A Country Weekend

August 22, 2015

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It's the weekend.  And you are – if only in your dreams – in the country.  In June 1984 Gourmet offered a few recipes to celebrate summer. 

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I particularly like the idea of this cold lettuce soup – accompanied by what were – at the time – very racy hot pepper toasts.  Today I'd probably use Sriracha – and top them with some of the fresh hot peppers which are starting to fill the stands at the farmers market.

And for dessert – how about this frozen cappuccino?  You'll note two things about this retro recipe: it was long before the coffee craze, so it asks for nothing more than instant coffee powder.  (The truth is that instant espresso powder was a Gourmet staple for years.)  It also predates the egg crisis, when salmonella became a household word, so while the whites remain raw the recipe lacks the now-ubiquitous warning about danger lurking in uncooked eggs.  

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