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The Galloping Gourmet here -- my meal was a colossal flop. Very upset

Hi All, It's the GG. I was cooking yesterday for my partner's family and it turned out bafflingly badly. I recently purchased a new oven and I'm unused to the cooking times. I had done a couple "trial runs" which went smoothly.

However, yesterday, my apple pie burnt to a crisp -- a brown, dusty crisp. My turkey was dry and my foie gras stuffing, a last minute addition, was so gamey and mealy that NOBODY ATE IT. I am truly mortified because my partner had been talking me up to his parents, who used to run a world-class Inn, as a top-tier home cook.

I had to leave the table mid-meal to lie down and cry a bit. A friend came in and checked on me and talked me back to the table, but it was just terrible, and I felt that no amount of apologizing could compensate for my lackluster meal. My new "in laws" were tight-lipped and polite, but many of my dishes went more or less untouched.

This morning, my partner isn't speaking to me. I am very upset.

by Anonymousreply 21December 4, 2021 6:35 PM

Well, my Green Bean Casserole---I know, not haute cuisine, but traditional---flopped, too, even though I added sautéed Portabello mushrooms.

Stuff(fing) happens.

by Anonymousreply 1November 26, 2021 2:48 PM

But 350 degrees is 350 degrees, so why would a new oven have a different cooking time? Sounds like a pretty poor excuse for hitting the bottle, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2November 26, 2021 2:49 PM

There is such a thing as a poor excuse to hit the bottle?

by Anonymousreply 3November 26, 2021 2:50 PM

I am the GG and do not drink!!!!

by Anonymousreply 4November 26, 2021 2:50 PM


Darfur orphan

by Anonymousreply 5November 26, 2021 3:07 PM

My mother, who was the most elegant and refined woman you could hope to meet, once had a complete breakdown at the Thanksgiving table after her biscuits didn’t turn out. She started crying hysterically in her pearls and throwing the biscuits across the dining room shrieking “THEY’RE *ROCKS*!!” “THEY’RE ROOOOCCCKKKKS!!!!”

Of course, it was only the immediate family that day. There are lines.

by Anonymousreply 6November 26, 2021 3:49 PM

Nigella says you apologise once for a failed dish but anything more is a bore for your guests and makes them uncomfortable. If only you'd laughed it off and opened another bottle of wine.

by Anonymousreply 7November 26, 2021 4:19 PM

You need to keep an eye on the internal temp of a turkey.

by Anonymousreply 8November 26, 2021 4:23 PM

I cannot get out of bed.

by Anonymousreply 9November 27, 2021 7:45 PM

[quote] However, yesterday, my apple pie burnt to a crisp -- a brown, dusty crisp. My turkey was dry and my foie gras stuffing, a last minute addition, was so gamey and mealy that NOBODY ATE IT.

Burning to a crisp? Did you check on the pie as it was baking?

White turkey meat is always dry.

Foie gras stuffing sounds like a waste of foie gras.

by Anonymousreply 10November 27, 2021 7:51 PM

Get an oven thermometer for your new crap stove, OP.

by Anonymousreply 11November 27, 2021 8:18 PM

Brine brine brine !!!! And baste baste baste !!!! Put foil around the outside of your pie, and remove last 20 minutes of cooking, that way u never will have burnt crust. Everyone has had meals that flop, get used to your new oven ( because oven temps do vary) get a thermometer that you can put in oven, and then give your meal a retry.

by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2021 8:27 PM

Oh, OP…….


by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2021 8:30 PM

Be thankful your partner isn't physically abusive, because you richly deserve a vicious face slapping.

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2021 8:30 PM

You know OP is a fake because NOBODY with the merest scintilla of cooking acumen would put foie gras in a fucking turkey.

by Anonymousreply 15November 30, 2021 4:07 PM

OP, next time go to Boston Market, let them do all the work and you get all the credit!

by Anonymousreply 16November 30, 2021 4:20 PM

Which was a bigger flop? Your Thanksgiving meal or your previous post?

by Anonymousreply 17November 30, 2021 4:47 PM

Do not be mean to GG. He was a frequent poster and people drove him off DL.

by Anonymousreply 18December 4, 2021 6:06 PM

Consider it a test run for Christmas and have them all back.

by Anonymousreply 19December 4, 2021 6:20 PM

OP, you have two problems here, the new oven problem and the tight-lipped in-laws problem.

by Anonymousreply 20December 4, 2021 6:30 PM

[quote] He was a frequent poster and people drove him off DL.

That’s certainly believable. For good reason, apparently

by Anonymousreply 21December 4, 2021 6:35 PM
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