Monday, August 6, 2018

ATKT: Recipes We'd Never Try + #Giveaway

We're around our kitchen table again today, and I bet this is a conversation that anyone could join! Leave a comment to be entered in our fabulous book giveaway--read to the bottom to see... 

Lucy Burdette: Years ago, my hub and I went to France for a special vacation. A friend convinced me that we absolutely had to have dinner at a fancy restaurant in Vezelay. So we made reservations and packed fancy clothes and the date finally came. While we were waiting to be seated, we were given a drink and a young man came around with a tray of hors d’oeuvres. He spoke in French but with a heavy Italian accent that was difficult to understand. 

Fois Gras by Yzukerman

All we caught was “fermez la bouche.” Close your mouth. And of course we wouldn’t eat with our mouths open! John bit into his treat. Hot fois gras spurted all over his shirt, tie, and jacket. The waiter had been trying to explain that we should put the whole morsel in our mouths and then chew. The first course in our dinner there included a half round of cold fois gras covered in a coating of caramel. You had to crack the caramel open before eating the liver pate.

That’s a memory I will never lose, but I will also never attempt to prepare either of those dishes! What recipes would you never, ever make?


Sheila Connolly: I've rarely met a dish that I didn't like, but that doesn't mean I'd cook all of them. I still haven't attempted cooking octopus or tripe. But the recipe that sticks in my memory is a dish made by one of my two roommates when we shared an apartment after college. We rotated cooking chores, and Jean (who went on to become a medical doctor) made us a dish with leg of lamb cooked in coffee. With cream. My other roommate and I quickly assigned her permanent dish-washing duty and took over the cooking. BTW, I last visited Vezelay with my mother and daughter a long time ago. Beautiful site, wonderful church. And I've been kicking myself ever since for not buying a box of cereal I saw in a small shop there--it was called "Plopsies."


Leslie Budewitz: Lucy, I am howling with laughter -- forgive me! Love caramel, of course, and fois gras tastes great if you forget where it comes from, but together? Fermez la bouche, to use the more common meaning of the phrase! 

What I won't try:
- any recipe for fried chicken or ribs, because I cannot bring myself to eat meat on the bone, except cutthroat trout if we're in the wilderness because fresh-caught cutthroat are supremely wonderful and Mr. Right is probably close by to help with the deboning;
- a pie -- and you know I am of the People of the Pie -- with a crust made from Saltines or Ritz crackers. (Not that I don't enjoy Saltines. We'll talk some other time about how I know that you should never try to toast them. In my defense, I was 5.) 
- any recipe with more than a dozen ingredients because, like, why? My dear friend Sandra, a fabulous cook and the woman who first gave me a clue that good food was easily attainable, says as she gets older and even more experienced in the kitchen, her food is becoming simpler. C'est vrais, n'est-ce pas?


Linda Wiken:   Every now and then I watch some baking shows on the Food Network, more to drool than for
inspiration. Today is was Bake with Anna Olson and she was making Creme Caramel. Now, I love CC, in fact it's my dessert choice when eating in a restaurant. Every time. So, i figure, why would I make it at home? Besides worrying that I'd ruin the custard in some way, making it myself would then take away some of the pleasure of having it as a treat.


Daryl Wood Gerber: Oh, Lucy, I can picture that moment! Too funny. And a tad embarrassing.  LOL  I thought I would never
make a bûche noël (yule log) because the one I purchased from the bakery every year was so fabulous. But then I had to start eating gluten-free, and I couldn't stand that everyone else got to have the yule log and not me, so voilá. I made one for me. So many steps but worth every effort.  (BTW, I'm sharing that recipe in the next Cookbook Nook Mystery, which is Christmas-themed.) What I would never cook is anything with rhubarb or beets or eel or snails. Each of those foods make me cringe. Pfft!


Peg Cochran: Mon Dieu, Lucy!  Quelle horreur!  Like Leslie, I find a long list of ingredients off-putting. I'm willing to try anything but with limited time to spend in the kitchen, I doubt I'll be tackling anything like beef Wellington any time soon! Although when I was younger I made a dish that required boning an entire chicken and then stuffing it. I suppose one thing I don't/wouldn't make is anything deep fried.  All that hot oil bubbling on the stove scares me! To my mind, it's an accident waiting to happen. I'll get my fried food fix when I eat out!


Krista Davis:  I bet everyone who was there loves to tell that story, Lucy. Poor John!

I have to admit that when I have the time I love a long and complicated cake or torte recipe. Layers, fillings, frostings, all such fun! But not when you're in a hurry. One of my favorites is Dobos Torte, which has seven layers and a tricky caramel top. I don't bake it often, but it's so delicious!

I'm intimidated by a lot of Chinese and Indian recipes. I remember going to the home of a friend who came from India. She had giant glass pots of spices neatly stashed all around the soffit of her kitchen. I didn't know what most of them were, but the scent was heavenly. I think I'd rather eat at a really great Chinese or Indian restaurant and let the pros prepare the food.



I'm one of those people who is willing to give most things a whirl, but I hate trying recipes that take a quarter teaspoon of some obscure spice that I know I'll never use again. It's just too wasteful for me to handle. 


Cleo Coyle:  Neither I nor Marc (my husband and partner in culinary crime writing) fear lots of ingredients or complicated instructions or even hot, spurting fois gras (LOL, Lucy!). What gives us both pause, however, is a dish that will end you if not prepared correctly...the pufferfish! Not that it wouldn't make for the perfect killer meal in a murder mystery. :)

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Lucy Burdette's DEATH ON THE MENU 

Daryl Wood Gerber's A DEADLY ÉCLAIR




What recipe would you never, ever try?


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  1. Denise, like you I resented buying a big jar of an obscure spice for just one dish. Then my favorite supermarket started selling spices in bulk. Problem solved, and the spices are always super fresh.

  2. As a vegetarian there are many recipes I wouldn't try simply because I don't eat and I don't like to handle meat or anything animal-based. But as far as not trying something because I think it would fail, I'm too intimidated to attempt a souffle. I just know it wouldn't rise! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

    1. Marla, the problem isn't the rising but the staying risen! Although I subscribe to the theory that they are supposed to fall -- after all, that's what Julia said!

    2. Well, if it's good enough for Julia, it should be good enough for us!

  3. It would be any recipe containing liver or a recipe that is complicated or requires buying a special spice or ingredient.

  4. Anything with dark meat--I know it is so silly, but I hate dark meat. I hate to even look at it!
    Wendy Clark
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  5. Anything involving tongue, not that there are a lot of recipes calling for that these days but I remember my mom making it when I was a kid ---yuck!

    1. When my husband and I were dating, his father invited us over for dinner. Hubby's stepmother was out of town so his father did the cooking. Imagine hubby's horror when he saw his father had made tongue for dinner! Fortunately, I'm a brave eater and actually enjoyed it although I'm in no rush to have it again.

  6. I hate to follow a recipe. It's the same when I crochet. I refuse to follow the pattern! And don't get me started about the Garmin! I love making my mom's fried chicken.

  7. I adore cooking, it shows love! However, there are some sea creatures I would never cook nor eat! I also draw the line at cooking the internal organs of animals! There are way too many other more pleasant things to cook!

  8. I love baking. Cooking, not so much. Baking seems to bring out the best in me.

  9. I find all recipes so exciting and love to try all but I admit I am not a meat person much. So strange meat or parts of them I draw the line. However I love these books for all the fun recipes.

  10. Quick and easy with minimal ingredients - my favorites. Baking - I'll do complicated for the spousal unit. And I'll eat almost anything as long as I don't know what it is - long story behind that statement.


  11. I would never try to make steak tartare, although I'm sure the recipe is simple -- ground meat and a raw egg with a splash of worchestershire. No thanks!

    1. I admit I used to take little tastes of raw meatloaf while I was mixing it with my hands as a child. I would imagine that would taste pretty similar, though I'd be afraid to eat raw meat & egg these days.

  12. I love to cook/bake. I've always heard the saying "never say never" and I guess that holds true with working in the kitchen as well. As we mature and our taste buds open up to adventure, we eat things that we once won't.

    Once upon a time I would have told you I'd not fix any sort of "inards" meaning organ meat. Then I met my husband who was raised on it. Although I fix it for him and he says it's delicious, there are some that I just still can't eat - and yes I've tried it. I also found out that beef heart if cooked right takes a whole lot like round stead.

    Once I saw a cake on the cover of a nationally known magazine and it sounded delicious but expensive. I saved the recipe/magazine for a special occasion to make it. With my Mom's birthday approaching, I started buying up all the fruit, nuts and ingredients to make this wonderful cake. It came out looking fantastic, but imagine my surprise when we tasted it and it was awful. In the next months, issue way back on a back page, they admitted that the recipe was wrong and there was entirely too much flour and one ingredient had been left out. One would have thought that a cover recipe would have been checked and reproof read a zillion times. From that experience, I usually won't bake something with a lot of expensive ingredients that isn't a tried and true recipe referred to my by someone. Plus with years of experience now I often tell if a recipe sounds "off" and adjust to my own tastes.

    Two things I just can't bring myself to cook or eat are raw oysters 0 I know no cooking but still :( - and snails. With the never say never idea I was going to try the oyster bit when hubby laughingly speaks up and says why buy a dozen when you can buy one, tie a string to it and yank it up and down. For some reason, I just can't get over that idea. He eats them - LOTS of them - when we go out and that's fine with me. I just don't want any part of it. The snails just make me think of when we were kids living in California where some sort of snails were everywhere. We use to put salt on the and watch them foam up and disappear. I know cruel but geeze we were kids looking for something to do. So guess it's just a mind thing there.

    So, here I am with my "never say never" and game to try just about anything - but oysters and snails. :)

    Thank you for this fabulous chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  13. While I love The Great British Baking Show, I would never be good enough to try any of their recipes. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I like steak and kidney pie but wouldn’t want to deal with the kidneys.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  15. Sometimes you have to be really brave!!

  16. Anything that requires an art degree to present it. I cook for the taste, not the look. Nice simple presentation works for me. And I usually tend to stay away from recipes (like Chinese) that require a lot of ingredients I will only use once, have a million steps, and don't taste as good when I'm done as the local takeout. Plus I can get more variety there with less work! Thanks for the giveaway, great!

  17. Peg, too funny -- we made Beef Wellington last winter and it wasn't hard at all. I wonder if we found a simplified recipe, b/c the list of ingredients wasn't too long. Mr. Right remembered his mother making it and wanted to give it a whirl -- it turned out well, but the photos didn't so I won't be sharing it here!

  18. I enjoy cooking but anything complex is too much for my simple tastes and no intricate baking either. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I saw a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I'm not a big pumpkin lover but I'll eat a few pumpkin goodies, but the combination of pumpkin and chocolate chips just doesn't sound appetizing.

    1. I've had pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and really liked them. You might like them too, Mary!

  20. Nothing fancy, no meat but chicken and fish is great. Although I do not bake at all I would try to make a pie for once.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. My Grandmother loved eel. I remember taking her out in the boat to catch them and then watch her making them. Once I did try a piece, been there, done that, never again. I also like liver but not if I have to watch the actual cooking, so no eel or liver. I also never intend to try puffer fish, cooking or eating...

    1. I can't imagine eating eel. They're just so creepy to look at. ~ Daryl

  22. I'm gluten free and thought I would try baking my own bread. I went to the library and got a couple of gluten free books and when I saw all the special ingredients necessary I changed my mind. Now I just pay $5 for a loaf of bread. ��

    1. Yeah, you have to invest in all those products. It's not expensive to make bread once you have these things in your cupboard. I do and I love freshly made gluten-free bread. ~ Daryl

  23. Tripe and calves brains! When my father made them the rest of us would find something to do in another part of the house!

    My husband and I were at a special dinner where everyone was served chicken cordon blu. All of us in formal dress and chicken juices squirting all over!

  24. patcliver@comcast.netAugust 6, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    I'm not much for cooking anymore just for me. Sometimes easier just to go out and get a quick meal...

  25. I won’t try calf or lamb fries. They just don’t sound appetizing.