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Recipe: Porcupines (Meat Balls with Rice)

I tinkered with Dorothy Crum’s very plain recipe in the Phi Beta Phi cookbook by adding the ingredients marked with a *. Makes six porcupines. Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef ½ c uncooked rice ½ chopped onion 1 clove … Continue reading

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Recipe: Chef Salad

Is it Chef Salad or Chef’s Salad? Considering its roots in the aspirational 1950s, “Chef” might have been some food writer’s idea of a descriptive adjective connoting quality—the kind of salad a chef (as opposed to a mere cook) might … Continue reading

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Recipe: French* Dressing

Here’s a midcentury classic from a jingoistic time when Americans (and specifically Kraft Foods) were happy to take international flavors and give them a uniquely inauthentic makeover. French Dressing is tangy, a bit heavy, but delicious on a composed Chef Salad … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mom’s Green Bean Casserole

Mom food from the 1950s. I  followed the green bean casserole recipe from the French’s coupon insert but it was pretty bland so I doctored it up a bit with some ingredients that were probably present in the original. Serves … Continue reading

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Who knew you could do this with a hot dog?

I’ve been saving up a bunch of tasty food-related links, mostly to other blogs. First up is this hot dog serving suggestion from Maida Heatter, a well-respected food writer from the 60s (I’ve got a couple of her cookbooks), who … Continue reading

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