Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm re-living the 1950s!

It was on television last night! What a story!….A scruffy, dirty mountain man goes into town and chooses a poor, unmarried girl to take as a wife! He then takes her up into wooded mountains where he has his falling-down filthy cabin. The young girl is there to cook, clean, etc. for this mountain man….and his brothers. The boys were also dirty and scruffy, raised like animals, had absolutely no manners.
The young wife is shocked, but there is no way out, so she cleans, cooks, does laundry. The young brothers of her “husband” all decide they to would like to have a “wife” to wait on them. When winter arrived, the thought of having a warm body to sleep with is more than they can ignore, so they sneak into town under the cover of darkness and kidnap young girls to bring back to the mountains.
Now here is the kicker….all the young girls fall in love with their mountain men! Not only that…they all suddenly know how to sing and dance! Yes, last night I watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! I hadn’t seen it for years!
The tag line was: LUSTY, MIRTHFUL GIRL-STEALING MUSICAL! . . . with Seven Great Songs!
The Plot:
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
Movies, particularly the musicals, of the 50s were so much fun. There are those that poo-poo the whole musical thing as being phony, of course, they are the same ones who live to play violent video games. Now that is reality for you! Oh well, it takes all kinds to make the world go around. My type likes old musicals! Give me Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller....there were so many great stars with such great voices! I must be getting terribly old....I'm longing for the good old days!

Food was fun in the 50s, but certainly lacking the variety we have today. Here is a recipe from the 50s that may have missed your attention....maybe you would rather it skip you again! A little history for you.....

1933 - Twinkies were introduced by The Continental Baking Company in Indianapolis, which also made "Wonder Bread" and had a snack line your probably familiar with called Hostess. One of their bakers named James A. Dewar got the idea for the "Twinkie" while he delivered one of their products, a cream filled strawberry shortcake. The machines to make these sat idle when the strawberry season was over so he came up with an idea to use them to make a snack cake filled with a banana filling, and only charge a nickel for a package of 2. It was good idea as money was tight for people during the great depression.

Then in the 50s someone created this!.............................

Undescended Twinkies Servings: 4

6 oz Orange Jell-O (2 pkgs)

1 c Boiling Water

1/2 c Pineapple Juice

1 qt Vanilla Ice Cream; Softened

7 oz 7-Up

8 ea Twinkies

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add pineapple juice, ice cream and 7-Up. Mix thoroughly (In a blender if necessary to dissolve ice cream), and pour into a deep pan, approximately 9-inches square. Chill until mixture begins to set. Lay Twinkies, flat side down, in two rows of four across the top of the chilled gelatin. If the gelatin is properly chilled, it will resist the Twinkies. You will push them in and they will slowly rise. Remember you don't want them buried. Just semi-decended in the ooze. (Don't you just love the word "ooze" when it is used un a recipe!)Chill until fully set and serve.

I'm thinking my 2 daughters and my daughter -in-law are all taking an oath that if I ever fix
this for my grandchildren, they will band together and and throw Mama from the train!

So, if you try the recipe for Undescended Twinkies, let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!

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