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CarolynEats

I love everything about food...cooking, eating, trying new restaurants! I travel around Atlanta, GA to discover all of the culinary opportunities that we have available and write about them on my blog! Check it out @ www.miniguinea.blogspot.com

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Worst cooking experience ever?

First let me just say that I've spent the last 10 minutes reading this thread and laughing SO hard that I've been crying and also come very close to peeing once or twice.

My story has to do with a flaming cheesecake as well...although not due to a 900 degree oven. My oven was perfectly fine...turns out it was operator error.

As the ambitious middle schooler that I was, I thought I would make a cheesecake for an after dinner dessert on one of our days off from school. My little brother (4th grader at the time) and I were home alone for the day. I started out with a recipe from one of my mom's cookbooks and went to town in the kitchen. I mixed everything together, made the cheesecake batter and the graham cracker crust, and put it all together in the spring form pan. I had preheated the oven to the said temperature in the cookbook, and proceeded to place the cheesecake in the oven four about an hour to cook. Let me just preface the next part of the story by saying that my mom's stove was old...and the writing on the oven knobs was starting to fade away. 10 minutes after the cheesecake had been in the oven, my brother makes a comment about the burning smell. I said "it can't be burning, it's only been in the oven for ten minutes". So I proceed to leave it in the oven thinking that the smell must be coming from somewhere else. Another 10 minutes later, I decide that I should probably check on the cake because the smell is only getting worse. I open the oven and low and behold...the cheesecake has three inch flames engulfing the surface of the cake. I pulled the rack out of the oven and stood there screaming for my brother (yes, the 4th grader) as the cake remains flaming. He runs from the bathroom to find the flaming cake and proceeds to start hitting it with the kitchen towel. Apparently I had put the oven to broil instead of bake. Needless to say, the 4th grader put the flames out and I scraped the charred substance from the top of the cake and put it back in the oven to cook for the remaining time (on bake this time) and we ate it that night for dessert. And it was horrible...an absolute charred mess. Like many of you here, I have yet to live this story down.

Disgusting Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

I went through this same thing...well sort of. I'm getting married in October, and I scheduled an entire day of cake tastings (my mom lives out of town) and we ate cake ALL day long.

Needless to say we stopped by this one particular bakery and they were all very nice. The owner actually ran the tasting for us and gave us the background of the bakery, it's been around for 30 years blah blah blah. But in the end he spent most of his time bragging about how good their cakes were, and that they used the original recipes from 30 years ago.

So he gave us this mass of cake that had one flavor of buttercream and one flavor of cake. Yellow cake, with vanilla butter cream...which is not bad, but I'm going for a more inventive stance on my wedding cake flavors. I'm also used to bakeries offering several flavors in their tastings, but apparently not this one.

The hunk of cake that we were served looked like a small cake that you might by from a Wal-Mart bakery. And what was even worse, is that it tasted like that too. It was honestly the worst cake that I've ever put in my mouth. We kindly ate our cake, and smiled at that guy, my mom was able to stomach nice words before we quietly left the bakery and vowed never to go back!

Long story short...don't go back to the bakery. Just keep your opinions outside of their store and make sure to tell anyone who's thinking about trying them what they're really all about.

You live where?

The self-proclaimed NYC of the South...Atlanta, GA!

Cook the Book: 'Osteria'

Carbonara, Carbonara, Carbonara. And coming in at a close second would be my glass of Merlot that I drink along side it :)

S.O.S. (...on a shingle): Way or No Way?

WAY...this reminds me of my childhood. Spending the summer with my grandparents...this was a staple breakfast item :)

Top 11 Compounds in U.S. Drinking Water

Wow...that's only mildly scary

Stainless or black appliances?

I went through this with my mom, she's in the middle of remodeling and she was struggling with the same issue "stainless, or no stainless" and I told her about this new stuff that appliance companies are using.

They're starting to come out with a "sheen" that is over the stainless so that the appliance doesn't pick up the fingerprints. I guess it's kind of like scotch guard for your oven :)

This is fairly new, so you won't find every company using it...but it's worth looking into.

Dark Greens...Will they ever be yummy?

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I'll definitely try the different suggested cooking methods.

@dbcurrie: I think you're right about the sensitivity to bitterness...hopefully I can overcome it!

@juliebugsmama: sorry to disappoint, I was born and raised in GA.

In Defense of Breakfast: A Morning Manifesto

I love breakfast, but don't often have the time to take part during the week. However, it's a Saturday morning ritual with the BF.

Can someone deliver the Blueberry French toast to Atlanta? I promise to leave a nice tip :)

New Generation of Foodies

I feel your pain...I'm a 23 yr. old female and have been a foodie forever. None of my friends understand my love for food and it used to really frustrate me. To them, Applebee's is a nice steakhouse...ugh. But I have found that they enjoy my cooking, so maybe you can introduce your friends to your food first and they might be interested in venturing out when they understand the difference between chicken fingers and Coq au Vin!

Fast Food jones?

Chick-fil-A is my absolute all-time weakness. As far as I'm concerned, it may as well be crack. I know this sounds terrible, but it's the mayo that really makes it. I dip everything in their mayo...Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Sandwiches, Fries, the list goes on.

For my burger fix, I usually reach out to five guys.

It tastes better the next day

Darn edit button!!!!

I meant **Whipped Cream** you'll need the whipping cream to make it, but it should be whipped when you fold it into pudding mixture.

It tastes better the next day

@hungrychristel

Ok, here it is:

14 oz. Condensed Milk
1 1/2 C. Cold Water
1 Small package of Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 C. Whipping Cream
36 Vanilla Wafers (this is what the recipe calls for, but we usually wing it)
3 Bananas Sliced & dipped in lemon juice (we normally add more Naner's)

Directions:
In a large bowl, beat condensed milk, water, and pudding mix. Chill for 5 minutes. Fold in whipping cream. Layer the pudding, banana's, and wafers, in a large bowl or trifle dish.

Enjoy!

Easy Comfort Food

Go to the Chiropractor and you won't have to worry about needing comfort

Tiramisu Bliss at D'Amato's in Chicago

I have to say, that looks utterly delish...

It tastes better the next day

@hungrychristel...had to email my mom for the recipe, but I'll get it to ya. It's an awesome recipe :)

Sweet Potato Fries -- Who Likes These Things?

@cybercita--I couldn't agree with you more.

I hate sweet potato fries, and I loathe raisin's...ugh

@Tahitinova--Nothing could lure me into a TGI Fridays...especially not a sweet potato fry

Are you a tyrant or a democrat in your kitchen?

I think I'm a kitchen tyrant.

There is only one person who I can tolerate in the kitchen, and that's my mom. I think it's because we use all the same techniques and we both know where everything goes :)

Other that, I prefer to have people keeping me company in the kitchen instead of helping out.

It tastes better the next day

@Southern Bella...Mmmmm Sangria....Mmmmm

Onto the food:
My mom's banana pudding is amazing the day after. And of course the usual, tomato sauce, lasagna, and cheesecake!

Food Suggestions for Election Night

Unfortunately I'll be chomping on pepto-bismol to prepare for all of the bullshit we're all about to be force fed.

Sweet Tweaks Pumpkin Sponge Cake Round-Up: Cast Your Votes Now!

I'm for the cinnamon panna cotta!! When can we get the recipe????

Pondering Baby's First Meal

I have yet to have a little one, so the concern for the little one's first meal is hardly top of mind...but I know that my mom fed me whatever she was putting on the table that night for the rest of the family. Down the blender it went and I was enjoying everything from steak and potatoes, to knackwurst and sauerkraut all before I could chew.

Following Threads

This function might exist, and if it does...my sincerest apologies for posting this thread.

But, I think it would be cool if you could "follow" threads. A lot of times there are topics that I'm interested in, and would like to revisit in the future but I find that I spend a lot of time just finding the thread. I don't always remember the title of the thread, or what section the thread is located in so it can take a while sometimes.

I just think that it'd be cool if there was a link or a button that you could click that would send that thread to your account, so every time you log on you can click on "my threads" or whatever you want to call them and see exactly what you want.

Any takers?

Dark Greens...Will they ever be yummy?

I'm one of those that loves to try everything and supremely wants to like everything that I try. I find that there are a few items that I dislike, but every couple of years I'll eat them hoping that my taste buds have changed.

A few things on this list are: Olives, Raw Onions, and Dark Greens like Kale, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Broccoli Rabe, and the rest of the gang.

For some reason I have this notion that deep down I really like greens, but every time I try them I'm left with the same result. The main reason that I don't like them is because every time I've ever had them they've been unbearably bitter! Ugh! Is there any way to get rid of the bitterness?

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