Kitchen Nemesis: What Recipe Is Your Biggest Challenge?

Kitchen Nemesis: What Recipe Is Your Biggest Challenge?

Emma Christensen
Sep 3, 2008

You know the one we're talking about. It's the recipe that other cooks say is "so easy!" The one even your kitchen-challenged brother/cousin/neighbor/co-worker can make in a snap. The "simple" recipe that eludes your culinary grasp no matter how many times you try to make it.

So what dish gives you a special challenge (a.k.a. headache)? Hear ours after the jump...

Frittatas. We're breaking out in a cold sweat just thinking about them.

What's so hard about a frittata? It's basically scrambled eggs with some veggies and maybe a sprinkling of cheese, right?

And yet, every time we attempt a frittata, it turns out too wet, too dry, too bland, too salty, too full of veggies, too everything. We've followed different recipes and different advice. We've tried hints and tricks. We just can't figure out what we're doing wrong. It's so disheartening!

Should we keep trying these dishes that challenge us? Or should we quietly shoo those recipes under the rug and stick the the ones we know we can make?!

Related: Recipes Gone Wrong: What Do You Do With Inedible Dishes?

(Images: Faith Hopler, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, and Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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