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2013-11-04 08:49:10 PM
That's nothing.  My aunt makes a spinach dip that tastes exactly like vomit.
 
2013-11-04 08:49:31 PM
Sadly the production of Surstromming remains unrecognized for another year.
 
2013-11-04 09:02:37 PM
Mother-out-law is a cereal murderess - pasticide is only one of her crimes: Her oatmeal is a crime against humanity.
 
2013-11-04 09:11:22 PM
Marshmallow-tuna Jell-o salad.
 
2013-11-04 09:13:08 PM
When they said food crimes, I was hoping they would be listing the FDA's "Wall of Shame" but alas.
 
2013-11-04 09:16:57 PM
Is there such an abomination?
 
2013-11-04 09:19:02 PM
Wasn't there a King's ransom of maple syrup stolen from the Canadian Strategic Reserves?
 
2013-11-04 09:19:36 PM

AngryDragon: Is there such an abomination?


Ramen burgers.
 
2013-11-04 09:19:53 PM
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/I'll bring the ambrosia salad
 
2013-11-04 09:23:01 PM
I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned? I like sweet potatoes, just usually paired with Chinese 5 spice and parsnips, sweet marshmallows on top seems odd to my savoury taste buds.
 
2013-11-04 09:28:27 PM

Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned? I like sweet potatoes, just usually paired with Chinese 5 spice and parsnips, sweet marshmallows on top seems odd to my savoury taste buds.


I don't like that combo. What I do like is this:

- boil a bunch of sweet potatoes and peel
- mash 'em up
- top with a crumble of butter, brown sugar, and chopped pecans
- bake @ 350 for about 30 mins

DEEEEEEEEEEEE-VINE
 
2013-11-04 09:30:25 PM
I thought organized crime and only organized crime was into hijacking truckloads of steaks, liquor, TVs, etc. because you need a real organization to launder that much goods.

I guess organized crime has switched to politics and idiots who watch too much TV think it will be easy to find a mob connected fence. Much like how people think professional hit-men exist.
 
2013-11-04 09:35:41 PM
Also missing, this thing that I made due to lack of any ingredients to actually finish anything edible:

img.fark.net

And this time I put bacon and eggs in a sous-vide water oven:
img.fark.net

/not the best cook
/not the worst cook
/okay, the worst cook
 
2013-11-04 09:39:58 PM

Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned?


It's a common misconception, but sweet potatoes and yams are different plants.  Most likely if you live in North America you have never even seen a yam, though you may have seen (or eaten) a sweet potato mislabeled as a yam.
 
2013-11-04 09:47:08 PM

ciberido: Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned?

It's a common misconception, but sweet potatoes and yams are different plants.  Most likely if you live in North America you have never even seen a yam, though you may have seen (or eaten) a sweet potato mislabeled as a yam.


Yams and sweet potato are usually in close proximity in my local grocery.  Not sure why Sweet Potato gets called Yam, but probably as a result of migrants from Africa and Asia finding it to be similar to Yams from those continents.  But, just guessing.  I could Google it I suppose....

I am in Ontario, Canada and Yams are in most every supermarket here.
 
2013-11-04 09:49:48 PM
We were once invited to a spaghetti dinner.  The hostess/cook let me in on her secret ingredient: a small can of Hershey's chocolate syrup.  FARK: we were stationed in Italy at the time.

\Thought I was going to die.
\\Afraid I wouldn't
 
2013-11-04 09:55:37 PM

ciberido: Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned?

It's a common misconception, but sweet potatoes and yams are different plants.  Most likely if you live in North America you have never even seen a yam, though you may have seen (or eaten) a sweet potato mislabeled as a yam.


I thought they were just generically called yams in the US so that's why I specified yams... I'm in the UK and you see yams in some, but not all, supermarkets. More likely to be found in small green grocers. Sweet potatoes are everywhere though, and I might try Digitalrain's pecan concoction, it sounds good.

So, who's on the marshmallow train?
 
2013-11-04 10:06:02 PM
Too bad they couldn't expand the list to include food-related thought crimes and arrest anyone who thinks they can make chili without meat.
 
2013-11-04 10:08:22 PM

Spanky McStupid: We were once invited to a spaghetti dinner. The hostess/cook let me in on her secret ingredient: a small can of Hershey's chocolate syrup. FARK: we were stationed in Italy at the time.


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How does that... fark. I've committed a few culinary disasters. Once, I attempted to make chicken gravy after making fried chicken, and the resulting tepid meatish product made all who ate it lose all hope for several weeks. Once, I had no rice, and had to substitute instant mashed potatoes for rice. The resulting dish tasted great. Unfortunately, it looked like someone with Ebola had thrown up their intestines into a skillet, because mashed potatoes take up all the lycopene from tomatoes and turn into a thick soup of bright mushy red. I have never tried to mix chocolate with spaghetti, though, because that just seems like it wouldn't work even a little bit.

(What does work with a lot of Italian food is to add a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Many stock Italian recipes are too bland IME....)
 
2013-11-04 10:11:25 PM
I now live in rural Minnesota, and had never heard of a "walking taco" before moving here. A small bag of Doritos, split on the long edge, with a scoop of ground beef, a dollop of sour cream, and a handful of shredded cheese on top. And this is certainly the land of jello "salad" and yam casseroles with mini marshmallows. And lutefisk. Sigh.

/on the other hand, I can get locally-grown veggies and meat very easily and live in a town with friends who take cooking seriously
//excellent potlucks with not too many hotdish casseroles
///pulled pork in the crockpot is good hotdish
 
2013-11-04 10:14:28 PM

Spanky McStupid: We were once invited to a spaghetti dinner.  The hostess/cook let me in on her secret ingredient: a small can of Hershey's chocolate syrup.  FARK: we were stationed in Italy at the time.

\Thought I was going to die.
\\Afraid I wouldn't


It's not unknown to add a square of dark chocolate to a bolognese sauce Link , but a can of chocolate syrup sounds horrific.  I like a dash of cayenne or paprika, perks it up a bit.
 
2013-11-04 10:23:59 PM

sneathbean: I now live in rural Minnesota, and had never heard of a "walking taco" before moving here. A small bag of Doritos, split on the long edge, with a scoop of ground beef, a dollop of sour cream, and a handful of shredded cheese on top. And this is certainly the land of jello "salad" and yam casseroles with mini marshmallows. And lutefisk. Sigh.

/on the other hand, I can get locally-grown veggies and meat very easily and live in a town with friends who take cooking seriously
//excellent potlucks with not too many hotdish casseroles
///pulled pork in the crockpot is good hotdish


Yeah, if there's a European culture with a worse culinary tradition and skill than the Norwegians I'd like to meet them.

Say what you will of the Scots, Irish, and the English but at least their food isn't a slightly better alternative than death.
 
2013-11-04 10:41:11 PM

Locklear93: Also missing, this thing that I made due to lack of any ingredients to actually finish anything edible:

[img.fark.net image 850x637]

And this time I put bacon and eggs in a sous-vide water oven:
[img.fark.net image 850x637]

/not the best cook
/not the worst cook
/okay, the worst cook


Those pictures give me a sad.  On the bright side, my scrambled eggs will taste that much better tomorrow.
 
2013-11-04 10:52:03 PM

Ken VeryBigLiar: Yeah, if there's a European culture with a worse culinary tradition and skill than the Norwegians I'd like to meet them.

Say what you will of the Scots, Irish, and the English but at least their food isn't a slightly better alternative than death


Adreas Viestad frowns on your shenanigans. If you haven't had a barley risotto, you've led an incomplete life. I still have not had the aquavit. I did make his fish grattan, and it was awesome. Frankly, I can't think of a culture that does comfort food better than the Scandinavians.
 
2013-11-04 11:08:46 PM

Locklear93: And this time I put bacon and eggs in a sous-vide water oven:


thumbs.dreamstime.com
 
2013-11-04 11:13:30 PM

Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned? I like sweet potatoes, just usually paired with Chinese 5 spice and parsnips, sweet marshmallows on top seems odd to my savoury taste buds.


The sweet potato/marshmallow
combo gets a lot of hate in Internet food circles, but I happen to love it. Then again, I'm a dessert maniac, so the idea of unabashedly eating a humongous sugar bomb as a side dish to an otherwise respectable dinner is really awesome to me.

If you have a Texas Roadhouse nearby, try their loaded sweet potato. They put cinnamon honey butter and toasted marshmallows on it. If you don't like it....well, your meal probably comes with two sides and the portions are ginormous, so at least you won't be hungry.
 
2013-11-04 11:33:38 PM

NewWorldDan: Ken VeryBigLiar: Yeah, if there's a European culture with a worse culinary tradition and skill than the Norwegians I'd like to meet them.

Say what you will of the Scots, Irish, and the English but at least their food isn't a slightly better alternative than death

Adreas Viestad frowns on your shenanigans. If you haven't had a barley risotto, you've led an incomplete life. I still have not had the aquavit. I did make his fish grattan, and it was awesome. Frankly, I can't think of a culture that does comfort food better than the Scandinavians.


Aquavit is nasty
 
2013-11-04 11:43:04 PM

digitalrain: Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned? I like sweet potatoes, just usually paired with Chinese 5 spice and parsnips, sweet marshmallows on top seems odd to my savoury taste buds.

I don't like that combo. What I do like is this:

- boil a bunch of sweet potatoes and peel
- mash 'em up
- top with a crumble of butter, brown sugar, and chopped pecans
- bake @ 350 for about 30 mins

DEEEEEEEEEEEE-VINE


This is what I came to say - I put a couple of tablespoons of butter in an iron skillet, then add a half cup of flour, a cup of brown sugar and a cup of chopped pecans. Stir it all up until the butter melts, spread it on top of the sweet potatoes and bake for about 30 minutes.

I have never understood marshmallows on sweet potatoes.
 
2013-11-05 01:17:25 AM

Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned? I like sweet potatoes, just usually paired with Chinese 5 spice and parsnips, sweet marshmallows on top seems odd to my savoury taste buds.


I don't care for sweet potatoes w/ added sweetners.  It's like painting the lily.

Bake them, split them open, add a pat of butter.

To get fancy, core & slice a granny smith apple, peel and slice a sweet potato.  In casserole, layer apple and sweet potato slices with broken pecans.  Pour orange juice over it, cover and bake.  Remove cover for the last few minutes to brown.

You will be pleased with the results.
 
2013-11-05 01:25:04 AM

Locklear93: Also missing, this thing that I made due to lack of any ingredients to actually finish anything edible:

[img.fark.net image 850x637]

And this time I put bacon and eggs in a sous-vide water oven:
[img.fark.net image 850x637]

/not the best cook
/not the worst cook
/okay, the worst cook


Why would you do that?
 
2013-11-05 02:45:11 AM

sneathbean: I now live in rural Minnesota, and had never heard of a "walking taco" before moving here. A small bag of Doritos, split on the long edge, with a scoop of ground beef, a dollop of sour cream, and a handful of shredded cheese on top. And this is certainly the land of jello "salad" and yam casseroles with mini marshmallows. And lutefisk. Sigh.

/on the other hand, I can get locally-grown veggies and meat very easily and live in a town with friends who take cooking seriously
//excellent potlucks with not too many hotdish casseroles
///pulled pork in the crockpot is good hotdish


Lutefisk is a crime against humanity, but so is lime Jell-O with shredded carrots. Family is from the Midwest, plus being of Norwegian/Irish descent.
 
2013-11-05 02:51:54 AM

Bathia_Mapes:  
Lutefisk is a crime against humanity, but so is lime Jell-O with shredded carrots. Family is from the Midwest, plus being of Norwegian/Irish descent.


Lutefisk is a crime against nature.
Lime jello with shredded carrots is a misdemeanor in comparison.
 
2013-11-05 04:19:55 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Bathia_Mapes:
Lutefisk is a crime against humanity, but so is lime Jell-O with shredded carrots. Family is from the Midwest, plus being of Norwegian/Irish descent.

Lutefisk is a crime against nature.
Lime jello with shredded carrots is a misdemeanor in comparison.


Lutefisk is a Class A felony, whereas lime Jell-O with shredded carrots is a Class C felony.

Jell-O with fruit cocktail is a misdemeanor.


Tater tot hotdish, on the other hand, is sublime as long as peas are not added. That's a travesty.
 
2013-11-05 05:17:53 AM
it's almost as if in every country there is good food and bad. who would have thought it?

/everyone who has a 3 figure IQ
 
2013-11-05 05:41:31 AM

JohnAnnArbor: Marshmallow-tuna Jell-o salad.


are you in my family? crimes against humanity i tells ya.
 
2013-11-05 07:39:33 AM
Last week the company cafeteria had cheesesteaks. I made the mistake of getting one. It was shredded beef on a hamburger roll with a slice of american cheese on top.

/not amused
 
2013-11-05 08:11:18 AM
I'd heard of lutefisk, but I've never actually tried it.  It doesn't sound like a horrible idea, just doesn't sound like it would be great.
But the rest of those things from the Midwest devised by people of Scandinavian origin?  WHY?  Hotdish is a new one for me, I'd never heard of it until a few months ago, and I'd have been better off never having heard of it.  Seriously, canned cream of mushroom soup is a crime against humanity.  And Jello with carrots?  WTF is wrong with those people?  And then there's Chicago pizza.  But hey, at least it's not hakarl.

Not that the South is that much better.  Green vegetables should never be boiled to a gray-green near mush.  And put some spice on it, people.  But at least good fried chicken is amazing, and catfish is even better.  And leave the marshmallows off the sweet potatoes, please; just a nice thick layer of brown sugar and lots of butter will be fine.
 
2013-11-05 12:53:55 PM

Spiralmonkey: ciberido: Spiralmonkey: I have never eaten sweet potato (yams) marshmallow casserole so I have no idea if it's good or not but it seems such an unlikely pairing - is it a tasty treat worth trying or a terrible food crime to be shunned?

It's a common misconception, but sweet potatoes and yams are different plants.  Most likely if you live in North America you have never even seen a yam, though you may have seen (or eaten) a sweet potato mislabeled as a yam.

I thought they were just generically called yams in the US so that's why I specified yams... I'm in the UK and you see yams in some, but not all, supermarkets. More likely to be found in small green grocers. Sweet potatoes are everywhere though, and I might try Digitalrain's pecan concoction, it sounds good.

So, who's on the marshmallow train?


It's okay. Marshmallows on top is unnecessary, it's plenty sweet enough without. I don't know where the marshmallows came from. Probably some farked up 1950s American recipe. Maybe the marshmallow lobby came up with it, in an effort to sell more marshmallows.

Done right, sweet potato casserole is pretty yummy.
 
vpc
2013-11-05 04:33:24 PM
Sweet potatoes in my house do not have marshmallows on top. In fact, they usually come one of two ways:
1) diced, boiled, then glazed with maple syrup, butter, and bourbon, and just a dash of cayenne pepper;
2) sliced thin, tossed with olive oil and whatever herbs I feel like chopping, then baked chewy-crispy in a hot oven

Yum.
 
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