Channeling Leave it Beaver

September 23, 2010

Last night, a few friends came over for dinner.  Feeling "farmers market fatigue", I turned to my old cookbooks for inspiration (and laughs).  Maybe it was the thunderstorm or the midweek hump but I wanted martinis before dinner and food made with cream of mushroom soup.  With Frank Sinatra on the iTunes and donning a polka dot apron from Cath Kidston,  June Cleaver would've been pleased as I planned the menu based on Betty Crocker's Easy Guide to Entertaining that came out in 1959.  I especially loved the Midnight Suppers section. Am impressed Betty was out so late!

Vintage books, especially in decorating and entertaining are favs.   In case you happen to be in the mood for such a party yourself, here are some places to pick up a book for inspiration.

A real classic from which started Julia Childs way.  

A cookbook from one of the best food writers M. K. Fisher at

If this wets your whistle, treat yourself to a visit to Bonnie Slotnick's small shop in Village in NYC or call her and she'll hunt down whatever you need.

Live large,


Henley on the Horn said...

aHow GREAT! I love a good casserole as well as the next girl. What did you end up cooking? Do you have these fab cookbooks?

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