About Me

making peas

I’m Emily, a.k.a. Yinzerella. I am a thirty-something single girl living in Baltimore with my cats, Brian Boitano and Margot.

Since I embarked on the Dinner is Served 1972 project in 2011, I started collecting other vintage cookbooks, recipe cards, and cookware/barware to add to the small collection I inherited from my Gramsy. I have also decorated the first floor of my Hampden rowhome with a retro-theme: most of the furnishings are from the 50s-70s.

I joke that my life is like a low-rent version of Sex and the City, but one in which everyone is fatter, poorer, nowhere near as well-dressed, and with a 1000 times more shootings, hookers, and trash; and that my blog is like Julie & Julia, but with a hell of a lot more Jell-O and a hell of a lot less class.

Both of these things are are true.

Have a question? Need a recipe? Want to tell me a story? Or just say ‘hi’? Email yinzerella@gmail.com

Also, everyone needs to note that I am wearing the same apron as Megan in the Season 7 premiere episode of Mad Men.

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38 Responses to About Me

  1. Virginia Blair says:

    I can’t believe there is mention of the Dinner is Served box and cards. I have loved these since 1972. However the only one missing is Beef Stroganoff. I was hoping to again get the recipe. I don’t see a way to get that from this site. Can you help me? I want to make it tomorrow!!! May 8th. Cheers, Virginia

  2. I am super jealous of your Mazel mug!

  3. Michael says:

    Are you the same Emily whose mother slapped me down at the Bethany Beehive in 1970 for saying, “I can’t eat what moves?” (In my defense, it was an acid reflux moment. LSD. Hey. It was the tail end of the Sixties.)

    • Yinzerella says:

      Was it the beehive burger that was moving?
      If so, I agree with you. I wouldn’t want to eat that if it was moving, either.
      Welcome to the magic that is Dinner is Served! I hope you stop by again!

  4. Dillon says:

    how the hell did I miss this pic? Its fantastic. That house dress is off the freak’n chain.

  5. Hi Emily, love your blog and I love that you bought Teresa Giudice’s book. RHONJ is one of my favorite shows, but I would never tell anyone that.

  6. Hello, Emily!!!
    Love your work…great blog!!! Thanks for checking out my blogs, too!!!
    I’d love to have my blogs on your blog list on your webpage….that would be super!!! I shall add yours to mine…if that’s ok with you. Let me know….and thanks!!!! Charles:-)


  7. This project is great! I too am a big fan of Immigrant Ancestors.

  8. susiemaeday says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! I hope you’ll accept the nomination!
    <3 Susie

  9. Laura says:

    Yaya! Merry Christmas, chef. Hope I get to see you and Cleve over the holly-days.

  10. Karin says:

    I am looking for recipe cared #71 from the dinner is served 1972 Marjon Pro. collection. Mine is
    missing and would like to print a copy. Please help. Email address : bandkanda@netzero.com

  11. judy says:

    This recipe collection was given out in sets at one of the major gas stations. (Maybe SOHIO).
    i think they gave the first set free with a free box with a fill up and you could buy the rest of the sets for a low price with fill ups…maybe! Just made Bettan’s Chickeen for supper tonight…..has always been one of my husband’s favorites. I only got one set of the cards but that recipe has been a winner for years now.

    • Yinzerella says:

      I am unfamiliar with SOHIO–but I assume that it was in Ohio?
      I’m glad that Bettan’s Chicken works out for you and your husband much better than it did for me!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. judy says:

    oops….sorry for the errors

  13. I like your name 🙂

  14. Perdita says:

    I also collect old recipe books so will follow this project with interest!

  15. Sonja says:

    I have a 1972 box which I have used for years. I lost my card which had a recipe for sour cream enchiladas on it. It was not a featured dinner card. It was on one of the last cards as a side dish. Might have been card 95 as I’m missing that one. Can you help? I loved this recipe. Sonja

  16. Hi! I chose your blog for a Liebster Award Here’s the nomination: http://seasonedwithsarcasm.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/the-liebster-award/
    Happy blogging!

  17. ahh so here u are I am on your fb page love the dress btw live well and prosper goodluck with your page

  18. Im definitely tagging along. Your blog is simply brilliant. Thank you!

  19. katechiconi says:

    Fun blog! And I can teach you gravy if you want to learn.

  20. Sherri says:

    “Yinz”erella! Classic! I said “yinz” well into my college years, until one day someone looked at me and said “What did you just say?” Never said it again except in jest.

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  22. Rachael says:

    Hi Emily, i see you have marquetite pattens recipe card box: Would you mind emailling me through the recipe for apple cake under picnics? I have this set, I just went and got all ingredients ready to bake and lost the card in the store! Can’t believe it I’m in shock. Could you? Rachael xx

  23. Loving the apron and your new look site looks fab on a London based iPhone!!

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