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Manly Brunches from the South

southern living party cookbook cover

Southern Living Party Cookbook
Marks and Editors of Southern Living Magazine

Are you having to entertain a bunch of seriously rough and masculine men? Have I got the menu for you! You need to make the “He-Man” brunch. I am not sure what makes this particular menu “manly” but, then, I live in Michigan. (I am not sure what a manly man has for brunch around here…maybe a coney and a beer?) For the most part, the recipes are pretty good, although my Swedish grandmother may take issue with the recipe for Swedish meatballs. Southern foodies maybe could explain the tomato cocktail as apposed to a Bloody Mary. They are pretty similar. Maybe the garnishes of watercress or chopped cucumber are the difference. Maybe the watercress and lemon wedges are more masculine than a sprig of celery.

Happy Eating!


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Salad Days

Recipes on Parade: Salad cover

Recipes On Parade
Favorite Recipes Press

All the salads you can possibly imagine are here in this book. Very few recipes featuring traditional greens, but of course the staples of potato salad, macaroni salad and our good friend Jell-o are featured the most. Jell-o based food is a popular topic here at ALB and as a Midwesterner, I grew up with just about every iteration of jello known.

Without a doubt, molded food was quite the trend from the late 1950s through the 1970s. My mom still has a collection of molds and I know I was given my share when I got married in the early 1980s. I don’t mind the basic sweet jello from my childhood, but I will draw the line at the molded beet and cabbage salad featured in the 3rd picture below. It’s so wrong on so many levels.


Indulge yourself with more Jell-o based cooking:

Salmon Jell-o Anyone

It’s Congealed!

Who Doesn’t Like Jell-o?


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Naked Cooking

cooking in the nude cover

Cooking in the Nude
Cornwell and Cornwell

I guess we can rule out bacon as an ingredient in today’s cookbook. It really is just a basic cookbook with suggestive titles for recipes. Lots of “wink, wink, nudge,nudge” humor. Remember, safety first. Turn off that stove before you go “heat” up the kitchen. Get it?


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