Smirnoff Election Punch (1971)

It’s here! It’s finally here!

I don’t know how you plan on spending your election day, but after work I’m shutting down everything that could possibly tell me anything about the election until the morning after.

So tonight I will sit, glass (bottle) of wine in hand, luxuriating in blissful radio silence.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to! Here is a Yankee Doodle of an idea from “The Open-House Brunch” chapter of The Smirnoff Brunch Book (1971):


“Your favorite candidate is coming to town on his political swing, and it’s your job to see that he meets the people. The best way for him to meet the most people is with a brunch, at your house, maybe even a staggered brunch with people coming in shifts. You’ll be having a mob, so a punch-and-finger-foods party is in order. It can all be prepared and ready in advance, giving you time to aid your candidate in his quest for votes.”


Well, that sounds exhausting.

Fun fact: I actually did work on a political campaign back in 2010 when Dok Harris ran for the Mayor of Pittsburgh. And when Dearly Departed Cleve was on the scene, I would volunteer and GOTV (that’s get out the vote, for you not in the know). But that was because he was my boyfriend and shit. I kinda had to.

But now just let me say, NEVER AGAIN. 

I am all about voting. It is my duty and a right and a privilege as an American; but I’d have to go through all 24 drinks of this Smirnoff Election Punch to get me to do anything related to politics as long as I live. I am sure a lot of you share that sentiment.

OK, let’s take a look at the recipes…

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Pittsburgh Turkey Devonshire for Sandwich Day 2016!

Hello! Happy Sandwich Day!turntosammy

I honor of the occasion, I am sharing a post that first appeared in 2014. This post will be very relevant come the end of the month because it is a most excellent way to use up leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.

Check it out!

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Playboy Gourmet Cold Bisque of Shrimp Soup (1977)

Back in June I was at the wedding of two of my dear friends Erin & Anthony. At my assigned table it was me, Mr. Kinsey, Dan & Jon, some people I didn’t know, and my friend Evan and his date.

Mr. Kinsey and I, of course, were like the cool kid assholes from high school who basically sat in the corner silently judging everyone and had complete disregard for all rules and boundaries.
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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 Evan:

Me: Hi, you must be Evan’s girlfriend who I’ve heard so much about!

Her: No, I’m not.

Me: Oh. Sorry.

Her: We got engaged 3 weeks ago!!!

Me: Oh! Wow! Congratulations! You know, for the longest time Evan and I were the only single people in this circle of friends.

Evan: Don’t worry, Emily. Someone will get divorced eventually.


I’m not single! Do you not see that I have a date? (for more on that read to the end)

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Mexican Sherry Gelatin Dessert

Hola, kittens!

Today on my youtube channel I posted a brand-spankin’ new video.

In it I make a packet of sherry-flavored gelatin and try my hand at solo shooting and editing.

Please be kind–I’m rusty and youtube is really basic. I’m looking for a better editing option, but at the moment this is what I got.

Also, please let me know in the comments if you are interested in seeing more of me in videos or if you prefer me just blogging on this site like I have been.


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National Noodle Day!

Foodimentary informs me that today is National Noodle Day!

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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 pictures to take you back in tiiiiiime.

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Mushroom Soup a la Cave

So sorry I’ve been AWOL but last week Mr. Kinsey and I took a trip to California to drink wine and beer and visit family. I had never been to the West Coast before!

But probably most exciting, I had my first ever In-N-Out burger.


It was fabulous.

But back in mid-August we had a short sojourn in King of Prussia, PA. KOP (as the locals call it), is noteworthy in that it is the home of Valley Forge and it has a HUGE mall.

It also has a resort/casino called, fittingly, Valley Forge Casino Resort. Now, typically we wouldn’t take a trip just to go to a casino (although it seems like there are casinos everywhere we go), we went because the Radisson in the casino features an entire floor of FANTASY SUITES.

Now, if you read my Poconos post, then you know that Mr. Kinsey and I are suckers for kitsch, themed things (hotels, restaurants, you name it), and hot tubs.

There is a wide selection of Fantasy Suites at the hotel such as Hollywood, Cape May, TITANIC(!!!) and so on and so forth. We wanted to stay in the Star Gazer spaceship suite, but it was booked. So we chose The Cave.

OMG The Cave! The commitment to the theme was really impressive. The room featured stalactites, stalagmites, primitive cave art, and lots and lots of leopard print.

I think that our commitment to the theme was rather impressive as well, considering that we brought costumes.

Yes. Costumes. Of course we did.

Check out the video and see for yourself…

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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 caught the garter belt which he had to put on his other sister, Janice, who caught the bouquet. So awkwardness and hilarity ensued!

Oh, during these shenanigans he was completely wasted on Whiskey Sours. Did I mention that? Yeah, he was absolutely blotto. In the best way.

Now that I think about it, the only time I ever drink Whiskey Sours is at weddings. Why do the two just seem to go together? Because it’s a little fancy? A little retro? Is there just something about that Maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish that makes it?

Anyway, here are a couple variations. Bottoms up!

The Playboy Whiskey Sour

The Playboy Whiskey Sour

From the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
    • 2 oz. blended whiskey
    • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 slice lemon
    • Maraschino cherry

Shake together the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar with ice. Strain. Garnish with cherry and lemon slice

Here is a twist on the classic Whiskey Sour–The New York Sour:

And here is my version:

New York Sour  with Crab Stuffed Mushrooms & my Gramsy!

Read about how I had to modify the recipe–and learn how to make those crab stuffed mushrooms–by clicking HERE. 

(This post originally appeared on the blog in 2013…)

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Hannibal Lecter’s Sweet Italian Sausage

Today we invite Hannibal the Cannibal back into my kitchen and make his sweet Italian sausage. Does that make this a Wiener Wednesday??? I think it does!

If you recall, I purchased 3 recipe cards that were used as props on the most excellent TV show, Hannibal (R.I.P.). And, as with Hannibal’s Pork Liver With Bacon (check it if you missed it), I had to do a little research on making sausage, since the ingredients on the front of the card didn’t correspond to the cooking directions on the back.

Let’s just say that I have watched A LOT of sausage videos on youtube.

As with the Pork Liver, this recipe card is from the Season 1 episode “Sorbet.” In this episode, Will Graham and company think they are tracking someone who is harvesting organs to sell them on the black market…or are they?

This is one of my favorite moments of the entire series. I love ya, Scott Thompson!


And then:intestines

Cut to:

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Hell yeah, the Chesapeake Ripper made sausages! And here’s the recipe…(plus video of me actually stuffing the sausage!)

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Happy National Tequila Day!

It may be a little late, since Sunday is, like, halfway done. But IT’S NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY! And, man, it’s a good day for Tequila. It’s hot as balls here in Baltimore.

And apparently it’s hot as balls all across the country (are you somewhere that is NOT in the 90s? Where is that? Can I come stay at your house?).

Anyway, in honor of this high holy day, I thought I’d share a few posts from the past that are tequila-centric.


First up is my Cara Cara Margarita featuring Rick’s Chickpeas, which I made in honor of National Margarita Day back in February:

Click on me for the cocktail and stay for the chickpeas!

A Beverage Bonus Tequila Sunrise from January, 2014:

Click on me for a Tequila Sunrise in the snow!

And lastly, my Tequila Punch from my chili buffet party I just had over Memorial Day weekend:

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Click on me and watch me make punch!

There was even tequila in the chili!

So go check em’ out, and keep cool kittens! Cheers!

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Jon Voight’s Artichokes, California-Style

Round ’em up, little dogies! National Day of the Cowboy is July 24th!

In honor of the occasion, Greg over at Recipes For Rebels (also the name of his James Dean-themed cookbook) decided to host an ol’ fashioned cook-along blog-along hootenanny. He was nice enough to invite me over to whip up a dish.

Although we were encouraged to follow a menu specifically designed for the day, the only real rule is that the dish had to be cowboy-themed.

But it wasn’t explicitly stated that it had to be any particular type of cowboy, so why not a Midnight Cowboy?



“If I find something I particularly like, I feel wonderful. It’s a very funny feeling. Almost sexual. I had a martini one time…I’ve probably had four martinis in my life…I said “This is the best martini I ever had.” It was a normal martini, but I went crazy.”

20160719_172035This recipe comes from Johna Blinn’s Celebrity Cookbook (1981).

Let’s see how it went:

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