So….do I post bad recipes or not? I mean, they may not be “bad” but I don’t like them. Maybe someone else would. The directions were enough to catch my eye and make me think I might like them. But then I try them and no. They just don’t work. Like when you read a great review of a movie and you shell out the, what, $8.50 to see it and you’re ready to leave after about 10 minutes. But you think to yourself “No, the review was good. I just need to hang in there until it gets better.” And two hours later you walk out into the sunlight (I can only afford the matinees!) and think “Wow, I could have done so many other things with that time. I could have had done a few loads of laundry, weeded the vegetable garden, cleaned the downstairs…and instead I wasted that time on a bad movie.” That bugs me more than the money. I can earn the money again. The time is gone.
So I tried the Cauliflower Salad in Eat This Too: It’ll Also Make You Feel Better but I have to say I was disappointed. I’ve been trying to experiment with some different vegetables and bought the cauliflower to play around with. I thought that rather than just steam it or steam and cover it with a cheese sauce I’d try something different. This was a cold salad. Basically cut the cauliflower in chunks, steam it, drain it, toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, basil, and capers. Chill and serve. It was edible. But I threw out the leftovers. And I’ve never tried a recipe with capers in it that I didn’t love before. Capers, Worcestershire sauce, onions, garlic–these are my basic recipe blocks! I have tried other successful recipes from this book, but generally I’m much more impressed by his first book, Eat This– It’ll Make You Feel Better: Mama’s Italian Home Cooking and Other Favorites of Family and Friends. If you can find that one, it’s a real winner. I found mine at a used bookstore.