Things I Love: Old Fashioned Dish Towels

August 4, 2016


Thought for this perfect summer day: sometimes the simplest thing can make you happy.

A friend recently sent me three of these large (they’re really capacious – 30 by 38 inches) white flour sack dish towels.

I am in love.

They dry glasses better than any other towel I’ve ever encountered.  They’re great for drying lettuce and leaving it in the refrigerator. They clean up beautifully because they’re so simple: pure white so they take bleach.

They make me smile at each encounter.



A Few Retro Recipes (and ads)

August 3, 2016


A few more gems from the September, 1978 issue, in which the editors encouraged you to preserve the bounty of the season…

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While Robert Joffrey urged you to be brave enough to purchase – gasp!- Italian wines in lieu of bottles from France.

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The future Mrs. Murdoch (or someone who looked a lot like her) offered a sultry come-on to consumers of lime juice….


And a few recipes remind us how much tastes have changed.  Can you imagine anyone wanting to make this dish today?

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Summer of Seventy-Eight

August 2, 2016

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A whole carton of old Gourmet Magazines – from the seventies and eighties – has just arrived at my house, and I’m having so much fun going through them.  I’m loving the September 1978 issue; here are a few recipes that captured my attention.

(Amaretto was all the rage in the late seventies, but if you don’t happen to have any on hand, you could substitute another liqueur, a bit of white or rose wine, or in a pinch, just water.  It would probably improve the flavor – Amaretto is sticky sweet – but you might want to add just the tiniest drop of almond extract.)

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I’m intrigued by this savory pie, which is kind of a cross between a quiche and a pizza. Looking forward to trying it.



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And here’s an unusual take on Coquilles St.-Jacques….


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Should you forget how much time has passed since then, here’s a rather pointed reminder:

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