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Our favorite (shhhh!) Top Chef All Stars contestant Richard Blais thinks standard Super Bowl snacks are a tad tame. In the debut of his weekly segment on our Senior Junk Food Correspondent Ali Velshi's show, he amps up sweetbreads, cocktails and so much more for a game day feast that's out of this world.
Ali's blog has the recipe for Buffalo Sweetbreads with Blue Cheese Foam and much more munchable magic
My name is Kat, and I'm waaayyy hooked on vintage cookbooks.
Pamphlets, too. Spiral or comb-bound community or church cookbooks are instant twitterpation. It's not just visual kitsch for me; chances are that if you come to my home for a party or a meal, I'll serve you at least one dish from a recipe published well before either one of us was old enough to wield a box grater.
What's the appeal? For one - the recipes WORK. They have to. If it's from a product pamphlet (like the bacon meatloaf above, published in an Armour and Company 1925 pamphlet "Slices of Real Flavor"), it's likely been through endless testing to ensure that the ingredient is being touted to its best advantage. In a community cookbook, Mrs. Husband's Name isn't going to submit anything other than her show-off recipe. People would talk!
But besides the efficacy of the recipes, they're a wonderful window into a place and a time gone by - before the Food Network, celebrity chefs, Paula Deen's Butt Rub and the EVOO-ification of ingredients. This is how our families fed themselves at home and I'm going to put my faith in the wisdom of the ages on occasion - even if they're trying to murder me with bacon.
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Chinese New Year tomorrow! Year of the Rabbit! Gung hay fat choy!
Right! We are TOTALLY lacking the voice of Mrs. P.V. Smith from Tryon, North Carolina. My apologies.
From "What's Cooking in Tryon" compiled by the Women's Society of the Congregational Church of Christ, Tryon, NC - 1955
The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's going to be a regular thing. Announcement about how you can play along coming soon. And holy crap, do I love a spiral-bound community cookbook.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
February 2 is National Heavenly Hash Day – and you thought your 3-year-old nephew couldn’t cook!
Similar to ambrosia, "Heavenly Hash" combines Cool Whip, Maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, marshmallows and nuts in one big glob of fruit salad ecstasy. It may not be pretty, but it sure is tasty.
(Editors' note: So, apparently pictures of heavenly hash are hard to come by - who would've thunk? For now, feast your eyes on this bowl of fruit cocktail and imagine it mixed up with Cool Whip and marshmallows.)
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