Cooking Bloopers

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Howdy ya’ll, I wanted to let you know that I’ve added a new category called “Recipe Bloopers”

Throughout the coming year the girls and I will be working on the long awaited Hamilton Troll Cookbook. The brain behind this book is the super amazing Carol W. Bryant and I bring this up because my friends and family know that I am NOT a cook! So when I mention a cookbook to them one of their eyebrows raise and the hair on the back of their neck stands up.

You see, most of the time, I’m not allowed in the kitchen. I’ve done things like set the microwave on fire, burned boiling water and over salted more dishes than I care to admit.

On top of that I didn’t realize carrot cake actually contained carrots. I didn’t know there was a difference between instant pudding and the cooking kind and apparently substituting with peanut oil in a brownie recipe is not a good idea.

I’m the person who made Jello for the first time in my twenties and found out the hard way that it needs to be stirred A LOT. My husband drank the slop and chewed through the thicker jello on the bottom like a trooper but I learned a valuable lesson that day.

I also didn’t realize you need a special egg mold for jello eggs (plastic Easter eggs won’t work).  I just assumed that’s what you’d use so when I couldn’t figure out how to get them together without dripping, color me confused.

My guess is, this year is going to be full of oops, flops and uh-ohs – and I’m just crazy enough to share those with you. Hope you don’t mind and I’ll be able to put a smile on your face.


  1. Lou Ann Britt's Gravatar Lou Ann Britt
    March 15, 2016    

    You are a dear friend. I love reading your blogs!

  2. Lou Ann Britt's Gravatar Lou Ann Britt
    March 15, 2016    

    Your blogs are so fun to read in the middle of the day when I am stopped for lunch while doing spring house cleaning

  3. Kim Rawks's Gravatar Kim Rawks
    March 27, 2016    

    my mother used to make all kinds of strange recipes. She made tomato cakes that were delish! And her scrambled eggs with milk and flour (Mennonite – style.) Best ever!

  4. Jennifer D.'s Gravatar Jennifer D.
    March 28, 2016    

    I once made a lasagna for a boyfriend without cooking the noodles first. CRUNCH! But he didn’t complain… much. 🙂


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