About Me

I’m drinking from my Andy Cohen MAZEL mug.

My name is Emily, a.k.a. Yinzerella. I am from Pittsburgh and currently live in Baltimore with my cat, Brian.

I love to eat and I love to cook. I am not a baker and I also cannot make gravy. But I’m working on the baking and the gravy.

Since I embarked on the Dinner is Served 1972 project, I began collecting other vintage cookbooks, recipe cards, and various food-related ephemera to add to the small collection I inherited from my Gramsy. I prefer mid-century items from 1940-1980. But will take a gander at all food porn.

I have not yet made a catalog of my retro collection, these are my favorite post-1980 cookbooks:

  • The Frugal Gourmet on our Immigrant Ancestors
  • Yan Kit’s Chinese Classics
  • Weight Watchers Take-Out Tonight!
  • Skinny Italian by Real Housewife of New Jersey (and crazy person) Teresa Giudice.

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32 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:-)

    http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/
    http://cookingwithoutthescript.blogspot.com/

  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!
    http://susiemaeday.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/liebster-blog-award-nominations/
    <3 Susie
    PS. GO STEELERS!

  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. Perdita says:

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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

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

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

  18. katechiconi says:

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

  19. 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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