The Ask Me Another Hotline

Jun 19, 2020

Listeners call in to talk about their quarantine kitchen disasters. Please don't attempt to bake your own cucumbers after hearing this.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Hey; that's our show. But before we go, we asked you to call the ASK ME ANOTHER hotline and tell us what's the worst kitchen disaster you've experienced during quarantine.

GALEN MOSIETTE: Hi. My name is Galen Mosiette (ph), and I live in Cambridge, Mass. And I love to cook, but one thing I'd never tried was - what happens when you bake a cucumber? So I wrapped it in tin foil and put it in the oven and turned it on to 350 and checked it after about 30 minutes, and something was smelling a little strange. And I opened it up, and it did not taste good, I will put it that way.

BERNADETTE: This is Bernadette (ph) calling from New Jersey. I tried to make very simple four-ingredient bagels, and they came out so terrible that the outside was burnt, and the inside was still raw.

EVAN: Hi. This is Evan (ph) (unintelligible) calling from Gaithersburg, Md. As I was baking cookies with my aunt, we used salt instead of sugar to make the cookies. It did not taste very good after you're done. Thanks for your time.

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EISENBERG: ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Hey. My name anagrams thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by our staff along with Mary Tobler and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Cara Weinberger. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Travis Larchuk, Kiarra Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao, James Farber and Rommel Wood. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel, and our bosses' bosses are Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. Thanks to our production partner WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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