Introduction to The Secret Ingredient: Tasty Recipes with an Unusual Twist

For years, proud cooks have boasted that their own special version of a popular recipe included a “secret ingredient” that made their dish exceptional. They carefully guarded this “top secret” information to maintain a culinary edge over their competition.

Out of sheer boredom, many cooks began combining common ingredients in dishes where you’d least expect to find them, in an attempt to spark their own creativity and surprise and delight the taste buds of their families and dinner guests.

Many other unusual ingredient combinations came about because of cooking contests sponsored by large food and beverage corporations in their quest to generate more sales for their products. Cooks everywhere challenged their culinary expertise to concoct thousands of tasty recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. And the search for these unique flavor combinations continues to this day.

The Secret Ingredient: Tasty Recipes with an Unusual Twist is a collection of just a small sampling of these recipes for using familiar ingredients in an unexpected combination.

Some are tried and true favorites, developed many years ago, like Apple Pie with Ketchup, 7-Up Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, Cola Sloppy Joe’s and Popcorn Salad. Others are delectable new concoctions like Pork n’ Bean Bread, Chicken with Maple Syrup, Kool-Aid Barbecue Pork Ribs, Tomato Soup Crock Pot Cake and Twinkie Ice Cream Shake.

This cookbook includes more than 90 uncommonly delicious recipes for beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, breads, sauces, main dishes, side dishes, sandwiches and desserts that use common ingredients with an unusual twist. You’ll want to try them all!
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