A Guide To Including Bourbon In 100% Of Your Thanksgiving Meal

2. We’ll start off easy: Mix up a cozy bourbon cider cocktail for everyone.

With ginger beer too! Get the recipe.

3. Needless to say, the turkey should be liberally doused in bourbon before (and during) roasting.

Recipe: Apple-Bourbon Turkey And Gravy

4. The cranberry sauce alone should get you tipsy.

Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

5. Gravy, being a liquid, is an obvious and highly effective bourbon vehicle.

 

Recipe: Bourbon Gravy

6. Your pecan stuffing could definitely use a nice, stiff drink.

Recipe: Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing

7. Bourbonize any and all sweet potatoes in sight.

Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Maple

8. Seriously, all the sweet potatoes.

Recipe: Sweet Potato (Bourbon) Kugel

Check out the whole Thanksgivukkah menu too!

9. While you’re at it, throw some of the good stuff on the other sides dishes too.

 

10. And keep a significant quantity of Bacon-Bourbon Butter on hand for everything else.

(That’s the one on top). Prepare to slather it all over your turkey, your potatoes, your dinner rolls, your body.

11. No self-respecting pecan pie would go out in public without a healthy amount of bourbon in it.

Get the recipe here.

12. Pumpkin pie feels the same way.

Recipe: Brûléed Bourbon-Maple Pumpkin Pie

14. Cheesecake can play this game, too.

Recipe: Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake

15. And you know what goes great with either? Bourbon ice cream.

Recipe: Bourbon-Butterscotch Ice Cream

16. Really, it’s simple: Put bourbon in ice cream. Put ice cream on everything.

Recipe: Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream.

17. Same goes for whipped cream.

Just add 1 tablespoon of bourbon to 1 cup of cream and whip away.

18. If you’re finishing out the meal with coffee or tea, you know what to do. (Add bourbon.)

Recipe: Bourbon Chai

19. Bonus Round: Get some bourbon-glazed bacon all up in that leftover turkey sandwich.

Recipe: Triple Threat Turkey Club

20. A final word of advice: If your bourbon index drops to dangerously low levels at any point during Thanksgiving, there’s no shame in some quality time with a bottle out back.

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29 Crazy Margaritas You Need To Try

This is Lady Margarita. Though she didn’t make her appearance in the world until the early 1970s, her reign has been STRONG ever since. In the earliest days, she was considered a twist on the sidecar, with tequila standing in for brandy, lime juice for lemon, and a salt rim instead of sugar. But she came into her own. These days the standard version includes orange liqueur:

2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce Cointreau (better than triple sec, trust)
1 ounce lime juice
(Shake with ice. Strain. Serve in a glass — with or without ice — with a salted rim.)

Never one to be pigeonholed, she has branched out. Sometimes the results are good. Sometimes they are not. In the name of invention, they’re always worth a try.

1. Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

People will find a way to put Sriracha in everything. Find the recipe here.

2. Cucumber-Cilantro Margarita

Refreshing! Find the recipe here.

3. Cantaloupe Margarita

Would definitely drink this…in July. Find the recipe here.

4. Red Chile Margarita

Find the recipe here.

5. Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita

Recipe from How Sweet It Is.

6. Hibiscus Margarita

The hibiscus tea looks great in this margarita. Find the recipe on Bon Appétit.

7. Blackberry Thyme Margarita

Find the recipe here.

In Bon Appetit’s version of the Skinny Margarita, agave syrup replaces the orange liqueur.

Find the recipe here.

10. Smoky Watermelon-Jalapeño Margarita

Find the recipe here.

11. Persimmon Margarita

Persimmons are pretty much always weird. Find the recipe here.

12. Chocolate Margarita

This dark and sexy margarita is begging for some affection. Find the recipe here.

13. Green Tea Margarita

Salt rim + green tea liqueur = a lot of questions. Get the recipe here.

14. Apple Cider Margarita

That apple and cinnamon garnish looks cozy. Find the recipe here.

Nice color, but a huge missed opportunity to call it a beetarita. Find the recipe on Simply Gluten-Free.

16. Orange Salted Caramel Margarita

Find the recipe on Daydreamer Desserts.

The pepita salt rim on this one is a nice touch. Find the recipe here.

18. Lavender Margarita

Find the recipe here.

19. Carrot Margarita

For the juice cleanser who wants to live a little. Recipe from Sweet Life.

This Nutcracker-themed drink is definitely charming. Find the recipe here.

21. Roasted Grape Margarita

Find the recipe here.

Yes, one of the ingredients is balsamic vinaigrette. Recipe from Creative Culinary.

23. Sour Patch Kids Margarita

Electric. Find the recipe here.

That kale garnish really ties the drink together. Find the recipe here.

25. Peppermint Margarita

Find the recipe here.

26. Pecan Pie Margarita

Bonus points if you make the little pie-crust letters. Find the recipe here.

27. Avocado Margarita

A little guac in your cocktail, anyone? Find the recipe here.

28. Candy Corn Margarita

Yeah, this drink has orange soda in it. Wanna make something of it? Find the recipe here.

29. Chocolate Peanut Butter Margarita

Yes, this exists. Find the recipe here.

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12 Easy Ways To Cook Eggs In A Microwave

Look, no one should really cook eggs in a microwave if there’s a stove nearby. Because they’re just not going to taste as good. (And cooking eggs using traditional methods, repeatedly, will make you a better, cleaner, and faster cook.) But microwave eggs happen. Maybe because you live in a dorm room, or maybe you want to poach an egg in your office’s kitchen and add it the leftovers you brought for lunch. There are ways. Know that all microwaves are different and it is important to be patient while testing to see what works best. Also — eggs cook fast, especially in a microwave, so keep an eye on them while they cook.

1. Two-Minute Microwave Scrambled Eggs With Cheese

Scrambled eggs are arguably the easiest egg dish to make in the microwave. This recipe takes only two minutes to make.

2. Microwave-Poached Egg on Toast

Get instructions from The Kitchn.

3. Eggs Florentine

This recipe includes a different technique for microwave poaching that starts with boiling water. It also includes a link for how to make hollandaise sauce in the microwave. Recipe here.

4. One-Minute Coffee-Cup Quiche

In lieu of a crust, this recipe suggests you tear up part of a bagel and stir it in the egg mixture. Recipe on The Saint Louis Post.

5. Microwave Egg White and Spinach Breakfast Sandwich

Put egg whites and spinach in the microwave for a minute and a half and you’re ready to go. Recipe here.

6. Breakfast Tostada

Put microwave scrambled eggs to good use. Recipe here.

7. Omelette With Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Made in a pie pan. Recipe here.

8. “Baked” Eggs With Turkey, Cheese, and Spinach

These “baked” eggs are really just eggs on top of turkey, cheese, and spinach. Find the recipe here.

9. Green Onion and Egg Sandwich

When adding fresh vegetables to microwave egg dishes, you need to cook them first. This recipe uses fresh green onion. Recipe here.

10. Scrambled Egg Whites with Cheese, Broccoli, and Ham

Recipe here.

11. Vegetable Frittata

Throw any vegetables you have in this frittata. Recipe here.

12. Breakfast Burrito

Recipe here.

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27 Adorable Valentine’s Day Treats You Can Make

1. Ombre Nutella Cups

Recipe here.

2. Strawberry Brownie Kabobs

Recipe here.

3. Wafer Valentine’s Day Cookies

Recipe here.

4. Gummy Bear Cookies

Recipe here.

5. Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Cookies

Recipe here.

6. Easy Valentine’s Day Fudge

Recipe here.

7. Rose Petal Dark Chocolate Bars

Recipe here.

8. Chocolate Swirl Hearts

Recipe here.

9. Graham Cracker Chocolate Bark

Recipe here.

10. Conversation Heart Cookies

Recipe here.

11. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Recipe here.

12. Maple Bacon Donuts

Recipe here.

13. Ombre White Chocolate Cherries

Recipe here.

14. Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe here.

15. Mini Chocolate Pie Hearts

Recipe here. (Scroll down to #2.)

16. Surprise Valentine Cupcakes

Recipe here.

17. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

Recipe here.

18. Valentine Popcorn

Recipe here.

19. Chocolate Bark with Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds

Recipe here.

20. Heart Shaped Cookie Dough Log

Recipe here.

21. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe here.

22. Walnut and Chocolate Cake Bar

Recipe here.

23. Valentine Mints

Recipe here.

24. Chocolate Covered Pretzel

Recipe here.

25. Chocolate Dipped Cherry Meringues

Recipe here.

26. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Recipe here.

27. Cream Filled Chocolate Heart Cakes

Recipe here.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/tashweenali/treats-for-the-person-you-love

17 Stunning Photos Of Chef Charlie Trotter’s Food

Chefs and food lovers all over the country mourn the loss of celebrity chef Charlie Trotter today.

Handout / Reuters

Read the Chicago Tribune obituary here.

The chef’s eponymous restaurant was open from 1987–2012 and was one of the best in the country.

Trotter was a self-taught pioneer of American cuisine and mentored many of the best chefs, including Grant Achatz and Graham Elliot Bowles. “Charlie was an extreme father figure to me when it came to not just cooking, but life, and seeing things in a different way,” chef Graham Elliot Bowles told the Chicago Tribune. Over the past decade, the chef struggled to expand to new restaurants. He opened one in Las Vegas and another in Mexico, but they eventually closed. Plans to open a restaurant in New York City never panned out.

His death, the cause of which is currently unknown, comes as a jarring loss to the country’s food community.

Here are only a few of his beautiful dishes to remember.

1. Santa Barbara Spot Prawns

With tarragon-macha bubbles, raspberries, raspberry consommé, and raspberry powder.

2. Bento box

Clockwise: Leek terrine and eggplant; marinated tofu, artichoke hearts, and smoked hen of the woods; Kushi oyster with yuzu granita; sushi with tuna and monkfish liver; sea urchin, sake gelée; crab and candied kumquat.

3. Unagi Terrine

With grapefruit, red curry, and kaffir lime.

4. Japanese Snapper

Black grapes, pickled celery stalk, and black grape emulsion.

5. Sashimi of Hamachi with Ponzu and Fava Beans

6. Olive Oil–Poached Turnip

Sally Ryan/The New York Times/Redux

With trumpet royale mushrooms, Yukon Gold potato, and red cabbage vinaigrette.

7. Green Garlic Gnocchi

Sally Ryan/The New York Times/Redux

Served with celery and preserved mustard.

8. Faroe Island Salmon

With sweet potato, grated horseradish, and ginger blossoms.

9. Kurobuta Pork Belly

With green curry and red cabbage.

10. Bleeding Heart “Ravioli”

Alex Berliner/ BEImages / REX USA

With cashew cheese, heirloom tomatoes, tiny breakfast radishes, and mustard vinaigrette.

11. Arkansas Rabbit Loin

With ramps, burgundy snails, and mustard cress.

12. Braised Veal Cheek and Tongue

Alex Berliner/ BEImages / REX USA

13. Ahi Tuna Hot Dog

Chicago Tribune / MCT /Landov

14. Toffee-Glazed Banana Financier

With candied hazelnuts, date jam, and frothed pineapple.

15. Candied Kumquats

Sally Ryan/The New York Times/Redux

Served with allspice streusel, yogurt gelato, and caramelized white chocolate.

16. Delice de Bourgogne Cheesecake

With Thai basil and blood orange.

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Is This The Weirdest Possible Way To Eat McDonald’s?

Takikomi Gohan is sort of the Japanese version of the crock pot meal, where you throw everything together in one pot (in this case, a rice cooker) and it all blends into one melange-y casserole of a meal. Japanese news blog Nikkan-Spa wrote about interesting Takikomi Gohan experiments, one of which involves putting a Big Mac, French fries, Chicken McNuggets, and a Coke into a rice cooker.

According to a rough translation of the Japanese site, this is what they think about McDonald’s food: “Flabby, buns texture of potato nuggets and also there is no room for improvement is just the worst. This in the water.” As far as the Big Mac goes, it is the taste of “the most evil.”

So they’ve decided to turn a bleak fast food meal into something distinctly Japanese. Here are the directions to properly make a McDonald’s Takikomi Gohan.

2. Put rice in the rice cooker. Throw the French fries on top and cover with water.

3. Throw in the McNuggets and the Big Mac. Add a splash of Coca-Cola for flavor enhancement.

4. Thirty minutes later when the rice is cooked

5. Just stir and it’s ready to eat!

Magic!

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34 Insanely Simple Two-Ingredient Recipes

1. Nutella + Eggs = Flourless Nutella Cake

The batter takes less than 10 minutes to make. The cake bakes for 25 minutes. Get the full recipe here.

2. Pitted Dates + Coconut Butter = No Bake Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

Pinch of salt, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips are optional. Get the full directions here.

3. White Chocolate Chips + Oreos = Cookies n’ Cream Oreo Bark

Full details here.

4. Can of Strawberry Frosting + White Chocolate Chips = Strawberry Fudge

Get the recipe here. You could also use chocolate frosting and chocolate chips for regular fudge.

5. 1 Part Balsamic Vinegar + 1 Part Whiskey = Steak Marinade

6. Chocolate Chips + Coconut Oil = Magic Shell

Scientifically, it works because coconut oil is a liquid when warmed, but a solid at room temperature. See the full recipe here.

7. Self-Rising Flour + Greek Yogurt = Pizza Dough

A little olive oil and Italian seasoning are optional. Get the recipe here.

This pizza dough is actually good, if you don’t mind it a little chewy and focaccia-esque. Read a testimony here.

You can also make an easy flatbread using these same ingredients.

8. Peanut Butter + Ripe Bananas = Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Get the recipe here.

You could also use Nutella instead of peanut butter.

9. Soy Yogurt + Sweetener = Vegan Pinkberry

Get more info here.

10. Chicken Breasts + Italian Dressing = Easy Italian Chicken

Here’s a no-fail, no-brainer of a recipe.

11. Yellow Cake Mix + Lemon Lime Soda = Soda Can Cupcakes

12. Self-Rising Flour + Eggnog = Eggnog Muffins

You’ll want to be eating these this winter.

13. Granulated Sugar + Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets = Palmiers

Real Simple has the recipe.

14. Cool Whip + Lemon Curd = Lemon Mousse

Get the full instructions here.

15. Lemon-Lime Soda + Sweetened Condensed Milk = Soda Pop Sorbet

Get the recipe here.

16. Broccoli Florets + Garlic Hummus = Creamy Garlic Broccoli

Cook the broccoli however you’d like: roast it, steam it, sauté it. Then toss in the garlic hummus. More variations and ideas here.

17. Colby Jack Cheese + Cheese Nips = Cheese Crisps

Get the recipe here.

18. Ripe Banana + Flax Seeds = Banana Flax Seed Crackers

This recipe does require a little baking.

19. Melting Chocolate + Cream Cheese = Chocolate Truffles

But if you want to get fancy, you can drizzle some melted peanut butter as shown
here.

20. Nilla Wafer Cookies + Mint White Chocolate

You can find mint white chocolate chips here. Get the full recipe here.

21. Refrigerated Pie Crust + Hershey’s Kisses = Kiss Pies

This recipe gets slightly fancy by using mint truffle kisses.

22. Nutella + Milk = Hot Chocolate

You can make this in the microwave.

23. Ice Cream + Self-Rising Flour = Ice Cream Bread

The bread will turn out subtly sweet and flavored, but don’t use the low fat ice cream! More info here.

24. Coconut Flakes + Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk = Macaroon Cookies

Get the recipe here

25. Buttermilk + Self-Rising Flour = Biscuits

Sugar and butter are optional, but these are just fine on their own.

26. Eggs + Maple Syrup = Maple Soufflé

Get the full directions here.

27. Flour + Pureed Baby Food = DIY Dog Treats

Just make sure there’s no garlic or onions in the baby food.

28. Ripe Bananas + Rolled Oats = Oatmeal Cookies

Get the full recipe here.

29. Spice Cake Mix + Can of Pumpkin = Pumpkin Muffins (Or Cookies)

Get the muffin recipe here and the cookie recipe here.

30. Onion Soup Mix + Raw Almonds = Onion Dip

The soaked almonds will create a creamy puree in a blender or food processor, and you can find healthy, organic versions of onion soup mix.

31. Medjool Dates + Oats = No Bake Energy Bars

Get the recipe for these date squares here.

32. Ginger Ale + Mustard = Ham Marinade

Ginger ale sounds odd, but it really keeps the ham moist. Use 2 parts ginger ale and 1 part mustard.

33. Sliced American Cheese + Package of Crescent Rolls = Grilled Cheese Bites

Get the recipe here.

34. Pineapple Chunks + Fresh Mint = Pineapple Ice

It’s an easy, icy dessert.

All images created by John Gara

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17 Heavenly Slab Pies That Can Feed The Whole Family

This is a slab pie.

Triple Berry Slab Pie. Get the recipe.

It is made just like a regular pie, except bigger and better.

 

Slab pies are made in a rimmed baking sheet (also called a jelly roll pan) so they are slightly shallower than standard pies and can feed more people.

The result is a slice with a truly spiritual ratio of crust to filling.

Here are some recipes to get your started down the road to enlightenment:

11.

Get the recipe. Taro root looks like a potato, basically, and cooks the same way but has a more interesting nutty flavor. You can find it at specialty grocery stores and probably also at Asian grocery stores.

17.

Get the recipe. (Same recipe as the first image in this post.)

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10 More Utterly Disgusting Foods

[WARNING: Some content may disturb] We have previously posted a list of the top 10 most disgusting foods and this is our long awaited sequel. We certainly can’t deny that in the West we eat some pretty awful stuff (such as sea urchin and tripe), and this list includes a couple of our own “delights”. For that reason it is probably more balanced than the previous list which focused less on western foods. The thing that most frightens me is that this list is how easy it was to find another ten utterly revolting things that people eat.

Escamoles

Escamoles are the larvae of ants of the genus Liometopum, harvested from the roots of the agave (tequila) or maguey (mezcal) plant in Mexico. In some forms of Mexican cuisine, escamoles are considered a delicacy and are sometimes referred to as “insect caviar”. They have a cottage cheese like consistency and taste buttery, yet slightly nutty. To procure the escamoles, men must dig as far as 2 feet down to reach a nest of larvae. One larvae collector said: “Some of the hunters have a man with a broom who sweeps the ants off their bodies while they’re digging. I have heard that others spread their bodies with pork fat so the ants can’t bite.” It should be noted that the ant’s bite is extremely painful – so gathering the eggs is something of an “extreme” job.

Lutefisk

Lutefisk is a traditional dish of the Nordic countries made from stockfish (air-dried whitefish) or dried/salted whitefish (klippfisk) and soda lye (lut). Its name literally means “lye fish”, because it is made using caustic lye soda derived from potash minerals. Because of the lye content, overcooking can cause the fish to turn to soap. When cooking and eating lutefisk, it is important to clean the lutefisk and its residue off pans, plates, and utensils immediately. Lutefisk left overnight becomes nearly impossible to remove (imagine what this is doing to your insides). Lutefisk is usually served with a variety of side dishes, including, but not limited to, bacon, green peas, green pea stew, potatoes, lefse, gravy, mashed rutabaga, white sauce, melted or clarified butter, syrup, geitost (goat cheese), or “old” cheese (gammelost). The scandanavians are so good at making nasty smelling or tasting food that they get two items on this list:

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Surströmming is fermented tinned fish which is so foul that it is mostly eaten outdoors due to the stench. It is sold in cans, which often bulge during shipping and storage, due to the continued fermentation. Species of Haloanaerobium bacteria are responsible for the in-can ripening. These bacteria produce carbon dioxide and a number of compounds that account for the unique odor: pungent (propionic acid), rotten-egg (hydrogen sulfide), rancid-butter (butyric acid), and vinegary (acetic acid). Usually an open sandwich is made with surströmming and a number of other ingredients. Boiled potatoes (often mandelpotatis or almond potatoes) are common, as are diced onion. Other common ingredients are gräddfil (fat fermented milk/sour cream) or crème fraîche, chives and sometimes tomato. Many people do not care for surströmming (surprise surprise), and it is generally considered to be an acquired taste.

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This is actually a drink, but it is sufficiently disgusting (and nutritional enough) to be included here. Kumis is a dairy product made from the fermented milk of a female horse. Because mare’s milk contains more sugars than the fermented cow’s or goat’s milk, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content. Kumis is made by fermenting mare’s milk over the course of hours or days, often while stirring or churning. (The physical agitation has similarities to making butter). During the fermentation, Lactobacilli bacteria acidify the milk, and yeasts turn it into a carbonated and mildly alcoholic drink – basically fizzy mouldy horse milk. One other property of this revolting drink is that it has a laxative effect. In other words, it makes you poo.

Century Egg Sliced Open

How I missed this on the first list I do not know, but here it is (at last) to haunt your dreams. Century egg is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. After the process is completed, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia (AKA farts or rotten egg), while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor or taste. Century eggs can be eaten without further preparation, on their own as a side dish or chopped and used as an ingredient. But whichever way you look at it – you are still eating rotten egg.

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I was in two minds about adding this item, but it is definitely eaten by enough people that it has its own name: placentophagy so here it is. Those who advocate placentophagy in humans, mostly in modern America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, and the Pacific Islands, believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. A variety of recipes are known to exist for preparing placenta for eating in spite of the extended taboo against eating human body parts. Because a placenta is a temporary organ, it is considered by some to be excluded from the classification needed for cannibalism. Here is just one recipe I found on the Internet for placenta – it is a placenta cocktail: 1/4 cup raw placenta, 8oz V-8 juice, 2 ice cubes, 1/2 cup carrot. Blend at high speed for 10 seconds and drink. Or not.

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Raw blood soup (ti?t canh in Vietnamese) is a dish made with raw blood of ducks or geese (sometimes pigs), with peanuts and herbs on top. This is the typical protein-rich breakfast of the country people in Northern Vietnam, but is very dangerous because of the H5N1 bird flu virus. This is made by taking fresh blood and sticking it in the fridge to gently congeal. Raw blood soup is a Vietnamese dish which is usually consumed while drinking alcohol and it is one that makes very little effort appeal to the taste buds of the non-Vietnamese diner. Usually you will find a few chopped peanuts scattered on top of your blood but that’s as far as it goes for fanciness. Blood soup has the oddest texture and tastes strangely metallic. [Image source]

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What a name! And if that isn’t bad enough, wait until you hear what this stuff is: corn smut is a disease of maize which can infect any part of the plant it usually enters the ovaries and replaces the normal kernels of the cobs with large distorted tumors analogous to mushrooms. In the United States it is (rightly) considered a pest. In Mexico… it is a delicacy. In Mexico corn smut is called huitlacoche, a Nahuatl word reportedly meaning raven’s poo. It is considered a delicacy, even being preserved and sold for a higher price than corn. For culinary use, the galls are harvested while still immature — fully mature galls are dry and almost entirely spore-filled. The immature galls, gathered two to three weeks after an ear of corn is infected, still retain moisture and, when cooked, have a flavor described as mushroom-like, sweet, savory, woody, and earthy. This “delicacy” has had difficulty entering American and European diets – for obvious reasons!

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Scorpion soup – as its name implies, is a soup made from scorpions. Preparing and eating scorpion soup can be a dangerous task as Wing Li from China recently discovered when he was stung by three as he tried to throw them in the pot. He was making the soup to help ease his rheumatism. Scorpions are eaten in the south of China. They are reared in ‘ranches’, mostly in people’s homes, then sold in the markets. Scorpions have a woody taste and should be eaten whole, except for the tip of the tail – though some recipes suggest that the venom in the tail is rendered harmless by cooking. Either way – I think I will stick to chicken soup thanks.

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This cheese is so disgusting it is illegal – but that doesn’t stop the blackmarket from selling tons of the stuff to locals. Casu Marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese, notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Derived from Pecorino, Casu marzu goes beyond typical fermentation to a stage most would consider decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid seeping out. Casu marzu is considered toxic when the maggots in the cheese have died. Because of this, only cheese in which the maggots are still alive is eaten. Because the larvae in the cheese can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimeters (6 in) when disturbed, diners hold their hands above the sandwich to prevent the maggots from leaping into their eyes. If a diner is not careful to chew the maggots until they are dead, dire consequences can arise: the larvae (which are resistant to stomach acids) have powerful mouthhooks which can lacerate stomach linings or intestinal walls as the maggots attempt to bore through internal organs.

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This is listed as a bonus because it is disputed and even if true, is not common or accepted anywhere in the world. We have all heard the xenophobic tales of Chinese people eating fetuses. This is almost certainly untrue. However, a series of photos were released onto the internet which showed a Chinese man eating a human fetus. It turned out that he was an artist and the photographic series was one of his works of art – entitled “Eating People” (another recent work was a can of human brains). When questioned, the artist (Zhu Yu) claimed that the fetuses were real human fetuses stolen from a medical school. Snopes believes the fetus is a doll’s head attached to a duck’s body. Whether they are real or not, the photograph above is somewhat disturbing!

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