2014 Recipe Fails

2014 was a great year for me and ze’ blog.

A whole bunch of good food passed through my kitchen, but I’m here to let you know that not every single recipe attempted was a winner and able to make it to the blog. In fact, I thought it would be fun to share a few of the flops that occurred throughout the year.

Because hey, I’m only human, I’m definitely not perfect, and I know you want to see a giant mess. You know you do.


1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie… err… Puddle. 

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At first glance, yeah, it doesn’t look too bad for being a giant blob of chocolate and… something(??)… on top. My daughter actually gave me the idea for this pie, and it was a good idea, I just didn’t execute it properly. I’m hoping to try this one again in 2015. Note to self – pre bake the chocolate pie crust to prevent crumbling.


2. Grilled Chicken Caesar Thighs with Grilled Romaine… no. please no. 

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Have you ever grilled lettuce? Don’t. Trust me.


3. Crispy Chocolate Bottomed Peanut Butter Pie… more like ‘soggy bottomed.’

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I wanted to give this chocolate bottomed pie a little “snap, crackle and pop,” so I thought I would put some Rice Krispies into the chocolate ganache. Turns out Rice Krispies turn into soggy and chewy nuggets when submerged in liquid chocolate. No bueno.

I did redo the recipe without the cereal and it turned into a masterpiece. 


4. Crispy Whole Roasted Cauliflower aka – Baby Poop on a Cauliflower Head

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Oh my heavens. This was a recipe that actually tasted quite delicious, but I refused to put it on the blog because I couldn’t get over the fact that the marinade I made to spread over the cauliflower LOOKED like baby poop. I couldn’t. I just… could not.

Maybe one day we’ll meet again Mr. Cauliflower head. Maybe one day.


5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Peach Ice Cream when will I learn?? 

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One day I’ll remember that crunchy cereal + sitting in liquid for extended periods of time = soggy/chewy/undesirable. #fail


6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Caketake four…

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I worked on this recipe for quite a while before I finally nailed it. This one particular try resulted in a caramelized layer on the bottom of the cake that was extremely difficult to chew your way through. You can check out the official recipe that made it to the blog here.


7. Potato Crusted BBQ Chicken Pizzalet’s leave potatoes out of pizza for now. 

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I thought it would be fun to substitute delicious pizza dough with shredded potatoes. Nope, not a brilliant idea. It was super soggy in the center and picking it up with your hands was impossible. Nobody should eat pizza with a fork (unless you’re fancy like that).


8. Maple Butter Pecan Fudge pass me a spoon please! 

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Last time I checked, fudge was supposed to firm up and let me cut it into cute little squares. I tried really hard to get this stuff to set. I even tossed it all back into a pan and cooked it longer, but it still refused to set up. So I did the logical thing and used a spoon to clean up my mess.


9. Chicken Nacho Bubble Up Bake soggy biscuits anyone?

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I know, I know… it actually looks delicious, right!? And you know what? It was delicious… until you had to choke down a soggy piece of biscuit dough. Note to self – baking biscuits in nacho cheese sauce (while it sounds delicious), is not a great idea.


10. Tamale Pieor soup. whatever. 

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What do you call a tamale pie that never firms up? Cornmeal soup. This recipe was going so well until I cut into it and realized it was a complete puddle of cornmeal underneath. Round file that one.


There were a lot more fails that happened this year, but these were the ones that were captured on camera. While failing in the kitchen can be annoying, it’s also a learning experience. Each mistake is a lesson learned (apparently I didn’t learn my lesson about the soggy cereal the first time). Grab ahold of your apron strings because 2015 is going to be an incredible year.

I can just feel it! 🙂

(PS – I’ll be sharing the BEST recipes of 2014 later this week, so be sure to come back and check those ones out too!)

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
16 Responses
  1. Marta

    I just had to say THANKS for the laughter… Now I don’t feel alone & bad when I think its a winner and it flops! You made my day and just makes me love your blog all the more. You are one in a million in my Book!
    As far as the potato crust, well I Have done it, but, I did cook the hash browns first, until nice and crispy, then layered my toppings and cheese, popped back in oven just to heat and melt the cheese! YUM!!
    So, Don’t say never, just keep on trying, never give up… I have faith you will succeed at it as always!!
    Keep on Posting, I be reading! and Thanks again I needed a good laugh (and laughed at myself as well). Wishing you and yours a wonderful, joyous, and healthy New Year!!

  2. Suzanne

    Hi Jo…….. See if you can top this ! Baking my onion, pepper and sausage. Almost done I. I usually sprinkle with olive oil… We my Ajax dish liquid was my sink in a fancy glass container and you guessed it ….. Sure bubbled up fast…..
    Your honey soy marinade is the best I have tried . I used it on chicken thighs and can’t wait to try on a pork tenderloin on the grill….. Having it tonight…..You were right. Be sure to make mashed potato. Sauce is excellent on the potato. YUM !!!!!
    I have a wonderful recipe for creamy cauliflower soup . I serve with French bread , pesto, tomato and shredded cheese ……… Great cold night supper …
    Love your recipes. Better than the food network ……Sue S, Haverhill, Ma

    1. Shawn

      Oh my goodness Suzanne, that’s hilarious about the Ajax! And thanks for reading along and trying out my recipes! Hope you have a fantastic New Year!

  3. Amy @Very Culinary

    Hee hee! I’m doing a failed recipe round-up tomorrow. So much fun! And also? I’d probably still eat everything you listed.

  4. SaraLily

    I LOVE that you shared these. It cracked me up AND made me feel better for those times my recipes/cooking/baking fell flat! I love to see the “imperfect” side of my favorite food bloggers. You’re human after all! This was a great post, thanks for sharing!!!

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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