In these columns, Detroit News Food Editor Maureen Tisdale shares stories, tips, recipes and ideas learned through kitchen triumphs and failures, as well as cooking TV shows, social media and conversations. You can do the same in the comments section at the end of each feature. Follow Maureen on Twitter @reentiz for a head's-up on these columns, cookbook giveaways and more. Join the conversation!
Instead of picking the simplest reader suggestion, I made four reader recipes, then divided three of those to try variations, winding up with seven types of cookies — for a cookie swap, where the point is sharing so no one has to bake tons. Oof! What are your stories of overdoing it in the kitchen?