Who could fault Michelle, at Accidental Scientist, for innocently assuming she could put together a summer gooseberry tart in under an hour? Sure, it’s a Martha Stewart recipe, but it’s a gooseberry tart, for crying out loud —no kitchen torch needed, no sheets of edible gold leaf, no honey lavender ice cream for which you must first cultivate your own honeybees. How hard could it be?

Want to guess how many hours it took before Michelle emerged from the kitchen?

Sometimes a little Martha is not a good thing.

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