Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Why is the Fish Green?

My husband cooked dinner tonight. He put some white fish fillets on a baking sheet. He looked around for something to use as seasoning. After perusing the spice jars and the shelves in the refrigerator, the best idea he came up with was lemon-lime Kool Aid.
Yep, he poured a packet of sugar-free lemon-lime Kool Aid on the fish and baked it.
I walked through the kitchen, as he took the tray out of the oven, and saw the neon green fillets.
"What the crap did you put on the fish???"
"It's a surprise."
"Seriously! What IS that???"
"Seasoning."
"Ummm, I have to run some errands right now. I'll be home after dinner."
I took my oldest daughter and we ran out the door went to the mall to exchange some clothes.
My husband called me shortly after we arrived at the store and said, "You were right. The fish was gross. We're eating pizza now."
In case anyone has ever wondered if lemon-lime Kool Aid would make a good subsitute for fresh lemon juice, the answer is a resounding NO.
I only wish I'd thought to take a picture of this culinary creation.

110 comments:

Liz's Random Thoughts said...

LOL!!!!!!!
Sounds like something my dad or brother might try! Seriously is it a male thing to always have to put unusal combinations of food/drinks/spices in food? Although I can't complain...cause when they are cooking that means I have the night off of cooking and MOST of the time it doesn't taste too bad and it hasn't killed anyone ...yet;)

Jill said...

So pickles weren't enough, now your family is putting Kool aid on other foods?
Maybe he just used the wrong flavor. Lemon lime would probably go better on trout. Maybe he should have used cherry, watermelon or kiwi strawberry.
We had fish tonight also. I wish I had thought of Kool aid. What flavor do you think would taste the best on salmon?
I think you should re-write that classic book by Dr. Seuss, as "Green eggs and fish"
"I will not eat green eggs and fish
I will not eat them on a dish.
You may eat them if you wish
But I think pizza is more delish"

Think about it.
Jill

Angela said...

Eeeewwwww!!!! That sounds horribly bad! Men..... LOL
Thank goodness you had clothes to return! Next on list of things to buy...A cookbook for the hubby!!

Have a good night :o)

Angela

suburbancorrespondent said...

Maybe you should start training the kids to cook...just in case you die of overwork. I have nightmares of my passing on and my children subsisting on hotdogs and pretzels. My husband is a wonderful man who often helps with the laundry, but his cooking skills lack a certain something.

Kristy said...

omg i died laughing when i read this. im surprised i didnt wake up the kids! Did He Really Think It Would Taste Good??? lol

Sila Lumenn said...

ROFL! I wish you'd snapped a picture, too. I've gotta say, I love your hubby. At least he cooks. Mine would starve to death, or eat only chips and candy, if I wasn't around to fix meals. Give him a hug from me and maybe a copy of this book. (I'd give one to my husband, but he doesn't know how to use the can opener!)

Anonymous said...

ROFL!!!

I am soooo glad I am not the only one who has one of those creative chef husband thingies..........

pleasedontlethimseethispostcuzthisissomethinghewoulddo.............

still saying prayers for strength and peace for Julian and his family.

Stephanie Honeycutt Bham, AL

Rick said...

What did I tell you? Hug your fish today because tomorrow he might become your dinner. I was right! Only, I had not predicted the line-green kolaid seasoning. But who could have seen that one coming?


http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Deb in OPKS said...

When my husband "cooks" I get asked 20 questions about how to open a can of soup. It drives me crazy. If I'm going end up with neon fish, I think I'll take the questions! Maybe he thought it would go with the kool-aid pickles.

Barb said...

My husband cooked chicken one night and I can't remember what it was he put on it but it turned a bright neon pink and yes, it was very gross. I try to keep his "cooking" to a minimum. Barb

morninglight mama said...

Oh my! That reminds me of a time in college when my boyfriend (now hubby) and I were eating mac and cheese and m&m's were nearby. After snacking on those while we were eating, we decided that the salty and sweet tastes went together so well, we should actually mix some m&m's in... UGH. It looked gross (a nice shade of pukey gray) and it tasted worse. The funny thing is, this was a actually a sober college moment!

mteblog.blogspot.com

Haggles said...

Wow - that's a creative twist on fish I would have never dreamed of. But if he's looking for things to do with koolaid you could always tell him you can dye hair with it! And it smells good too!

Amy said...

I'm going to giggle about this all day.

Krys72599 said...

Usually I burst out laughing by the end of your post...
This one? Didn't make it past the last four words in the first paragraph!
Good think I wasn't drinking my morning coffee - I'd have sprayed it all over my keyboard for sure!!!

Allyson said...

Thank you for making my day! I've just started teaching my husband how to cook (now that I'm 38 weeks pregnant, I figured it was about time). So far he hasn't done anything without me in the room with him... and after reading that, I'm glad!

Loopy said...

Oh man!! There goes tonights dinner idea.
What about Hawaiian Punch? I can see a whole new recipe line here!

Heather said...

LOL!!!!! Well, at least he tried!

Patty said...

Dawn,
I thought I'd share my newest discovery - Crest White Strips.
It helps take my mind off the diet. While the (@#*^) scale won't budge, my teeth are getting whiter. They aren't cheap, about $30, but they are a lot cheaper then zoom at the dentist which is about $300. It's nice to see results somewhere. And hey, maybe my teeth will become so blinding white that no one will notice my butt.
Patty

p.s. Question on comment etiquette - Do you still need to put in "Dawn," and "Patty" or is it understood?

Jennifer P. from Kankakee said...

ROTFL!!! Ewwww!!!!!

Twilight said...

Did you scream at him for wasting a fish?

Anonymous said...

WOW I cannot believe you husband did that! I think he must be the source of all your kids creations like the pickles! or maybe there is just to much kool aid floating around.

Dr. Bob said...

ack.

My husband is not allowed to cook. Period. He takes artistic license with ingredients and directions.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Hahahaha that's too funny! I can totally see my husband doing that! LOL

melissious said...

Oh my GOSH, that's awesome!! I wish you had taken a picture too. I also wish you had tasted it, then we'd have the pleasure of reading exactly what it had tasted like. Although, I have tasted koolaid right out of the packet - there is definitely a REASON why they want you to add SIX CUPS of sugar (or whatever ungodly amount it is!)

Crazy Raven Productions said...

...........wow. I'm guessing he doesn't cook often.

Ree said...

Sounds like something I would attempt. Mr. Hot? Is genius in the kitchen.

How often does your husband cook?

FL Dad said...

Tell your husband for the future - orange juice. The juice of one orange (or about 1/4 cup) plus some season salt; broil. My wife doesn't like fish (unless it's deep-fried), but she liked it like that.

Anonymous said...

That is insane!

I am still kinda speechless...

Anna

Fizgig said...

ROFL! This sounds completely like something my husband would have tried before we started watching Food Network. The only difference is, sugar junky that he is, he would have added the sugar to the mix.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, LOL This is WAY TOO FUNNY! I wish my mom were still alive so I could share this recipe with her! My mom taught gourmet cooking for 27 years - she was an AWESOME cook. She would have gotten a good laugh from that one! On a lighter note, it might be possible to still use the kool aid, but maybe only a quarter teaspoon as a little sweetner... you might ask him to go back to the kitchen and test to see what happens when you use much less? I hope it was good pizza! And give that husband of yours a big hug for trying - its nice to have a husband that cooks too!!!! My husband loves to BBQ, but that is about it... so we eat BBQ all year around at this house - so I get some help with meals!
Thanks for your great stories!
Pam (Seattle)

Erica said...

Seriously...where do MEN come up with these ideas? It baffles me! *lol* Good story.

Sarah said...

Sounds like your husband and mine learned from the same chef! My dh made a concoction of ground chuck and who knows what else and put a can of green peas in it. I guess he stirred it so much the peas dissolved and turned everything green. Now I'm a very picky eater and couldn't bring myself to try it. The kids said it was good. Later they told me he paid them to say that! This from a man who ate stale frito sandwiches before we married. He won't cook for me anymore; I guess I crushed his spirit. He does take me out to eat occassionally though so all is well.

Taylor5747 said...

I think he did it FOR the pizza --lol. I would never have thought of adding kool-aid to fish, at least not the lemon-lime kind.
HILARIOUS! :-)

MWDal said...

That is so funny! I can't imagine what it looked like, let alone what it tasted like. Thanks for the wonderful laugh.

ummmhello said...

My husband likes to experiment with eggs and omelettes on Sunday mornings. Once we had mint and potato omelettes. One time he planned to make plain scrambled eggs but instead of a little milk in the eggs, he grabbed the flavored coffee creamer. Nothing like vanilla hazlenut eggs to start your day right!

Kelly said...

That is so seriously funny!

One time, I put cinnamon and crushed corn flakes on chicken. That didn't work out too well.

Anonymous said...

lol that sounds really gross!

My Semblance of Sanity said...

HAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Although that was a waste of what I am sure would have been a good meal minus the kool-aid, I almost wish sometimes my husband was inept in the kitchen...he is the male version of Martha Stewart...I call him Stewart Martha...

Have you ever considered renting your hubby out to pump up women's self-esteem in the kitchen? What dates does he have open?

Heidi said...

Holy cow!! That's awesome!!

Emma's Mommy said...

This reminds me of when my husband decided make me some fresh 'banana cookies'. He worked all evening on them (he used a basic sugar cookie recipe and just kept adding things). At around 1:00 a.m. he woke me from a sound sleep to try his new creation. They were GROSS!!!! I love bananas a lot, and they taste great in bread - but they were never intended for a cookie :-0

Anonymous said...

ROFL, Uhh, McFly, Hello, are you in there? I hope he doesnt quit his day job.

Amy in KY

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, LOL, I wonder if just plain lemonaide koolaide would have worked better? He could add some green food colouring next time just for fun. He could say he caught it in the green river you have there. Kristine in Michigan.

Mom of 4 said...

Only a guy would do that. A women would know better!

Monique said...

LOL, I'm not the best cook but a fool proof way of cooking fish that works for me is: Brush fish with oil; sprinkle on salt, pepper and garlic powder; then bake. Tastes great and uses only things I always have on hand!

Have a great day! :-)

iffer@AOL.com said...

OMG that sounds like something I would do! Which is exactly why my husband does the cooking. . .

SpicyMom said...

OK Hon... that was about the funniest thing I have EVER heard! :) I cannot even begin to imagine what that tasted like!

ckirby50 said...

Classic!

Melissa said...

Yikes, I have to say that's an original recipe. Mmm, pizza!

Shari said...

That is just too funny. You notice how only a man can come up with something like that! ROFLMBO

Anonymous said...

Just curious if your husband reads your blog. It drives me crazy when my wife tells our friends/families about the stupid things I do, you multiply that by thousands. Maybe it helps that you also blog about the crazy things you do.

TJ

Nate said...

It's starting to become increasingly clear why your kids do some of the creative things your kids do.

Genetics.

Brenda said...

RFOLOL! LOVE IT!

Meari said...

OMG... That sounds bad! Even the image in my mind doesn't look good.

The Miles Family said...

Wow! Lemon-lime fish. I guess we won't be seeing that on the menu at Red Lobster anytime soon!

Mich said...

ROFL! Wow, sugar and food coloring are definitely not the ideal seasoning for fish. Cupcake frosting, sure, but not fish. Your hubby is funny.

Angel said...

I recently read the following (it's not about me), and reading your post about neon green fish reminded me of it... I post it here for you and your readers' perusing pleasure:

"This happened several years ago. My husband had just started his business (lawn and landscape) that year, and winter was very slow. He was getting restless and bored during the day when I was at work, so he took up baking, and started bringing my coworkers and me cookies almost daily. One day, he decided to make meringue cookies, but I guess he couldn't find the whisk attachment for the mixer to use on the egg whites. I got home early that day, and found him whisking the egg whites with a whisk that he had duct-taped to his power drill.

I'm not kidding. It got the job done, though. Best meringue I ever
tasted!!! He'll never live that one down though. Gives a whole new meaning to the term redneck, doesn't it?!?!?!"

Michelle said...

Holy crap! You really do have seven children. I think some recording of Emeril or Mario cooking shows are in order.

Steph said...

EEEWWWWW I would have left too! But please next time take pictures :)

Beverly said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love this post! I can't control my laughter! I will definitely have to bookmark this post and reread on those days when I just need a good belly laugh!

StampingJoan said...

What I should say:

1.)That is so great of your husband!

2.) My! Isn't he the creative one!

3.) Wish mine would cook!


What I say!

1). BAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!
omg! I think I would have tossed my cookies!

Jamie B said...

I think you husband deserves a pat on the back for even realizing the fish needed seasoning! That's pretty good for a man I think, even though it did not turn out well he at least tried. This was one of your funniest posts ever and I read it to my husband last night!! LOL. Your husband is very sweet to cook too. :)

~Jamie

Donetta said...

Well...He did cook that in itself is amazing!

Gomomyourock said...

OMG! I can't believe it!

But, at least he was cooking something...thank goodness there was pizza back-up!

Dawn Hudson said...

Is your husbands name Joe? I am a Dawn and I have a Joe. Funny huh?

Anonymous said...

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/01/09/mean.mom.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
just wondered if you had seen this yet and thought you would like it as much as I did

Kresta S. said...

ROFLMAO OMG I'm reading through some of the comments and am just rolling! Men who don't know how to use a can opener has to be one of the funniest things ever. I may be placing unfair stereotypes on them, but aren't they supposed to be good at power tools?? LOL Ok, ok... My husband is like Joe.. he'd totally do something like that. Though, he'd have probably tasted the Koolaid first. And if it was the sugar-free kind, was it sweetened at all? Because if not, OMG that super tart bitterness couldn't have been very good when he actually tasted the fish. LOL still..... toooo funny!!

Sis Sarah said...

Holy Crap that is funny. Tell him next time to try a little orange juice instead of kool aid. At least that is actually citrus.

HerstoryGirl said...

I seriously just fell out of my chair, laughing.
WHY, oh WHY didn't you take a picture?!?
LOL
Maybe you could re-enact the scene of the crime, er, culinary creation???

feefifoto said...

I remember when the dishwashing liquid Sunlight came out and the manufacturers mailed sample packets to consumers. The packet labels said something about "lemon", and people started complaining because their samples of this new salad dressing tasted like soap.

Michael M. said...

Hey, experimentation can be fun, sometimes edible and even occasionally tasty!

Our 'tween daughter goes all out in the kitchen. Her latest were PANCLODS, distant cousin to the pancake. I told her I would eat one if she would let me post the picture....and they weren't bad (with a gallon of syrup)!

I say experiment away!

MelissaQ said...

All I can say is
AAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH.
Wait, I think I can manage to say something more ....
Nope... Its stil... ahahahahahahahaha
lmao

Trista said...

My dh's never-live-it-down concoction was tuna-peas-mac'n'cheese. The kids looked at me with big sad eyes when I got home and their daddy had made that for lunch. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor little critters. I wouldn't have eaten it if I were home either. Can you have your hubby post his reasoning behind the seasoning?

Karla said...

OMG!
The only thing I have to add is -
Good thing it wasn't that lady's $60 roast that he marinated in Koolaid!
KR

Monica said...

Can you be sure he wasn't just providing fodder for the blog?

Oh, this made me laugh...

:) Monica

Anonymous said...

My husband once cooked "deer meat and bacon Omelets" GAG!
I can totally see him putting something odd on fish.

nutralady2001 said...

Read this at 4.00am when I couldn't sleep. I laughed so hysterically there was no way I could post a comment.At least he had the grace to say he was W-R-O-N-G!!!!

Kudos to him doing the cooking though, he's a treasure and will be a rock as you meet those book deadlines

Nicki said...

I'm cracking up! What in the world was he thinking? Thanks for the laugh.

Manic Mom said...

Didn't I see pink pickles on your blog at one point too?

I think there's a Dr. Seuss book here...

Mister Sir?

What's in that Dish?

Well let me tell you,

It's Pink Pickles and

Green Fish!

When I wasn't

Quite Looking

My Husband Decided

to do the Cooking!

: )

Katrina said...

Well...he gets points for trying, right? I'm lucky. My hubby is a pretty good cook. Now..If I could just get him to do it. :(

Rebekah D. said...

LOL! That sounds like something my husband might try in an attempt to "improve" my cooking. He always gives me great ideas about how I can do my job as a SAHM better, shortly before he plops down on the couch to watch TV for a couple of hours!

Michele said...

Haha! My 12 year old brother cooks and even HE knows that green kool-aid and fish do not work. Tell your hubby to try orange kool-aid next time. Seriously, reading this just made me thankful that I do not like fish!

Manic Mom said...

Whoops! I just came back here and see that Jill, the second commentor, had the same thought BEFORE me about the Dr. Seuss idea!

I didn't steal it, really! Maybe great minds do think alike!

I love Dr. Seuss. My favorite is Go Dog Go! (Do you like my hat?)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, My husband back in his college days use to make hamburger helper. Only he could'nt afford the hamburger so they would call it Helper Helper.

Beth said...

Ewww. That sounds disgusting but I will give him cool points for trying.

Dawn said...

REAL tomato ketchup, Eddie? Nothing but the best, Clark.
I don't know why they call it Hamburger Helper. It tastes just fine by itself.

Dennis said...

Thanks for no pics. I got ill just thinking about that.

Kristine said...

He couldn't have really. You must be making it up.

Besides, didn't you ever read Green Eggs and Ham? The green stuff is delicious.

Haha! Why can't they just follow a recipe?

dori said...

OMG! I thought my boyfriend was the only one with "clever" ideas like that. He thought Country Time lemonade mix would be a good substitute for sugar in cookies. Genius, right? I might have thrown it up if I could've gotten one down. It was like trying to swallow a sour cotton ball.

Becky said...

That was SOOO funny! And what a surprise it was!

Reminds me of my own little cooking debacle as a young teen. Lemon Chicken. Except that nobody told me lime doesn't substitute straight across for lemon. Everything looked perfect, but that chicken was SO sour, not even our cats and dog would touch it... and they ate anything.

korkie said...

I'm still trying to get my appetite back after reading your riveting description of the 'side effects' of the 'fat blocking' pill Alli.

I'll never be able to look at pizza the same way again; which is a shame, the local pizza place is doing poorly since I have 'gone off' pizza.

On the other hand, reading about your family's gourmet delights may be the magic diet I have been looking for. I'm thinking .... no more fish for a while either.

Could you maybe post once or twice a week home grown recipes it would really help me on my quest to lose a side of beef off my butt.

Muchas Gracias!

suchsimplepleasures said...

ok...um, ew...double ew! pizza sounds much, much better!! i vow to never use kool aid as a seasoning...ever!!!
don't know how i found my way here but...your blog is awesome!!

Amy said...

Too funny!!! Good thing the kids didn't eat it otherwise they would have had NEON poop. When my daughter was little she loved grape koolaid. She started having neon green poops. We finally discovered it was the dye in the grape koolaid. Needless to say, we quit giving it to her. My husband is generally a good cook, but he also likes to experiment. He made a dish one night that I would have thought was beef stronganoff, but when we tasted it, it had a very sweet, odd taste. YUCK!! He hasn't made that dish since. THANK GOODNESS!!

Barbara Manatee said...

Thank God my husband is a better cook than I am! Thank goodness for pizza!

Anonymous said...

Love it. It reminds me of one of my worst cooking episodes ever. It was during my newlywed days and I made something that turned out pretty bad. My sweet husband said in a serious tone "Honey, that was really delicious ... but please don't make it for a really long time, OK?"

Dorothy said...

Your husband is a good sport. He was trying..and should be commended. However, it was probably a good idea, you leaving to complete some errands.

My best,
Dorothy from grammology
remember to call gram
http://grammology.com

Dawn said...

Oh my, the things your family comes up with to do with Kool-Aid! LOL

houseofdanes said...

Hi Dawn, It's been awhile since I've gotten on here to read your blog and of course it's no disappointment. All I have to say is give the man an A for effort and imagination :)

Anonymous said...

About the kool-aid. Does it really need SIX CUPS of sugar? Isn't that stuff pre-sweetened and you just add water? We had kool-aid here in Australia a while ago, don't know if it's still available here, but I remember we just mixed it with water. I read your blog a lot but haven't commented before. I love your family.

Sheva said...

My hubby says he should have used cherry... but then that does sound like something he would have done too.

Amie said...

I just had to read this one to my hubby. Thanks from both of us for a good laugh. Regarding the green color my hubby said, "Maybe it was a tropical fish!"

Shari's Page....... said...

Dawn--you HAVE to be kidding that he used green lemon/lime KoolAid! Please tell me you are not serious??? I am laughing till I cry!

Shari

Anna said...

Oh my - not only did your post crack me up, but it made me VERY grateful for my own husband. He's a SAHD - he cleans, does laundry, takes care of our littlest all day and picks the older two up from school, AND he cooks. Quite well, in fact. I may have to help him with ideas or how-to's now and then, but he would never put kool-aid on fish - at least, not without asking first!

Anonymous said...

I love it! (Both the fish and your Vacation reference.) It just makes me laugh. And it sounds like what my son mixes on Webkinz to make gunk.

Then again, when I was in high school, my best friend and I would take ingredients and mix concoctions then cook them -- fortunately no meat or other main dish type ingredients. A couple turned out ok but mostly ... I think "gunk" does sum it up.

Tee hee! I'm still laughing,
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Dawn, your husband is a sit-com character!! And pizza sounds SO good right now...

Manic Mom, Go Dog Go is one of my favorites, too, but it's actually by P.D. Eastman!

Wannabe mom of 6 said...

Ok well, thank goodness my husband does all the cooking!! You know what I thought of when reading this? "It's going to be fine, she's going to realise it tasted good, it sounds like a great innovative idea to season with kool-aid, I wonder what I can season with Kool-aid" Then you revealed it really was gross, and I was surprised! lol. I'm just that kind of experimenter, it seems like a good idea till you taste it :)

My experimental fish story? Fish stir fry. I grilled up a bunch of fish, added veggies and rice and everything like a chinese stir fry. It actually tasted fanstastic, and I hate fish! lol. I have tried twice more to make the same dish, and i tell you, fish stir fry is sooo gross!! I have no idea what I did right that first time, I remember I was starving and on my own to even thaw the fish, but was I that starving that it tasted good too??

Debi said...

I'd be looking around waiting on the Kool-Aid pitcher guy to burst through the wall and say "oh YEAH", then take one look & run!

That is just too funny!

The Wilkins said...

You always make me laugh! I laughed even harder this time, because this is SO my husband! He LOVES cooking, but I never let him, because he likes to make things... interesting. A few weeks ago, he wanted sweet and sour chicken. We had no chicken, however. His solution? Batter and fry baby carrots! Yum!

Gina said...

I can think of some crazy things but that i would have never thought of doing. At least he keeps things interesting. My hubby loved the story too.

momofsixteen said...

ROFLOL

I haven't laughed this hard in a while!! Thanks for the laughter, I really needed it!! -Deb

Paulette & Melissa said...

Linking this to my site....[Dinner Surprise]
http://www.keepingupwiththephelps.com/2008/09/dinner-surprise.html

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