johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

Stretching the definition of recipe

It seems like there are a few ingredients required before something can legitimately be called a recipe, and one of those ingredients is that it have multiple ingredients.

This criterion disqualifies a recent "recipe" presented in a Sunday Boston Globe coupon section. The recipe reads as follows:


6 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 jar (1lb, 10oz.) Ragu Organic Pasta Sauce
  • Assorted Dippers (cubed cheese, blanched vegetables, cooked tortellini, garlic bread cubes, meatballs)

In 2-quart saucepan, heat Pasta Sauce over medium heat. Turn into fondue pot or serving dish and serve warm with Assorted Dippers.

I'll draw a line just to emphasize---that is in fact the entire recipe. You've just seen the dumbest recipe ever. Perhaps next week they will share with us the secret recipe for APPLE.

(I'd also like to point out that Assorted Dippers is not a specific product name, and the fact that it is capitalized is a humorous attempt to add some self-importance to a "recipe" that is otherwise sorely lacking it.)

The interesting part of the recipe is the Assorted Dippers. I mean, I guess I don't really have 100% confidence that I can turn out a good set of garlic bread cubes, and I certainly can't make edible meatballs. But those are the given here. You must already have these things. What we will show you how to do instead is heat tomato sauce out of a jar and "turn" (in my neck of the woods we say "dump") it into a fondue pot. Just make sure you allot yourself 20 minutes to complete this task. Don't forget the candles.

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