“Waffled” Breakfast Club Sandwich

I came of age in the 80s.   I wore leg warmers, neon colors, Flashdance-influenced sweatshirts, and designer jeans.   My hair has been pink, asymmetric, and teased up high (just not all at once).     I have been a punk, a prep, and a rocker.   

Circa 1985. Such babies.

I feel . . . → Read More: “Waffled” Breakfast Club Sandwich

Honey French Dressing

I reworked a salad dressing from a vintage junior league cookbook. (Good grief, when did the 80s become vintage?) . . . → Read More: Honey French Dressing

Happy New Year

Some vintage images from my grandfathers’ post card collections and a couple of Happy new Year wishes to you and yours. (And, I finally got around to doing a Top Ten!) . . . → Read More: Happy New Year

The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

During the holidays, I often wax poetic and get nostalgic about my childhood.   This is going to be one of those posts.   (Please bear with me.)

My mom and aunt were both home economics teachers.   (Today they would be called FACS teachers for Family and Consumer Sciences.)    They would often discuss the latest food trends, . . . → Read More: The “Party Book” and a vintage dip recipe (circa 1960)

Carrot Cake Holiday Cookie

Another heirloom recipe from the 50s. Cookies for Santa, perhaps? . . . → Read More: Carrot Cake Holiday Cookie

“Cooky” Mix

A recipe for a “Cooky” master mix from a vintage (circa 1955) pamphlet along with a Lemon Drop cooky recipe. (I love being kitschy at Christmas!) . . . → Read More: “Cooky” Mix

Butter (DIY)

In my recent Día de Muertos post, I mentioned making my own butter for the Pan de Muerto recipe from Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

I wanted to post the procedure here.

But first….a “remember when.”

In the early 80s my mom had her heart set on a KitchenAid stand mixer.   Mom had many careers before she retired, . . . → Read More: Butter (DIY)

The Ghost of Halloweens Past

Over the years, Halloween has become a major holiday in itself, one worthy of outrageous parties and get-togethers.   According to Yahoo news, Americans will spend $8 billion on Halloween.  (That seems a bit excessive, right?)

When did Halloween morph into such a national spending frenzy?

(Segue alert…Here I go into a “when I was . . . → Read More: The Ghost of Halloweens Past

Chickenburgers-in-a-Basket for Food ‘n Flix: Toast

No simple toast meal today but an inspired dish from the film “Toast” for Food ‘n Flix. The recipe? Chickenburgers-in-a-Basket, a vintage dish from a 1960s cookbook. . . . → Read More: Chickenburgers-in-a-Basket for Food ‘n Flix: Toast

Izzy

During our life together as a couple, we have always had a cat. (And, really, we aren’t cat people.   Am I in denial?)

In fact, The Hubs adopted a huge, yellow cat for me from the SPCA when we were dating.     I dubbed him Sam. (When I was tiny, I had a . . . → Read More: Izzy

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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