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A mess is a type of dish that typically contains a mixture of ingredients, and is often prepared in a hurry or with minimal effort. The term is thought to come from the French word mélange, meaning "mixture."
The first mess recipes appeared in the 18th century, and were often simply a mixture of whatever ingredients were on hand. These early recipes were often called hodge-podge or hash.
By the 19th century, mess recipes became more refined, and often included specific ingredients and instructions. One popular 19th century mess recipe was called "deviled kidneys," which consisted of kidneys sauteed in butter and then spiced with mustard, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
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