Food Preparation

Food preparation can range from hastily thrown-together, barely edible, food-on-the-run, to a sumptuous banquet crafted by those who have dedicated years of their lives to perfecting the culinary arts. Such a wide range of activity makes for some humorous anecdotes about the efforts of the kitchen-challenged.

White bullet Unwary hostess tries to pass off cake purchased at bake sale as her own handiwork.*

White bullet Bride wonders about family tradition of cutting the ends off of roasts before cooking them.*

White bullet Farmer mistakes inscription on a wild bird's leg band for cooking instructions.*

Green bullet The color of the plastic tags used to close bread bags indicates what day the loaves were baked on.

Red bullet Fast food restaurants and school cafeterias use "Grade D but edible" meat.

Green bullet International cookbook compiled by California home economics teachers includes recipe for "Stuffed Camel."

White bullet Health statistics regarding eggs confuse bureaucrat and restaurant manager.

Green bullet "Sun tea" (tea brewed by being left to steep in sunlight) can harbor dangerous bacteria.

Green bullet A freighter carrying tapioca nearly sank when a fire in its hold (and the water used to extinguish it) cooked the cargo.

White bullet Cake inscriptions gone wrong.

Red bullet "Refried beans" are beans that have been fried more than once.

Red bullet Cooking instant noodles along with the contents of their flavor packets turns the MSG contained therein "toxic."

Multi-status bullet Text describes the process of producing mechanically separated chicken.

Multi-status bullet Cook corn on the cob in a portable picnic cooler.

Multi-status bullet Numeric codes used on produce stickers identify how those items were grown.

Red bullet The lines on red Solo cups are designed for measuring alcohol.