Forward This Message Or You Will Have Bad Luck in the Kitchen for 13 Years


I remember in 3rd grade when I got my first chain letter. I was crazy excited to get mail and have something to do besides homework and soccer practice. Like the letter told me, I immediately wrote it out 7 times and duly sent it across the world, for fear of thirteen years of bad luck. I can’t remember if I got a letter back, or my freckled face was the evil punishment.

It wasn’t until high school that the chain letters went ’round again. Email was new to me and I happily forwarded on crazed messages for fear of bad sex for life. But soon that grew tired too.

Now, I get much tamer, even domesticated chain letters.

Hi everyone!

I don’t normally participate in these things, but I’m trying to cook more so I thought what the heck!  It doesn’t take long and if it works you should get a lot of great new recipes.  Instructions are below 🙂


You have been invited to be a part of a recipe exchange, and I hope you will participate.

Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in position 1 (even if you don’t know them), and it should be something quick, easy and without rare ingredients. Actually, the best one is the one you know in your head and can type right now. Don’t agonize over it; it is the one you make when you are short of time.

After you’ve sent your recipe to the person in position 1 below, and only to that person, copy this letter into a new email, move my name to the top (1) and put your name in position 2. Only mine and your name should show when you send your email. Send to 20 friends. If you cannot do this within 5 days, let me know so it will be fair to those participating.

You should receive 36 recipes. It’s fun to see where they come from! Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas. The turnaround is fast, as there are only 2 names on the list and you only have to do this once.


1) Name / Email
2) Name / Email

I’ve gotten a few of these over the years. And I almost tried it once, just for a blog experiment. But somehow forgot about it when a work email would pop on the screen.

But maybe I’m missing something. I’d love to know if anyone received a useful, interesting, inventive (and not a cream of mushroom soup casserole) recipe from one of these chain letters.


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  • Nancy, Near Philadelphia November 4, 2009  

    Back in the sixties when I was newly married and postage stamps were in the 12-cent range, I received and participated in one of these. I did receive four or five recipes. One was for a hot chicken salad and the other for a sour cream coffee cake. I’ve been making both — by popular demand — for 43 years now. Neither contains mushroom soup! Subsequent participations were far less successful, and I don’t do it any more. But I think I’m going to make hot chicken salad one night this week!

  • Harmony November 4, 2009  

    I’ve gotten the same chain email a few times, but I’ve never responded either. This may sound a bit awful but I am always sure that the only recipes I will get will be for those dreaded canned soup and canned meat casseroles or even worse 17 home made recipes for meatloaf.

  • gansie November 4, 2009  

    but in an era when everyone is a foodie, do you think these recipe chain emails will actually produce something cool? maybe i should actually try and it stop talking shit.

  • gansie November 4, 2009  

    also, where there are a BILLION food blogs out there, does one really need a recipe exchange to find new, quality meal ideas?

    i’m becoming obsessed with this thing. (wow, chain letters really do work)

  • Keri November 4, 2009  

    I participated a few years ago where there were 3 others already on the list. I submitted my recipe, & I never received anything back! How lame!

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