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Clunkers, Stinkers & Crappers II

October 17, 2009

~ Mary ~ Patty ~ Grubby ~



It’s about that time again.  You know – where we spill the beans on the recipes that didn’t make the “cut”.  Not that they were inedible – rather they’re the ones we would probably, most likely, for certain never make again if we had a choice in the matter.


The top picture here is a Frittata (the Stinker of the group) from Union Square Cafe cookbook carmelized onions – fresh garden tomatoes fresh parsley – well the onions turned the whole thing  so gray that it was scary – can’t really tell here – but I promise – it was.  The flavor was good but John’s nose went so high to the ceiling there’s not a chance in hell it’ll be made again.




Here’s Patty’s clunker: Yesterday I was searching for a way to use some of my abundant crop of eggplant.  I tried Eggplant Parmigiano.  It called for a Fresh Tomato Sauce….bonus, used up some tomatoes and basil too.  I used the recipe from JOY for both the Fresh Tomato Sauce (page 305) and the Parmigiano (page 373).  The only things I didn’t do were “salt” the eggplant and peel it.  I’m using slender Asian-type eggplant that don’t need salting or peeling.  It was more putsy than difficult.  But all food preservation tends to be putsy. 


Fred said it was OK.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement.  But, then I recall his, “Not bad stew” commentary on Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignonne and I’m not discouraged.  

I thought it bland, but isn’t that what eggplant is?  Today I used some as the stuffing for an omlet and that was excellent.  So, maybe it’s better the second day.  At any rate, I carefully inserted most of the leftover (there was a lot left over) into quart-size freezer bags , being careful to keep it flat to maintain it’s visual integrity.  It will be a nice side for coming winter meals.  Matter of fact, I may make it a few more times just to use up produce.    Do you have any ideas for eggplant?  Maybe I can freeze ratatouille .



Then there’s these Tuscan Wings (the Crapper) – sound great don’t they?  We would have been better off roasting a whole chicken instead of wasting precious calories on a so-so wing dish. 



Tess Grubbins (Jp’s daughter) had a burger she tried out for the Burger EXTRAVAGANZA, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out as well as she’d hoped it would and on top of it, between the three cameras they have (all the same model) she lost the photos so we can’t even share them here.



Brussel Sprouts from Union Square Cafe cookbook – NOT!  I think part of it may have been my fault because perhaps I undercooked them – we felt like cows in the pasture chewing on alfalfa – another crapper.



This one came from the top of my head – polenta layered with Italian sausage, fresh garden tomatoes and Parmesan – good comfort food, but nothing to write a recipe/post about.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2009 3:07 pm

    Good to know ya’ll make mistakes, um I mean crappers, on the occasion! Mine don’t look half that good!
    Love your site,the pop over pizza thing really took be back. I use to make it for my family back in the day. Might just try it again for old times! Thanks!

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 17, 2009 4:37 pm

      oh NO thank YOU!

  2. October 18, 2009 3:37 pm

    very nice post enjoyed reading this!

  3. pat permalink
    October 18, 2009 3:38 pm

    You say a recipe came from USC. Is that Union Square Cookbook or University of South Carolilna?

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 18, 2009 3:56 pm

      Union Square – thanks!

  4. October 18, 2009 3:44 pm

    Oh yeah!! I just had this week a soup with some doughy balls that could be used as weapon of mass destruction. It was despicable. But anywho…we keep on trying… right? 🙂

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 18, 2009 3:57 pm

      Absolutely! We try so others don’t have to.

  5. October 18, 2009 3:59 pm

    these are great foods from great cooks! love the fritata, the brussel sprouts, the polenta with done with style, the eggplants, the chicken wings looks so appetizing.

    my children are coming home from the city (SF)after running the marathon (NIKE). the chicken wings with the fritata would be the best bet. it’s easy to make and very satisfying to starving runners. i’m out of polenta and eggplants but i’ll figure something out.

    thanks for posting.

  6. October 18, 2009 4:16 pm

    I enjoyed this post! If you hadn’t said that the dishes didn’t come out well, I would have never guessed! Pics look great!

  7. October 18, 2009 6:22 pm

    everything looks sooooooooooooooo good! i especially like the tuscan wings!

  8. October 18, 2009 7:33 pm

    Hah! This is a very funny, human post. For preserving eggplant, I really like the sliced, high-heat roasted recipe from Barbara Kafka’s Vegetable Love in which you slice them lengthwise, fairly thick, salt, brush generously with olive oil and then roast at 500 (25 min?). Then cool and freeze and you can use them as is or layer in health-ified parmagiano or in lasagna or instead of noodles in lasagna all winter long.

    • pat permalink
      October 20, 2009 11:00 pm

      That’s a GREAT idea. I still have some eggplant. I’ll try it!
      Thank you!!!

  9. October 19, 2009 2:24 am

    We all make not-so-successful dishes every now and then… only some of us are not brave enough to share it… 😉

  10. October 19, 2009 7:01 am

    haha…The pictures look so lovely you would never guess that they did not turn out well.

    I bought wings to make your Burmese Wings this week. I will post and let you know how they go…I can’t wait.

    One more thing, I am offering a flavored Olive Oil and Vinegar giveaway…Check it out

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 19, 2009 9:14 am

      Can’t wait to hear how the wings turn out.
      I did see your generous Olive Oil Giveaway – My new year’s resolution was to accumulate less this year – and it’s been going well for 10 months:-)

  11. October 19, 2009 7:47 am

    Nice to show our human side isn’t it. Even though the food was on the not so good side, the pics are amazing, as always!

    • foododelmundo permalink*
      October 19, 2009 9:17 am

      thanks redkathy! it’s a catch 22 – don’t photograph it’s delicious – do and it stinks.

  12. October 19, 2009 8:11 am

    sorry the dishes did not come out the way you wanted them to but on the bright side they look very appetizing in the photos

  13. October 19, 2009 12:01 pm

    Sorry these dishes didn’t come out the way you expected. I get in a bad mood sometimes where nothing comes out perfectly for a few days.

  14. October 19, 2009 2:19 pm

    Don’t you hate it when something does not come out right? You just want to rip your hair out and cry over all the time you spent in the kitchen. I love the pictures of the food – it’s hard to tell that they were stinkers.

  15. October 19, 2009 6:47 pm

    I love it. How funny. Just today, I posted a recipe I wasn’t that proud of because a) I wanted to be honest and b) I’ve promised to post a new pumpkin recipe everyday in October and I didn’t have any backups. I think we should all fess up like this that we’re not perfect… at all. Thanks!

  16. October 19, 2009 10:40 pm

    Been there, done that. More than once. Ok, maybe more than 5 or 6 times 😀 I come up with an idea that sounds oh so tasty in my head, but falls to complete pieces on execution and taste. I still make the kids eat it though. It’s kinda fun to watch them fight over who gets to *not* have the leftovers 😉

  17. October 20, 2009 11:21 am

    ha! I love this post because we soo have all been there before. I just tried to make french macaroons this weekend and it was a total fail. 🙂

  18. Helen permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:56 am

    The good news is whenever I make a clunker I can usually find someone who will eat it!

  19. October 20, 2009 12:38 pm

    I’ve been excited to try things too..and failed:) I must admit your frittata is darn good looking:) I spotted it at Jain’s!

  20. October 20, 2009 4:07 pm

    Yes! I love the whole gruesome story. I think it takes guts to spill the beans. I also think that it was a great post!

  21. October 21, 2009 10:20 am

    As I always tell the hubby when I’m trying a new recipe – if it’s no good, there’s always pizza delivery!

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