Kitchen Failures

Caramelized fennel. Onions and garlic. Fresh lemon juice. Parmesan cheese. Sounds like a great dish, right? And yet the delicious looking pasta above was actually quite tasteless. So what went wrong?

When I’m cooking, the result is usually pretty good. Occasionally it’s really good, and sometimes it’s no good at all. Maybe in this case I didn’t season the pasta water enough. Maybe I had a bad lemon. It’s hard to say. But I know now not to combine these particular ingredients in this particular fashion again. Often the failures are more important than the successes. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but you can’t let the failure of a dish get you down.

So what are some of your biggest kitchen failures, and what lessons did you learn from them?

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