some fall in love. i shatter.

Recipe For Disaster (#13)

In Stories Volume 1 on May 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm


2 cups student loans (fresh or frozen)

1 cup bad economy

1 pinch savings

1 tbsp. friendly exes

1 tsp. divorced parents

1/2 cup jealousy, diced

1 body image issue, diced

1 small apartment, chopped

2 tbsp. fear of commitment

1 tbsp. resentment (optional)

1/4 pound (1 stick) lofty expectations built from Hollywood movies (melted)

1/2 pound (about 10 sheets) dreams deferred (most brands offer 6×6).

Brother sleeping on couch to taste (can substitute with annoying friend if brother isn’t in season or is unavailable in your area)



  1. Chop or defrost student loans (if frozen, press out as much water as possible).  In a large bowl, mix together the student loans and the bad economy with a fork, making sure they are well combined.  Mix in the savings, the friendly exes, the divorced parents, the jealousy, the body issue, the small apartment, the fear of commitment, and the resentment (optional).
  2. Melt half of the lofty expectations built from Hollywood movies.  Brush a thin film of the expectations onto a sheet of dreams deferred, then place 2 tbsp. of the filling onto half of the dream, spreading the filling as evenly as possible.  Fold the other side of the dreams over, forming a 3×6 rectangle, and pinch the edges shut (the lofty expectations should make the dreams malleable).  As you finish, place each disaster in an oven-safe new city in which neither of you have friends.
  3. Heat the oven to 400ºF and bake for 10 minutes before rotating the new city and gently flipping the disasters, being careful not to let the filling spill out.  Continue to bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.  The disasters are ready when you see the deferred dreams beginning to char around the edges.
  4. Brush on the remaining melted expectations and if using brother sleeping on the couch, sprinkle conservatively over the top of the disasters as a small amount can go a long way.


Serves 2 with no leftovers.



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