Bake Your Pies the Modern Way with Retro Pies!
Campy mid-century illustrations and long-lost recipes sure taste great together
From the vintage image-obsessed folks at Collectors Press comes this colorful, fun and funny little cookbook, just in time for the holidays. Sprinkled throughout its pages are more than 80 recipes for both sweet and savory pies. Some of the recipes, like Martha's Cherry Pie are familiar old standards, the kinds of pies that experienced bakers wouldn't even need a recipe for. Others, like Front Porch Sweet Cheese Pie or Mock Mincemeat pie are just kooky enough to inspire you to bake. Even if you're not a baker, though, the campy “modern family” pictures are a real kick in the pants. Happy housewives in A-line skirts, flowery aprons and three-inch heels take joy and pride in baking golden-crusted pies! Rosy cheeked kids grin deliriously when they see what Mom's got in the oven! Dad relaxes with a shiny red apple as Mom whips up something spectacular in her space-age kitchen! Looking for a bittersweet memory pie topped with gleeful optimism? Try one of the recipes below.
Yashoda Naidoo of Annapurna
On her vegan Thanksgiving menu
The holidays are stressful and difficult for many of us but perhaps more so for vegetarians and vegans who often must fight with family members over the menu or face a dearth of options for dining out. This year, Yashoda Naidoo will serve a full vegan meal at Annapurna Chai House. We spoke about her decision to remain open on Thanksgiving day and about the details of the restaurant's prix-fixe menu.
I was at a party the other night, yapping about food when this guy suggested that we write restaurant reviews so that restaurants could know what they're doing wrong. I told him that the purpose of publishing a restaurant review was not to give a report card to one or two restaurant owners but to give a city full of people an idea of what to expect should they dine at a particular restaurant. I said I thought diners had a responsibility to communicate with the restaurant staff, to help them provide the best possible experience. He looked puzzled. I said, “It's like sex,” and the party got quieter. “You cannot live your whole life disappointed that you never got spanked when you never asked anybody to spank you,” I continued. There were some nervous stares. I told the gathering crowd that just as lovers communicate with each other, so must diners and restaurants. If you ask for a quiet table and get seated next to the front door, then say something. Be kind but honest and you can expect that your server will be eager to please. Whatever you do, don't bite your tongue and leave angry only to be surprised when the same thing happens again. If you're too embarrassed to say something that night, a quick call the next morning should do the trick.
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Several calls and e-mails came in response to “The Dish's” plea for information about Ron's Camino Real but the best one was a voicemail message from Ron himself. “I was looking at the current Alibi and you ... were wondering about Ron's Camino Real,” he said. “Well, I'm Ron Camden and that was my place for 27 years. Heck, now that I'm unemployed I could use a free meal! So if you're giving out gift certificates I'll tell you the story.” It turns out that Ron's had been struggling for years, trying to battle competition from other restaurants and chains closer to the University. Being four blocks south of Central, Ron said, was just far enough to make people want to drive but more and more he thinks folks were simply unwilling to drive to lunch and risk losing precious University area parking spots.