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"But you said", Kitchen Mis-Communitcaton

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.

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

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    1. re: foodcompletesme

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

      1. re: c oliver

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

        1. re: foodcompletesme

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

          1. re: Tripeler

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

            1. re: thedryer

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

    2. that photo is great, sad but great

      1. 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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        1. re: ricepad

          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: John E.

              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

              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...

          1. 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. 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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              1. re: gaffk

                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.

                1. re: John E.

                  Perhaps she should develop an affinity for simply roasted chicken.

                  1. re: John E.

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

                2. 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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                  1. 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

                      That was worth every second. Hilarious!!

                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                        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

                          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

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

                          1. re: LotusRapper

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


                          2. re: PotatoHouse

                            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!

                            1. re: PotatoHouse

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

                            2. 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. K'man,

                                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!



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

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                                  1. re: cleobeach

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

                                    1. re: cleobeach

                                      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.

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


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                                        1. re: Meowzerz

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

                                          1. re: melpy

                                            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 :-)