Canada Box: McChicken Sauce

“McDonald’s uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn’t know existed” 

True. I didn’t know that it existed. But now I do. It’s McChicken sauce. From Canada.

Now, domestic McChickens are slathered with regular ol’ mayo, but all of Canada lost its collective mind when this hit store shelves because people like it so much.

I was very excited that a bottle arrived in my Canada Box. And extra-stoked to try something that has a cult following.

Verdict? It’s good.  It’s basically mayo with a bit of mustard. But it is better than that. I can’t quite explain it.  And it was perfect on a chicken patty and bun with some shredded lettuce.

This gets a big thumbs up.

I couldn’t find a Canadian McChicken commercial, but this Brazilian commercial from 1991 is pretty sweet:

There is more from Canada Box coming soon. Look at all that good shit!


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171. Rosy Glazed Pork Chops

Card 171 is noteworthy because it is the last Dinner is Served 1972 dinner prepared in my house.

Yeah, if I hadn’t mentioned it already, I MOVED! Back in April I relocated Dinner Is Served HQ from my little early 1910-ish Baltimore row home and moved into a high-rise condo that was built in the late 1970s.

But before I get into that, here is Rosy Pork Chops:

This was so long ago that I can’t even tell you how it was, but I got to use my Veg-O-Matic for the parsleyed potato sticks, which made me very happy. And I made strawberry fluff. So, that was all a win. It was also the first dinner I cooked for Mr. Sauce, Esq.

Now back to the condo! It was move-in ready, but I got rid of some bad wallpaper and did a bit of kitchen renovation.

Click through to see before and afters.

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Canada Box: Big Mac Sauce

Back in October, I found out that McDonald’s Big Mac sauce was available in bottles.

But only in Canada.

I expressed my disappointment on my Facebook page and DiS!1972-fan Alicia offered to send me Big Mac sauce as well as Filet o’ Fish Sauce and McChicken Sauce (McChicken sauce is something I will get into in the future).

Well, Alicia is my favorite person in the world because she not only sent me the three sauces, but an entire treasure chest of Canadian foodstuffs!

I call it CANADA BOX. And I will be eating my way through it and writing about each item.

But first! BIG MAC SAUCE.

Of course it wasn’t enough to just slap the sauce on a burger. I had to make my very own version of the iconic classic.

So I grabbed two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun………

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#FoodInFilm “Bye Bye Birdie” Pink Champagne

So, Jenny over at Silver Screen Suppers informed me that there is another little blogathon going on this weekend. This time, focusing on food that appears in–or is inspired by–a film. Hence, the fitting hashtag #FoodInFilm.

Well, that’s right up my alley!

For my #FoodInFilm submission I chose one of my all-time favorites, the movie musical, Bye Bye Birdie (1963).

Choreographer Onna White. I always wondered if she was related to Vanna.

I was introduced to this movie by my mum. She recorded it off of the tv I had her copy of the soundtrack on vinyl.

I loved it. The songs were fun, the costumes were all technicolored, it was an idealized 1960s candy land. It’s what I hoped being a teenager was like (but of course, was not).

Most importantly, it introduced me to the force of nature that is Ann-Margret.

I wanted to BE Ann-Margret. I still want to be Ann-Margret. I wanted the big fluffy green sweater that she wore in “How Lovely to Be a Woman,” I wanted the pink, wasp-waisted dress with the puffy sleeves she wore when she met Conrad Birdie.

But most of all, I wanted the insane, fluffy-yet-skin-tight, pink ensemble that she wore during “Lot of Livin.”

What a number!

During her verse, she sings:

Drink champagne, as if it were water.

Pink champagne, and after a few,

daddy dear, you won’t know your daughter!

She’s got a lot of livin to do!

As a little kid I thought that pink champagne was the most glamorous, fanciest, classiest, adult thing that ever existed.

So I am thrilled that rose has made a big comeback and is on most cocktail menus.

And believe you me–every time, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I order a glass, I hear Ann-Margret singing those lines in my head.

But what if you don’t have pink champagne?

You make your own. Duh.

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It’s National Seafood Bisque Day!

In honor of today being National Seafood Bisque Day, I am presenting to you an UPDATED & REVISED version of this post, which appeared on DiS1972 exactly one year ago today….

Back in June 2016, I was at the wedding of two of my dear friends Erin & Anthony. At my assigned table it was me, my date, my friends Dan & Jon, some people I didn’t know, and my friend Ed. and his date.

Anyway, the wedding ceremony is all said and done and we are getting all settled at the table, this is the conversation I have with the girl accompanying Ed:

Me: Hi, you must be Ed’s girlfriend who I’ve heard so much about!

Girl: No, I’m not.

Me: Oh. Sorry.

Girl: We got engaged 3 weeks ago!!!

Me: Oh! Wow! Congratulations! You know, for the longest time Ed and I were the only single people in this circle of friends.

Ed: Don’t worry, Emily. Someone will get divorced eventually.


I’m not single! Do you not see that I have a date?

Ah. Eventual Divorce is what will save me from being the lone singleton in a sea of smug marrieds! One day



I will have a bitter, sad, divorced friend to commiserate with. Great. Thanks, Ed.

However, statistically, he’s right. 42% of marriages end in divorce and I have a 5% chance of ever marrying. So, yeah. Truth.

But that’s not the point–although that is a very sobering point–the point is, who the fuck says that at someone’s wedding?


For real. Like, totally.

OK, let’s get to this dish.

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127. Pork Ribs and Apple Rings

Today is October 10 and it is currently 82 degrees out. At 5:30pm.

I am sick of this bullshit. It’s supposed to be fall now.

I want it to be fall so desperately that I am making an apple-pork dish regardless of how hot it is.

Cinnamon! Apples! Nutmeg! I want it to be all autumnal, damnit!

Believe me, I am only having the oven on for 2 hours because I have central air.

So, I decided to make this on a weeknight. I began at 5:30.

After the first hour of the ribs being in the oven, I put together a “scalloped potatoes” of sorts. I used ingredients that I had in the house–a bag of Simply Potatoes, a can of cream of potato soup, a 1 oz packet of sour cream from a Hello Fresh dinner, some shredded Australian cheddar, a sliced green onion and then a Parmesan/bread crumb topping.

Yeah, and of course, this is when I totally stopped tracking things. It was going to be a late dinner, so I made Mr. Sauce, Esq. a cheese plate to tide him over.

And I started setting up things for the photo.

I also made the salad (butter lettuce with radishes, assorted tiny tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, and blue cheese), and did all of the glaze-making, and glazing, and the topping of the potatoes, etc. etc.

So, that took me to about 8 pm. Which, honestly, is when I typically eat dinner anyway.

OK, here is the finished product:

This is one of the best recreations I have EVER done. So it looked good. But how did it taste?


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The Eclipicnic

OK, so in August people went absolutely ballistic for the Eclipse.

On Facebook and Next Door, people were frantically looking for eclipse glasses because they were sold out everywhere.

Well, the week before, I bought a 5 for $15 pack for myself and Mr. Sauce, Esq. I only needed 2 pairs so I sold the other 3 for $15 a pop.

Supply and demand, bitches! Woo-hoo profit! CAPITALISM RULES!

I’m totally keeping them to save my eyes from the fire flash when North Korea decides to nuke us.

It is a Thing That Doesn’t Happen Often, so Mr. Sauce, Esq. and I left work early on the day of the eclipse and had ourselves a poolside Eclipicnic.

I got out my little canape cutters and made a lunar-themed lunch. I made little snackies inspired by some of my hors d’ouerve cook books.


(l to r) Roast beef and horseradish sauce toothpick thingies, caprese tea sandwiches, and lox with a caper and red-onion cream cheese (topped with a poppy-seed covered crescent moon)

Liverwurst and mustard tea sandwiches in crescent-moon shapes and another lox sandwich



I rounded out the luncheon (rounded! ha!) with some sun-shaped melon balls and a bottle of Mooncrest Pinot Grigio:

I am glad that we did something for the eclipse. Even though we weren’t in the swath of the US that saw a total eclipse–it was still pretty cool. And I got to float on pool noodles during it!

To also be filed under Things That Don’t Happen Often:


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Twin Peaks Eats: Jerry Horne’s Legendary Smoked Cheese Pig

Tonight is the finale of Twin Peaks: The Return. And I am super-stoked, but also extra tired because I just spent the last two days making smoked cheese pigs and then editing a video about them.

Please, check ’em out.

Make it worth it for me.

(although they are tasty and I did cold-smoke in my high-rise apartment building)

So there’s that.


I’m gonna have a Bloody Mary and then go take a nap with the cats.


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124. Macaroni, Tomato and Cheese Bake (1973) ft. Elvis’ Rice Pudding

It’s the end of summer, but it’s the return of Dinner is Served 1972!

Yeah, I’ve been neglecting the blog, life just got in the way, know what I mean?

As you may have noticed, there are new ads on the site, but for good reason–I want to make some cash off this puppy!

And if you aren’t seeing them, turn to Brian here:

and please turn off your ad-blocker on my site. Food’s expensive, yinz guys!

OK, enough about that. Let’s get down to business!

124. Macaroni, Tomato and Cheese Bake. I don’t know if a “bake” screams end of summer, but it’s what my dinner companion, Mr. Sauce, Esq. picked, so I had to go with it.

Because I am a very accommodating hostess.

But accommodating or not, I totally messed with #124.


OK, not totally true. I made the bake exactly as Dinner is Served told me to–it was just everything else that I changed.

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Twin Peaks Eats: Cherry Chocolate Pie (1966)

Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!

And on Twin Peaks: The Return, Agent Cooper finally had himself some damn good cherry pie.

OMG, that look of food bliss on Kyle MacLachlan’s face! I truly believe that pie should be celebrated on the regular. 

So for this special day, I’m going into the archives for a delicious Cherry Chocolate Pie (plus ranting about sex, food, and sex incorporating food.)

Here we go back to October of 2013………………………………………………….

Yum. Chocolate cherry!

Hey, anyone ever see that shitty sci-fi movie Cherry 2000 starring Melanie Griffith?Did you know that it is her and Don Johnson’s daughter Dakota Johnson who will be starring in the 50 Shades of Gray movie? True story: she is the spawn of Working Girl and Miami Vice.

Is there a weird food scene in 50 Shades? There has to be a weird food scene, right? Like in 9 1/2 Weeks when Mickey Rourke (original face, still-hot Mickey Rourke) feeds Kim Basinger strawberries?

And jalepenos. And olives. And Jell-O. Because all single dudes conveniently have Jell-O on hand. And not just Jell-O cups. I’m talking, full on, fluted-mold Jell-O.

Actually, if you know a single guy who does always have Jell-O stocked, let me know. It might be true love.

Pies and Cakes

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