Monthly Archives: January 2016

My Rookie Mistake

The spinach gratin recipe I was making recently called for a half cup of grated Parmesan cheese in the mixture and another half cup in the topping. Calculating that a half cup equals four ounces, I purchased two 4-ounce containers of the cheese and added them as instructed, although the amounts somehow seemed a bit overwhelming.

It wasn’t until later that I realized the recipe was calling for four ounces by volume, while the four ounces in the containers were measured by net weight. Luckily, it seems that there can’t be too much cheese, so the gratin still was delicious. But the dish could have been ruined if my mistake had involved an herb, let’s say, or some other potent, but lightweight ingredient.

When I shared my mistake with several friends, I was surprised to learn that they weren’t clear on the measurement distinction. So while I might otherwise have been too embarrassed to admit my error, I swallowed my pride in the hope of sparing you a disaster.