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

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!!! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Girl Scouts and today is the big day that Juliette Gordon Low first gathered 18 girls to form the first troop. This, of course, means celebration via Girl Scout cookie eating and a stroll through the history of Girl Scouts. Grab your beanies, sashes and try-its, ladies, and prepare to be amazed by the awesome accomplishments of Girl Scouts.

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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: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

In case you haven’t turned on a television or computer or stepped out of your house for the past couple of weeks, I have a timely public service announcement for you: tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That’s right… the holiday with all the chocolate and hearts and little naked babies shooting people with arrows. Oh no! Did you forget to do something special for your Significant Other and/or cat? Read More Morbid Curiosity: Chipped Beef-Peanut Butter-Cheese Hearts

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