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Mar 20, 2011 05:49 PM

80's Party!!!

Hi!I am planning on a 1980's themed party this summer.And I was wondering what was the big thing to bring to get togethers in the 80's?Is there anything that sticks out in your mind from back then?Not what was popular in resturants but what home cooks were making then?

All help will be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Two that were popular and should rest in peace are Chicken Marbella and white Zinfandel. Both insipid, cloyingly sweet and thoroughly revolting.

      Pesto had an extended run back then, if memory serves, as did blackened fish a la Paul Prudhomme.

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      1. re: rjbh20

        White zin spritzer. How/why did I drink those things? Older and wiser now.

        1. re: pine time

          LOL! that's what I thought of too. White Zin - my wine training wheels. haha and the Bartles & James mentioned below. Am happy to report, I've grown a little older and wiser too. But, MAN, those were some good times!

          1. re: pine time

            "How/why did I drink those things"

            because back in the day we enjoyed headaches :(

        2. I remember Chef Paul Prudhomme was very popular and everyone was blackening fish and chicken breast.

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          1. re: dave_c

            What exactly do you mean by blacken?

            1. re: Slimpup85

              He had a spice rub that he put on fish or chicken. Then cooked really hot in a cast iron pan. Kind of spicy.

              1. re: Slimpup85

                My roommate in college did not know how to cook, but he learned a recipe for blackened chicken breast so that became his go-to dish.

                Blackening involved coating chicken for fish with a salt, black pepper (lots and lots) and cayenne mix.

                Next the protein is cooked in a very hot cast iron skillet.

                Here's a common blackening mix:

                1. re: dave_c

                  One of the best foods I ever ate was a blackened burger from Tumbledown Dick's in Cos Cob, Connecticut. Man was that good.

            2. I think I made that layered taco dip for every party in the '80s and we had lots of parties then. And the Ranch dip with the veggies. Velveeta dip and tortilla chips, salsa.

              1. whatever you serve, make sure you wash it down with a 4pack of Bartles & Jaymes!


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                1. re: Foody4life

                  Yeah wine coolers for sure. Maybe a "pasta bar."