(originally posted 2.5.06)
I'm having a Tanqueray Ten gimlet, made by shaking together 3 oz of the gin with 1 tablespoon of Rose's Lime until the shaker is stuck to your hand, then strained into a cocktail glass. It was so pretty I took a picture of it. But that is for another time of sharing.
Today I am madly excited over my latest purchase from Costco: A reprint edition of the 1953 Better Homes & Garden New Cook Book. How much does that rock? So much I can't even stand it.
Are you having a Super Bowl Party? Perhaps you already did before reading this. But here are some suggestions for the next casual-together in your home.
The goal toward which to work in a football supper is simple food and lots of it--the kind that will wait for the crowd to gather. Make field goals of green crepe paper; chalk off 10-yard lines. Stick mums through holes in your son's football helmet for the centerpiece. Make "goal posts" by tying ribbons between two paper-wrapped mailing tubes at either end of the green field. You already have all that stuff on hand, right?
And here's what to serve:
Fruit Punch, Appetizer Tray
Coleslaw, Cream Dressing
Carrot Sticks, Celery Curls,
Tiny Hot Mince Pies, Hot Coffee
For one of your appetizers, why not try Bologna-Olive Roll-ups? All you need do is wrap bologna slices around plump stuffed olives and fasten them with brightly colored cocktail picks!
By the way, I actually could not find the recipe for "Mexitalian" Spaghetti. However, there was one for Irish-Italian Spaghetti. I do not know what was Irish about it unless you count the fact that the sauce was made with cream of mushroom soup, added to tomato soup, with the insanely generous quantities of 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Call the fire station, my mouth is burning up!
Is mushroom soup an Irish thing? I don't know. But since, if you come right down to it, there's really nothing Italian about mixing any canned soup with tabasco--wait--that seems like something someone would call Mexican...the confusion has overtaken me at this point, so I'll call it quits.