Cutting Onions

Doesn’t matter how good a cook you are, there is always something that everyone is bad at. I’m talking about simple things like always over-cooking meat, a complete inability to dice an onion, not getting a cake to rise, pie crusts that disintegrate, utter helplessness with eggs. What can’t you do properly in the kitchen?

I have a problem with garlic; I burn it. ALL. THE. TIME. You know how gross burned garlic tastes? Blech. And it totally ruins the taste of the whole dish, so I buy garlic in bulk because I am constantly starting over. I never manage to get the pan heated correctly, or I walk away for a second too long, or I add it too early before the pan has cooled a bit. I don’t know why, but I have never met a clove of garlic that I couldn’t scorch.

Melissa has a problem with pizza. Homemade pizza crusts and her do not get along. They either stick to the pan, get burned, are too airy, too doughy or ironically enough too flat. She has tried the baking stone, cooking it right on the oven rack, on regular pizza pans and even on those special pizza pans with holes in them, including one memorable time when the dough squeezed out of those little holes and got burned.

So what is your cooking failure? What dish can’t you make to save your life? Is there a technique you can’t master? Does sautéing send shivers down your spine?

We want to hear about them! Either leave a comment below or send us an email. We’ll compile a list of the best, worst, funniest kitchen blunders and share them with you next week. We will even bring in the fab Julie Van Rosendaal of Dinner with Julie to help us face and fix our cooking impediments!

Stay Tuned for the rest of the series:
Week Two – The best, worst and funniest Food Flops and Failures and how to fix them
Week Three – Kitchen Rock Star: Food that gets raves and requests
Week Four – The Recipes