Twin Peaks Tuesday: In the Red Room

Let’s learn how to talk like you’re in the Red Room with our friend the Man from Another Place!

I’ve learned it too:

!kcor s’teL…elihwnaeM

.lla ta gnol ton, oS .(yadseuT txen a.k.a.) seert eromacys eht–seert eht ni ouy ees lliw I

.golb eht morf ffo emit elttil a gnikat ma I


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It’s an Absolutely Fabulous Friday!

Today marks the start of Pride Weekend here in Baltimore. So it just seemed appropriate to kick it off with something Absolutely Fabulous.

And by Absolutely Fabulous I mean, Patsy Stone & Edina Monsoon:


How sweet are these tea towels? Yes, they are tea towels. I commissioned them for my best friend Jamie’s birthday. Who knew that cross stitch could perfectly capture Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders?

If you like these, or want to commission your own bizarre, celebrity cross stitch piece of art, visit my friend Heather over at Stitch Boom Bang. There is an etsy store, too.

I think that all of you have some room in your house for a little Burt Reynolds or Nicolas Cage.

cage burt


Cheers, sweetie darlings! Everyone have a fun weekend (especially everyone who will be at the parade tomorrow)!

Oh, and Happy Friday the 13th!

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Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole (Part II)

OK, I lied in my last post. I did take a picture of the finished casserole. I just used my phone and not my fancy-ass camera.

imageSo there it is. In all it’s corny, cheesy glory.

Like I said yesterday, this was delicious. A real winner. Make it.


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Twin Peaks Tuesday: Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole

For Memorial Day this year I went to not 1–but 2 Memorial Day barbecues. This is what I chose to make for the second party, to accompany hamburgers on the grill.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 1984 Shirley Jones’ Favorite Holiday Recipe Cards courtesy of Ralph’s Grocery Company:

Shirley Jones Holiday Cards

TAB’s on sale!!!

 I mean, it was a holiday, so it just made sense to go with one of Shirley’s favorites. This is what I picked:

Mexicali Corn Casserole Recipe

Perfect for a barbecue, amiright? And I just love corn casserole.

So now, you must be wondering: what the hell do Twin Peaks and Shirley Jones’ Mexicali Corn Casserole have in common?


It’s the second ingredient. Cream. Style. Corn.  Yep! Some good old GarmonboziaThis isn’t the first time I’ve brought up Garmonbozia on the blog.


Is there an official Garmonbozia recipe? Like 1 cup canned corn, 1 tbsp water, 3 tbsp corn starch, 1/2 cup milk, salt, pepper, and the tears of a crack-addicted woman who thinks her crack baby died but then, years later, finds out that her baby is alive and was adopted by a family? Hold on. That’s the plot to the Halle Berry film “Losing Isaiah.”


love comes to keith partridgeYou know who had a lot of pain and sorrow to give up? David Cassidy.I mean, he titled is autobiography C’mon Get Happy: Fear And Loathing On The Partridge Family Bus. There was a lot of drug use. And his dad, Jack, was a total asshole. Now he’s going through a very messy divorce and  had his 3rd DUI in January and then was put in rehab. Poor Keith Partridge.

And gosh, folks. If you haven’t seen Twin Peaks yet–go watch it. Now. It’s on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix. There really isn’t any excuse. Unless you’re waiting for the blu-ray version to come out. Crap! That reminds me–I need to buy my blu-ray player. But I want one that connects to the internet so I can watch Netflix on the TV and not my laptop. Any suggestions?

But I digress. Is it weird that I love any recipe with creamed corn?

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Stan Rizzo Loves Bacon Logs

That’s a lot of hair for a lot of man.

In this entertaining Q&A with Jay R. Ferguson, a.k.a. Mad Men‘s Stan Rizzo, Ferguson talks about a memento he stole from the set when they disassembled the creative lounge to make way for The Computer (damn you, Harry Crane!).

So out of everything in the lounge what did he choose? An advertisement for Log Cabin syrup.

He says, “My very first day, when I shot there, there was one that caught my eye, probably because it had bacon in the picture and I’m such a bacon lover.”

Ferguson talks about the Log Cabin ad so much in the interview that I had to find it to see what the fuss was all about.

Well, here it is:

bacon logsDamn. That looks good. You chose wisely, Jay. I, too, am a bacon lover.

Also, your beard is the best (it’s only rivaled by Ron Swanson’s mustache). Never change.

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Twin Peaks Tuesdays: The Norwegians are Leaving!

In the Twin Peaks pilot, Ben Horne is courting a group of Norwegian businessmen over breakfast.

The Norwegians seemed to be buying what Ben was selling; but eventually some shit goes down (you have to go watch the pilot to find out. I’m not telling.) and this happens:


“The Norwegians are leaving! The Norwegians are leaving!”

norwegiann2Yeah. The Norwegians left.

But let’s get back to that breakfast from the clip! Looks good. Flapjacks. Bacon. Eggs. Coffee.

So, pretty far off from the Norwegian breakfast, or Frokost (from wikipedia):

The basic Norwegian breakfast consists of milk or fruit juice, coffee (or more rarely tea), and open sandwiches with meat cuts, spreads, cheese or jam. Cereals such as corn flakes, muesli and oatmeal are also popular, particularly with children.

Eh. Boring. You know what’s more fun? KOLDTBORD, or the Norwegian version of the smorgasbord. I think it literally translates to “cold board.”

Continue reading for a looksie at some primo retro koldtbord spreads.

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Here Comes the Pieathalon!

keep-your-forkBrace yourself, kittens.

In the grand tradition of the Knoxapocalypse (I & II) and the Vincent Price Halloween Cookalong, comes another vintage recipe blogging challenge the likes of which have never been seen.

Because most of it is covered in layers of pastry.

I, and 11 other bloggers, are participating in the 1st Annual PIEATHALON Vintage Pie Recipe Swap.

I assure you that you are in store for a lot culinary delights and disasters this time around (remember, I can’t bake).

So mark your calendars for June 30th, when all will be revealed!


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Happy Mint Julep Day!

1950-old-forester-whisky-ad-mint-julep-time-againLogically, it seems as though Kentucky Derby Day should be Mint Julep Day. But I guess since the Derby is on a different day every year…? Anyway, according to our friends at Foodimentary, it’s Mint Julep Day!

I think I’ve only ever had a proper julep once. When I lived in Richmond, VA. There is a very, very cool restaurant called The Tobacco Company that served a really, really good one–with the crushed ice and the big sprig on mint. Like that drink to the right —————->

Here's How! by Stouffer'sYum. That joint also used to have honest-to-God cigarette girls. I assume that they no longer do since you can’t smoke anywhere anymore. That’s also the spot where my brother and I hung out for the beginning of Hurricane Isabel and watched street signs fly down Cary Street until we realized how screwed we were. We weren’t prepared at all with batteries, candles, water, etc. We didn’t have power for 5 days. It was the best. time. ever.

Not. But I do want to go visit Richmond again. It’s a really neat little city. Good restaurants. Pretty buildings.

Anyway, in honor of this day,  I thought I’d share a Mint Julep recipe that I’m dying to make. Well, two recipes.  These both come from the Here’s How! by Stouffer’s cocktail book:

Stouffer's Mint Julep Recipe

Anyone know who Irvin S. Cobb is?

Irvin S. Cobb's Vintage Mint Julep Recipe

With the world’s tiniest saddle. That is a saddle, right?

I even have a Julep cup–an authentic Kentucky Colonel cup. Lookie! Continue reading

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BH&G All-time Favorite Salad Recipes: Avocado and Egg Salad

All-Time Favorite SaladsThe temperature has risen in a big way here, hence I’m not too keen on turning on my oven. So that means salads. Today I am gonna crack open a volume from my collection that I haven’t yet featured: the 1984 edition of Better Homes & Gardens All-Time Favorite Salad Recipes. And I can’t believe that it took me so long to bust this one out, because look at the cover!

The cover is great: there is an ice bowl stuffed with what looks to be a Salad Nicoise. And there’s a big, amber, Jell-O salad filled with apple slices and—um, cauliflower? Seriously, how have I not felt compelled to cook something from this one yet?

You can tell that we’ve moved onto the 80s because the photography is less sepia-toned. It’s crisper. Colder. And not just because of the copious amounts of ice on this cover.

And, as an aside. I now really want to learn how to make an ice bowl. It can’t be that hard. Just a bowl with water and then another bowl inside of it. At least that’s how I imagine it would work.

Whatever. This is the salad that I chose to make for myself:

Avocado Egg Salad 1985

I picked this one because, like Liberace’s Special 15-Minute Eggs, this is what I like to think of as a “single-girl special:” super-simple, can serve one, and I already had all of the ingredients in my fridge. Well, with the exception of the avocado.

Plus, it features bacon. And I love bacon.

But going back to the avocados, are they in season right now? I only ask because they definitely had a shit-ton of them at the Safeway.

And another thing: is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable? I am assuming a fruit because of that big pit and the fact that it grows on a tree. Is that what differentiates a fruit from a vegetable? I think that there were avocado trees in the “Fruit & Spice Room” when I worked at Phipps Conservatory, so I’m going to vote fruit here.

Avocado Egg Salad Recipe

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Twin Peaks Tuesday: Georgia Coffee

ImageLast week I told you that, in honor of the upcoming Blu-Ray box-set release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, I’d be dedicating Tuesdays to Twin Peaks.

Here is a series of deliciously weird coffee advertisements that ran in Japan in 1993. It seems like a no brainer to use Agent Cooper and Co. to shill coffee. But here’s what’s really weird (in addition to the fact that it’s Twin Peaks)–it’s canned coffee. Which I guess isn’t too bizarre–I mean, Starbucks sells those bottled iced mochaccino thingies. But seriously, like Coop would ever drink anything other than a steaming, hot cup o’ joe that’s as black as a moonless night!

Anyway, here is the series. Enjoy!


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