Desperate Housewives - Wisteria Lane

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Here For: Juicy Dishes & Saucy Bites

Want to Learn How: new recipes that add some drama in the kitchen (we love a little culinary intrigue)

Heard about BakeSpace From: Bree's baking friends

Occupation: Housewives


It's in the kitchens of Wisteria Lane - among the spice racks and handwritten recipe cards - where you can really understand the rich and varied personalities of everyone's favorite TV housewives. Each of their juicy recipes and saucy kitchen tips below provides a glimpse into their true selves. You're invited to join their online kitchen here on BakeSpace. Simply log into your BakeSpace account and click the "add as friend" link above to join the Desperate Housewives' recipe swap to automatically receive new recipes each week. Word of warning ... with friends like these, you're bound to get into some culinary mischief.


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Date: 10/20/09 06:47 AM
I received my pink food processor yesterday! I love it! Thank you so much!
Date: 09/28/09 11:21 AM
My personal Desperate Housewives story happened about 2 years ago. I had gotten one of my grandma's famous recipes right before she passed away. She had never given it to anyone else! My mom wanted it REALLY BAD and begged me almost every day for it. So, I was finally sick of hearing her beg so I gave it to her. Or at least I gave her a version of it. I changed a few things here and there so it would not come out exactly like grandma's (or mine for that matter). My mom to this day cannot figure out why she can't make it right!
Date: 09/27/09 08:39 PM
My Desperate Housewives story, was making a surprise dinner for my boyfriend....I out on my French Maid Halloween Costume and when walked in I was bending down getting something out the kitchen cabinet.....to make my famous sweet roasted peas. WE NEVER GOT TO EAT THE PEAS :-) But the chicken roasting in oven was done at just the right time (if you know what I mean :-) LOVE & HAPPY COOKING!
Date: 09/27/09 07:01 PM
Christmas of 2006, I spent 2 days before Christmas baking cookies, cupcakes, and candies all day. I think I spent about $200 in total and made dozens of each. I didn't buy gifts for anyone I usually bake and just get hubby fil mil, and my sister gifts. BIG family it gets expensive. Well my hubby decided before going to our family we should go visit the tree in NYC. It was a total disaster. Raining and all, he was miserable I was as well I didn't understand why he was so upset but found out later.. We got home about to leave got all the goodies ready and set on the table. DH asked me to dance really quick.. weird? in front of our tree. I did and then about 2 minutes later he proposed to me! Okay great story not such a disaster .. But we leave right away to tell all the family and everyone is so happy.. Then it was time for dessert. I forgot EVERYTHING and just brought myself with a ring on my finger. I was so happy and distracted that I forgot everything. Like I said not a bad story just like a "Darn it!" but yay :) I brought all the goodies the next day so all was forgiven! lol :D
Date: 09/27/09 04:42 PM
Well, this isn't so much a "desperate" story as it is "bitter". I was married to a chef at one time. In the early days of our marriage, I scored a great job and began making excellent money. He fell into some sort of depression, decided he was "retiring" and quit working. He began sponging off of me and racking up my credit cards like mad. Let me add that he scarcely lifted a finger to make me dinner from time to time in all of this. He was getting takeout all the time and gained 130 pounds, fattened up our two dogs until one of them had to be put down, and he took up smoking again. Finally, I had enough and filed for divorce after eight long years. As he was unemployed, he was able to claim indigence. As all the bills were in my name, I got stuck with them. I was forced to sell the house and give him the money on top of it. I had to move into a small apartment, and due to the lack of space, abandon nearly everything I owned, including all of my kitchen stuff and cooking gadgets. Here's the real kicker: With the money he got from the sale of the house, he opened up a restaurant. He is now a millionaire and refuses to give me back any of my kitchen stuff, despite the fact that he can buy ten of each with the money in his pocket, and he owns a damn professional kitchen who cooks everything for him anyway. I sure miss my food processor. I have to do everything in my crappy old blender. A cute pink food processor won't cure my bitterness, but it'll make me smile when I'm trying to chop up some of these fall pumpkins I have....
Date: 09/27/09 12:04 PM
So my favorite personal desperate housewife stories I guess would be a few years ago on Thanksgiving. We were having dinner at my boyfriend's family and we were in charge of cooking a ham and bringing it over to house. We were supposed to be eating at 3pm, but I remember putting the ham in a little late – yet no time for error. Then we were waiting around for the ham to cook, and got bored, so uh....one thing led to another and we ended up "messing around." We totally forgot about the ham (which we needed to keep basting in a honey/pineapple juice/brown sugar mix) until we were interrupted by the smoke detector going off!!!! Apparently we needed to add some liquid to the pan and there was a dry spot in pan burning! We rushed around, clothes flying, and ended up saving the ham. We just laughed to each other when his parent’s kept asking us why we were late!
Date: 09/26/09 04:20 PM
---included message--- ---end message--- Looking forward to more yummy recipes! Mimi xo
Date: 09/26/09 01:44 PM
I know I've told this story before in the forums but this is MY most Desperate Houswife moment... I was desperate for a closely guarded secret recipe that a co-worker made for something called zucchinni pie. I worked with her in the kitchen and whenever she made this particular dish, she would actually ask me to step OUT of the kitchen (she was my boss, so I had no choice but to obey). I bugged her for over a year to share it with me but she wouldn't budge. She was quite elderly and one day while at home, she was stricken and hospitalized. God forgive me, all I could think of was "I have to get that recipe before she passes!". I searched the kitchen at work in her absence but of course, came up with nothing. After a few days, she did indeed pass on. Her daughter stopped by to inform us all of her death and after offering my condolences (I wasn't completely insensitive), I asked her daughter if she happened to know where her mother kept her 'secret' recipes. She gave me a funny look and said she wouldn't know. Instead of taking the hint that I was crossing the line, I then asked if I could perhaps stop by the woman's house and take a look there. (so embarrased even remembering this!) She shot me a scathing look and said "my mother did NOT give out her recipes". I felt like such a jerk - and never did figure out exactly how she made it.
Date: 09/26/09 09:48 AM
Hmmm, is the following story a Susan or Lynnette moment? You decide. About 15 years ago, I decided to make a made from scratch chocolate cake. I carefully sifted, measured, mixed all ingredients. I preheated oven and when at the perfect temperature, placed the cake pan in the center of the oven. I decided to play poker on my computer while waiting for the cake to bake. As I was having such a great streak of luck, I lost track of time. The cake baked about 10 minutes longer than it should have. As it was just "slightly" burned, I frosted it anyways. My kids were 5 and 8, were very excited to have cake for dessert. I watched them waiting for their reaction. My son spit it out. My daughter said it was horrible. I acted very hurt and told them that it was my very favorite cake and that they would like it better the more they ate it. We did manage to eat the cake. The recipe was jinxed. I tried to make it several times over the next few years, with the same result. About 10 years later, my Mother-in-law was visiting for my birthday. The kids and her decided to surprise me with a cake. My son took a bite and then proceeded to tell his Grandma that it was "NOT RIGHT". My daughter said, "Grandma, I thought you were making Mom's favorite"? Mum looked confused and replied, "I did". She turned to me and asked if Dutch Chocolate was my favorite. I choked on the bite in my mouth. Then I started laughing! I had to confess that my family had been eating a plain, BURNT chocolate cake for years!
Date: 09/26/09 08:29 AM
I guess one of my "Desperate Housewives" stories is when I first moved to Germany with my husband. He was in the Army and barely had I settled into our new apartment, my youngest son 2 1/2 at the time locked himself in the bathroom, I just could not get him to understand how to get the door open. Either that or he just didn't want to open it, hmmm. Anyway, I had to call the maintenance man to come get him out of the bathroom. After long tense moments the door was opened and I didn't know whether to be mad or not, but I threw my arms around my son and was so glad that he hadn't hurt himself while he was in there. We sat down and I had a long talk with him about not locking the door again. Meanwhile one of my older sons says "Mom something is wrong with the toilet." So I had to call the maintenance man again, how embarrassing. He came and worked on the toilet, mumbling and grumbling, then pulled out a toothbrush and said "This could have something to do with it not working." I guess my son HAD found something to entertain himself with while he was in there. Well we lived in that apartment for 4 years and I am happy to report that we never had to call the maintenance man again. Whew! I am sure that Lynette has had days like that!
Date: 09/26/09 06:11 AM
My best kitchen disaster story comes back when I was asking my then 14 year old son to help out with dinner while I was at work. I had decided that spaghetti would be an easy meal for him to prepare, so via phone I explained to him that he needed to brown the hamburger, drain the fat and then add the spaghetti sauce. I don't know about you, but I always add just a little water to the can and swish it around some to get it all cleaned out and add that to the pan of meat. I guess my explanation of that process was lacking, because what happened was he FILLED the can with water and added the whole can of water to the pan. You can imagine the soupy/runny consistency of the spaghetti sauce. We all had a good laugh and tried to eat it anyway. The spaghetti noodles and garlic bread were delicious.
Date: 09/25/09 10:39 PM
Sounds like fun!!
Date: 09/25/09 09:22 PM
So many desperate moments in my kitchen! The worst was I set a pan of spices and curry leaves in a pan under the broiler "just for a minute" to roast them and bring out their flavors. Of course I got sidetracked and didn't remember then til they burst into flames and stunk up the whhole house!
Date: 09/25/09 05:33 PM
We always have oldies dances at our church and this one year we had a "prom" theme. All the girls where in their old prom gowns and the guys were in suits. This year we planned to prepare the food ourselves, so we had wonderful things prepared in Pyrex chaffing dishes. Half way through the night I started to hear popping sounds and all of a sudden all of the dishes started to shatter and the lit sterno started to spread across the table and set the tablecloths on fire. Everyone started running and picking up the icebuckets from the tables and throwing water on the fire. We managed to keep the gym from going up in flames, and we have been catering the dance ever since.
Date: 09/25/09 05:18 PM
I was having a pampered chef party. My local grocery was closed and I had to go to a small outlet type grocery to get ingredients the sales lady told me to get. Well I was a new home owner in a new state. I had 20 plus family members diving 45 min to an hr to come to this party. The lady opens the cresent rolls and they are full of mold. I had to run out while all my guests just sat there and waited on me. While at the store the sales lady calls me and the bread is full of mold as well. I was so embarassed and humiliated!!! I never again bought anything at Aldi's. If my grocery was out. I did without!!!
Date: 09/25/09 05:18 PM
One year I was getting ready to make my twiced baked potatoes and I had to run to the store to exchange my rib roast (thermometer had exploded in the roast, in the oven). I asked my then 17 yr old daughter to finish frying the bacon for me while I was gone. Well, while I was at the store, on my way out the door (those irritating doors that blow so much air to keep the flies from getting in that you end up with pillow head instantly)...my cell phone rang: "Mom....are you still at the store?" "I'm just leaving, why?" "Well, I kinda burnt the bacon. Can you get some more?" You've got to be kidding me! Back in line I went with another pound of bacon. Then back through the tornado door and headed home. Fried up the bacon and had it off to the side while I whipped up the potatoes in a mega bowl. Dennis decided that it was a good time to empty the dishwasher. I didn't think so, but when someone's helping in the kitchen you learn to keep your mouth shut and deal with it. As he was putting the glasses away in the cupboard off to my left, a glass literally exploded in his hand! WTF? Who does that ever happen to?! He wasn't hurt but my whipped potatoes were in critical condition. Shards of glass all over the place. (the bacon was around the corner, safe and sound...whew)...but after several stunned seconds, it was obvious that the potatoes were not going to survive. Back to the store and the dreaded wind maker door (by now my hair is a total lost cause!)....and back to square one. Needless to say, the Twice Baked Potatoes eventually made it to the table and dinner was served. Way Late but way yummy.
From:Tyler's Aunt
Date: 09/25/09 04:18 PM
I don’t think anything can top the popcorn/fire story, but I’ve had a couple of doozies…from thinking I would put a stick of butter in the oven for a minute to soften while preheating, forgetting and setting the oven on fire to squeezing a zip-lock bag to pipe peanut sauce onto plates only to realize using chunky peanut butter wasn’t such a good idea when the pieces stuck in the hole and the bag exploded all over me. My personal meltdown moment causing me to contemplate pulling a “Mary Alice” was when I was preparing for a friend’s wedding. I was the Maid of Honor and on a tight schedule. I was up until 4:30 am the night before the wedding making Paklava for 200+ as the bride wanted a platter on every table for dessert with plenty available to take home. When I got to the venue the next day, I was approached by the wedding coordinator and told not to scream. I had sent the pastry along with specific handling instructions, but someone decided to refrigerate it all and it basically turned to stone! It would have been bad enough to attempt to serve people who aren’t familiar with the item, but the guests were mostly Armenian and quite familiar with what Paklava was supposed to come out like. I was crushed…and exhausted!
Date: 09/25/09 03:12 PM
before i was married, i was having a party, and decided to make popcorn after i was all dressed and made up, etc. i was so excited because i wanted to impress a guy with my hostessing skills. i had never made popcorn before, but, how hard could it be? i put a few inches of oil in a pot, and covered it, to heat before putting the popcorn kernels in (i know,i know) when i heard it bubbling, lifted the lid, and the whole thing BURST into flames! i grabbed the pot, threw it in the sink, where i had water running, and the flames promptly set a roll of paper towels afire in the holder over the sink. somehow, i managed to put out the fire, put a fan in the kitchen to blow out all the smoke, cleaned up the mess, whenthe bell rang. that special guy was there, and as i calmly let him in, he STARED at me, and asked "what happened? to your face?" i went and looked in the mirror, and i had only one eyebrow, and the front of my carefully done hairdo was singed, and my bangs pretty much gone. i think susan would have related to this story.
Date: 09/25/09 02:42 PM
I have had plenty of desperate kitchen and entertaining moments, from accidentally ruining a batch of brownies with olive oil, to salting whipped cream instead of sugaring, ala Jo March. The worst, however, was definitely the time my husband "forgot" to tell me our friends were coming to dinner before we met for a movie. 20 minutes before we were set to meet, he remembers and I panic. A call to the local pizza place, plus a super fast improv and I had dinner ready literally as they walked in the door. Soup, salad and "homemade" thin crust fresh from the oven! I even had my makeup done and the wine opened. It was miraculous, and they still think I'm a great cook. Suckers.
Date: 09/25/09 02:34 PM
Date: 09/25/09 01:47 PM
So far some of my most "desperate housewife" moments have included the time I made a gorgeous bubbling homemade macaroni and cheese in our brand new oven only to have the pyrex dish explode into a million pieces inside (http://erincooks.com/when-recipes-attack/). Another time I made a red velvet cake with my mother for a family holiday party and our cat licked the frosting off the side. And finally, at a birthday party for my boyfriend's uncle I was asked to go down into the basement to bring up more appetizers from the freezer. Well miss social butterfly that I am, I simply had to stop and chit-chat and I dumped the entire tray all over the floor and a number of guests' feet. I managed to hang onto my wine glass though so it wasn't a complete waste.
Date: 06/04/09 03:27 PM
Love the show!
Date: 05/22/09 08:44 PM
I'll try that. Thanks! John
Date: 03/26/09 04:37 AM
I love how the girls are always bringing muffins and jam over to someone's home to uncover some good gossip.
Date: 03/26/09 04:34 AM
OMG I too loved the scene when Bree tries to steal the Angel Meringue Pie recipe! So funny!
Date: 03/25/09 05:02 PM
Favorite food moment is probably when Bree tries to steal the Angel Meringue Pie recipe.
Date: 03/25/09 04:39 PM
My favortite "cooking" moment was when Kathryn got cooking with her boyfriend right on the kitchen counter, whew. Must have been Hot in there.
Date: 03/25/09 01:29 PM
I love a good recipe from my neighbor girlfriends!!! Nancy
Date: 03/25/09 01:22 PM
Nice to have you at BakeSpace!!
Date: 06/04/08 01:50 PM
I received my DH prize package and WOW, great stuff in there! I loved everything... the mitts, apple timer, tshirt, and most of all...the cookbook! Thanks to DH and bakespace for such a generous gift! You guys all ROCK!
Date: 06/04/08 10:54 AM
thank you so much for my present! i love the cookbook! some great recipies that i cant wait to try, susan is definatly a woman after my own heart. she tries and sometimes fails, but never gives up! :) x
Date: 06/04/08 05:57 AM
Thanks for a great show, fun story line and laughs and food... And - Thanks for a recipe book that will get me through the summer re-runs... Love your show.
Date: 05/20/08 01:39 AM
Love, love, love the show!! Thanks for adding me!!!
Date: 05/17/08 01:24 PM
Thank you!!!
Date: 04/14/08 04:45 AM
LOve Wisteria Lane! Love when Susan was trying to decide between the cakes/hubbys! & Bree makes amazing dinners.
Date: 04/11/08 02:21 AM
I have been a fan of Desperate Hopusewives since the show first aired! When it's not on I go into withdrawels! I love all the ladies that live on Wisteria Lane, because all the different personalities is what makes the show...so I love you all! My favorite dessert scene was the sneaking of the Lemon Pie recipe. I am so looking forward to seeing the show this coming Sunday April 13th! Love to ALL, Debbie
Date: 04/10/08 03:32 PM
Great show, great writing and great fun to watch. Bree everything I'd like to be in the housekeeping department.
Date: 04/10/08 10:31 AM
The memories that a cocktail shaker and a bottle of wine in the afternoon can make is just plain great...I can remember 4 families having the same dinner because we all cooked together in the afternoon...I have the recorder set...just in case... don't want to miss anything.
Date: 04/10/08 10:01 AM
i love Depsperate Housewives! ive got the first season box set, but i desperatly need to catch up on the newer ones!! i love felicity huffmans character! my fave food moment is when she tells the nanny that the kids HAVE to eat brussel sprouts! haha Nelly xx
Date: 04/10/08 03:36 AM
I love when all the girls get together for their card game & drink wine. Something always happens!!
Date: 04/10/08 03:34 AM
I just started watching DH last season and now I'm hooked! Gabrielle, you're my girl...everything I want to be in my next life! :-)
Date: 04/10/08 02:31 AM
I would love to live on Wisteria Lane, only problem my BakeSpace time would suffer, I would always be peering out my window to see what the neighbors are up to, ha ha ha.
Date: 04/10/08 02:00 AM
I just love DH. My fave food moments are quite a few :) E.g. when Susan and Lynette sit on the porch drinking Margaritas and then Gabrielle joins them... just soooo funny... Also when Bree tries to steel the recipie of the Angel Merengue pie.. and seing the perfect pie just made me wanna jump into the telly and have a bite :) Look forward to the new episodes
Date: 04/10/08 12:18 AM
I LOVE DH, can't wait for the new episodes to start on Sunday the 13th!!!
Date: 04/09/08 08:54 PM
I LOVE DH. I wouldn't miss an episode! I think I wished I could be like Bree, but here in the "real world" I'm probably more like Lynette. HA! My favorite food episode is when Mrs. McCluskey had to move her dead husband out of the way to get ice cream bars for the neighbor kids. Funny stuff!
Date: 04/09/08 08:32 PM
I love Desperate Housewives! I'm behind and need to catch up! I love Terri Hatcher! Saw her twice on Rachael Ray and she is just as awesome as her character!

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