1966: Easter and other dinners

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.)


Mother, Corine, John, Teddy, Mrs. Klieforth (Aunt Teddy’s mother)

sweet potatoes and apples
green bean casserole
cauliflower and carrots
jello – Mother
yellow cake, boiled frosting
orange sherbet

Found on a search for public domain images. So don't sue me.
Found on a search for public domain images. So don’t sue me.

Green bean casserole was invented in 1955. Can’t get much more mid-century than that. Just think, when Mom first made this dish (or at least first recorded making it), this ubiquitous holiday dish was only 11 years old. And this year, it celebrates its 60th birthday.

As far as the other dinners for 1966, Mom had just a few notes:

In October, they had a birthday party for my brother who was turning 7, with my Uncle Dick and Aunt Dorothy and their children (I’m guessing they had 5 or 6 at that point; they ultimately had 10). Mom served salmon casserole (I’ll bet it was a Friday!)

In November, Mom hosted bridge club: “just snacks – last time”. Sad. But I know Mom didn’t really mind, seeing as she wasn’t a big fan of bridge.

Thanksgiving is noted in its own post.

And then there was a Christmas party – on December 27 – with Dick and Dorothy and family, and Grandma Mueller (Regina Ennis Mueller). Menu:

pork tenderloin casserole
baked potatoes

tossed salad
Christmas cookies & breads
red & green sherbet 

There’s that pork tenderloin casserole again! Still not sure why you would take a beautiful, tender cut of meat like tenderloin and put it into a casserole. There’s something I must be missing here.

But I love the red and green sherbet idea for Christmas. That is vintage Mom.

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