Each year at Thanksgiving, I seem to try a new recipe. Most people would not pick the traditional Thanksgiving meal to change things up, but for some reason this seems like a good idea to me. In fact, it is how we have found some of our new family favorites such as Cranberry Cake, Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts, and Cranberry Chutney. Alas, as all good things do, my recipe experiment victories have come to a disastrous end.
As I mentioned, we like Brussel Sprouts and I saw a new recipe that I thought looked tasty. It should have been tasty as it had maple syrup and bacon. How can you go wrong with bacon and maple syrup? Yet, this recipe bombed with the family as well as with the cook, me. It looked like lawn clippings and there was no bacon flavor permeating through the clippings to redeem it nor was there even a hint of maple syrup. I followed the recipe, but the result was lackluster. Even bacon could not save it from the compost pile.
Will this year’s recipe bomb stop me from trying something new next Thanksgiving? Probably not as I like to cook, and I need variety. Besides the family would ask– what’s the experimental dish– as if they couldn’t tell by merely inventorying the offerings. As the famous chef, Julia Child, said “Bon Appetit!”