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Vincent Price's Crocodile Cucumber

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

Vincent Price, spook-tacular star of thrilling, chilling cinematic fame, was also a major foodie and chef. I came across his recipe for "Crocodile Cucumber" (sort of charcuterie becomes reptile) at lovely Jenny Hammerton's AND was quite pleased to see there was a contest to submit your own crocodile by Nov 1, 2021. Never one to resist a recipe challenge, I of course entered, and my pics are below.

I actually named mine Alvin the Alligator. Doesn't he look like he's just crawled out of the Louisiana swamp, ready for a party?!

UPDATE: I WON SECOND PRIZE!!! In the contest judged by none other than Ms. Victoria Price, Vincent's daughter! More here!

Here's Vincent's official recipe. Courtesy of Jenny at

I even took Alvin out on a neighborhood spree! About 4 blocks from my house is the most haunted spot in New Orleans, the former home of the infamous, monstrous, Madame Lalaurie. I think Alvin looks especially "Vincent Price-y" in front of a haunted mansion, don't you?

By the way, Alvin has a lot in common with the Grapefruit Sputnik Snack Ship from the Patio Party chapter of my cookbook, The Infinite Feast.

And, drumroll, here's what I won for coming in second place in the contest—I was so thrilled when my award-winning finger arrived in the post from London. The London finger! (a.k.a. Spooky Finger Candle from Wailing Dip.)

I certainly hope Vincent would find my crocodile agreeably chilling!

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