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Nov 6, 2007 06:44 AM

What did they make 40 years ago...?

We are hosting a dinner / 40th birthday party next month and the theme is "what they made 40 years ago". As the hosts, we a responsible for the main course and cocktail, while the guests each have a course assignment.

I'm fishing for any main course suggestions. There will be 10 us.


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  1. How about fondue and a swingin' martini bar? You could offer Tang as anon-alcoholic beverage (if they still sell it!).

        1. Anything from Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1' will work. That was published in 1961 and was all the rage for at least the next 15 years. I received my copy in 1975.

          Her Boeuf Bourguignon is excellent and would be an easy dish to make for a crowd, as much of it can be done ahead of time.

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          1. re: Euonymous

            I agree about Julia. I was in my early twenties and my foodie guy friend and i would tackle Julia for fish recipes. He invented one with scallops and Uncle Ben's wild rice- we thought it was gourmet. Also gourmet were baked fish fillets rolled around shrimp with some kind of sauce. Think shrimp and veal.

          2. What I remember from way back then:
            Meatloaf drowned in that sweet ketchuppy red sauce.
            Potatoes Au Gratin with velveeta.
            "taco" pies made with tortilla chips (Doritos?), canned chili, canned refried beans, etc
            Anything from the back of a Betty Crocker box at that time.
            Pan Fried Steak- Take a good steak, poke holes in it, and fry in at least one inch of oil.
            Chicken Fried Steak - take a good steak, pound it flat, dip it in batter and fry in at least one inch of oil. Then drown it in a thin gravy from a mix.
            Outside the ugh category:

            Hobo Stew
            Roast beef
            Real mashed potatoes with home made gravy
            Garden Salad (Made from what was in your garden)
            Roasted corn on the cob
            Broiled asparagus spears dipped in real butter
            Home made cherry or apple pie
            Broiled or grilled steak smothered in mushrooms and onions.
            Baked potato
            Egg or potato salad
            Fresh cole slaw
            Slow cooked ham hocks and beans