Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Watch out for the clown...and the jazz hands
To give you an idea of why the recipes are not such a draw for this book, here is an illustration of many of the glorious recipes you can make by cooking "the waterless way."
Steamed peas! Steamed French-cut green beans! Steamed cauliflower! Steamed corn! Steamed lima beans! Each pile of steamed veggies gets its own little melty pat of butter. You can make all of of this--and more! (Steamed carrots! Steamed asparagus! Steamed beets! Steamed turnips! Steamed... Oh, you get the idea.)
Yeah, there's some fried-looking chicken in the middle and mashed potatoes hanging out way in the back, but they're not exactly ground-breaking recipes either. This is not the booklet to pull out if you're looking for creative recipes. The closest it gets is this:
They're not really exceptional biscuits, but you have to cook them like English muffins to prove that EHP cookware can serve any purpose at all. It's not just steaming vegetables.
The choice of table setting is sometimes creative too.
Maybe it's not quite as creepy as Wilton's packs of disembodied clown heads, but I still think the kid wearing the weird be-pom-pommed clown hat on the soup tureen looks as if he's daydreaming about dropping by on a couple making out at the lake...
Promising that foods cooked in EHP cookware will make your canary sing, impress your mother-in-law, and give most of the rest of the family jazz hands...
...seems like a bit of a stretch, but it's still a fun book to look through. It almost gave me a case of the jazz-hands, and I thought I had a natural immunity.