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Just recently I made a peach pie for the first time. I had a heck of a time finding "your basic peach pie recipe" and finally settled for one in an older cookbook that called for the least amount of fuss.<br><br>
It was so gross. I made for my FIL and he ate the entire thing..but I shall definitly be working on improving my peach pie making skills in the near future.<br><br>
It called for a very small amount of sugar and also for quite a bit of cornstartch as a thickener..and I could TASTE the cornstarch..BLUCK!!!<br><br>
So, what have been your cooking flops..and also , what have you eaten or tasted and wished you hadn't??<br><br>
And does anyone have a decent, simple, peach pie recipe?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Ooh, I'm ususally a lurker but I couldn't pass this thread up. The immediate image/taste/smell memory that flew to my mind when I read the thread title was, <b><span>liver stew in a turban squash</span></b>! When I was about twelve my Dad made that for dinner one night with what he found in the fridge and it was the most horrible, awful concotion I have ever seen. He still hears me and my mom complain about it to this day.<br>
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The worst thing I made was probably a rosepetal jam cheesecake. I tried to make it "lighter" by using all fat-free dairy products and it congealed into a disgusting brick from all of the syrups and thickeners they use to make fat-free seem rich. I actually had to throw away the springform pan I used because it was so carmelized and hard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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The most difficult thing I've ever made was lemon-peel marzipan. It tasted okay, but it was one of the worst experiences I've ever had in the kitchen. It was a lot of work to collect, soak, and boil the lemon peels, but I didn't mind. Then I was supposed to remove the pith from the rind! And then, puree it and add the ground almonds and sugar and cook it. And then stir it while cooking until it achieved the proper consistency, which I had no idea what it was! And then, roll the sticky goo into shapes. I covered it with a ton of confectioner's sugar to keep it from sticking together. It was so sweet that I could barely eat it. My dh ate most of it with Turkish coffee. I wound up throwing out only the last three pieces.<br><br>
Later I met the cookbook author online and told him that it was one of the hardest things I'd ever made, and he was only slightly offended.<br><br>
I have mercifully blocked out what was the worst-tasting dish I've ever made.<br><br>
Who serves liver and squash in the same dish to children? I think of those as two of the most non-child-friendly foods! Though I guess my mom liked liver as a child, she was always trying to figure out ways to get us to like it, too...ewwwww. My mom used to make a veal meatloaf with mushrooms in it which we found appalling, and then serve us apples baked in diet soda for dessert.
 

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One of the grossest things I recall eating was thai food. I cannot recall teh name of what I ate, but I did not care for any of it. Still, I plan on trying it again someday..since most other folks think it is good.<br><br>
I have also been grossed out by fish sauce..probably what ruined my appetite for thai.
 

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I don't know if it was the grossest, but definately at the top of the list is a vegan carrot cake sweetened with date sugar. Now, I have had some great vegan desserts, but I just cannot bake them! This cake was so heavy and just awful! I made it for ds's 1st Birthday and everyone who had come over for his little party took about 1 bite and politely left the rest for the trash. It was obviously terrible to everyone who tried it!<br><br>
Another disgusting thing I once made was baked monk fish. The man at the fish market told us it tasted just like lobster. Well, no it did not. It was nasty!
 

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All I can remember is my Mexican mother making me sit at the table for six hours because I refused to eat the tongue she had perpared for us! Vile!!! She didn't even disguise it! A big cow tongue perched on a plate demanding to be eaten. Gross!
 

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The worst thing I've cooked was tater tot breakfast casseroll in the crockpot. It *sounded* good while I made it, the ingredients were tater tots, eggs, ham, cheese, milk... but oh my it was NASTY when it was done!
 

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The worst thing I've had was this dish at Thanksgiving at my ILs. Supposedly it's a Montana thing? I guess Dan's grandma is from Montana.<br>
Anyway, it's basically really bland mashed potatoes (I don't think they had any butter or milk, just potatoes and water) with really bland noodles on top. I thought they were some special kind of noodles, because they tasted REALLY weird, but they weren't! They were just regular old egg noodles.<br><br>
It was awful. The textures did not mesh well at all. I could barely choke it down. How something can be completely bland and completely disgusting at the same time is beyond me.
 

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the worst thing I've ever eaten was at a Danish Christmas meal - lard with fried onions in it - you're supposed to spread it on that heavy rye bread. Eeek!<br><br>
But I also remember as a child, picking the dark meaty bits out of my mum's lard tin after she'd made a roast. But least that lard had flavorful bits - the danish lard was pure white, only flavored with the fried onions. Oh my poor arteries...
 

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I once made a horrifyingly disgusting tuna noodle casserole.<br>
I have no idea what happened...I followed the recipe and in the end it tasted like catfood. smelled like it too.<br>
We got take out instead .<br>
4 years later my SO and I talk about how that is one thing I'm not allowed to make.<br><br>
When I was 8 my mum and I went to her friends house for an Easter meal. The woman had made hungarian goulash <she was hungarian> and it was horrible. I will never eat that again regardless of who made it. Thankfully the woman had lots of tasty bread and salad.
 

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Definitely mils Christmas morning breakfast creations. One year she made a egg/cornflake dish and it was so oily and slimy and runny and gross. Luckily I only took a little and managed to politely choke it down. Ds was honest and said it looked yucky (he was 2) so he got a bowl of cereal instead. Poor dh took a huge helping and he is too polite to leave it so he finished it.<br>
I am not really doing justice to how horrible it really was. I felt ill all day.<br><br>
Next year it was cereal and toast for everyone, YAY!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh, this is sooo funny!<br>
Hmmmm-grossest was definetely a raw oyster before my veggie days. This was at a really nice, expensive restaurant for my senior prom. My "friends" told me it was cooked and to go ahead and eat it. Well, I put that nasty, slimy thing in my mouth and started <b>chewing</b> it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> It was awful! The worst part was, I could not swallow it and didn't want to spit it out, so I just sat there with the wretched thing in my mouth for quite a while. I finally swallowed it. Nasty, nasty<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"><br><br>
My worst cooking disaster was just a couple of weeks ago. I made a pound cake for my mom's birthday, but since I didn't have a tube pan, I used 2 large loaf pans. Not a good choice...There was batter everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> The next morning I had to throw together together a cake from the recipe on the box of cocoa. It was gross-really dry and stuck to the pan in the middle. So basically I had a two-layer doughnut cake. I had to make 2 big batches of buttercream to fill in the hole and sloppily ice the cake. It was just awful.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I owe my mom a great cake next year.
 

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That tongue post makes me feel sick just thinking about it!<br><br>
I think the grossest thing I ever ate was when I was visiting my French penpal for the first time about 12 years ago. She was still living at home and her mother made a "roast" for dinner. I don't know if it qualifies as as roast as that huge hunk of meat didn't spend enough time in the oven to even get warm. Before dinner we had been talking and she asked if we liked beef, and we were all enthusiastic. I ate enough to be polite, but unreal! Her mom and my mom had been penpals as kids, and the first time they met, she served the same dish.<br><br>
I am a meat eater, and I do like meat rare, but this thing still had a moo left in it.
 

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Well, the grossest thing I ever sat in front of while other people ate it was a smoked tuna head in Japan at a New Year's party. Have you ever seen a tuna? Those suckers are HUGE! And this tuna was staring at me with its smoked eyeball while other people ate (I'm not sure what bits) off it. Thankfully they knew I was a vegetarian so I had a good excuse not to partake.<br><br>
When we lived in Norway my mom went to a party/festival where they served smoked sheep's heads. She said it took copious quantities of aquavit to eat enough for politeness' sake....
 

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Mostly, I'm pretty good at improvising in the kitchen and often surprised by how well things come out, but there've been some notable exceptions:<br><br>
When I was about 10, a friend and I decided to invent a recipe. We mixed up some tasty stuff, but it was semi-liquid; what food format should we put it into to make it serve-able? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/idea.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="idea"> A gelled dessert! We mixed up some unflavored gelatin and poured that in and set it in the fridge. Well, one of the ingredients was peanut butter, which apparently does not play well w/gelatin...we got a layer of peanut grit, a layer of gross thick greasy stuff, and a layer of semi-gelled goo w/the other ingredients in it.<br><br>
Early in my relationship w/MrBecca, he was very pleased by my homemade spaghetti sauce. Therefore, when we found ourselves at his house w/pasta and plain tomato paste, he asked me to make sauce. The oregano he had was powder, in a giant can he had liberated from University Dining Service, w/the type of lid that flips up for sprinkling on one side and flips up for a spoon on the other side. I was sprinkling it into the pot when the spoon side suddenly flipped open, dumping about 1/4 cup of oregano into about 2 cups of sauce! I scooped out a lot of it...but not enough. It's amazing how a little oregano tastes great but too much oregano tastes like it's going to kill you. :puke<br><br>
The all-time grossest thing I have ever eaten was a "salad" brought to a potluck by a sweet little old lady who was clearly enjoying it herself and happily told everyone the ingredients: tuna, lemon Jello, sweet pickle relish, grapes, and Cool Whip!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T Motherkins, it's really cool that you have a two-generation penpal relationship! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If my husband's sister is reading this she will know it is me right away! Just before my dh's brother's wedding my MIL made his favourite dish - chicken noodle casserole - and I was actually asked to help assemble it. It consisted of a couple cans of Campbell's chicken noodle soup, undiluted, some white bread, half a pound of butter, all topped with potato chips. Gross. Completely gross.
 
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