The Smell Of Canned Tuna

Posted on Jun 29 2011 - 6:17am by RetroRuth

Well, my kitchen pretty much reeks like canned tuna. Tom and I have been cooking up tuna recipes like crazy. In fact, it’s gotten so crazy that every single time I start cooking in the kitchen the cats come running, expecting some kind of fishy handout. I’m getting tired of explaining to them, yet again, that cereal does NOT have tuna in it, no matter what they think. It’s especially bad when you try to open a can of anything. They are positive that underneath those peaches is a goldmine of tuna.  I’ve started showing them what’s in the cans just so they leave me the heck alone.

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But there is an upside to this.  For us, anyway. Of the numerous recipes we have tried so far, not a single one has been gag-worthy. Crazy, huh?  I mean, not all of them have been good. Some of them have just been edible. But a surprising number of them have been yummy.

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I know. I’m shocked too.


It’s sad in a sense, because I was all pumped to unveil a finalist today, but the recipes I had under my hat that I was SO SURE were going to be gross ended up being good. And then they were eaten. With enthusiasm. So, I am going back to the drawing board (read: my pile of printed emails) and I’m going to try to pull out a real scorcher for next week. Wish us luck.

Of a sort.


On the flipside of this, the competition for the best tuna recipe is fierce.  There might even be some sort of tie. And we aren’t even finished testing yet, so it will be amazing to see what unfolds.

Oh, and if you recognize your recipe in these pictures, don’t tell others what it is in the comments! Secrecy, people!

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Toni June 29, 2011 at 11:04 am - Reply

    You REALLY know how to build suspense!

    • RetroRuth June 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Toni! I hope it’s all worth it in the end!

  2. Andrea June 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I am totally laughing at your cats, that is too funny! That second picture is a bit of a lumpy alarming mess!

    • RetroRuth June 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Scary, huh???

  3. Sara In AZ June 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    So, are you telling me that even the tuna recipe with all that green stuff in it tastes good? 🙂

    • RetroRuth June 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Oh, I can’t tell you that…yet. 😉 Let’s just say it isn’t going to make it into the top 4.

  4. Brie July 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Please tell me that green glob contains canned green beans (french style of course) and EGGS? I’m going to be sick.

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