Saturday, May 1, 2010

Reminiscing: 250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts

Based on this cover, I expected this cookbook to be pretty terrible:

Apparently, though, it is harder to screw up desserts than it is to screw up snacks. That isn't to say that there aren't some awful things in here--there are a few.

Here is an example:

Yes, that is supposed to be a face. A face made of candied cherries. What I don't know is what the actual food item underneath is supposed to be. I don't see any reference to a candied cherry face in any of the recipes in this book. This face haunts my dreams, though.

Not only does this next page contain a recipe for "Prune Ice Cream," but it also has an unfortunate photo of a dish of ice cream at the bottom.

For Leah: "Almond Balls." Also hilarious: "Ice Cream Swans" (served on a mirror?). Click on the image to read the instructions--very labor intensive. I would not suggest making these when you are also making those sailboat snacks from my last post. Preparation for those two dishes alone would take the better part of a fortnight.

The swans make another appearance alongside an "exquisitely garnished chocolate refrigerator cake" which is "ready for the most elaborate party."

I also want to know what that shadow is at the top of the photo--perhaps a candlestick creeping toward the swans? Or, more likely, the shadow of a party guest projectile vomiting after eating prune ice cream.

Coming soon: a whole lot of fun with ground beef and a Jell-O cookbook written for clowns.

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