Stressed Out Casserole Recipe

Type of Literature: Poem/Song

Old: “The Child’s Faith is New” Emily Dickinson (1862)

New: “Stressed Out” 21 Pilots (2015)

Nothing says, “Let’s finish this meal faster,” than the Stressed Out casserole. Packed with time crunches and a gentle steam of student debt, this creation tingles taste buds with nostalgia. Venture back to your childhood with this dish that naivety never saw coming.


1 cup of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Child’s Faith is New”

1 cup of 21 Pilot’s song “Stressed Out”

1 can of condensed childhood memories

1/2 cup of wisdom gained through pain

1 teaspoon of growing pains sauce

1 dash of the need to earn a living

4 cups of cooked childhood purity and innocence

1 1/3 cups of fried hope

How to Make It

1. Stir the ingredients with verve into a large bowl. The more brutality you use when you mix the elements, the better. Make sure the growing pains, fried hope, and wisdom gained through pain blends well into the mixture.

2. Bake at 401K (if your oven doesn’t use Kelvin try, 262 Fahrenheit) for 18 years.

3. Bake another four years until childhood purity is baked a golden brown or until bubbles of student debt and sorrow surface.

Recipe Tips

  • The taste of childhood innocence, when burnt and almost decimated, should give off a pungent flavor. However, if you fear the ingredient will lack savor, add 2/3 cups of wisdom gained through pain.
  • The cups of “Stressed Out” and “The Child’s Faith is New” blend best through the use of ingredients that reflect childhood innocence that burns when introduced to wisdom, hurt, and the dying fantasies of a child (for specific ingredients for imagination, try “build a rocket ship” or ruling a kingdom as “emperor)
  • For agony lovers, add a dash of mistrust, and a pinch of stoicism.

Chef’s Notes

I recommend the Stressed Out casserole to those who want to saturate in childhood nostalgia. However, those with health problems may want to beware. Taste testers of the casserole have previously experienced heart break and insatiable moods of longing for the past (including the author of this article).

The casserole is not recommended for anyone below the age of 18. However, if it were up to the author of this article, no one should be allowed to eat such a dish.’s-faith-is-new



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Old is the new new . . .

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We live believing the lie: old can never mix with new (and vice versa).

            Whenever one generation encounters another, we have a tendency to thrust up our hands and remark, “They’ll never understand!”

            After all, how could an eight-year-old who plays fruit ninja ever know the feeling of mulch crusted in their fingernails after they planted a victory garden?

            And how could a senior citizen understand how student debt grabs the lungs of millennials with a pair of choking hands?

            It seems Solomon proclaimed in vain, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NLT). Clearly the Old Testament king never encountered a selfie stick.

            So how can we reconcile the two vast worlds of old and new?

            One word: literature.

            From the eccentric illuminations of Plato to the magical world of Harry Potter, characters differ only by the year in which they were born. All works of literature share a new connection: nothing new.  

            I plan to prove this one blog post at a time.

I liked this well-written blog post by Chantal Burns.