Morbid Curiosity: Sunday Morning Sausage Ring

I love the pictures in cookbooks. Great pictures of good food make me hungry. Great pictures of bad food intrigue me. In Betty Crocker’s “New Good and Easy Cook Book” (1962) ,there is a full colour photo of a hearty-looking, meaty ring filled with a lumpy white sauce. Intriguing! And next to the picture is a cryptic sidebar indicating that this dish is “Meant for Men.” Even more intriguing. The sidebar is flanked with little line drawings of moustachioed gentlemen. Moustachioed gentlemen, you guys! You know I have to answer a challenge like that! Read More Morbid Curiosity: Sunday Morning Sausage Ring

Morbid Curiosity: Rum Tum Ditty

Rum Tum Ditty is a ridiculous name for a food-thing. It is so ridiculous, that I keep trying to say it alternately as “Rum Tum Tugger” and as “Rum Tum Titty.” Why would you anyone even name a food something this silly? It’s practically begging for a Freudian tit. I mean, Freudian slip.  Read More Morbid Curiosity: Rum Tum Ditty

Morbid Curiosity: Stuffed Prunes

Dear Readers, are you plagued with an excess of friends and admirers? Do people constantly hang around your house in order to bask in the light of your reflected glory? Are your parties too entertaining and now you regret setting the bar so high? What you need are some less-appetizing appetizers! Luckily, I’ve got just the solution for you. Read More Morbid Curiosity: Stuffed Prunes

Morbid Curiosity: Ham Rolls in Aspic

I went shopping for a couple of the ingredients I needed before starting this recipe. When I came home, my husband looked into my shopping bag: sliced ham and a package of Jell-O. “Nothing good can come of this,” he said, shaking his head. He was right. If only I had listened…

In this recipe, a cream cheese, horseradish, and relish mixture is spread over slices of ham, which are in turn rolled up and suspended in pineapple gelatin. There is no way around it: it tastes awful.

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Morbid Curiosity: A Trio of Gelatine Protein Drinks

People always say the simplest foods are the best. I’m sure that rule is true in the majority of cases, but good grief, have I ever found some exceptions this week! These 1959 recipes for semi-homemade protein drinks are hardly more complicated than combining a liquid with a powder. But take my word for it: even though they are simple recipes, they are simply awful. Read More Morbid Curiosity: A Trio of Gelatine Protein Drinks

Morbid Curiosity: Cheese Candle

I’ve got a theory. I’ve mentioned it in a few Morbid Curiosity posts before, and on my own blog. My theory is that people who write cookbooks and recipe pamphlets are often bored out of their freaking skulls, and they entertain themselves by seeing how many strange foods and private jokes they can slip past their editors. I’m not judging them for it… it provides me with hours of entertainment (as well as writing material) and I’m 99.9% certain that I’d be trying to get away with similar hijinks if I were in their position.  Read More Morbid Curiosity: Cheese Candle

Morbid Curiosity: Tuna and Chips Casserole

I was feeling particularly wintery this weekend and winter is a good time for casseroles. Cold, damp westcoast winters make me want to bundle up in my warmest, wooliest sweater, wrap myself in two more blankets, and eat piping hot foods until February. Read More Morbid Curiosity: Tuna and Chips Casserole

Morbid Curiosity: Ruby-Red Salad Mold

It’s the Monday after American Thanksgiving, and that means red and green on everything everywhere. And why should this gelatin salad creation be any different? Besides, everyone loves cranberries and I’m certain that no one is sick of them yet. Right? Read More Morbid Curiosity: Ruby-Red Salad Mold