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"But you said", Kitchen Mis-Communitcaton

KaimukiMan Oct 17, 2013 05:51 PM

Saw this on Facebook. I'm sure it rings true in a lot of ways to a lot of people from what you bought at the store and brought home to how you prepped, cooked or stored some food. My own favorite was forgetting to tell someone NOT to store things in the oven, then turning the oven on without checking it first. I knew full well that his family never used the oven and routinely kept things in there when they wouldn't fit elsewhere. Sort of a revolving overflow bin. I know others who do the same with the dishwasher - although thats less prone to an accidental use.

  1. foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 06:05 PM

    I can't read the caption on the photo...what does it say?

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    1. re: foodcompletesme
      c oliver Oct 17, 2013 06:10 PM

      If you click on the photo, can you read it?

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        foodcompletesme Oct 17, 2013 06:32 PM

        oh yes, thanks.
        that is hysterical. and sad.

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          Tripeler Oct 17, 2013 06:36 PM

          Well, without a doubt the husband was quite a smartass. Peel half the potatoes, indeed!

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            thedryer Oct 17, 2013 06:50 PM

            Seriously, I don't think he was being a smartass!! Some guys are just too logical and literate for me. :)

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              INDIANRIVERFL Oct 18, 2013 10:36 AM

              It crosses gender. Once asked the lady to snap the asparagus and toss the short ends. She tossed the tips. Not the butts.

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      grumpyspatient Oct 17, 2013 06:29 PM

      that photo is great, sad but great

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        ricepad Oct 17, 2013 07:16 PM

        I know I've posted this before, but when Mrs. ricepad was younger (preteen, I think), she was helping her mother unload the groceries after a shopping trip. Her mom asked her to "pick all the brown spots out of the apples before you put them away." Mrs. ricepad was pretty baffled by this request, and asked her mom to repeat herself. Her mom said, "I always pick the brown spots out of the apples." So...Mrs. ricepad dutifully got a paring knife and dug all the brown flecks out of the apples until they looked like they'd been blasted with a 12 gauge at 20 paces.

        About the time she was finishing with the apples, her mom looked over and saw the pocked apples, and just about had a fit. It turns out that the 'brown spots' to which she had been referring were the shriveled remnants of the flower blossoms, not skin imperfections.

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          KaimukiMan Oct 17, 2013 08:59 PM

          ohhh... too funny. that was even better than the potatoes.

          and as to the potatoes picture, i think it was a "left brain" in action, not a smart ass. (and if that means nothing to someone, google "jeanne robertson, grocery store")

          1. re: KaimukiMan
            John E. Oct 18, 2013 10:33 AM

            "They had avocadoes."

            1. re: John E.
              Motosport Oct 18, 2013 12:00 PM

              That's the punch line to the story of the hubby who is sent to the market with specific instructions:
              "Buy a gallon of milk and if they have avocadoes get six."
              When wifey asks: "why did you buy six gallons of milk?"
              He says: "They had avocadoes!!"

            2. re: KaimukiMan
              Kajikit Oct 18, 2013 05:00 PM

              Oooooh, that's hysterical! I laugh myself silly every time the story of 'the shopping list' comes onto the radio. Here's a link if you've never heard it...

          2. LotusRapper Oct 17, 2013 09:19 PM

            That's hilarious !

            OK, this isn't 100% a mis-communication thing, but sort of falls into the "guys' logic" faux pas category. A friend of mine once had her boyfriend babysit a neighbor's 2 yr-old while she (my friend) and the neighbor went out for the evening. Feeding the toddler was part of the BF's tasks. When my friend returned to her home, she saw a bunch of Chinese takeout containers lying around, still full of greasy meaty and deep fried dishes. Shocked that he fed the toddler such inappropriate unhealthy foods, she gave him an earful of what a nimwit thing it was for him to do. To which he vehemently countered: "but the kid's CHINESE !!!"


            1. gaffk Oct 18, 2013 10:24 AM

              Many many moons ago, when I was in junior high, we had a world cultures class. One assignment was to find/prepare a dish from our assigned country. I don't recall what my assignment was, nor do I recall what "Bob's" country was (name changed to protect the innocent. But when Bob's turn to present came, he walked us through his recipe. Then he got to the point where the recipe said to stir the mixture by hand, but he wouldn't recommend that as the mixture was *really* hot (as it had just been heated on the range in the previous step). Gotta' say though, he was obviously a trooper.

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                John E. Oct 18, 2013 10:38 AM

                Years ago, my non-cook sister made a doozy of a cooking error. She was complaining to my mother about not having any ideas about what to cook. My mother suggested Bisquik oven-fried chicken. My sister thought that was good idea. She got out the Bisquik but didn't look at the recipe. She made biscuit dough and attempted to wrap the dough around the chicken. I don't think she got so far as to putting it into the oven. I remember my mother telling the story about getting a phone call saying her chicken idea didn't work.

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                  gaffk Oct 18, 2013 10:53 AM

                  Perhaps she should develop an affinity for simply roasted chicken.

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                    LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 11:14 AM

                    Had she deep-fried it, she might have invented a chicken equivalent of corndogs !

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                  nosh Oct 18, 2013 10:44 AM

                  When I was in high school I had a girlfriend who, at that time, was an extremely inexperienced cook. (Her parents ate out ALL the time.) We were in my parents' kitchen preparing a St. Louis favorite, "toasted" ravioli. I had an empty saucepan waiting on the stove and a frying pan with a half-inch of oil or so warming. My back was to the stove as I had a breading station set up to coat the ravioli. She wanted to do something to help, so I asked her to take some tomato sauce and pour it into the pan. Sure enough, a big crackling sound -- she poured the tomato sauce into the hot oil.

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                    LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 11:16 AM

                    And then, this ........... http://runbritchickrun.files.wordpres... ?

                  2. PotatoHouse Oct 18, 2013 12:09 PM

                    Everytime this subject comes up I HAVE to post this link. This is funny as all get out!!!


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                    1. re: PotatoHouse
                      suzigirl Oct 18, 2013 12:27 PM

                      That was worth every second. Hilarious!!

                      1. re: PotatoHouse
                        KaimukiMan Oct 18, 2013 02:47 PM

                        glad im not the only one who loves that clip. no matter how many times i've seen it, it makes me laugh. you can google her pound cake recipe, here it is:

                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                          John E. Oct 18, 2013 05:22 PM

                          I had seen her videos before and I just watched this one again. I now realize my earlier reply to you might seem out of context, so here is what I was referring to.

                          A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.”

                          A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.

                          The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"

                          He replied, "They had avocados."

                        2. re: PotatoHouse
                          LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 03:57 PM

                          Thanks PH. I just discovered a new comedian (comedienne) I can watch safely with my kid around. Not easy these days.

                          1. re: LotusRapper
                            PotatoHouse Oct 19, 2013 02:24 PM

                            You're welcome. Another one of my favorite family-friendly comedians is Chonda Pierce.


                          2. re: PotatoHouse
                            boyzoma Oct 20, 2013 04:54 AM

                            And every time the link gets posted, I HAVE to watch it again (and again, and again). Especially since my husband does the grocery shopping!

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                              janetofreno Oct 21, 2013 08:27 PM

                              hmmm...any chance my husband is secretly married to her as well?? lol!

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                              mwhitmore Oct 19, 2013 02:52 PM

                              My Mom once complained about some lettuce I had bought. "I had to throw almost all of it away after I picked off the brown edges!" I gently explained that it was a head of *red* leaf lettuce.

                              1. Bill Hunt Oct 19, 2013 07:32 PM


                                That is great!

                                We used similar as a headline in a skiwear ad, many years ago. That read "Skiwear, half-off," and featured two skiers, naked from the waist down...

                                Love it!



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                                  cleobeach Oct 21, 2013 06:17 AM

                                  Peeling "half" the potatoes could absolutely happen in our house.

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                                    pine time Oct 23, 2013 11:57 AM

                                    Mine, too, and Mr. wouldn't even understand why I'd be rolling on the floor laughing myself silly.

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                                      Jacquilynne Oct 24, 2013 07:05 AM

                                      I like a bit of peel but not a ton in my mashed potatoes, so I sometimes do cook some potatoes with peels and some not at the same time. I actually find it a lot easier to peel the first half of a potato (when you have the rest of the peel to grip) than the second half of the potato (when you're trying to hold a slightly slippery potato) so I can now totally see myself peeling half of each potato instead of peeling half the potatoes I'm going to cook.

                                    2. KaimukiMan Oct 21, 2013 01:17 PM

                                      and one more meme

                                      1. Meowzerz Oct 24, 2013 07:50 PM

                                        AMELIA BEDILIA, anyone? I LOVED those books as a child. Classic misunderstandings of the English language, many food related haha.


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                                          melpy Nov 23, 2013 05:06 AM

                                          My favorite was the date cake that she cut up the calendar to get the "dates".

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                                            Meowzerz Nov 23, 2013 09:00 PM

                                            I loved the jelly roll bit...wow, Amelia Bedilia was first published 50 years ago! And now I have the biggest urge to read them all over again :-)

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