making dark-chocolate raspberry ice cream. A friend was over and he was desperate to help. Always one to encourage cooking, I told him to prepare the raspberries. Before adding the sugar to the pan, he held up the quarter-cup and asked me for permission to add it to the saute pan. However, his cup was filled with rock salt! Luckily, our disaster was averted, but replacing sugar with rock salt is a serious error that would make the dish inedible.
We all make mistakes, especially when new to the kitchen, so everyone should have something to share. Fess up: from burnt cookies to boiled-over pots, what ended up in the trash instead of on the table?