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Old 28 August 2016, 07:17 PM
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I have a backlog of magazines from over the past few years, and mostly I'm just scanning through them for recipes or occasional neat articles before recycling them.

There's some neat ideas that sound tasty, but I've found that it seems to be a roulette game whether the recipe I pick is actually followable or not. It's happened enough times where I'll be partway through making something only to find out that the proportions as listed in the recipe don't actually come together anything like the final product supposedly ought to. This can often be fixed with some finagling and common sense, but I wonder sometimes how the things get printed like that in the first place. I mean, I guess the magazine doesn't have time to test out each recipe before they publish, but some of them are just hilariously off.

The worst offender I can recall was a recipe that claimed it would yield four quesadillas. It even specified the size of the tortilla, so it wasn't as though I was just using the wrong size. By the time I finished making the filling, it barely filled one tortilla, and I had to use the remaining 2 or 3 tablespoons to span the second. There is no way it would have made four unless the cook applied the filling with a paintbrush. (Saddest of all, the results were not even tasty)

Has anyone else come across these recipes that just don't work? I imagine food blogs must be a good source for these things, too. Some of it can be chalked up to chef's error when preparing, but sometimes it seems like someone was rolling the dice and randomizing amount measurements or even ingredients.
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Old 28 August 2016, 08:52 PM
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I'm not sure if this is what you mean but I was watching an episode of Wartime Farm and they talk about making a dish of fried bananas and bacon served with tomatoes. To me this one is definitely bizarre!

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Old 28 August 2016, 09:03 PM
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I read a lot of vintage recipe blogs, and they are FULL of weird recipes. Here are a handful of my favorites:

http://www.midcenturymenu.com/
https://retrorecipe.wordpress.com/
http://dbkitschen.blogspot.com/
http://dinnerisserved1972.com/
http://theskinnyjeansproject.blogspot.com/

Also, there is this, the "meat tree":

http://dukelibraries.tumblr.com/post...mas-table-from
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Old 28 August 2016, 10:11 PM
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I think I've still got the cookbook with the recipe for eggnog that we used to make back in the 1970's.

The recipe is considerably older than the 1970's; and we learned very quickly to cut the alcohol level in half. Even with the level cut in half, we needed to warn people; that stuff was small doses only if you wanted to be able to stand up and walk, let alone to drive home.

I suspect that the original alcohol level in the recipe was meant to be preservative -- you were supposed to let it sit for at least a week after making, and there's no mention of refrigeration; the recipe says "put in a cool cellar." But I suppose it's possible that somebody just got carried away with the units, and having started a dozen eggs, a quart of cream, and a quart of milk continued on with "a quart of bourbon, a cup of rum . . . " because the units were nice and even. -- having found it, though, I see that it also says "serves 30." So it was indeed supposed to be taken in small doses.
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This thread seems to be two-in-one: The bizarre (hard-to-follow) recipes mbravo asked about, and the bizarre dishes we've seen recipes for. I have an example of each:

I attempted to make pan de muerto (a Mexican bread made for Halloween/Day of the Dead) from a recipe in, of all places, a book about Wiccan practices. It wasn't until I had measured out all the ingredients and started cooking that I realized that the sugar to be added at one point - separate from the colored sugar used to decorate it - was not mentioned in the ingredient list. I had to make a wild guess about the amount, and got it very wrong. The result was very dry and hard, and not tasty.

A friend's mother once showed me a recipe for a chocolate cake with a secret ingredient: sauerkraut. It was supposed to impart a coconut-like texture.

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I think I've still got the cookbook with the recipe for eggnog that we used to make back in the 1970's.

The recipe is considerably older than the 1970's; and we learned very quickly to cut the alcohol level in half. Even with the level cut in half, we needed to warn people; that stuff was small doses only if you wanted to be able to stand up and walk, let alone to drive home....
I had much the same experience. The recipe claimed to be the one George Washington enjoyed, and had as much of the brandy/whiskey/sherry/rum mixture as it did the milk/cream mixture. But I never altered the recipe: since there's no spices or flavorings (besides the booze) and only eggs and sugar in addition to the ingredients I mentioned, it didn't seem right. People who liked the taste but not the strength would even ask if I could make a non-alcoholic version. I would say "Sure. I'll just put some sugar and a raw egg in a glass of extra-creamy milk for you!"
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That egg-nog recipe sounds about right to me; at most it's going to be half the strength of the brandy, so about 20% abv. If you're expecting to swig it down like milk, or even beer, then of course you will fall over, but if you treat it as a warming drink like sherry, it's fine. It's significantly less alcoholic than just drinking some of its ingredients, which are also actual drinks in their own right.
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Old 29 August 2016, 12:51 AM
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I read a lot of vintage recipe blogs, and they are FULL of weird recipes. Here are a handful of my favorites:

http://www.midcenturymenu.com/
https://retrorecipe.wordpress.com/
http://dbkitschen.blogspot.com/
http://dinnerisserved1972.com/
http://theskinnyjeansproject.blogspot.com/

Also, there is this, the "meat tree":

http://dukelibraries.tumblr.com/post...mas-table-from
....and this classic: The Gallery of Regrettable Food (slightly NFBSK language, if memory serves.)
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Not super bizarre, but I have a muffin recipe which makes 14 muffins. Not 6, 12 or 18. 14. I made a few times using separate cups for the extra 2 and then scaled the flour down and kept the remaining ingredients as is.

Anything which contains aspic. Aspic aspirations
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As a teenager, my youth group at church put out a cookbook of recipes collected from church members. It included a recipe for Liver Salad. It was cow's liver, lard, salt and pepper, and about 2 dozen boiled eggs. I cannot even begin to imagine how foul that would have been.
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I used to work sorting books in the charity shop and, honestly, I'd put almost everything from 1970s-early 80s party cookbooks in this thread.

I can't remember anything specific but there were a lot of jellied salads. Salads should never, ever be wobbly. Also a lot of things that looked like cake but were sadly not cake.

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....and this classic: The Gallery of Regrettable Food (slightly NFBSK language, if memory serves.)
Thank you so much for that link. I was cackling like a weirdo all last night!
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What about this one? I remember seeing this cookbook on an early visit to Canada:

Jellied Moose Nose
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