Whenever I make cakerized Italian food, you can't imagine the grief I have to endure from my Eye-talian better half. “There you go again,” he’ll say. “Bastardizing my culture.” So when I served him this lasagna, complete with cottage cheese and tomato soup, I put in my earplugs. Good job I didn’t have my blindfold on or else I would’ve missed seeing him go back for seconds. Just don’t tell his mother.
Source: Coverless Eaton's Employees Cookbook
This is my mom’s (aka The Caker Queen) signature dish. I grew up on this casserole and look at how
Source: The Caker Queen
Most people think Saltines were invented for Campbell's soup and hand-torn squares of Kraft Singles. But Mr. Christie was a caker and invented soda crackers for another reason: Skor Bars. You don’t think they’ll taste good, but they do. You’re amazed. So you eat more. Then you get depressed and wonder if your new Jordache jeans will fit. Which leads to you eating more. Which comforts you. Which leads you to eating more. In other words, the story of my life.
Source: The Best of Enbridge
Sometimes, I brought the casseroles I made on this blog to my mom. Unlike my Eye-talian partner, she has some pretty low standards. Thankfully. When she tried Cheghetti, she said it was better than her Macaroni Casserole. Sound the clarinets and get Donahue on the phone! This is big news! This has spaghetti, ground beef and Velveeta. Warning: Velveeta is ridiculously expensive. Why is fake cheese more expensive than real cheese? It’s a mystery that will continue to haunt me for years to come.
Source: From Our Kitchens…With Love, Glen Ayr United Church Women
Mock Apple Pie
Look, I know many of you are skeptical. But this right here is a modern-day miracle. This pie has no apples and tastes exactly like an apple pie. You can thank Ritz crackers for that. Make this for your next staff potluck and you’ll be the talk of the party. Sure, you may get some funny looks. But cakers have been getting funny looks for years.
Source: A.R.C. Industries Cookbook
It’s about to get real ugly up in here, so you may want to put on those rose-coloured glasses. I excluded reader recipes from this list because there were so many it didn’t seem fair.
I don’t consider myself an overly religious person but if I was going to find a way to represent the resurrection of Christ, I don’t think I’d immediately reach for the Pillsbury crescent rolls and a bag of marshmallows. I mean, don’t you think Jesus would be a little put off by this? “At least you could’ve used a croissant,” he’d probably say.
Source: Canadian Bible Society Celebration Cookbook
I don’t know what drugs cakers took in the seventies, but no one, and I repeat NO ONE, should ever mix vegetables with JELL-O. If the Good Lord had wanted JELL-O and vegetables to be brought together, He would’ve invented vegetello. But He didn’t. So stay away. Or else the locusts will come. I’m serious about this.
Source: St. Luke's United Church Cookbook
It’s not that it tasted bad, but damn if this dish didn’t hit every branch of the ugly tree on its way down. In case you’re wondering, you’re looking at a meat loaf with a hole filled with creamed corn. And let’s not get started on the name! Imagine turning to your dinner guests and asking, “Now, who wants to taste my Corn Ring?” People will start wondering if they’re at one of those keys parties.
Source: The Cooking Secrets of First United Church Women
Green Salad Mold
Science is one of those blessing/curse things. Yes, it’s great that we have a vaccine for polio. No, it’s not good that we can solidify vegetables. Sometimes, gelatin is used for evil means.
Source: Knox On-Camera Recipes: A Completely New Guide to Gel-Cookery
"This is Terrible – the Soda is Overwhelming!" Cherry Pudding
Occasionally, recipes in my cookbooks have handwritten notes next to them, like “Good!” and “Al’s favourite!” and “Why am I so lonely?” I made this Cherry Pudding because of the critical note next to it. And yes, the soda was overwhelming. It was horrible. I can only assume the recipe was typed incorrectly or there’s a psychotic caker running around London, Ontario, having a good laugh at everyone’s expense. Don’t make this. Ever.
Source: London Newcomers' Cook Book
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for making the time for me over the years and for joining me on my caker journey. I hope you’ve learned – and made – a few things along the way, whether you’re a caker or not.
May there always be a casserole waiting for you at the end of the day. Preferably one with crushed potato chips on top.