Gender politics in the United
States -- and the world, I imagine -- are funny
things. As a male that loves to cook and do
laundry, I'm often faced with several questions
from the confused and curious:
a) what's wrong with me?
b) where did my parents go wrong?
c) am I gay?
d) all of the above?
Frankly, I don't think there's
anything wrong, my parents did a great job raising
me, and I dig chicks and their equipment.
But, how do I explain my love for domestic tasks,
especially anything that involves a kitchen?
Hell, I even love grocery shopping! The cookbook
pictured below has plenty to do with the way
I turned out.
a young Hungover Gourmet, I usually ended up
in the family kitchen, eating a post-school,
pre-dinner snack. And watching THG's mother
fix dinner for a family of hungry-big-eaters.
The Betty Crocker Good and Easy Cookbook
pictured was the only cookbook my mother has
ever owned. I think she received it as a wedding
or shower gift 52 years ago, and every meal
we were served had its roots between the covers.
Amazing as it may seem, when I
return to my humble roots for a family affair,
each meal tastes exactly like it did 10, 15,
20 years ago. I never saw my mother actually
reference this book, but I was glad when I stumbled
upon a copy at an upstate New York antique shop.
Maybe now my meals will bear a resemblance to
the last time I attempted them.
The following recipe is described
as "unusual -- and good" on page 107
of this piece of modern homemaker history. If
anyone tries it, you'll have to let
me know if it fits that description.
SIDE NOTE: The copy I picked
up was inscribed as follows: "To Lolita,
From Betty. 'Hope you can save yourself some
time and also get some new ideas.' Dated 1955."
SAUSAGE PEACH BALLS
1 lb. pork sausage
2 tbsp. minced onion
2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 egg, beaten
8 canned peach halves
Heat oven to 350° (moderate).
Combine sausage, onion, bread crumbs, seasonings,
and egg. Form into 8 balls. Arrange peach halves,
cut side up, in shallow baking dish. Stick 3
cloves around edge of each peach half, place
sausage ball in center. Bake 45 min. Drain off
fat and pour on heated syrup, drained from peaches.
4 servings. No nutritional information