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Eat And Drink Like Mad Men
Kick it old-school with food and drink inspired by the series' return.
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"Mad Men" returns for its sixth season this Sunday, and all of the anticipation and excitement surrounding the two-hour premier may have sent you on a nostalgia trip to the good old 1960's. Fortunately, Amy J. Barry, a child of parents quite similar to the Drapers, has cooked up some delectable 1960's-inspired recipes, featured in The Day


Put a few onion rings, or thinly sliced green onions, on rounds of Melba toast or any good cracker. Put a dab of mayonnaise (not salad dressing) on each, and slip them under the broiler until the mayonnaise sizzles. It tasted much better than it sounds!


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe follows)

Combine beef, cracker crumbs, onion, evaporated milk, and salt; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into 30 balls. Roll in flour. Brown meatballs in shortening. Drain excess fat. Meanwhile, prepare Sweet-Sour sauce. Pour over meatballs. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Serve with toothpicks.


  • 1 can (13 ½ oz.) pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento

Drain pineapple chunks; reserve pineapple. Measure syrup. Add water to make 1 cup liquid. Blend together pineapple liquid and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Cook until thickened and clear. Add pineapple, green pepper and pimento; mix well. Cover. Simmer over low heat, 15 min.


Yield: 1 drink

  • ¾ oz. vodka
  • 1 ½ oz. orange juice
  • ¼ oz. Galliano (if you don't have any on hand, a gin and tonic or old-fashioned will do nicely as a featured drink)
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice cubes.

Add the Galliano. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.


  • 1 18 ½ oz. package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4-oz. serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup Wesson oil
  • ½ cup slivered almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Grease and flour two 9-inch layer cake pans. Combine all cake ingredients in large bowl. Blend well, then beat at medium mixer speed 2 minutes. Turn into prepared pans. Bake 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Do not underbake. Cool in pans 10 minutes.

Remove from pans, finish cooling on racks. Split layers in half horizontally. Stack. Spread 1 cup filling (recipe below) between each layer and over top of cake. Keep cake chilled. Serve cold.


  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • ¼ cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
  • 1 pkg. (4-oz. serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix

Combine milk, rum, pudding mix and topping mix in deep narrow-bottom bowl. Blend well at high speed for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Makes 4 cups.

Optional: Garnish with chocolate curls.


Last Update:

04/10/2013 - 12:51

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