The holiday season is filled with gift-giving, friends and family, and potlucks. Potlucks are a great way to serve a variety of foods at a party with minimal effort; however, it comes with a risk—you never know how good of a cook someone is until you taste their food.
Canada’s Global News Calgary’s anchors participated in a week-long segment where each brought in one of their favorite holiday dishes. Global Calgary’s traffic reporter Leslie Horton’s homemade artichoke dip was the talk of the studio, but not for the right reasons.
“I’m going to make you guys try it,” Horton said as she stifled a laugh.
Horton showed off her artichoke dip to her co-workers and the TV audience and it looked less than desirable, as evidenced by Jordan Witzel’s reaction upon seeing it.
As she showed off her dip she admitted it wasn’t her first choice—she wanted to bring a fruit cake—but her family insisted she make something since all of her other co-workers did.
She handed out the dip and none of her co-workers seemed thrilled about trying it.
Despite it’s unappealing look, Horton insisted her fellow anchors try the dip, live on television.
“It didn’t work out,” Horton said as she scooped the dip out and handed it to each one of her co-workers. “I’m telling you right now, this did not work out.”
Witzel, the news team’s meteorologist, took a second or two to form his opinion.
After Horton’s first victim tried the dip, Global Calgary’s Amber Schinkel tried the dip. Schinkel’s co-host, Scott Fee placed his generous portion down, opting to watch his co-workers double over as a result of laughter and disgust.
Both Schinkel and Witzel said the dip tasted overwhelmingly of vinegar, while Fee questioned if the artichoke dip, which he thought smelled like a barn, was even edible.
The traffic reporter insisted there was not an ounce of vinegar in the dip, but did agree that “something went terribly wrong.”
Their reactions said it all.
While Witzel had no shame in spitting the dip out into a napkin on live television, Schinkel was more reserved with her reaction.
“It burns,” she said as she tried to keep her composure.
This is probably the last time anyone asks Horton to contribute to a cooking segment.
According to Global Calgary, Horton’s sister gave her the recipe for the artichoke dip and whenever her sister makes it the dip is “delicious.”
So, what happened?
Horton confessed that she didn’t exactly follow the recipe. Instead of fresh artichokes, she used marinated artichokes, and rather than a lemon she used a “dry mandarin orange.” And then as if she hadn’t already switched up enough of the ingredients, she threw in some celery salt and oregano.
“So, how are you enjoying it, Amber?”
“She [Horton’s sister] wants everyone to know the recipe was not at fault, it was operator error on my part,” Horton later told Global Calgary.