Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dead, but still cookin'

Does your stove's pilot light go off in the middle of dinner? Do key ingredients in your recipes suddenly go missing? Have you too often blamed your spouse for moving that butter you put on the counter to thaw back in the fridge?

Perhaps the culprit isn't your spouse, your kids, pet or a kitchen gremlin. Perhaps your kitchen is ... haunted.

And probably by your dead friend, who is super pissed that you insist on making that recipe that you totally suck at, especially when they always made it better than you.

This is where Mary Ann Winkowski steps in, the real-life inspiration for TV's "The Ghost Whisperer." Apparently over her long career helping lost souls cross over and come to peace with their deadness, Winkowski has collected dozens of recipes. She finally put them all together in "Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook." More than 100 recipes with stories of origins and the ghosts that gave them up.

It's not chill-giving stuff, but it is a bit spooky, isn't it? I mean, who wants to think about being trapped in this world because you were never able to pass on that recipe you have for really great dressing? Or you feel it is your mission in your afterlife to keep Cousin Susy from trying to make those terrible nut rolls.

What an existence.

Read more about Winkowski and grab a couple of the undead recipes over on my day-job-blog, Appetite. (Cross-promotion is a beautiful thing).

And for the love of pete, write that recipe down and put it somewhere people can find it. If you're going to be a ghost, be one that eats heads or infects toasters. Don't be trapped here trying to keep a souffle from falling.

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