Category Archives: 1950s

Antoinetta Pelligrina Pica’s Shrimp Scampi

And now a quick take–it’s Antoinetta Pelligrina Pica’s Shrimp Scampi! Well, few recipes get easier than that! I made a serving for 1. So I went with a 1/4 pound shrimp and adjusted the amount of the other ingredients accordingly. … Continue reading

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Esquire Cook-Book Romaine Salad (1955)

I received a copy of the Esquire Cook-Book as a Christmas gift last year (thanks, mum!) Now, mine didn’t have it, but here is the original book jacket: So, yes, being Esquire, it is directed to men. To teach them … Continue reading

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National Noodle Day!

Foodimentary informs me that today is National Noodle Day! In honor of the occasion, let’s take a quick trip back into the past and see some of the best and worst dinners where I used my noodle. Click on the … Continue reading

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It’s National Whiskey Sour Day

I must admit that the first person I think of when I think of Whiskey Sours is my cousin Jimmy. Back in the early 90s (was it that long ago?) at my cousin Suzanne’s wedding (that’s his older sister), he … Continue reading

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Jell-O Crown Jewel Dessert

Who’s ready for some Jell-O? This recipe is from my original 1959 edition of the Joys of Jell-O. As is now tradition, every year I bring in a weird retro dish for my boss Kate’s birthday. In the spirit of … Continue reading

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Mrs. Ezio Pinza’s Spaghetti with Chicken

When I was asked to make a pasta dish in support of San Giorgio’s #PastaForGood campaign, I had to go retro. I mean, it’s my schtick. So I took to the interwebs and, on the Curly Wurly blog, found images … Continue reading

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One Kidney, Two Ways: for the Love of Hannigram

Well, here we are. I am so excited for the last episode of Hannibal to see how they end the Red Dragon story, but so utterly bummed because it’s most likely that this is the last we see of this fan-fucking-tastic … Continue reading

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How We Partied like Mad Men for the End of Mad Men

FINALLY! After weeks of teasing yinz guys, I finally threw my Mad Men Party featuring recipes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin in honor of the end of the show. My shindig was just … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hors d’Ouerves: Avocado Dip & Marinated Shrimp

Hors d’ Ouerves Week continues with two other dishes from card A1 from the Cookindex recipe card set. First up is Marinated Shrimp! The little pink pan there indicates that this is an electric skillet dish. Isn’t it so funny … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hors d’Ouerves: Deviled Eggs

Hors d’Ouerves Week continues with a party classic, Deviled Eggs. This recipe is from the very cool Cookindex (1959) card set that I received from the very lovely Susan Marks, the author of the book Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life … Continue reading

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