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eel Sep 19, 2012 12:55 PM

My food club is having a dinner with the theme "scary food."

We're pretty upscale as to ingredients and techniques so nothing is off the table. What I don’t want: squid ink anything (taken), offal (taken/done for past theme), balut, fugu, nor anything cute like spider web decorated cupcakes, cookies in the shape of fingers, etc.

My only thought so far is something referencing pink slime—not to actually cook with it but make something that looks like it or relates to it. Don’t know what.

So, you creative cooks out there, any ideas?

  1. Musie Oct 11, 2012 05:13 AM

    I immediately thought of Heston Blumenthal's gothic feast. Here's a link to an article on his feast that he created, you may find it rather inspiring.


    1. orythedog Oct 9, 2012 07:24 PM

      Tête de veau

      1. LA Buckeye Fan Oct 9, 2012 07:07 PM

        Anything my ex-mother-in-law ever cooked? :)

        1. eclecticsynergy Oct 8, 2012 08:13 AM

          Maybe a nice bowl or two of blood worms.


          1. eclecticsynergy Oct 8, 2012 07:35 AM

            MEAT HEAD


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            1. re: eclecticsynergy
              DuchessNukem Oct 8, 2012 08:24 AM

              Sweet! I'm thinking T-day appetizer!

            2. eclecticsynergy Oct 8, 2012 07:30 AM

              Devil eggs; you could color the yolks orange and make 'em scary hot.

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              1. re: eclecticsynergy
                suzigirl Oct 13, 2012 03:41 PM

                Stealing this one too to send to work with my sweetie. Looks like pouty devils

              2. eclecticsynergy Oct 8, 2012 07:25 AM

                Watermelon brain- this one ought to qualify.

                1. eclecticsynergy Oct 8, 2012 07:23 AM

                  Octopus soup, unless it's too "cutesy..."

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                  1. re: eclecticsynergy
                    suzigirl Oct 13, 2012 03:39 PM

                    I am doing that with potpie near Halloween. That's cute

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                    lovemissy Oct 7, 2012 11:46 PM

                    Ok, I may be reading your post wrong and this may not even be anything like what your asking for. Espceially if your saying your upscale dining. I don't have money and never have eaten upscale but have watche a lot of cooking shows. This is a pic of Meatloaf hands I made with Mash potatos. The cheese & ketchup or tomatoe sauce under the broiler makes it look burnt. Im sure with better ingredients and more time it could look a lot better than this. But, it's just an idea.

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                      j8715 Sep 21, 2012 12:57 PM


                      very few would actually try it when i served this.

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                        drongo Sep 21, 2012 01:14 PM

                        My wife is of Norwegian ancestry and she periodically inflicts some of these foods on me. I shall have to make sure she never sees this website!!

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                        Puffin3 Sep 21, 2012 09:09 AM

                        Watch 'Nothing But Trouble' with Demi Moore and John Candy. Check out the 'dinner' scene where the huge grey sausages travel round the table. Now THAT's a scary dinner. LOL

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                          tastesgoodwhatisit Sep 21, 2012 01:22 AM

                          Fish head soup?

                          Or serve one of my favourite dishes from a restaurant chain in Japan - a bowl of white rice topped with natto, tororo (grated japanese mountain potato - it comes out very slimy), sliced okra and tuna sashimi, topped with a raw egg. The Japanese apparently translates as "bomb bowl".

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                          1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
                            Bill Hunt Sep 21, 2012 08:39 PM

                            Wasn't that a Rolling Stones album? No, cancel that. It was "Goat's Head Soup."


                          2. Bill Hunt Sep 20, 2012 07:40 PM

                            "Scary food," eh?

                            Going back some years now, there was a US outbreak of Mad Cow Disease. We then attended a culinary event at our country club, along with a wine maker and his offerings. The mains that night were Calves' Brains." Oh, what bad, and scary timing! I do not think that any of the 50 +/- in attendance ate the main dish.

                            That WAS "scary," but probably NOT what you are looking for.


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                              calliope_nh Sep 20, 2012 07:10 PM

                              Longon or lychee eyeballs. http://www.foodchannel.com/files/0001...

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                                small h Sep 20, 2012 06:30 PM

                                I find p'tcha pretty terrifying. Also that bacon-wrapped turkey that appears on Chowhound every so often. It's a traditional dish for zombie Thanksgiving, I think.

                                1. kubasd Sep 20, 2012 01:56 PM

                                  Procure some take-out containers from Olive Garden (or other similarly maligned chain) and serve your own food in those....

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                                    nemo Sep 20, 2012 12:39 PM

                                    Here's a link to Penn & Teller's Bleeding Heart cake, but you could always use FriedClamFanatic's suggestion of a heart and use an anatomically correct Jell-O heart mold and Jell-O instead of cake.


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                                      4X4 Sep 20, 2012 11:52 AM

                                      Kitty litter cake: http://www.kidskuisine.com/kitty-litt...

                                      1. cayjohan Sep 20, 2012 11:09 AM

                                        Oh boy...if you really want to reference pink slime, try the Finnish vispipuuro. First, take a look: http://www.google.com/search?q=vispip...

                                        The first time I saw "pink slime" images, I flashed immediately to this pudding, one of our family's all-time favorites. There are many recipes, but at the core, it's a berry (we always used fresh cranberries) and farina pudding that is chilled and whipped. It's delicious, by the way. And pretty, if one is not just thinking of pink slime.

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                                          FoodPopulist Sep 20, 2012 10:15 AM

                                          In the Momofuku cookbook, David Chang turns over some pages to Wylie Dufresne to talk about "meat glue", so if you want to get your molecular gastronomy on, you can use some transglutaminase to make a franken-steak. Perhaps it would be too cute to put together poultry parts in the shape of a human so that you can make a "tastes like chicken" joke.

                                          Aspic can look scary.

                                          1. drongo Sep 20, 2012 09:57 AM

                                            What about stargazy pie?


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                                            1. re: drongo
                                              suzigirl Sep 20, 2012 01:31 PM

                                              Week. That is gay alright. Gazing right at me.

                                              1. re: suzigirl
                                                chartreauxx Sep 20, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                excuse me if i'm reading you wrong, suzigirl, and i'm really sorry if i am, but did you just use "gay" as a derogatory term?

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                                                  suzigirl Sep 20, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                  Oh lord I wish I had reread that. I meant gazy. I wouldnt post something like that. I am not that heartless or mean. It was my spellcheck. My bad. It was supposed to say eek not week also. Stupid spellcheck.

                                                  Supposed to say " Eeek. That is gazy alright. Gazing right at me"

                                                  1. re: suzigirl
                                                    chartreauxx Sep 20, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                    hahahah whew! *^_^* so glad i asked! you may appreciate this...


                                                    1. re: chartreauxx
                                                      suzigirl Sep 20, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                      I'm glad you asked too. Now people won't think I'm a jerk. That is totally funny. Thanks for that

                                                      1. re: suzigirl
                                                        chartreauxx Sep 20, 2012 03:18 PM

                                                        as a friend of mine says, never attribute to malice, what spellcheck might explain! <-- words to live by :-)

                                                        1. re: chartreauxx
                                                          kubasd Sep 20, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                          Amen, sistah! or brotha.... I don't know which...

                                                          I am actually the worst at determining someone's sex on here. I swear, every day I'll be sitting here and think "OMG I thought that was a man/woman! Hope I haven't embarrassed myself this time!"

                                                          1. re: kubasd
                                                            suzigirl Sep 20, 2012 03:52 PM

                                                            I thought I was the worst at the guy/girl guessing.

                                                          2. re: chartreauxx
                                                            suzigirl Sep 20, 2012 03:30 PM

                                                            Tell your friend they are very wise.

                                                      2. re: suzigirl
                                                        drongo Sep 21, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                        That's classic... I really did think you had responded to my post with "Weak. That is gay...".

                                                        1. re: drongo
                                                          suzigirl Sep 21, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                          I am so sorry that you thought that. I was trying to be funny. Guess my odd sense of humor and my spellcheck aren't compatable. ;-) I thought your pie was a good idea. Very creepy.

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                                                  gembellina Sep 20, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                  Always the best point of reference for upscale cookery, there was an episode of Come Dine with Me a while ago where they guy did a roast rib of beef but he removed the outer layer of fat, or acquired a roll of fat from elsewhere, then re-barded the joint after it was cooked. Because the fat was really dried out, it looked a bit like the whole thing was rotting, iirc. I couldn't find any pictures online.

                                                  You could also do a tower of sugared fruits, on an antique-looking stand, with cobwebs strewn around and maybe some bugs - I'm thinking Miss Havisham's abandoned wedding feast.

                                                  1. drongo Sep 20, 2012 09:15 AM

                                                    Pig's head.

                                                    Or sheep's head.

                                                    Scary-looking but delicious.

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                                                      DuchessNukem Oct 11, 2012 05:38 AM

                                                      Ooooh, you just took me back to growing up in a Greek neighborhood, and seeing those sheep heads in the meat counters. Complete with eyes. I'm sure they could be prepared to be delicious but man they scared me:


                                                      Scariest food on CH: "I forgot my sauce/stock/meat on the stove overnight - is it still good?"

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                                                        drongo Oct 11, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                        FANTASTIC picture! That's even scarier than I remember.

                                                    2. Gio Sep 20, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                      Liver, kidneys, tongue with a nice Chianti...

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                                                        ChillyDog Sep 20, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                        And fava beans, of course.

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                                                        FriedClamFanatic Sep 20, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                        I wonder if there is a way to line a bowl with strands of linguini and spaghetti (cooked) and then fill it with pink jello.....turn it out on a plate and remove the spaghetti bits to make it look like a brain?

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                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                                                          cheesymama Oct 10, 2012 03:37 AM

                                                          Jello has come out with a brain shaped mold this year, and it comes with a recipe book! One recipe includes some cream cheese, looks more like brain!

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                                                          Bkeats Sep 20, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                          How about an entire cow tongue? I like the taste but when you see one on a table, it looks so much like....well, a giant tongue. Would freak the bejeezus out of a lot of people I know.

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                                                          1. re: Bkeats
                                                            Jeri L Oct 9, 2012 07:31 PM

                                                            I was traumatized for life by my parents storing a whole boiled tongue in the fridge periodically through my childhood (whenever we got a side of beef). I still haven't tried it.

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                                                            nemo Sep 20, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                            Insects -- fried for dinner, chocolate-dipped, or lollipops for dessert.

                                                            1. chartreauxx Sep 19, 2012 11:08 PM

                                                              souffle. strikes terror into the heart of all attempting it,

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                                                                FriedClamFanatic Sep 19, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                ok.you.and several Vodkas got my sick, demented mind going............

                                                                Hard boiled eggs, sliced like devilled eggs..scoop out the yolks for something else...put one of those raw baby clams in the hole and give it a squirt of Srichiacha for "pink-eye"

                                                                Sculpt a "nose" outta a carrot.with two snots of green garlicky mayo

                                                                Finish off with a jagged mouth of thinly sliced canteloupe that is "bleeding" a bit of raspberry jam

                                                                Actually, the combo, eaten in succesion, might not be so bad

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                                                                  Vidute Sep 19, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                  Anything with trans-fats, hfcs, meat glue, rice.

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                                                                    Tripeler Oct 8, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                    Vidute, don't forget the Pink Slime!

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                                                                      Vidute Oct 10, 2012 09:55 PM


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                                                                    Tara57 Sep 19, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                    Black pudding
                                                                    Blood soup
                                                                    Painfully hot and spicy
                                                                    Frog legs

                                                                    1. al b. darned Sep 19, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                      Anything with SPAM.

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                                                                        FriedClamFanatic Sep 19, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                        Raw oysters or clams with a bit of blood-red sauce on them

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                                                                          wattacetti Sep 19, 2012 02:12 PM

                                                                          So you want something that looks visually revolting then?

                                                                          Serve some cod that hasn't been verified for parasites. Or get some yamaimo and grind yourself some snot; reinforce with natto to look like boogers.

                                                                          Update: you can serve the latter as a side alongside some braised snout (done like rafute).

                                                                          Update 2: I did think of something else but it depends on whether you can get the base product - fermented tofu, as in stinky tofu or the fermented varieties which have the mycelia all over it.

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