2014 Recipe Disasters

My last post listed some of my most popular recipes in 2014. As a change in pace, I thought I’d share with you some of the recipe disasters that took place in my kitchen this past year.

Every post (or at least, almost every post) on this blog contains my best photos as well as tested recipes. But not everything comes out perfect, and sometimes, it’s an absolute disaster.

I want to share with you all my fails so that you know that not everything comes out right the first time, that it takes practice and many tries before it looks anything like the photos on the blog.

Let me show you some of the fails that happened in my kitchen.

2014 Recipe Disasters

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon Pizza with Pesto

The flavors were amazing in this pizza. I loved the contrast in sweet and savory. But! The crust was hard enough to chip a tooth, which totally would have ruined my day. That definitely needed work on. I just never got around to trying it again just yet.


Hawaiian Rolls

Um… You know those King Hawaiian rolls? The soft fluffy ones that’s slightly sweet and tastes amazing as a snack?

I’m pretty sure they weren’t supposed to look like this.

But then again, I blame it on my first time using yeast. Disaster.

Baked Pumpkin Pie French Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Crostini

The idea sounded good in my head and I loved the idea of Brussels sprouts and pesto on toast. But it really didn’t work. As much as I love Brussels sprouts, I couldn’t convince myself to like it.

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Crostini

Cheesy Pomegranate Apple Quesadilla

I wanted to combine the flavors of spring, and while the quesadilla looked amazing, the taste? Not so much. And I don’t really like biting into seeds in my quesadillas either.

Pomegranate Apple Quesadillas

Pesto Cheese Pizza

It sounded so simple. And it looked… awful. Do I really need to say more?

Cheesy Pesto Pizza


While my brownies are almost always moist with that crispy and chewy edge, just the way I like them, they don’t look like that in photos. I can never take the perfect brownie photos. Yeah… Let’s not talk about it.


Korean Tacos

It took three tries to get the photos right. The original looked like this. It was wet and soggy.

Korean Tacos


I will never tell you that I’m a baker. I do bake, but it takes soo many tries before I can get the recipe right. The worst? Cookies. I swear they have a mind of their own because I can never make them perfect. Too soft. Too crumbly. Too cakey. Too burnt. Always something new that goes wrong. So when I do post a cookie recipe? It must be good.

My first batch of stove top cookies looked like this. I could have sworn they looked like burnt pancakes.


Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll be back in the new year to post brand new recipes.


  1. Randstein says:

    I actually didn’t know you ever had any fails. Everything looks so good. That brought back many memories of my mother chasing us out of the house so her cakes and souffles wouldn’t collapse because of all our bouncing around. We ate a lot of fish bowl looking stuff back then. 🙂 I like that you never give up because the perfect ones look so delicious it makes me want to learn how to cook. 🙂

  2. rosy365 says:

    Thank you Andrea for this post. I think many of us have the same. Not always it’s gonna be perfect but we appreciate all your effort to make those wonderful recipes. One of the most important thing is you stay happy!
    Happy new year!

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