Oh… my tummy hurts.

Although Jen tried to talk me out of it, I tried some semi-homade “recipes.”  Ugh… thanks, Sandra Lee.  (Why?  Morbid fascination, I guess.)

On Friday, I tried the Raspberry Cooler.  Not a whole recipe, I’m not a lush!  Well, we all know from watching how much Sandra loves the booze and sugar, a combo that’ll get you a headache in a hurry.  Let me tell you, this drink works FAST.  It’s no wonder the first thing Sandra does when her guests arrive is shove a drink into their hands.  It gets them tipsy fast, and they don’t really notice how horrible the food is.  Later, when they’re puking, they blame it on the booze and not the food (although it’s likely a combination).

Tonight, I made the Fried Mozzarella Nuggets from the same show (All American Girl Party).  Ew, ew, ew.  Here’s the concept, if you don’t feel like clicking on the link: string cheese cut into 1-inch pieces, breaded in Italian bread crumbs, and fried.

The cheese was too bland, and the texture was gross.  I thought, “Well, that’s peculiar,” when I ate a hot one.  “Maybe it’ll be better once it cools a little bit.”  No.  It went from loose and gluey to rubbery.  Having them sit out on a “tablescape” for a half hour or whatever would make them even worse.  I did not use marinara sauce for dipping; I just wanted to taste them as they were.  And ugh.

You have to move fast to keep the cheese from melting out of the batter.  The “recipe” says to drain them on paper towels.  This is a bad idea.  I don’t think it would be possible not to have at least one leak, and that cheese will stick to anything.  I totally would not recommend this to a novice cook, because you will get hot oil splattered on you. 

Well, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but that’s beside the point.

Yeah, the latter is directly copied from my post at Television Without Pity.  I didn’t feel like finding a different way of saying the same thing.  Maybe later.

I’m going to go find an antacid.

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