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Party Like it’s 1969

Let us say it is 1969. You live in California. Probably, but not necessarily, in some recently built suburb. You almost certainly have a subscription to Sunset magazine. It is March and the new issue has arrived at your house, covered in bright yellow daisies.

It wasn’t until recently that I gave Sunset a second thought. I knew it existed, but didn’t think it really applied to me. My mom read it. She probably even read this March 1969 issue when it was new. Then my wife (hereafter referred to as Wife) came across a big pile of them for practically free at an estate sale.

I consider myself something of an adventurous cook. Not everything turns out, but I am always looking to try different stuff from around the world, using new techniques and combinations. Upon looking at these Sunset magazines I realized that looking through time is a lot like looking through space when it comes to food.

Sure many of the things are bound to be the same as they are now, but as I started to read I realized just how different and interesting it was. Some sounds terrible and some great. Some I have no idea what the result will be.

Anyhow, my mission over the next year is to cook my way through the March 1969 issue of Sunset magazine. Why only one issue? Unlike the new version of Sunset (to which I now subscribe), which has a large pile of recipes in each issue, the old ones were more, more like a cookbook a month.

To wit:
Brown Stock
Caldo Xochilt
Petite Marmite
Baked Beans with Beef
Oatmeal Coffee Bread
Short Ribs with Noodles
Asparagus and eggs, Amadine
Spinach and Bacon salad
Pie Cherry Cake
Danish two-way cheesecake
Mandarin Orange Cheese Cream
Chilled Apricot Souffle
Raspberry Yogurt Parfait
Pineapple and Praline Diamonds
Orange Espresso
Glazed pears rose
Lemon Ice
Strawberries in Champagne
Spanish Style herring sandwich
Herring and chilled egg sandwich
Westphalian herring sandwich
Bacon-tomato-herring sandwich
Quick bear claw pastries
Hungarian almond strudel
German Apple Strudel
Turkish custard Pastries
Austrian Cheese Strudel
Western Style Peking Duck
Quick Thousand Layer buns
Coconut Chicken with fresh fruit
Curry Dressed Green salad
toasted pound cake fingers
Lemon caraway pan steaks
Citrus salad
Apple cheesecake
Orange Marmalade coffee cake
Pork chops with apple slices
Sour cream apple souffle
Swedish coffee twists
Strawberry chicken salad
Asparagus chicken salad
Smoked tongue in madeira
Homemade plum sauce
plum basted pork loin
Clam Chowder Beauregard
Chorizo rice
Giovanni’s salad
Shanks’ Mayor
Stuffed Spinach roll
Fried Camembert with toast and jelly
Dill pickle cabbage salad
sweet-sour slaw
Bacon-curry slaw

So, fifty-five in all. I suppose you could cook them all in a month since many are meant as sides or desserts. You could, if you were insane. I am not insane enough to try that, so I am going to shoot for a year. I might finish early, and if I do, I only have about seventy more issues around to get through.

Smoked tongue in madeira? Give me a break. A vineyard?

{ 1 } Comments

  1. RBL | December 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    The smoked tongue in madeira actually sounds pretty good, but “quick bear claw pastries?”, “strawberry chicken salad?” “Danish two-way cheesecake?” Which of these is _not_ in the kama sutra?

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