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Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

For Thursday's big Independence Day party, one of my contributions was an Oreo Cream Pie, which my 6yo daughter begged to make after seeing it on the cover of a magazine at the supermarket checkout. It was DEVOURED and raved about. I have since received phone calls, emails, and texts asking for the recipe, both from people who had some and people who "missed out" but have heard about it. I am unashamedly telling them all about it: premade Oreo pie crust; filling of cream cheese, sugar, Cool Whip, vanilla pudding mix, and crushed Oreos; topping of more Cool Whip and more crumbled Oreos. Even shared my "secret" that the recipe called for 8 crushed Oreos, and we instead used a whole package of The Double Stuff ones. My (much more image-conscious than me, apparently) sister just said to me "I cannot BELIEVE you are admitting to people that you actually served that crap!" She seems really bothered. What, should I have pretended it was made from real whipped cream and chocolate wafers and homemade cooked custard?

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  1. If it tastes................or for that matter...feels..........good........who cares what some snot nosed sister says. Folks ate it liked it. You start lieing about the recipe, what does that say?

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    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

      I agree! I didn't even try the thing, but people apparently loved it. My sister is acting like I'm raining shame on the family honor or something, like I don't remember how she used to eat jello mix by licking her finger and dipping it into the package!

      1. re: tracytrace

        There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with having something that tastes great, even if made with "prepared" ingredients. It is the craft and the presentation that counts as much as the taste.

        You ever buy one of those "handcrafted Rain forest-saving oh so chi-chi" box of cookies crackers only to bite down on moldy cardboard? Or have your sister slave over a recipe "from scratch" that took her 3 days to make that still tasted like bilge water?

        Be proud you served something folks loved! I presume your family would rather be remembered for being fun and providing tasty dishes............than...whatever. The honor is intact.

        Besides...I'm impressed as all hell that you did it and it worked...I gotta go try it!

        1. re: tracytrace

          Hilarious ... if only you had pix of her doing that, they'd be so postable right now!

          My mother is into the same type of upset re 'you embarrassed the family.' I read it's a sign of a narcissist.

          I am all for living life without shame, including any forays into Oreo recipes.

          1. re: tracytrace

            Why don't you just tell folks that it is your sister's own secret recipe? Oh, I am so evil....

        2. That Oreo dessert is the kind of thing that flies out of dishes at picnics!
          Pudding with 'Nilla wafers gets gobbled up.
          Lemon Fluff is my personal favorite-- a no bake dessert!

          Perhaps, maybe, just maybe, you sister doth protest too much? A touch of jealousy??

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          1. re: monavano

            You just may be on to something there. I also made a fresh strawberry tart on a homemade shortbread crust, and this sister made a complicated blueberry meringue concoction, and those were politely tasted, but the Oreo pie and my cousins pistachio pudding/canned pineapple/Cool Whip thingy were wiped out in minutes!

          2. That dessert was served at the same party every year by a friend of ours, and when I finally asked her for the recipe I was floored to know that its heart and soul was Kool-Whip! I was also delighted, because that fact had called me out on my anti-Kool-Whip snobbery, and serve me right! So I've got no patience at all with anyone who's not only a snob, but angry that you aren't one too!

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            1. re: Will Owen

              I make a nice key lime cheesecake and look forward to finishing it off with a tub of Cool Whip Light. The work is done and I get to gild the lilly with something from my freezer.

            2. I'm known as the chocolate baker in my family. I make my own chocolates, cakes, cookies, etc. A few months ago I was pressed for time (and, honestly, feeling a little lazy). I bought a pre-made Oreo pie crust, filled it with chocolate mousse from a dr oetker mix and topped it with reddi whip. Not wanting to be *too* embarrassed, I did shave some good dark chocolate on top. Yep, it was a hit . . . totally devoured. I guess everyone assumed it was a complicated recipe, so nobody asked.

              A few weeks later, I related the "recipe" to a non-baker coworker looking for a dessert for a family function. Yep, it was a hit . . . totally devoured.

              Sandra Lee would be proud. Me, not so much. But since people liked it, I'd 'fess up to the "recipe." And I expect they'd rather have that than my oft-requested toffee recipe that leaves them slack-jawed and requesting that I make another batch ;)

              1. Not only am I not embarrassed about trashy recipes, I started a thread on Dirty recipes and it's massive. See here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577088 It inspired us to host a "Very Trashy Dinner Party" and there wasn't a dish that everyone didn't love.

                I love making complicated recipes but sometimes you just want something quick and easy that appeals to most people. Whenever I bring Crockpot Meatballs, people practically lick the crockpot clean. And I have no problem telling them what's in it.

                I once made chocolate lasagna for a dinner party, which involved making homemade lasagna noodles (using cocoa in the dough), cooking and draining the noodles, making vanilla mousse, raspberry mousse, raspberry puree and chocolate truffle "meatballs". It was super neat but didn't get the yummms and wows that Triple Chocolate Mess (linked in the above thread) gets every time I bring it somewhere.

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                1. re: Chris VR

                  Whoa, that thread is AWESOME! I see a Very Trashy Dinner Party in my future. My other, non-judgy sister makes your Triple Chocolate Mess, but calls it Crockpot Chocolate Cobbler. i like your name better, and it is amaaazing with vanilla ice cream!

                  1. re: tracytrace

                    Oh God, that is brilliant, just change the name. I love the big pot of navy beans boiled with salt pork and potatoes that my great-grandmother used to make. I just renamed it: Deconstructed Cassoulet. And her Fried Mush can be Polenta a la Parilla.

                    1. re: tracytrace

                      funny how the name of basically the same dessert changes for that chocolate delight.
                      I call my version Triple C

                    2. re: Chris VR

                      ChrisVR, I have to say again, that thread is AWESOME! I have read the whole thing, and I am so hungry right now. This is going to be my go-to resource for potlucks and parties for the foreseeable future! Thank you so much for posting the link. I love the dirtiness!

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        I used to make a crock pot party meatball using frozen prepared meatballs, equal parts Heinz chili or bbq sauce and Welche's grape jelly. People couldn't get enough of them! Never had any left over.

                        1. re: boyzoma

                          this is one of the most failsafe recipes ever. You'll always take home an empty crockpot.

                          1. re: boyzoma

                            This recipe was a highlight of the "bad party dish" thread... yet everyone who has made it and taken it to a party always finds that it disappears first

                            1. re: Firegoat

                              I know - It's the "nastiest" good food that I know! Go figure. You can also do the same with "Lil Smokies" sausages. Same thing. They go first. Just remember to supply lots of toothpicks!!!

                              1. re: boyzoma

                                We did the same thing in undergrad except with regular hot dogs that were sliced and cut up into bite-sized pieces.