The notes from 1967 continued, on a strip of paper that once had been a mimeographed letter home from school (“Dear Parents, On May 5, 6, and 7, from 9:15 – 10:15 am…” – but that’s all that’s left of that memo, so we’ll never know what event took place on those days.) Aside: for… Continue reading 1967: A St. Patrick’s Day menu for the Supper Club
One of the things I love about the Catholic tradition for celebrating Christmas is that it doesn’t begin the day after Thanksgiving and end on Christmas night, as it seems to for the rest of the world. Instead, it truly begins on Christmas Eve, as Advent ends, and goes all the way till the Epiphany… Continue reading 1967: January, or, the extended Christmas season
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!