Tuesday, March 2, 2010

One Word Wednesday...Retro

Last weekend, a friend of mine, Jones, was going to a fabulous Mad Men cocktail party and needed a retro recipe for the party. So, what's a girl to do but pull out my trusty reproduction copy of 1950 Betty Crocker Cookbook. A quick perusal of the appetizer section and I was reminded that the 1950s was not known for it's food, in fact, I hypothesize that this may be why the cocktails were so strong!

I found a recipe for Jones that I thought might be just the thing: Flaming Cabbage. This recipe, which was "an exciting, spectacular feature at a cocktail party of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hindley's charming home, Oakland, California." was expertly made by Jones complete with hollowed out cabbage, sterno, cocktail weenies and pimento olives. Not only is it a centerpiece for the appetizer table (see photo above), but it's interactive as guests are to roast their cocktail weenies over the flame. Apparently it was quite a hit. Thanks, Jones, for sharing the photo and the story!

Have you ever made a fun retro recipe? We'd love to know.


Stephanie Manley said...

I so want to do this at my next party. One time I made a waldorf fruit salad aspic, it was strangely popular. I personally loathe Jell-O salads, and did this just to prove they are gross even when done fancy. It was tasty. I ate my words and the aspic. That recipe I found in a 1950's cookbook too.

milktummy said...

i so wish i could post a photo here of the beautiful deviled eggs with cocktail olives and the green "jello salad" that i made for the holidays this year. I'm sure it was my grandma who started the tradition, but not a holiday can go by with out my mom's jello salad (green jello, coolwhip and canned crushed pineapple). This year since the holiday was at my house i was proud to carry on the tradition.

Lauren said...

ah, aspics and jell-o. My great aunt used to make a tomato aspic with some frozen vegetables in it. Very bizarre and unlike yours, Stephanie, not tasty at all.

Frankie B said...

Cocktail weenies! I always thought Marc was a child of the '50s.

And aspic? My mom made tomato aspic (I'm a child of the '60s). Mom was an excellent cook, but I always thought that her aspic (the name and the food) was absolutely vile.

Tarrant said...

Fabulous. I am so glad the recipe was fun...but was there word of the odor? That is what has always made me wonder about that one.