Recipe Poems

A Conjuring by A Conjuring

Grandmother's Bread by Wilda Morris

Raspberry Mousse; or, Wherein I Unwittingly Assist My Ex-husband, Who, On Behalf of our Son, Prepares My Mother's Day Dessert by Joanie DiMartino

Deconstructing Chicken by Adina Cassal

Collage by Lisa Mase

Foraging by Carolyn Wells

The Baker by Janine Certo

A Poem That Wants to Call Itself a Recipe by Jax Peters Lowell

Corn Chowder by Penny Baert Zywusko

Kugel by Sharon Lask Munson

Muffin of the Morning by James B. Nicola

simplicity by Lois Baer Barr

Recipe for Disaster by Jonathan Pacic

Affogato by Lettie

Fall Harvest by Holly Mitchell

The Apple by Kerry Ruef

Brunswick Stew by Lyle Estill

Two Poems by Brenda Butka

Bread by Eva Szabo

Squash Blossoms by Allison Wilkins

Our Table by Joan Seliger Sidney

Recipe for Spaghetti all'Amatriciana by Georganne Harmon

The Agony of the Leaves by Gail Bellamy

Greens by Paulette Licitra

Strudel by Eva Szabo

The Almost Adulterer's Guide to Menu Planning by Michele Battiste

The Pie Series by David Colagiovanni, Melissa Haviland, and Becca J.R. Lachman

Midsummer's Night's Spaghetti with Saffron by Johannes Berchtold

A Cannibal's Suicide by Dean Kostos

From the Garden by Nancy Vienneau

orang slizez jell o shotz by Amy Stetzl

Phở bò Hà Nội by Kelly Morse

Cooking Class, Marrakesh by Georganne Harmon

Spread Triolet by Dana Stamps

The Things Kids Eat by Paulette Licitra

Maybe This Year by Esther Cohen

Braociole by Joseph Bathanti

Basque Cooking by Richard Hedderman

Two Poems by Adrienne Christian

Jailhouse Crack by Harlan Richards

Cinnamon Sticks by Wally Swist

Best of Both by Nancy Vienneau

Jailhouse Crack

by Harlan Richards

September 2012    

You can keep your cocaine, meth and all the rest,
I came to prison and found the best.
Nothing is as good for a snack,
As homemade jailhouse crack.
The rush, the pleasure, the urge to eat all,
Of the succulent, sweet siren call.
Make it myself, no greater pleasure found,
Cook it up, cool it down. Just throw in some cocoa, ice tea and water,
Round it all off with peanuts and butter.
Try some and see, I’m sure you’ll agree,
Peanut brittle’s the only drug for me.


Peanut Brittle

2 ½ to 3 scoops of ice tea mix (equal to approximately 50 sugar packets)
5 or 6 individual packets of instant cocoa
4 pats butter
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
1 cup water
1 – 3 ½ oz. package of peanuts

Combine ice tea mix, cocoa, butter, coffee, and water in a large bowl (with tall sides) and cook in microwave approx. 20 minutes. Take out and stir every 40-50 seconds during the 20 minutes. When it gets close to the 20 minutes, test for doneness by eating a small piece. It if crackles when you bite down on it, it is done.

Crush up peanuts and mix into candy mixture. Put back into microwave and bring it back up to temperature. Pour out on flat bowl lids and spread to depth of ¼ to ½ inch. Cut candy into bite-sized squares while still warm or let cool off and break into pieces.

Harlan Richards came late to his penchant for waxing poetic, beginning on his 56th birthday in 2010. Since then, he had had poems accepted or published by Verse Wisconsin, Samsara, Italian Americana, Love’s Choice and other publications. You can read more of his poems along with political essays at his website.

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