March 26, 2012
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Mad Men Mixers - Retro-60's Recipes
"Advertising is based on one thing: Happiness" explains advertising executive Don Draper from AMC's series "Mad Men". "And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is OK. You are OK." And for many of us watching "Mad Men", happiness is eating and drinking like Don Draper.
Mad Men has spurred a renewed interest in power lunches, French cuisine, steak tartare, deviled eggs, and of course, the '60s Classic Martini and the Old Fashioned. What's old is new again and everyone is looking to recreate their Don Draper moment ... to sip, nibble, swizzle and bite with style. So check out these recipes (below) for classics that have stood the test of time. And always remember, "If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation."
"We drink because it's what men do" - Roger Sterling
Classic Martini; serves 1
2 ½ ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
2 green olives
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin and vermouth. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the olives.
Old Fashioned, serves 1
1 cube (or 1 teaspoon) sugar
2 maraschino cherries
2 slices orange
2 dashes bitters
Splash of soda water
2 ounces rye whiskey
In an Old Fashioned glass, combine the sugar, 1 cherry, 1 orange slice, the bitters and the soda water. Muddle the ingredients together in the glass until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the rye and a couple ice cubes. Garnish with the remaining cherry and orange slice.
"That's life. One minute, you're on top of the world. The next, some secretary is running over your foot with a lawn motor." - Joan Harris
Stuffed Celery, Serves 12
4 ounces cream cheese
¼ cup French dressing
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 tablespoon chopped pickle
3 tablespoons chopped stuffed green olives
Twelve 4-inch lengths celery
Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
Celery leaves, to garnish
In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, French dressing, grated onion, chopped pickle and chopped olives. Spoon the mixture into each of the celery ribs, then arrange them on a serving platter. Garnish with parsley and celery leaves.
These and other 60's Vintage Recipies: Check out "The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook" on Amazon.com.
To Bee or Not to Bee
An Egg to Stand On
One cannot live on chocolate bunnies alone. Even if you're a confection queen, you know you must prepare something more than Easter baskets for your loved ones. These Easter Eggs go 'over easy' without too much preparation on your part. Egg-cellent recipes and flower arrangements to give Easter Sunday a fresh unique look that's also delicious.
Easter Egg Vase: Start with a large-mouth clear cookie jar or canister and place a clear drinking glass in the center. Gently stack dyed, hard-cooked eggs between the glass and jar, alternating egg colors. Fill the glass with water. Cut the stems of your favorite flowers ( in photo; roses, gerber daisies, tulips, hyacinth, and bells of Ireland) to the desired length, and arrange them in the glass.
Eggs and Carnations: Turn a handful of dyed eggs and a bouquet of carnations into a playful spring centerpiece. Fill a medium-size footed bowl with a few inches of water. Nestle dyed eggs in a smaller bowl (prop bowl on a dish if necessary). Cut carnation stems about 2 or 3 inches long and pack the blooms around the bowl of eggs.
Lower-Fat Eggs Benedict: Go ahead... pour on the hollandaise sauce with this recipe. The low-fat yogurt and skim milk that go into it make it a bit healthier than what tops the regular version of the classic egg dish; perfect as an Easter morning starter. Click Here for recipe.
Bacon-Asparagus Strata: Layers of crispy bacon, asparagus and red peppers come together with eggs, Swiss cheese, bread cubes and seasoning to make this flavorful strata. It can chill overnight, so cut the time it takes to make in half by preparing the dish the night before and baking it on Easter morning. Click Here for recipe.
Egg Dish: Mound hollowed out, painted or dyed eggs in a clear compote and add a little water. Then stick stems of delphinium and pom-pom mums in the crevices between the eggs. Simple and beautiful!
Now you're ready to come out of your shell!
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