Set out to bake a pecan pie. All ingredients on hand, right?
Well... apart from having just enough actual pecans indoors. The reserve supply is out in the shed, on the other side of rather a lot of weather.
Anyway: recipe calls for ¼ cup of maple syrup and ¾ cup of corn syrup. Got plenty maple syrup. Corn syrup hadn't gotten onto the shopping list because the bottle seemed to have at least one pie worth in the bottom.
Oops. Bottom of the bottle (Betty Crocker brand, from several years back 'cause I just don't use that much of the stuff) is deceptive. Not only does it taper, there's a huge dimple in the bottom, making the last half-cup look like a cup or more.
And so I ended up using a bit more'n half maple syrup, because the visual cue from the bottle of corn syrup had been telling me it wasn't time to buy the next bottle yet.
Now, why would a company in the business of selling corn syrup want to package its product in a way that discourages buying the next bottle in a timely fashion?
And, as it turns out, the crud I've had the last few days? It hasn't gotten better today, and, while the pie was in the oven, I determined that I'd added a bit of a fever to the symptoms. So, not going anywhere with that pie.
Oh, well. Spread over a few days, pecan pie makes a fine breakfast.