Gook Book 7

"eating can be Heaven or Hell"

Venison & Squirrel

Yes, I am mocked often about many of my family dishes that friends think are repulsive. I was raised on venison, squirrel, wild hog and cow tongue. I think beef tongue is now a deliciously, especially in Japan. I scrub the tongue, boil a pot of water with bay leaf, garlic and coarse salt to taste. It usually takes about 1 1/2 hrs. to tender. Cool until you can handle comfortably. Peel the outer cover off and cut away meat at tongue area joining the throat. This is good hot or cold. It has a very distinct taste. Now, if anyone has a recipe for squirrel skulls fried to eat the brain within only, please send to wild web site.


Stink Meal

I sometimes enjoy what my husband calls my "stink meal". It consists of a can of diced tomatoes, lots of garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, a can of tuna, olives, and feta cheese. Cook that stuff all together then dump it on top of some pasta. It smells horrible, but it tastes great!

When I was a kid I used to make ketchup sandwiches for my sister and I. It's just as easy as it sounds: ketchup squirted onto a slice of white bread, then folded in half.

When my husband was a child his father sent him to school with a sardine sandwich. Even as a child my husband liked it, but his teacher sent a note home asking his father never to send him to school with that sandwich again.

Family Fun

1. My mother-in-law liked to spread raw ground beef on toast...just a thin layer, salted and peppered. She thought it was delicious. I could never eat it out of concern for the health risks, but, it never made her sick!

2. My husband enjoys hot, buttered toast covered in strawberry jam or jelly and then topped with slices of cheddar cheese.

3. I enjoy taking a few swigs from the pickle juice jar when all of the pickles are gone. The remaining juice tastes great!

4. When I was a kid, one of my favourite snacks was 'sandwiches' made out of chocolate chip cookies with slices of cold cheddar cheese in between. Delicious!

5. I like peanut butter and Cheez Whiz on toast...spread both on while the toast is warm so the two get melted together into some kind of strange beige/orange colour. Mmmmm.

Mini Marshmallows and Salt & Vinegar Chips

You Will Need:

* One bag of Mini Marshmallows (best if white and pink)

* One large bag Salt & Vinegar chips

1. Top each chip with approx. 3-6 Mini Marshmallows.

2. Enjoy!

Personally, I think this actually tastes the nicest in all the foods I've tried!

Lyciah Rasz

Clam, Vodka, Rockmelon and Ketchup Salad with Rose Petals

Hey y'all! I was passed on this recipe from my boyfriend a couple of years ago, I wouldn't try it at first, but it's delicious. It's also my number one comfort food. Thanks Brandin!

You'll Need:
A dozen clams of any type
The best Vodka you can get your hands on
Half a ripe Rockmelon
Petals of two roses

1. Cook your clams in 1-2 litres water with a teaspon of salt until they open. Make sure to drain them as soon as they open other wise the clams will turn out to be too salty.
2. Splash your clams with a generous splash of Vodka. Let set and then boil in half a cup of Vodka for 3-4 minutes. Leave in Vodka until cool.
3. Drain you Vodka into a bowl and put your cleaned rose petals of one rose in to the liquid.
4. Cube your Rockmelon and toss in half a cup of Vodka.
5. Boil your rose metals in the Vodka.
6. Mix the drained clams, rockmelon and rose petal vodka mixture together.
7. Toss in the rest of the petals.
8. Drizzle with ketchup.
9. Enjoy!

Lyciah Raszamatasz

Recovery Sandwich

I ate this sandwich while I was recovering from a car accident and kidney stone surgery:
  • Pumpernickel bread, untoasted but warmed, spread with a mix of:
  • Very garlicky and lemony hummus
  • Roasted red pepper strips
  • Coleslaw
  • BBQ sauce
  • Cottage cheese
  • Roasted cashew pieces

Squashed down with my hand as flat as possible. Washed down with cranberry-orange juice.

I found it very comforting.

You're buying a WHAT?

PanicBoy checks in with a story.

I've always been an adventurous eater. That is to say, as a young boy I would eat anything if I'd seen my Dad eat it first. I have many fond memories of my father and I standing over the kitchen sink, shucking and eating raw quahogs with a squirt of fresh lemon. We ate many things that, looking back, a kid should not like. Sardines, pickled pig parts, the roe and liver of lobsters ("tomalley"), I was brought up to not knock it before it's has duly been tried.

Over the years since my exile from the nest, I have turned into a fairly skilled cook. That is, I've mastered the basic skills required to render edible food for myself and family. I know how to properly roast, fry, grill, braise, etc., a wide variey of flora and fauna. Most of it has been mostly recognizable and well-steeped in tradition and well, normalcy.

However, as an adventurous eater, I'm finding myself more and more drawn into being an adventurous cook. I've embraced this whole "snouts n' hooves" ethic of gastronomy, as preached by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Fergus Henderson, Mario Batali, Andrew Zimmern and others. I am coloring outside of the lines, stepping out of my comfort zone, trying things, often liking them, and incorporating them into whatever I can sneak past the family.

But this time, I think I'm on my own.

I've become fascinated by that terrined confetti of random, jellied kibbles n' bits: head cheese. Souse, brawn, whatever you want to call it, head cheese has to be most well-known of polarizing foodstuffs. Nobody is on the fence in the head cheese discussion. Utterly loved, or vehemently loathed; one side loves it for the exact same reasons that the other side hates it.

I first had to try some to establish a benchmark. It's odd that I'd never tried it before in all of my 34 years, but I seemed to remember seeing it at every deli counter. Sadly, it has fallen quite out of favor (who can guess why with such an appetizing name?) and was not easy to find, but I did manage to find some, made by Hog's Head (duh...) at a grocery store near our home. I bought a pound, sliced thickly.

It was... good, but kinda disappointing. Hog's Head's Head Cheese (say that five times fast) is nothing more than run-of-the-mill ham and tongue. Barely any head at all. What a letdown. I wanted something funkier, more grisly and ultimately tastier. But artisanal cheeses are hard enough to find, let alone artisanal head cheese.

Which is why, next week, I am buying a cleaned and split pig's head. With tongue. I'm going to simmer that bad boy with a few aromatics, strip the stuff off the bones and make me some real head cheese. Which leads to the following phone conversation:

ME: Hey, honey! Guess how much a pig's head costs?

LISA: (shocked silence) ... I don't want to... --

ME: C'mon, just guess!

LISA: Uh... forty-five dollars.

ME: You're close... eight dollars.

LISA: Eight? As in, between seven and nine? Eight dollars?

ME: (excited) Yeah!

LISA: Oh, God... you didn't...--

ME: Not yet! But I have one reserved for next week.

LISA: Why next week?

ME: Because the slaughterhouse doesn't --

LISA: Okay! Okay! Nevermind! I don't want to know!

ME: --until next week, so I have to wait until then.

LISA: Jason, I swear, I do not want to see it, I do not want to know about it.

ME: (giggling) Aww, don't be so suburban!

LISA: A whole pig's head?

ME: Well, cleaned. And spilt down the middle. Sawed, actually.

LISA: Augh! Okay, enough... I'm gonna hurl. Honestly, Jason... I don't even want to talk about it anymore. I don't want to see it.

ME: Then don't lift the lid.

More details to come.

B. Jason "panicBoy" Ouellette

Tuna Fish on Oreo Cookies

My favorite when I was young was mustard sandwiches with yellow mustard on cheap white bread. Now my mustard sandwich "recipe" is: French's yellow mustard (I have tried other brands, it's just not the same), melted fresh mozzarella, and peeled ripe garden tomato slices on one of those toasted whole wheat sandwich rounds. Oh! My! Goodness! It is so delicious. I also like warm buttery mashed potatoes with cold cucumbers diced up in them.

My aunt's boyfriend likes canned tuna fish on Oreo cookies. I would not have believed it if I hadn't seen him eat it and enjoy it! TOTALLY GROSS!!

Hannah -- Kentucky

Pea-body Sandwich

I think many people would be unwilling to eat this, but it's very good. First, take two slices of bread (preferably multigrain or oatmeal), spread peanut butter on both sides, and put rice, chicken, and peas on one side. Once you've done that, just slap the other piece of bread on top, and enjoy your sandwich.

Green Bean Yogurt

Invented by my 1 and 4 year old about 20 years ago.
  • 1 container blueberry yogurt

  • 1 pile of fresh green beans, washed, but leave teh stem end on for use as a handle
Dip green bean into blueberry yogurt. Munch.

Adults who want to taste this should do so on the sneak: (1) to prevent gross embarrassment; and (2) to prevent children screaming that you are stealing their food.

P. Ellen from Chicago

Bologna Rolls

One day, my roommate and I were just about out of food and couldn't get to the store until the next day.

As a result we invented Bologna Rolls:

To be a purist, don't use bread, in remembrance of poor folks who ran out of bread.

Bologna Rolls

1 slice of bologna, your favorite type
1 slathering of peanut butter
1 slathering of jelly

Roll this puppy up , forming a tube. The PB&J will hold it together.

If you want to go for maximum weirdness, try using pimento loaf (the kind with green olives in it).


My Weird Recipes

I have a friend who eats ketchup on everything: eggs, mac and cheese, pancakes, everything!

Also something my older sister and I enjoy doing is dipping the crust of pizza into soda -- preferably dark soda, like root beer or Dr. Pepper.

Something else we used to do was dip french fries into the McDonald's sweetandsour sauce.

One of the weirdest things I think we did was to take a piece of toast, butter it, put grape jelly on top of it, and then put cinnamon on top. It seems really weird, but it was so sweet and yummy.

My mom always puts leftover white rice in a bowl, microwaves it, and covers it with milk and cinnamon.

Homemade Cottage Cheese

When I was a kid my Granny used to make homemade cottage cheese and bring it to our house. My brother and I hated it, but had to eat it, so we would fix it up a bit. Our two favorite things to put on it were brown gravy or if there was no gravy, mix it with pork and beans and eat it on saltines.

Newfie Siblings

My brother and I were╩born╩raised in Newfoundland, Canada.╩ We're known for trying weird things.╩╩So don't bother daring us if you think we won't do it -- cause we will.╩ Haha! My brother and I worked together for about a year.╩╩One day, on our break, we were extremely bored while waiting to go back to work.╩ There just so happened to be a╩ potluck that day at work.╩ So we both went to grab as many different things as we could.╩When we got back to our table, we ended up combining some of what we had on our plates.╩╩╩

We both really enjoyed Cheetos and BBQ sauce.╩Sounds gross, but we loved it.╩ Also, bananas and BBQ sauce.╩╩We ended up trying╩Oreo Cookies and peanut butter together.

Umm.╩╩I adore Mr. Noodle soup (beef or chicken) with ketchup in it.╩╩Probably common seeing I know a lot of people who do it.╩ I got my husband into it╩ :P.╩╩╩

My brother and I both love the Origional Aero bar with a thick chunk of cheese on it.╩ My husband screws up his face at that one.╩ There are a lot more, but that'll be for another time.╩╩ Enjoy them, if you try them!

Man Sandwich

I eat this sandwich whenever the wife leaves for the weekend.


One pack of Hickory Flavored Oberta Beef Jerky
2 slices of white bread
One lunch package size of Doritoes
Slice of American Cheese

Mustard up the bread, add cheese, add beef jerky, then add the Doritoes. Squish it all together with the other slice of bread and enjoy!

I also like to crush Lay's potato chips onto cold pepperoni pizza and eat it. Yum!

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