On June 4, 2014, I posted my very first vintage celebrity recipe taste test and the rest is history. Over the last three years, I have tested and tasted over fifty recipes ostensibly written or inspired by stars of the silent era.
To celebrate the occasion, I decided to share my three favorite recipe successes– and three of the most awful recipe fails. Ready? Let’s go!
Most recipes fall into the range of “pretty good” to “meh” or somewhere like that. But some vintage recipes are heaven on a plate and we’re going to talk about them now.
This is not exactly egg foo yung in the classic sense but Wong’s savory little omelette/pancake goodies are darn tasty. Just remember two rules: crank that heat as high as you can and don’t be stingy with the oil.
If you want summer in salad form, this one is for you. Grapefruit, grapes, cherries and whipped cream? Heavenly and light. As irresistible as the man who inspired the recipe.
The first five-star recipe I prepared, this vegetarian dish uses one of my favorite warm weather treats as its main ingredient. I am nuts about summer squash and the addition of egg and cheese make it even more delicious.
And now for the losers, the nastiest recipes I have tried so far.
English people: I love you but please don’t make me chili. Ever. McLaglen’s recipe calls for meat, beans, tomatoes… and a cup of flour. A cup! Of flour! So we end up with this gummy chili paste that looks like something the cat coughed up. Blech!
I’m no stranger to different flavors in vintage food but this is the first recipe that I was unable to swallow. I gagged on the tomato aspic and had to give up on the taste test.
You know the taste test is gong badly when a taster asks for a steak knife to cut his waffles. These things could be used as building material, they’re certainly sturdy enough.
You can read all my past taste tests here. It has been quite a ride and I have even more intriguing recipes lined up for the future. See you there!
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