Kitchen Fails of 2013


It was another year of the occasional disaster in the kitchen of Wishes and Dishes. 

For all those who think I’m some master chef who hits perfection with each and every recipe, think again.  Honestly, I only documented a few of my fails but there were many, many that were not pictured (I’m not sure why sometimes it slips my brain to whip out the camera when I have a disgusting mess of food sitting in front of me??!!) HA HA!

Please enjoy these complete fails and utter disasters in my kitchen and I promise that next year I will think to take more pictures of my failures 🙂

Kitchen Fails 2013

Never again will I attempt homemade mozzarella sticks (can you even tell that’s what these are supposed to be?).  I even froze the cheese sticks ahead of time as the directions stated to do and they still were a melty mess and definitely qualified for the kitchen disasters category.

Kitchen Fails 2013

This appetizing looking concoction was my attempt at homemade corn tortillas.  Mr. Wishes and I came home from a wonderful trip to California and had gotten addicted to the amazing California burritos we had every day for (almost) every single meal while we were there.  Since real quality and authentic tortillas are pretty hard to come by here in upstate, NY we figured how hard would it be to just MAKE them?!  Hard….very hard.  I still am not quite sure what went wrong, but I have to figure out another use for that big bag of cornmeal 🙂

Kitchen Fails 2013

These beauties right here were cookies I made to take to my very FIRST night joining a church small group.  I was clearly trying to impress them with my flat, ugly, burnt around the edges Valentine’s day M&M cookies.  I still don’t know what went wrong, which is the reoccuring theme in this post.  It’s always fun when you are meeting a new big group of people who know you are a food blogger and show up with cookies looking like this 🙂  I’m sure they didn’t have any expectations for me or anything!

Chicken Avocado Spring Rolls Recipe with Avocados from Mexico

These look pretty right?  Well, that’s because this was the pre-disaster photo.  I neglected to take a photo of the actual disaster, unfortunately for you.  This was a recipe I created for an Avocados from Mexico campaign I was part of.  Mr. Wishes came up with the brilliant idea that I should do “avocado spring rolls – 2 ways” and deep fry some of them to give readers the option to eat them fresh OR fried.  I did everything I thought I was supposed to do in order to fry one and ended up with the rice wrapper stuck to the bottom of the frying pan and oily, nasty veggies.  Oh, not to mention the oil spit everywhere in my kitchen to the point where it sounded like bombs going off in my kitchen and I was screaming!  Somehow I managed not to get burned at all but, to this day I am still finding oil splatters to clean up from that day.

Not Pictured:

Macademia Nut Cookies that Mr. Wishes walked in the door and said “did you make me pancakes?!”  I think my baking soda had seen better days maybe.

Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie – one word: “yuck”.   I tried to create my own shepherd’s pie and it was super dry 🙁

Christmas Sugar Cookies – note to self: don’t try to do 18 things at once while you are baking…there will be burnt cookies in your near future!

I hope you all enjoyed a good laugh!  Have a great weekend!

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

34 Responses to “Kitchen Fails of 2013”

  1. December 27, 2013 at 6:39 AM #

    Ok so you are not perfect..welcome to my world!! lol!! The spring rolls episode sounds really dangerous…best to avoid that one in the future! Xx

    • December 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      Definitely NOT perfect!! LOL

  2. December 27, 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    I’ve ruined cookies and tortillas lots of times as well hahaha. This post was so funny, thanks for sharing! And I hope you’ve had such a nice Christmas! x

    • December 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  3. December 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

    I’ve had plenty of baking failures myself. Thanks for sharing yours! 🙂

    • December 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

      Haven’t we all?! I guess it’s part of being a food blogger 🙂

  4. December 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

    I love posts like these. They make me feel slightly more confident in my cooking abilities knowing that I am not the only one who has epic fails from time to time ;).

    • December 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

      Haha you definitely aren’t the only one!

  5. December 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM #

    LOVE this. I need to start documenting my kitchen fails 🙂

    • December 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM #

      You should! It makes for a good laugh at the end of the year’

  6. December 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    This is a great post, Ashley! It’s so great to know that other people have kitchen fails, too! 🙂

    • December 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM #

      It happens to the best of us 😉

  7. December 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

    Love this and it did make me laugh! I think this should be the new fad for 2014 to document our kitchen failures! Seriously I might have more to write about!!

    • December 28, 2013 at 2:07 AM #

      Yes! I think it should be too! I could write a book lol

  8. December 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM #

    HA! Thanks for sharing these! I identify all too well with those burnt Valentine’s Day cookies. Thanks for making my confidence increase a bit, knowing that you, too, have some baking fails.

    • December 28, 2013 at 2:06 AM #

      I have many that weren’t even documented! I’m glad u enjoyed this 🙂

  9. December 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM #

    Haha, I have so many of these! I’m usually too busy muttering under my breath to remember to whip out the camera, though. 🙂 I need to try to remember in the future, because this is fun to read about! And those mozzarella sticks seem like a total Pinterest fail–the type of thing that is ALL over Pinterest but no one ever really tests because the instructions don’t work out in real life. Been there!

    • December 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM #

      Now that u mention it- yes! I think it was a viral Pinterest recipe!

  10. December 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    Love posts like this, we all have them… if only I documented the amount of times I spilled sugar all over the kitchen!

    • December 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM #

      With me it’s usually the flour being spilled all over! Or sprinkles!

  11. December 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    We all have failures in kitchen but you even turned those into something special by posting this …loved reading it and yes yes we have had a failure with mozarella sticks too & once we even had applied butter cream on hot cake and ended up with a melting,dripping sweet mess…just to mention a few…HAVE A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🙂

  12. December 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM #

    LOL! It’s kinda fun to see the fails instead of the usual “best” dishes or whatever. If you’re not getting some fails, you’re not doing interesting new stuff. So these are a badge of honor in my book! 😉 Fun post – thanks.

    • December 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM #

      Thanks that made me feel better! And you’re so right!

  13. December 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM #

    I’ve had lots of kitchen fails too and the worst is when you can’t figure out what you did. Of course knowing what you did wrong isn’t so great either: forgot to add the sugar, didn’t turn the crockpot on, forgot to buy an ingredient at the store, undercooked, overcooked. Happens to me more than I care to admit.

    • December 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

      You’re right- that IS the worst part!!

  14. December 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM #

    Ashley, I can’t tell you how much I love this post! You had me laughing through the whole thing! I’ve had so many similar disasters, especially “baking” ones! I need to stop trying to do 18 things at once too! Happy New Year!

    • January 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post!! LOL Happy New Year!

  15. January 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM #

    Thanks for this funny post, Ashley! We have all been there, done that! Rather unfortunately. I’ve had more gluten-free and grain-free baking disasters than I can count. But, at least we can laugh at ourselves. Right? I’ve gotta remember to grab the camera in these instances…between the tears of frustration and simultaneous sheer laughter! Thanks for sharing, my friend. Happy New Year to you and yours! xo

    • January 2, 2014 at 12:49 AM #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Stacy!

  16. January 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM #

    It’s awesome you have such a great sense of humor about kitchen fails! I have had more than enough too, but I never take pics. I sometimes know what went wrong, sometimes not. To make corn tortillas, I know you have to buy masa. It’s a special flour, which I have a bag of in my pantry waiting to be used. One day . . . I actually had a fail on January 1. What a way to start the year!

  17. January 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM #

    These are too funny. At least you can laugh about it now.

    • January 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

      You’re right! It makes it all worth it!

  18. January 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

    Hahaha! That’s awesome!! Those cookies are killing me! 🙂 I love the idea of showing us your kitchen fails. I have had my fair share of kitchen fails too….It’s so irritating isn’t it? Oh well, at least we can laugh now, right? 🙂

    • January 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

      Exactly – they aren’t funny at the time but later on they definitely are!

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