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March 14, 2011  —  Written by Chris 

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As a home cook, there are several little things you can do that will make a big impact on your food. If I had to pick my top 3 small things that make a big difference, they would be (in no particular order):

1- Use a meat thermometer to not only safeguard against serving someone raw chicken, but also to avoid serving them a dried out piece of meat. Temperature control on meat is key to delicious proteins.
2- Replace your iodized table salt with kosher salt. We keep iodized salt for baking, but outside of that I can’t stand it anymore. I think some people are under the illusion that kosher salt is expensive. It’s not. You will notice an immediate difference in the flavor of your food. Just taste the two salts by themselves if you need more convincing.
3- Always use fresh ground pepper. I can’t think of any food item that you would put pepper on where the flavor would not be significantly enhanced by using freshly ground pepper instead of the pre-ground, stale-as-all-get-out, flavorless pepper that fails at seasoning your food but succeeds at making you sneeze uncontrollably. I have never purchased pre-ground pepper and I don’t plan to.

The first two I encourage you all to take the initiative on. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can buy them at Walmart or Ross for maybe $5, and you can find kosher salt at any grocery store (where you find the baking stuff like flour and what have you) where a big box of it costs maybe $2.00. As for the third, well, maybe we can help you with that… with this month’s Ikea as-is giveaway! (applause)

Okay, so we were walking through the as-is section of Ikea and saw this pepper grinder for a great deal. If you don’t have a pepper grinder, or if yours is falling apart or if you just don’t like looking at it anymore, we’d love to hook ya up. Check out this tall guy-
Diameter: 4 ” Height 15 “

I’m all about the function on this bad-boy, but from what Jules tells me, it’s pretty “chic” looking, too. So we’re gonna send it to one of you lucky folks.  We want to hear about the worst meal you ever made.  Some day I’ll share mine (Jules and I laugh about it all the time, because it was legitimately horrible), but as for now I have to look like I actually know what I’m doing with my food posts. 



  • To enter: Leave a comment on this post about the worst meal you’ve ever cooked.  (don’t forget to leave an email address so we can contact you if you win)
  • Giveaway closes: Thursday, March 17th at 9 pm MST
  • The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Friday. Good luck! 

Only one entry per person. Prize only ships to 48 contiguous states. (We still love you Alaska and Hawaii). 


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  1. Diana says:

    I tried a recipe using brussel sprouts once – yuck!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

  2. Stacy says:

    I made basil friend rice while pregnant only to find out that I did NOT like basil anymore
    slsteffen86(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Baby Mama says:

    I made a pumpkin pie without any sugar. It was disgusting. I just forgot
    sarahlovesvegas@hotmail

  4. Ewww. Once I decided I was going to make a Salmon and Potato Soup…easy enough, right? Wrong! I worked really hard cutting the fish and doing everything just perfectly! It cooked down to a nasty, mushy mess! On top of that I accidentally let it boil which caused the milk to curdle! Yuck! Lol! It smelled so bad we had to open the windows! Anytime I ever mention cooking fish my family quickly thinks of something else they want for supper!!

    dana10879@yahoo.com

  5. amyd says:

    I would say the first time I made spaghetti,burnt it….
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Mandy says:

    One time I was cooking a pizza and forgot to take the cardboard off the bottom! It was so doughy!
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

  7. The worst thing I ever made was a black bean soup. It tasted like chalk. I think that is the only meal I have ever just thrown away without any attempt to fix it because it was so nasty.

  8. I remember making a birthday cake for my 2 year old daughter at the time (now 16). It was a nut spice something…all I remember it was horribly dry and nobody seemed to be eating it…even my daughter….thank goodness for Icecream!!!

    jmtrautman at hotmail dot com

  9. kerismommy says:

    The first time I tried to make collard greens as a surprise for my boyfriend who love them, just ick!

    kerismommy@gmail.com

  10. mac and cheese in the crock pot.. the milk curdled, :( luckily my bf saved the day and made us chinese chicken salad.

  11. I seriously made a raw turkey for Easter one year! I thought Hubster turned the oven on during preps I thought he did, you know the drill we ended up having hamburgers for our Easter Dinner! LOL, wasn’t funny then but it is now!

  12. lewalk says:

    My daughter absolutely loves red beans and rice. Loves it. I mean, she would eat it every day of the year if I would let her. Lol. Welll, I accidentally bought red beans with jalapenos in it one time and thought no one would notice. Oops, I was wrong. It was terrible. We aren’t a spicy people so it made a big difference. Unfortunately that is not the worst or only bad experience I have had in the kitchen in my 15 years of being a mom/married. I have made some doozies in my day.

    lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. mogrill says:

    I tried making turkey stuffed bell peppers, they turned to mush and burnt on the top.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@yahoo.com

  14. Connie says:

    Ohmygoodness…… the worst meal was a tuna casserole that was so bad SO VERY BAD it came outta the pan in one solid piece. (That was 34 years ago… I’ve gotten better it now comes out in 2 pieces!)
    Connie
    CGruning at aol.com

  15. It’s always stuff I have to grill! I made THE WORST french toast the other day… it tasted like burnt panda express.
    ashleydangit at gmail dot com

  16. kendra22 says:

    lol!! plenty– a turkey that was wayyy tooo dry!! lol pass the gravy
    thanks for the chance
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

  17. the worst meal i ever cooked was a chicken pot pie that didn’t get done
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  18. Diane52 says:

    Wow..there were so many- The time i was suppose to cook a Colombian dish for my son’s class-First I made a dish from Brazil. i didn’t know you had to soak beans, so the beans were as hard as rocks, the rice was cold and then he went to serve the plantains for dessert. I thought the kids could eat them like bananas, duh…you have to cook them first.
    Total flop
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

  19. White beans, I had the burner on too high and they burned so bad that I had to throw the Magnalite pot away.

    Thank you for the entry,

    nikkidavissells at gmail dot com

  20. Vittoria says:

    ugh…pan seared filet mignon with a blackberry sauce. it was greasy, seedy, and just plain odd.

    yuck!

    thanks xx

    DolphinV27@aol.com

  21. S Carter says:

    My first attempt at pasta sauce was really scary. I will say it was not safe for human consumption.

    scarter305 at aol dot com

  22. Lynsy says:

    The worst meal I ever cooked was pasta carbonara with too much egg. It never set up and was runny. Disgusting.

    lynsym at gmail com

  23. DanaS says:

    I tried cooking this casserole that my mom makes, but only using fat free products (think ff milk, butter, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, etc) GROSS!!!! It was so revolting and my mom’s version is totally worth the fat (she uses low-fat dairy products instead of full fat, but never fatfree)!

    drsabghir at gmail dot com

  24. Tracy says:

    Ha-I was cooking a special dinner for my father :) It was fried chicken. It was the most beautiful color of golden brown on the outside…but when my dad bit into it…it was raw. I was only about 16, so I guess it was a normal mistake when you first cook chicken legs :)

    tlb3405@yahoo.com

  25. Tracy says:

    Ha-I was cooking a special dinner for my father :) It was fried chicken. It was the most beautiful color of golden brown on the outside…but when my dad bit into it…it was raw. I was only about 16, so I guess it was a normal mistake when you first cook chicken legs :)

    tlb3405@yahoo.com

  26. Traci says:

    Oh wow. It was a casserole made with rice. I thought it was minute rice but it wasn’t so the whole thing was crunchy and gross.

    traci2324 at gmail dot com

  27. julis55 says:

    I once burnt fish and it stunk up the apt

    julis55@yahoo.com

  28. Betty C says:

    I’ve had a few bad experiences but the one that stands out was my first experience at cooking an entire dinner. I was 16 and my parents had to take my brother to the doctor so I said I would make dinner. I love onions and added them to everything!! Too many onions make a nasty meal.

  29. Lynsy says:

    The worst meal I ever cooked was pasta carbonara with too much egg. It never set up and was runny. Disgusting.

    lynsym at gmail com

  30. The worst meal I made was when I tried to make Chicken Lo Mein. I ran out of soy sauce, the chicken was overcooked, and I put too much black pepper in it. It was a dry, burnt, and hot mess

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

  31. DanaS says:

    I tried cooking this casserole that my mom makes, but only using fat free products (think ff milk, butter, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, etc) GROSS!!!! It was so revolting and my mom’s version is totally worth the fat (she uses low-fat dairy products instead of full fat, but never fatfree)!

    drsabghir at gmail dot com

  32. Neverland says:

    In college I tried to make mexican rice with canned rotel and canned hot peppers on a teeny burner stove – tasted exactly like cigarette ashes smell. Gross!

    deepsea01 at gmail dot com

  33. S Carter says:

    My first attempt at pasta sauce was really scary. I will say it was not safe for human consumption.

    scarter305 at aol dot com

  34. purango says:

    The worst was the first turkey I cooked. I didn’t thaw it out enough or stuff it. It was horrible. We had to go out to eat. garrettsambo@aol.com

  35. Atreau says:

    The worst meal I ever cooked was pineapple chicken in which the chicken was marinated in the pineapple juice too long cooking the chicken making it chewy and really gross.

  36. Vittoria says:

    ugh…pan seared filet mignon with a blackberry sauce. it was greasy, seedy, and just plain odd.

    yuck!

    thanks xx

    DolphinV27@aol.com

  37. Nikki Cole says:

    Umm would have to be the first time i made christmas dinner i burnt the turkey!!!

    Nicole22654 at yahoo.com

  38. Jacqueline says:

    i tried to make cabbage soup once. I kept adding pepper because it had no flavor. By the time I was about to sit down and eat it, I couldn’t because it was PURE pepper. oops! jmmccarr@gmail.com

  39. Diane52 says:

    Wow..there were so many- The time i was suppose to cook a Colombian dish for my son’s class-First I made a dish from Brazil. i didn’t know you had to soak beans, so the beans were as hard as rocks, the rice was cold and then he went to serve the plantains for dessert. I thought the kids could eat them like bananas, duh…you have to cook them first.
    Total flop
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

  40. Jessy B says:

    I tried to make a fritatta (sp?) – potatoes, eggs, and an assortment of other vegetables that absolutely refused to cook through. Completely awful!!
    jessyisawinner(at)gmail(dot)com

  41. Anne says:

    I’ve made some pretty bad meals. But one of the worst was when I made mexican tortilla soup, and I thought the recipe called for one chili in poblano sauce. It turned out it called for 1 teaspoon of chopped chili in poblano sauce, and it was inedible because it was way too spicy.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  42. White beans, I had the burner on too high and they burned so bad that I had to throw the Magnalite pot away.

    Thank you for the entry,

    nikkidavissells at gmail dot com

  43. I tried a recipe for a scrumptious looking swiss steak. I followed the directions perfectly including timing in the oven. When I opened the dish mine was nothing like the picture … instead it was dark, shriveled and no scrumptiousness anywhere! I think it’s the one thing my hubby hasn’t been able to finish!

  44. the worst meal i ever cooked was a chicken pot pie that didn’t get done
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  45. The last time (this was years ago) that I made frozen pizza, I left the plastic wrapping on. it smelled like hell!!!

  46. It’s always stuff I have to grill! I made THE WORST french toast the other day… it tasted like burnt panda express.
    ashleydangit at gmail dot com

  47. Melanie says:

    I would have to say the worst meal I have ever cooked was when I made french toast and didn’t cook it enough. We had slimy french toast!!! LOL
    kypageant(at)msn(dot)com

    Thanks so much! :)

  48. One time I let my son convince me to douse some chicken breasts with Dave’s Insanity sauce and broil them in the oven. We had to open all the doors and windows in the middle of a snowstorm and sit in the garage with the dogs until the noxious fumes aired out of the house!

  49. kendra22 says:

    lol!! plenty– a turkey that was wayyy tooo dry!! lol pass the gravy
    thanks for the chance
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

  50. B. Wilson says:

    Hmm… the worst meal still to date was poached salmon. Ick! Maybe it was good to some, but not us!
    –Brandy
    fosterbrandy(at)msn(dot)com

  51. Connie says:

    Ohmygoodness…… the worst meal was a tuna casserole that was so bad SO VERY BAD it came outta the pan in one solid piece. (That was 34 years ago… I’ve gotten better it now comes out in 2 pieces!)
    Connie
    CGruning at aol.com

  52. Ashley says:

    The worst thing I ever made was a chicken dish with Velveeta cheese. It was supposed to be made with cream of celery but we didn’t have any on hand so I made it with cream of chicken…terrible idea! The chicken was so overpowering.

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Amanda T says:

    I tried to make a Vegetarian Turkey for Thanksgiving. It tasted.. terrible! I ended up only eating veggies on a day where you can eat a ton :(!

    aaron_amanda(at)live(dot)com

  54. Lesli says:

    Honestly every meal I cook is a disaster! The most disastrous would be trying to make chicken paperkash. Forget it. Impossible. I can’t cook basically.

    littleumbrella (at) att (dot) net

  55. lisaray says:

    The first ‘nice” meal I fixed for my husband was inedible. The roast was tough. The potatoes were the glue. The gravy was like wallpaper paste. Even the tomato soup was lumpy. We’ve come a long way since then.

  56. lewalk says:

    My daughter absolutely loves red beans and rice. Loves it. I mean, she would eat it every day of the year if I would let her. Lol. Welll, I accidentally bought red beans with jalapenos in it one time and thought no one would notice. Oops, I was wrong. It was terrible. We aren’t a spicy people so it made a big difference. Unfortunately that is not the worst or only bad experience I have had in the kitchen in my 15 years of being a mom/married. I have made some doozies in my day.

    lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

  57. JudyZ says:

    When I was a teenager I was cooking dinner for my family, and when I seasoned the meat, I accidentally used cinnamon sugar instead of garlic powder. Didn’t cook dinner again for a long time.

  58. mogrill says:

    I tried making turkey stuffed bell peppers, they turned to mush and burnt on the top.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@yahoo.com

  59. eclairre says:

    No cook espresso fudge. I was in elementary school but lemme say it did NOT turn out well LOL

  60. I seriously made a raw turkey for Easter one year! I thought Hubster turned the oven on during preps I thought he did, you know the drill we ended up having hamburgers for our Easter Dinner! LOL, wasn’t funny then but it is now!

  61. mac and cheese in the crock pot.. the milk curdled, :( luckily my bf saved the day and made us chinese chicken salad.

  62. Julia says:

    Worst meal I ever made – some marinated skirt steak fajitas that I made just last night that somehow gave both me and my husband food poisoning! I have no idea how. I mean, it’s steak, it doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through…I guess it was just bad steak?

    juliaryken at gmail dot com

  63. kerismommy says:

    The first time I tried to make collard greens as a surprise for my boyfriend who love them, just ick!

    kerismommy@gmail.com

  64. Jacqueline says:

    Chicken breasts. Plain and simple with a nice marinade, along with a side salad, veggies, and wine. I served it to a group of people and everyone cut in at the same time and saw the raw center. OOPS!!!!

    OEHL83 at yahoo dot com

  65. I remember making a birthday cake for my 2 year old daughter at the time (now 16). It was a nut spice something…all I remember it was horribly dry and nobody seemed to be eating it…even my daughter….thank goodness for Icecream!!!

    jmtrautman at hotmail dot com

  66. Chocolate gravy was a breakfast staple in our home growing up. Once out on my own I missed having it and warm biscuits for breakfast on Sundays. My first attempt was a total disaster – lumps, scorched, the works!

    trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

  67. Mandy says:

    One time I was cooking a pizza and forgot to take the cardboard off the bottom! It was so doughy!
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

  68. The worst thing I ever made was a black bean soup. It tasted like chalk. I think that is the only meal I have ever just thrown away without any attempt to fix it because it was so nasty.

  69. The worst meal I ever cooked was spaghettie and meatballs. The meatballs were terrible and practically bounced, mjjaegly@yahoo.com

  70. Shelley says:

    When I was making spaghetti & the top of the salt shaker came off & it all dumped into my sauce. I tried scooping it out, adding sugar etc. We just got married & my hubby tried eating it but there was no way. I think we ended up with garlic butter noodles that night. Thanks
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

  71. amyd says:

    I would say the first time I made spaghetti,burnt it….
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. natashagt says:

    The worst dish I ever made was homemade weight watcher’s onion rings. The recipe said to dip them in eggs and then coat them in bread crumbs. The eggs didn’t really stick to the onions, and the panko bread crumbs barely stuck at all. I decided to just put them on the cookie sheet and pour some chicken breader over them before I put them in the oven. I came out with burned onions coated in chicken breading powder. Ugh, it was horrible! But my fiance is such a trooper he actually ate some! lol

    natashagt (at) live (dot) com

  73. Ewww. Once I decided I was going to make a Salmon and Potato Soup…easy enough, right? Wrong! I worked really hard cutting the fish and doing everything just perfectly! It cooked down to a nasty, mushy mess! On top of that I accidentally let it boil which caused the milk to curdle! Yuck! Lol! It smelled so bad we had to open the windows! Anytime I ever mention cooking fish my family quickly thinks of something else they want for supper!!

    dana10879@yahoo.com

  74. Niecey says:

    Shortly after I got married, I was only 19 and I had no idea how to cook. I tried to make a sausage casserole, with no recipe and I used hot dog sausages. It was inedible.
    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  75. Baby Mama says:

    I made a pumpkin pie without any sugar. It was disgusting. I just forgot
    sarahlovesvegas@hotmail

  76. Jolene says:

    Hmm.. I am proud to say I haven’t made anything unedible since I just recently started cooking.. but baking, I used too much oil instead of butter for chocolate chip cookies and the dough was so greasy it wouldn’t stay together. I had to soak some of it up with several paper towels. Ugh ew! Now my husband just the other night used garlic salt instead of garlic powder.. I swear I am still retaining water from the salt intake! Those 2 stand out because I despise grease and salt and won’t eat anything too greasy or salty.
    taznjade at gmail dot com

  77. Stacy says:

    I made basil friend rice while pregnant only to find out that I did NOT like basil anymore
    slsteffen86(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. wildcat32 says:

    The worst meal I ever cooked was vegetable beef stew. Compete disaster. Everyone took one bite and headed to the garbage can.

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

  80. The Knapps says:

    The worst thing I ever cooked was “meatza”. I was on the Atkins and found some recipe for pizza that used very thin ground beef for the crust. It was terrible and my husband still teases me about it to this day!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  81. Diana says:

    I tried a recipe using brussel sprouts once – yuck!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

  82. the worst meal I ever cooked was a recipe for hawaiian chicken in the crock pot. I did everything just as it said but I came home to a dried up shrivelled black soy and pineapple mess. We had to order a pizza!

  83. and Chris… I never would thought a meat thermometer was a must. I’m putting it on my shopping list. I love yyour cooking posts. I’ve already made 2 of your dinners. I love that they are pretty healthy. No cream of chicken soup or junk like that. You are one amazing chef.

  84. Oh gee. This is funny. I bet you’re loving reading these. This worst meal I ever made was during my first few weeks of marriage. I really thought it was great. I really did. I mean, who wouldn’t think that Nachos and tomato soup goes well together. Creed still reminds me how disgusting it is to this day. It makes me laugh still that I thought that was a good dinner trying to be a good wife. Oh wow. The memories. And if Creed answered this question for me, I bet it would be even more commical what he came up with. Love the giveaway Jules. This is cool. I want to do a giveaway. How fun! It’s definitely a good way to check who’s reading your blog! You know my email!

  85. Valancia says:

    The time I accidently used pumpkin pie spice for the turkey stuffing

  86. candy says:

    The worst thing I ever made was when I thought I was putting vinegar in my coleslaw and I didn’t look at get good enough and put apple cidar. It was awful wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

  87. Amanda S. says:

    When my dh and I were first married, I attempted to make a Filipino dinner, and it was bad, lol. I just didn’t know what it was supposed to taste/look like! ;)

  88. jsc123 says:

    The worst meal that I have ever cooked was a roast with vegetables.
    I had been cooking it in the pressure cooker.
    And was getting things ready as it didn’t have too much longer. When the weight flew off as I walked by the stove and all of the contents started blowing out of the top of the pot.
    Needless to say dinner was ruined and I had to repaint the ceiling and walls in my kitchen.
    As I walked through the livingroom to tell my guest that we would be going out I had vegetables, beef and broth sitting on top of my head and hanging in my hair.
    I was mortified lol.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  89. Erin E says:

    The worst meal I have ever cooked was a few months ago. I found (what I thought was) a yummy recipe for red potato pancakes, and they were horrific. They were watery, looked like throw-up, and the recipe called for way, way, waaaay too much sage. Horror. Pure horror. Even my hubby couldn’t eat it and he will eat anything. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  90. While trying to eat healthier, I made some orange low carb noodles when making spaggetti. The noodles were gross. I still try to eat healthy when I can but no low carb noodles!
    rebeccaw2005 at gmail dot com

  91. Lissa says:

    The other night I overcooked some fish, didn’t add sauce and had some other bland foods. My kids wouldn’t eat a THING.

    melissamcnicol AT yahoo DOT com

  92. Lisa says:

    When we first married, I didn’t know anything about cooking. I offered to cook dinner for my husband one night and pulled out a box of Hamburger Helper. I asked him how to prepare it and he said, “Just follow the directions on the box.

    I had a big problem. The first step said “Brown 1 lb. of ground beef.” I was in trouble. When my husband came back in to check on me, I was sitting at the table crying. When he asked what was wrong, I asked, “How do you brown ground beef?”

    I’m happy to say that my cooking has come a LONG way from that evening over 20 years ago!

    lafittelady at gmail dot com

  93. kat says:

    I remember when I was first married ,we invited a friend over for dinner. I wanted to impress my new husband that I could cook and bake and made homemade dinner rolls. Well I placed them on the table and low and behold our guest nearly broke his tooth. I was so embarrassed and my husband took them out and gave them to the kids outside that were playing street hockey and told them ” here are some hockey pucks that you can play with” I just wanted to curl up and die but all I did was laughed.

    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

  94. Helen says:

    Lemon Souffle – I ahd made it a few times and it turned out great – then the night I decided to cook for my boyfriends PARENTS it fell comepletely flat. Wonder if thats why we stopped dating?

  95. wgbc1446 says:

    Stew made in the crockpot was my worst meal ever cooked. Everything literally cooked into an unrecognizable mess. wgbc1446[at]yahoo.com

  96. The 1st time I cooked cabbage, I literally boiled it to an unrecognizable mush like existence. Not pretty – or good! Now I know to quickly steam it and enjoy it like nature intended:)

  97. Chrissy P says:

    It was supposed to be a beer-cheese-potato soup. It was a runny disgusting mess after too much time in the kitchen. Ew.
    chrissypanter at gmail dot com

  98. lori says:

    Hard to single out just one, there have been so many; the un-cuttable smothered steak (not even ginsu knives could penetrate), the cookies made with salt instead of sugar, the chili that caught on fire (it was hot but not that hot), the sauteed shrimp with the shells still on…it’s a hall of shame for sure. The most recent disaster is the so-called orange chicken I made this week using a recipe from the Food Network -it was raw at first so I turned up the oven. Then it became dry and completely tasteless. Even my very kind and supportive husband couldn’t finish his.

  99. maryann5 says:

    Made a beautiful fudge cake without butter…horrible just horrible, etlinder at aol dot com

  100. made turkey- raw on inside mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

  101. The worst meal I ever cooked was when I tried to make poached eggs and they were undercooked. Gross.
    kittycardero at gmail dot com

  102. I tried to make shrimp etoufee. It was so bad that even the dog would not eat it.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  103. Katrina says:

    The worst thing I made was a lemon meringue pie. My husband loves lemon meringue pie & I wanted to impress him. The meringue top was a mess. It would not hold up & dripped all over the place. I’ve never attempted to make it again. :(

    fastkat(at)gmail(dot)com

  104. I can’t think of the worst meal I ever cooked(I guess I blocked it our of my memory, lol) I will say I tried to make a pumpkin pie a couple months ago and cheat using the pumpkin pie spice instead of all the different spices and I didn’t add enough and it was like tasteless mush. :-P yuck.
    my_2_cents at hotmail dot com

  105. Hmm the worst meal I ever made was when I cooked 2 roasting chickens and fell asleep and no one else was home and they looked worse than the Griswald’s family turkey, so dried out and burned on the outside. I have never lived it down. Jake765 at aol dot com

  106. Teresa says:

    I made a pot of chili one day when my in-laws were coming for dinner. It was so hot I couldn’t eat it, so I ordered a pizza. My husband likes his food sppicy so he was the only one to eat it.

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

  107. I once made a meatloaf and put way too much seasoning salt in it, I tend not to measure and just toss seasonings

    sweetone62406 at hotmail dot com

  108. lkvoyer says:

    I like to make pasta sauce from scratch. It usually turns out very good. One day I wasn’t paying attention and I scorched it. I didn’t realize until I served it up. It was really bad!!! LKVOYER at aol dot com

  109. Kristi S says:

    When I was pregnant I was craving tuna. I came up with this great idea to make tuna casserole. Bad idea, it was awful!

    eksummit (at) hotmail.com

  110. Hoa says:

    The worst dish I have ever cooked was my first time trying to make pad thai. I added too much of tamarind paste that it turned out super sour like eating noodles with lime juice. We had to throw the entire pot of pad thai away.

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  111. jennifer says:

    When I was first learning to cook I was making lasagna but I wanted to add mushrooms to it. We had fresh ones so i just sliced them up and layered them in the lasagna without sauteeing them first. It was a disaster because they didn’t cook all the way and made the whole thing watery.
    jenniferwlsn33 at gmail dot com

  112. Elaine says:

    It was a chicken that I didn’t cook all the way through!
    elnwln11[at]gmail[dot]com

  113. bukaeyes says:

    Ham. I baked a ham with the pineapple on it the whole time and it was like Ham mush when it was done! I learned an important lesson that day! Totally ruined most of Thanksgiving dinner!
    bukaeyes@aol.com

  114. d says:

    worst was definitely the beef stroganoff I attempted as a newlywed. who would make this anyway? even when it is done properly its not all that yummy, right!?! bad flavor, tough beef…. total disaster. hubs ate it anyway, but i couldn’t do it. not worth the calories :)
    darci
    fbfandc{at}gmail[dot}com

  115. Hannah says:

    I had to make a breakfast casserole for a church brunch. I prepared it the night before in a slow-cooker, specifically following the directions. Well, being a new recipe, I probably should have tried it out before I served it in public, cause in the morning,the sides were crusty and burned, and the middle was soggy. And I had no time to prepare anything else!
    hrhersch@yahoo.com

  116. Taleah says:

    I tried to make Chicken Cordon Bleu. I’d never made it, nor eaten it – so I had NO idea what it was supposed to look like outside of the recipe. It was an ultimate disaster. I had to remake it about three times before it looked right (according to my husband)… and then promptly burned it in a pan. taleah AT roknor DOT com

  117. Debbie says:

    Not too long after I started dated the man who would become my husband, I was apartment sitting for a friend and decided to cook him a meal. I found a great chicken recipe but had no idea that different cuts of chicken cook for different lengths of time. I took a boneless breast recipe and tried to duplicate it with regular breasts. I served him raw chicken.
    He still married me:)
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

  118. one year on thanksgiving we ran out of milk so i had the bright idea of making garlic eggnog mashed potatoes with our dinner. ugh it was GROSS.. not to mention i totally over cooked the turkey so it was dry and horrid. i had drank a little bit of wine that night hehe so i wasnt thinking straight..

    darkgothdoll@hotmail.com

    this pepper grinder is awesome.

  119. I had the drunky-munchies one night and got the bright idea to make pasta. I thought it would be yummy to toss it with salmon, but I didn’t have any salmon on hand so I tossed the pasta with some canned salmon. It looked awful and was too dry so I decided to make a sauce too. The fish made me think “Asian” and I tossed in soy sauce, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, oyster sauce, sriracha, and rice wine vinegar. Um, yeah. It looked horrible and tasted worse. In case anyone is wondering, it isn’t a good idea to start cooking your meal after you’ve consumed a bottle of wine. This horror stands out as the only meal that I’ve prepared that my husband refused to eat.

    mrshsbrown@earthlink.net

  120. I agree with the meatloaf. It was one of the worst meals I have ever made too! I made it up with all the “correct” ingredients and put it in a small crockpot with foil under it. Bad idea! The crockpot was way too small so the grease had nowhere to go! I checked it a couple hours later and it was a greasy gross mess that didn’t look like it was ever going to cook thru. Needless to say that meatloaf got thrown away.
    hisprincess886(at)yahoo(dot)com

  121. matt0701 says:

    The worst meal I ever made would have to be stir fry with tofu. I’m not much of a tofu fan, but in 4-H, many years ago, I had to use it in one of the recipes. It was the nastiest stir fry I’ve ever made and I love to make stir frys.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

  122. The worst meal I ever made was meatloaf about 3 weeks into our marriage. I think I bought 2.5 lbs of ground meat, mixed it according to the recipe with breadcrumbs, eggs, ketchup, Lipton Soup mix, I had all the ingredients. I just didn’t have a loaf pan. I put this huge lopsided mass of meet on a cookie sheet, hiked the temperature up, and hoped for the best. It expanded all the way to both sides by the time it was done. I don’t remember what I served with it, all I remember was that it was so overwhelming to put it on the table between us, and Rory said after trying to hoarf it down “…Do we have any ketchup” I started to cry because I used the last bit in the recipe. No ketchup, no gravy. Just us and the meat monster in the middle.

    Now I can continue with kitchen horror stories, like the time I never turned on the crock pot…..

  123. One time I was making Chili for my roommates and I ran out of chili powder so I thought I’d substitute a little cayenne pepper instead. I didn’t use the full amount but it turns out that a little bit of cayenne pepper goes a LONG way. My roommates were dying as their mouths burned. We loaded it with sour cream and cheese and even the corn bread I had prepared to go with it and it was still almost too hot to eat. To this day when I speak to them they won’t let me live it down.

  124. Meagan says:

    Butternut squash macarroni and cheese.

    I made it right after we moved to Rexburg. We were newly married, in our first apartment, and it was one of the first “big girl” recipes I tried. It took me hooooours to prepare.

    Ry and I took our first bite. He kept eating. I started crying. “It’s horrible…” he goes, yaaa it is pretty gross. It made me cry even more because he WAS eating it, just to make me happy. We went to Quiznos instead. After that day, I only make familiar things…no weird ingredients. YUCK. It was GROOOOSS!!!!

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