Thursday, May 14, 2009

Foodie Friday - Train Wrecks

Designs by Gollum is the weekly host of Foodie Friday. This week is all about train wrecks in the kitchen, you know, those recipes that not only don't turn out like the picture but end up a bigger mess than the kitchen counter.

I have several such stories, but I have one that tops all of those. It's the one that still gets told at parties and friends tell it as if they were there. I even called in to a national radio station once to tell my kitchen disaster story.

You know those recipes you have to learn because "his mother makes it?" One of those for me is strawberry pie. It's a very simple recipe and I'll include it at the bottom. Early in our marriage, I was being sweet and making him his favorite dessert.

This is what it should look like---

But when I reached into the cabinet for the Corn Starch, I accidentally grabbed the Baking Powder. I measured it out and mixed it in the strawberry Jell-O and sugar. As I added the bowling water, the science experiment began taking place. The mixture began to grow...and grow...and grow. I grabbed another bowel from under the counter and poured it into the larger bowl. Then another bowl and it just continued to grow. It looked something like pink bubble gum. Just as I began to put it into the sink - remember, if I was thinking correctly this wouldn't have happened in the first place - he walked in and stopped me. He ended up putting the ever growing mess into a trash bag and took it out to the trash. But what I learned from this is that if I had used Orange Jell-O, it would make the perfect mixture for lava in a volcano!

Strawberry Pie
1 Pie Crust
1 Box Strawberry Jell-O
4 T. Corn Starch
1 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Boiling Water
1 Pint Strawberries

Bake pie crust according the package directions. Mix together dry ingredients. Add to boiling water and stir until all dissolved. Wash and remove stems from strawberries. Cut into large chunks and place in pie shell. Pour in Jell-O mixture. Place in fridge to jell. Allow around 4 hours to setup. Top with whip topping of desired.

You can fill up your pie shell with strawberries or place just one layer around the shell depending on how you would like your strawberry to filling ratio. I also tend to use deep dish pie shells if I have them.


  1. That is too funny! I am laughing out loud and could make for a funny sitcom. Thanks for sharing the recipe too.

  2. Oh my gosh...this could have been a wonderful theme for I LOVE LUCY....HAHAHHH bless your heart, it seems as if you DID learn to do it right. I can't wait to try your great sounding recipe. We love anything with strawberries.

  3. Too funny.... this would make a good practical joke for April fool's day...for an unexpecting kitchen helper (one of the kids) Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

  4. Some of my favorite kitchen moments have been ingredient mixups! I have learned the hard way most things are just not interchangeable--especially when it comes to rising and jelling!

  5. Too funny! I did the exact same thing a few weeks ago when I was making homemade pudding. I couldn't figure out why it was foaming so much, and then I tasted it. Bleck!!!

  6. That is a scream! LOL! Great story!


    Sheila :-)

  7. OMGosh I can just picture this - what a disaster! But very funny! I hope you won something from the radio station.....Robyn

  8. I would love to have seen that. The recipe sounds great!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  9. Aw..the things we do! The pie looks delicious!


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