IC2 crafting recipes should show in JEI. The machine recipe part isn't done yet, mainly, while I'm waiting for the JEI guys to add a feature, that is semi-required for the machine recipes.
Just out of curiosity:
Where did you see "the first post on the forum you see regarding 1.8.9 declares it as an april fool"?
When you get directed from curse (on my phone so can't link) it takes you to the main IC2 page you see announcements and since your looking for 1.8.9 you eye is drawn to the first post. It also pops up as the main link when Googling
I would also like to apologise for my tone in the op, I really thought I had been duped.