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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PIEATHALON 4: Betty Crocker’s Chicken-Sausage Pies (1965)



Yes, for the 4th year my food blogger friends and I exchanged pie recipes and got baking! (click here to see pies of years past)

Except I didn’t exchange recipes. There was a mix up with people being left off and then dropped out and then back in. (I really wasn’t the best coordinator this time around) So I picked something from my own collection. This gem from 1965:

This was sent to me from Facebook fan Erika. Super-thanks!!!

I am in love with this one. I mean, what’s better than that gorgeous kelly green? Maybe that there are more than 250 delicious one dish meals!

Casseroles, meat pies, stews, soups, skillet specials, and full-meal salads and sandwiches. Everyone of these ‘kitchen-gested” recipes has been specially designed to fit into today’s pattern of streamlined meal planning and simplified table service.

I need some streamlined shit in my life right now, believe me.

Anyhoo, this is Chicken-Sausage Pie!

I picked this specifically for two items I found particularly intriguing:

  1. “topped with Chicken Littles”
  2. “surprise of hot fruit”

Now, I don’t want to call out Betty Crocker–but I’m totally going to call out Betty Crocker– this recipe doesn’t belong in a cookbook called Dinner in a Dish. It markets itself as a book full of one-dish meals. This called for SIX individual casseroles (4 of which I had to buy through Amazon).

cooked chicken, tiny Bob Evans sausage balls, and that surprise of hot fruit–canned peach halves

To make the dough I followed the above recipe. But I used my stand mixer and did sub butter for the shortening, because they don’t carry shortening nor lard at Trader Joe’s.

To my surprise, it worked out quite well. You see, I have a checkered past when it comes to pastry.

Here’s how to make those intriguing Chicken Littles:

I also bought a chicken-shaped cookie cutter (thanks, Amazon!) for the occasion as well.

Oh! The occasion was also the 4th of July. I dunno, chicken pot pie screams AMERICAN, amiright?

Here they are:

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Twin Peaks Eats: Liberace’s Asparagus Vinaigrette

“Diane, I’ve just opened Laura Palmer’s diary. This is the, uh, the last entry, dated February 23rd. It reads:”‘Asparagus for dinner again. I hate asparagus. Does this mean I’ll never grow up?'”

Laura Palmer was a girl full of mysteries. But one thing we do know for sure: she was not a fan of asparagus.

So I thought that I’d dig up an asparagus recipe that maybe she would like. I took to my cookbook collection and immediately went to my copy of Liberace Cooks! (1970) Because Liberace has never let me down.


One of the things I like about this recipe is that he explicitly states that it should be made with whatever you have on hand or whatever suits the food you are serving.

I used the following: salad oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, dried tarragon, scallions, chives, and parsley.

So here it is, Liberace’s Asparagus Vinaigrette!

OK, I loved this. Like I said, I haven’t made a single Liberace dish yet that I didn’t really enjoy. And I liked the random addition of the hard boiled egg.

This was a great side to an upcoming dish–and the extra vinaigrette was delicious on a green salad later that week.

Would this have changed Laura’s mind about asparagus? Probably not. I’d hate anything served to me if every family dinner was like this:

P.S. Such a shame that this film was so hated, because Sheryl Lee,  IMHO, was so goddamned great in this movie.



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Igloo Canapes (1950)

It’s game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. The Nashville Whatevers (seriously, what is their name?)

Anyway, although tonight’s game is taking place in Nashville, I’m making a tasty nibble inspired by the original home of the Pittsburgh Penguins–the Civic Arena.

You may remember it from the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Sudden Death.

I will always remember it as The Igloo.

So, in honor of tonight’s game I looked to one of my new acquisitions, 500 Snacks (1950) from the Culinary Arts Institute, and selected the aptly named Igloo Canapes.

Cook eggs. Stuff eggs. Put eggs on cream cheese-slathered bread.

Done. And. Done.

So does it look like The Igloo???

The Igloo a.k.a. the House that Lemieux Built R.I.P. 1958-2010

You tell me.

Let’s Go Pens! The City of Champions needs another shiny trophy!

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Twin Peaks Eats: Black As Midnight Cocktail

All Twin Peaks fans–(what are we Peakers? Like Trekkies or Fannibals? Someone tell me, please)–know exactly how Dale Cooper likes his coffee:

So I have whipped up a cocktail that is not only as black as midnight on a moonless night, but as dark as Evil Coop’s soul.

Speaking of which, what are we calling him? Evil Coop? Bad Dale? Doppleganger? WIG?


Is it possible that I may be the first person to use a Real Housewives reference when talking about Twin Peaks?

Whatever. I still can’t get over Kyle MacLachlin’s wig.

BUT! I can whip up a cocktail with coffee!

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