Top Secret Recipes
April 1, 2003 2:24 PM   Subscribe

Top Secret Recipes In the continuing effort to make this less of a boyzone...
posted by konolia (35 comments total)
It's less of a boyzone by implying that cooking is a girl thing?
posted by Cyrano at 2:27 PM on April 1, 2003

Who would have thought that post a link to a "top secret rub" would make this place less of a boyzone! By the way, for those interested in purchasing, I tried it, and it chafes like you wouldn't believe!
posted by jonson at 2:28 PM on April 1, 2003

bah. clones of real brands? Give me Cuban Meatballs anyday... ;)
posted by twine42 at 2:32 PM on April 1, 2003

Most of these "top secret" recipes are from large chain stores (ex. Chevys® Fresh Salsa , Hard Rock Cafe® Bar-B-Que Beans, McDonald's® Big Mac® Sauce).

I think it's incredibly... stupid that people actually want these recipes. When I think of large, national chain restaurants I think of corner-cutting, bland "consensus" foods... not daring, only designed to be palatable to the largest possible audience.

Almost any self respecting grandmother could do better than Nabisco® Old Fashioned Ginger Snaps, I'm sure of it.

Why do we want these recipes, again?
posted by cadastral at 2:35 PM on April 1, 2003

TSR used to have a good recipe for Amaretto. I found a couple of links on Google. This one was what I was looking for at TSR. Wonder why the took it off?
posted by tayknight at 2:35 PM on April 1, 2003

Looks like they may yank some of the recipes because the guy is writing a book. My favorite place to find stuff to cook is recipe source. Good categories are middle eastern, baby food, and even extraterrestrial.
posted by jessamyn at 2:48 PM on April 1, 2003

I can attest that the recipe for Soup Nazi's Mulligatawny is pretty damn good.
posted by goethean at 2:57 PM on April 1, 2003

yum! now all i have to do is find someone to cook for me.
posted by car_bomb at 3:01 PM on April 1, 2003

Well, um - I don't really cook. Like Blanche Dubois, I depend on the kindness of strangers. But fortunately, many of my friends are superb cooks and they often use recipes from Star Chefs.
posted by madamjujujive at 3:01 PM on April 1, 2003

The girlzone thing was a bit of a joke. Now, about those Cuban meatballs...
posted by konolia at 3:01 PM on April 1, 2003

posted by eddydamascene at 3:03 PM on April 1, 2003

Somebody had to do it.
posted by konolia at 3:06 PM on April 1, 2003

Here's one: open drawer. remove take-out menus. selected desired menu. selected desired items. dial telephone. convey desired. repeat slowly if order taker's English is wobbly. wait. answer doorbell. trade pleasantries with your deliverer. throw in a little extra for the dude, since it's frickin cold out tonight.

Oh, and here's something I wouldn't mind right now: one of these, followed by several others, and to hunker down around a primitive fire with some of this.
posted by hairyeyeball at 3:36 PM on April 1, 2003

But can they give me recipe for a Kraft Cheese Single?
*Yes, you'll need a quart of soylent....*
posted by asok at 3:49 PM on April 1, 2003

mmmm, Kraft Singles . . .
posted by geekyguy at 4:35 PM on April 1, 2003

The recipes forgot an important element. All the chemicals and artificial flavours and perservatives. That's the real secret.
posted by stbalbach at 4:40 PM on April 1, 2003

For a Caribbean flavor, Jerk Chicken

For a more classic, European flavor, Risotto ai Carciofi
posted by matteo at 4:56 PM on April 1, 2003

So they're not recipes you'd want to use for an elegant dinner party, but they're fun. Besides, these make the whole site worth while.
posted by Nothing at 5:21 PM on April 1, 2003

Why would anyone spend the time to make their own Snicker bar? Candy is cheap.
posted by ColdChef at 6:15 PM on April 1, 2003

Candy is cheap.

Yes, but sometimes the store is an hour away. Just speaking for myself, that is.
posted by jessamyn at 6:19 PM on April 1, 2003

Not only is the store an hour away, if you have the recipe, you can gather up the kids and make a super-size Snickers (sans preservatives and whatnot) at home, and share it with your entire family. Fun for everyone with yummy results, even if it doesn't quite work out right, and you end up eating it from the pan with spoons.

I speak from some experience on this.
posted by Dreama at 6:29 PM on April 1, 2003

Take half a tomato, about 3-6 ounces of onions, and chop them up. Open a standard (6 ounce) can of tune. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and some salt and pepper to taste. Mix. Let sit in the fridge for about an hour.

It makes a great dip or sandwich filling.
posted by namespan at 7:30 PM on April 1, 2003 [1 favorite]

can of tune

I mean tuna hits head...tuna hits head...tuna hits head...
posted by namespan at 7:32 PM on April 1, 2003

I can kinda see your point, but c'mon.

Last Christmas, I went with my wife to see her Country Cousins in Mississippi. They spent all day making homemade Snickers and Peanut Butter cups. The candy was ugly and misshapen and you had to suck it off the wax paper.

It didn't taste bad, but it seemed like a whole lot of effort for what would have basically cost a few bucks.

Oh, and the topper: I told her aunt that the Snicker bars were great (holiday lies) and she told me that she hadn't tried them, because she didn't like peanuts. "Why didn't you make some without peanuts?" I asked. Her reply? "Snickers have peanuts."
posted by ColdChef at 7:33 PM on April 1, 2003

Well, she was right, ColdChef.

If she'd wanted to make Milky Ways, she would've!
posted by Dreama at 7:37 PM on April 1, 2003

These are boyzone receipes. It affirms the boyzone.

Now for girlzone receipes try this
posted by zia at 7:58 PM on April 1, 2003

Step into the hardcore girlzone: Placenta Recipes

posted by ColdChef at 8:07 PM on April 1, 2003

It's Autumn here, and my SO made what I call Google fig jam last month (all gone now, sorry) and Google peach jam last week.

If you're going to cook, there's no reason to re-create stuff from a laboratory.
posted by emf at 8:37 PM on April 1, 2003

You want my cuban meatballs? They cost... ;)
posted by twine42 at 11:38 PM on April 1, 2003

posted by emf at 11:47 PM on April 1, 2003

different recipe, but looks good... ;)
posted by twine42 at 1:51 AM on April 2, 2003

Indeed it does.

*makes shopping list*
posted by emf at 3:56 AM on April 2, 2003

One of the best sites going is allrecipes. It's fairly easy to try new recipes, as they are all peer rated. The Lasagne Verdi al Forno (with homemade Spinach Pasta) is one greatest finds in my hunt for authentic, great tasting dishes. There are also top ten lists which make short work of finding something new.
posted by sharksandwich at 6:51 AM on April 2, 2003

I'll email the cuban meatballs I've got to ppl if they mail me at mefi at

I love fresh pasta, but it's not allowed in my diet becuase it's got much more oil in it than dried pasta. *sigh*
posted by twine42 at 7:59 AM on April 2, 2003

The Iraqi food sounds yummy.
posted by Lleyam at 11:46 AM on April 2, 2003

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