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Nero Wolfe/1930's Dinner Party

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Hello -

A colleague of mine from Boston is moving down here (NC). I know she is a huge Nero Wolfe fan. I'd like to throw a Nero Wolfe dinner party (think 1930's dining) for about 8 of us. A dinner and an episode from the TV series from a few years back.

2 questions:

1. Has anyone tried the Nero Wolfe cookbook? How were the results?

2. Aside from NW, any other suggested recipes/sources?

Thanks in advance.


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  1. I haven't tried it, but I would recommend you really stick with classics, like devilled eggs and lamb chops with mint sauce. Definitely martinis. This could be interesting: http://www.retrofoodrecipes.com/

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    1. re: katecm

      Lamb chops with mint sauce? Wolfe would be apoplectic.

      The leg of lamb recipe in the Nero Wolfe Cookbook is very good and simple to prepare.

      i have made several of the recipes and they all seem to work well.

      I'm not so sure how easy it will be to find the NW cook book, but you could always just pick a dish from a story or book and improvise. I think it is a terrific idea. remember to wear a yellow shirt.

      1. re: FrankJBN

        And put some orchids on the table!

        1. re: debit

          Absolutely!!!! I have a few already.

    2. My mom is a huge Nero Wolfe fan, so I asked her your question. Here is what she said:

      "One thing that pops immediately into mind is fresh homemade sausage. Fritz was the name of his chef. But I don't think he actually made the sausage himself, although he could. He was a chef that could do anything."

      1. I have tried the "Devil's Rain" salad dressing from the Nero Wolfe cookbook--I remember it was a little involved to put together, but had a very good flavor.
        I envy you--this dinner will be so much fun to "accessorize", both food and decor!

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        1. re: blue room

          Thanks!!! I think it is a clever idea (someone else had suggested it, I wish I had myself). I think there is a place for both really easy parties and then more involved ones (like this). Different from each other, but both great.

        2. My mom reminded me that he loved beer.

          1. Wolfe believed "a guest is a jewel that rests on a cushion of hospitality". He sets the bar high!

            1. Do try to find the Nero Wolfe cookbook. I bought it over 30 years ago and the recipe for veal cutlets (with some minor variations over the years) is still one of my standards.

              Have you tried the Wolfe Pack's website? I haven't been there in ages but there might be some useful info or links.

              Just remember - don't use the brownstone's address as your invitations' return address unless you don't mind being in the middle of the river.

              Please post a report on your efforts. I'd love to hear the results.

              Btw, where in NC? If you're nearby I might be able to get you some of the book's recipes.

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              1. re: rockycat

                I am in Morrisville. I actually thought of printing up menus and sending them along with the invites, use "Rusterman's" restaurant name and address. It was owned by one of NW's friends in his books.

                1. re: Westy

                  Westy, I thought you HAD the cookbook--short of sending you my copy, anything I can look up for you? Be specific or general, whatever.

                  1. re: blue room

                    NP. IO think I am all set. Between the local library and ordering off the Internet, I am pretty good. Thanks, though.

              2. I got the NW Cookbook as a gift from my partner a few years ago. My favorite recipe is an avocado dessert, serves 6:
                3 large ripe avocados
                1 c sugar
                4 T lime juice
                2 T green chartreuse
                ½ c heavy cream
                6 slices lemon
                Chill the avocados. Cut them in half, removing the pulp and reserving the skins, taking care not to tear them. To the pulp, add the sugar, lime juice, and chartreuse. Using a hand mixer, whip all the ingredients to a smooth consistency. Return the mixture to the skins.
                The official recipe includes whipped cream and a lemon slice garnish. I don't, and I use less sugar and more lime and chartreuse. It's yummy and special. Buy the book if you can find it; it's worth it.

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                1. re: joanestb

                  Joanestb (or anyone who reads this),
                  PLEASE HELP!!! I bought the Nero Wolfe cookbook years ago but it is in storage back in the States and I am overseas at the moment. I am desperate to get the ingredients for the veal cutlets. I am throwing a dinner party Oon Wednesday and wanted to serve this dish as it is one of my favorites. I know how to prepare, just can't remember the exact ingredients and measurements. Thank you in advance for any help that comes my way.