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Food Fail Friday, Episode #4

Welcome to Episode #4 of my food fails!

Everybody has kitchen fails, and especially for someone who develops recipes for a living – there are a lot! Apparently 3 of them were pumpkin related, which now makes sense why I felt like I was tired of pumpkin.

See: Episodes 1, 2, and 3 for more.


Double Chocolate Pumpkin Bread: Looks good, no? I started out with the prettiest! BUT I made SIX different loaves and they all had something wrong with them. Hard to believe, but I don’t mess around with subpar chocolate recipes. I tried to make it vegan (you’ll see more evidence below that vegan baking is not my forte) – that never seemed to finish cooking. Then I tried to use less pumpkin – somehow they ended up hard as a rock. I also once added sprinkles, and attempted to sweetened with maple syrup. Then I gave up (for now).

3-ingredient Sweet Potato Brownies. It was missing an ingredient, like taste.

BBQ Potato salad. It sounded like a good idea?


Wine slushies. Again, it sounded like a good idea at the time? Maybe I used the wrong kind of wine. 

Chia bars. Was trying to re-create similar ones to the kind they sell at Trader Joe’s. I haven’t quite nailed down how to get bars to stick together!

Peach, basil and goat cheese pizza. That time I used a gross store-bought crust with frozen peach slices. And obviously was before I learned about balsamic glaze instead of vinegar.

Note: Use my homemade pizza crust instead.

That time I tried to salvage a shaved Brussels sprouts salad with anything else I had on hand (apparently mostly green things) – and then the universe intervened by having a lightbulb shatter on the table right next to the bowl.


Pumpkin Garlic Knots. Yuck. The second of the pumpkin failed recipes. No wonder I felt like I had been talking about pumpkin so much!

A pretty fruit pizza on an undercooked sugar cookie, makes for a soggy mess.


Remember those lactation cookies? Well, I tried a vegan version. No, I wasn’t going for bars.

I don’t even know what’s in here, the folder is just called “Rice.” Probably pumpkin though.


And that’s a wrap for this edition of food fails! Share your latest in the comments!

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