Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday's Food Section: Baked Tuna Ring

Your mouth is already watering, amirite? This not-to-be-made -- uh, we mean not-to-be-missed -- recipe comes from our Quaker Oats friends:

Guaranteed leftovers! Bon appetit!

Flags of America: Grand Union

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Happy Hour: Cuba Libre

Of course, you remember the Andrews Sisters' hit "Rum and Coca-Cola" -- it's part of the eternal soundtrack of care-free island life, even though it is really about a mother-daughter prostitution ring. But, that's another story. In keeping with the theme of care-free island life, however, we turn to this week's cocktail special, the Cuba Libre. As the authors noted above, it's hard to distinguish the Cuba Libre from a Rum & Coke -- further confirmed by our friends at Ronrico, below:

They agree on the amount of amount of rum (1.5 oz), but differ on the kind of rum and the amount of lime. Chalk it up to personal style and personal preference. Here's an almost identical recipe, which they're calling "Rum 'n Cola":

As they suggest -- and is often done -- cola mixes with a lot of other things besides rum. But, there's no song about "Southern Comfort and Coca-Cola." And, for a final demonstration of how interchangeable these drinks are, here's the same recipe, but for a Cuba Libre:

So, is it a Cuba Libre or a Rum & Coke? Both. Either. Whatever. Drink up. Cheers!

This week's Friday Happy Hour is brought to you by ...

Flags of America: Taunton

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday's Food Section: Peppy Cheese Quick Bread

This week we're spotlighting a second prize winner from Pillsbury! This spicy -- or, um, "peppy" -- bread won't win you $1,000, but it will win you applause from your friends and family! Here's how to do it:

Bon appetit!

Flags of America: Bennington

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day! As our readers are aware, we are avid estate sale and yard sale attendees. Recently at an estate sale, we can across a booklet from the American Bicentennial spotlighting historic American flags. So, leading up to Independence Day this year, Rogers Park Retro will be celebrating the 235th anniversary of the independence of the United States by featuring a historic American flag. Tune in each day for a snapshot from American history!
Here's to the spirit of '76!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Happy Hour: "Weekend Brunch" Happy Hour

Sure, it's nice to have friends over for an evening -- but why not have the same friends over for a brunch instead? Good idea! (and, by the way -- a show of hands, please -- who has ever had a "whiskey sour breakfast"?) Here's how your convivial brunch will probably look:

And it looks like it's Comfort Sours all around! Here are some other specials you can offer to your guests:
Jump on the boozy brunch bandwagon! We'll be looking for your invitation sometime soon! Cheers!

This week's Friday Happy Hour is brought to you by ...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday's Food Section: Party Salads!

As always, our friends at Campbell Soup have us hooked up for what to serve at our next luncheon party! Have a look:

You'll practically have to hold your guests back as they charge the buffet line! It looks sophisticated, but it's a cinch to make:

Gelatin and jellied cranberry and condensed cream of chicken soup in one recipe? How did we get so lucky?! Here's more of the magic:
That's a meal in itself! But, wait, there's more ...

We're noticing a gelatin theme, here. To help it all go down, how about this salad dressing:

Bon appetit!