Saturday, March 26, 2011

how to make your significant other fall in love with you...

assuming they haven't already.
or unless you want them to fall even more in love with you.
note: this only applies if said significant other likes dessert.
but if your partner isn't a fan of dessert then you have bigger problems. like who to share an enormous sundae with. or convincing yourself that a late night ice cream run is absolutely necessary.

for us, it's safe to say that charlie loves dessert more than i do. especially ice cream.
i have never seen that boy turn down ice cream. ever.

for charlie:
happy = food.
love = caramel pie.

not real caramel but the 'caramel' you get when you boil a few cans of sweetened condensed milk.
side note: this method of making caramel is not recommended by the internets because if the water drops below the top of the cans the cans will explode. this happened to my mom when i was a kid and there is still caramel stuck to our kitchen table to this day.

anyway a few days ago we were at sprouts getting a few things and charlie was all 'oh, lets (read: you) make caramel pie!'. so we got some graham crackers and cans of sweetened condensed milk and tonight amid writing papers (what else?) he convinced me to make the pie.

this time we used organic sweetened condensed milk instead of my trusted eagle brand.
bad move.
when the cans were done instead of the gooey almost liquid mixture that was supposed to be inside there was this gelatinous caramel-like stuff.
it's pretty difficult to mold gelatin into a pie. trust me.

so the moral of the story is that if you're trying to bake caramel pie:
a. boiling the cans might not be your best bet. unless you like to live dangerously.
and b. this is one case where organic doesn't win. go eagle.

this is what the pie should look like:

Danger Pudding Pie

and this is what tonight's 'pie' turned out to be:

ruined pie

oh well, i'm sure even julia child had a few disasters. at least that's what it seemed like from the movie julie and julia. but i'm pretty sure charlie's joining right now.


Kat said...

I remember the first time Dave tried a new recipe he said "We're either having buffalo tonight or we're eating at Piccolo Forno!" In his family if someone's cooking failed dinner was relocated from the family table to the nearest restaurant. Since you did all the hard work I think Charlie should have taken you out for ice cream :)

Anonymous said...

a. i love that you eat bison. it's my absolute favorite!
b. i love the idea of relocating to a restaurant. usually dinner ends up as cereal in our case.

Emily said...

Um, the first picture looks delicious enough for me to try and risk ending up with the second. did it still taste good?

I'm waiting for the day I run into you at Sprouts.

Anonymous said...

unfortunately it was disgusting and ended up in the trash. i'm sure one of these days we'll run into each other. although considering the fact that charlie does 90% of the grocery shopping you might run into him first!