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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Recipe That Got The Best Of Me

(Above: What they're supposed to look like!  Romantic and whimsical, eh?)

And now a reality check.

The recipe looked innocent enough.  No candy thermometer required, melt a few ingredients together with butter, stir in flour and powdered ginger, and voila!  ...  Yeah right.

Still going well at this point.

This is where it gets hairy.  The recipe says "Grease the foiled cookie sheets well" but doesn't specify what to grease them with.  I guessed shortening... and I was wrong....

...so wrong.  This is the moment I knew things had gone awry.

At this point, after baking, they're supposed to slide easily onto the spatula and then neatly fold around the end of a wooden spoon to form a cone. HA! BA-HA!  Wild maniacal laughter.

Sad, pathetic, inedible. [cursing under my breath in the kitchen how could you fail me Paula????]

Still determined, (I hate to fail--control issues much?) I tried greasing the foil with butter instead.  Yes, this must solve everything.

Ah [expletive] what gives?  How can butter not be the answer to a Paula Deen problem???  Angry mumbling ensues. 

Nope.  Sure 'nuf.  Butter--definitely not the answer.

The results of my next try--greasing the foil with nonstick cooking spray.  Doh.  I am really mad at this point.

Paula, 1.  Sarah, 0.
I hate wasting ingredients, but I was tempted to try it again just to prove a point.  It was 9 o'clock at night, I was presumably making these for a party the next day, I was fuming mad and not a glass of wine in sight.  So I sighed and admitted defeat.  If anyone has any idea how I could have salvaged these...where I went wrong...I'd love your insights.  What a f-ing fiasco waste of butter and my valuable time great learning experience.  :)


  1. I loved the ending, thanks for the laugh! I looked on foodnetwork.com for ya and you are not the only one, so hope that makes you feel a little better. Some suggestions were to use parchment paper instead, no greasing necessary, and wait one minute before trying to roll. Better luck next time! Think I'll stick to no-bakes :)

  2. I don't have any suggestions for you, but rest assured that you're not alone in your cooking mishaps. I once ruined both a blender AND a wooden spoon in an ill-fated hummus attempt. :)