One of the things I’ve always loved about Thanksgiving is knowing that almost every single American is eating the same things on that day. Sure, regional differences, family favorites, but for the most part, you know that there is a whole lot of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, wine and rolls being consumed. And pie. Lots… Continue reading 1966: Thanksgiving
Easter Sunday was April 10th that year. (It’s always the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox, did you know? Yes. Decided by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. You’re welcome.) So: Mother, Corine, John, Teddy, Mrs. Klieforth (Aunt Teddy’s mother) ham sweet potatoes and apples green… Continue reading 1966: Easter and other dinners
My parents were part of a “supper club” with three other couples, where they’d take turns hosting dinners at each other’s houses. I was fascinated by the whole thing. When my parents hosted, of course we four kids were sent to bed early, but I would hide out on the landing of the stairs and… Continue reading 1966: Supper Club and childhood memories
Think about this country in 1965. The Dick Van Dyke show – the best sit com ever – was in its 4th season. But things weren’t all that great otherwise. There was civil unrest related to the Vietnam War and racial conflicts. The St. Louis Arch was completed. The Voting Rights Act was passed.The Gemini… Continue reading 1965: Middle of the decade dinners
So the first few menus were either not really sketched out at all (“Mom’s birthday – chicken”) or just barely so (“ham, angel food & ice cream”). But 1963 starts off with an awesome, multi-course menu. 1963 Bob & Mary Ann Dick & Dorothy (Dad’s two brothers and their wives) Cheese log, crackers Sherry Crown… Continue reading 1963: Wow, Mom!
We continue our saga. 1961 Uncle Jack, Schroeders, Pat, Jack & Diane (I wish I knew who all these people were. Don’t know the Schroeders. Jack Ennis was my Dad’s first cousin, and his wife was Diane. Pat might have been Jack’s sister . OH! So Uncle Jack, then, was their father! This is all… Continue reading 1961 – 62: Relatives and Tupperware Parties
Mom and Dad were married on August 4, 1956, the day after Mom’s 28th birthday. One of their wedding gifts was this Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book, from one of Mom’s friends. From all the notes written in it, I can tell she used this cook book for many of the countless meals she served. The… Continue reading 1956 – 1960: The Early Years