1960s Housewife

May 12th

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Homemade sourdough

I made sourdough from scratch for the first time this weekend, using an Emeril recipe for the starter. My home smelled like a brewery within a couple hours. This yeasty bread sounded, but ended up way to hard. When recipes call for a fancy kitchen mixer with a bread paddle, I make do with that much more kneading.  One day, I’ll have a Kitchenaid (and a kitchen large enough) and a baking stone. It wouldn’t be fun if it came out perfect the first time anyway.

What to do with hard bread?

Turkey bacon

Have you ever seen 1950-1960s cookbooks with the colorful appetizer platters that are so overdone and usually involve deviled eggs? The presentation cracks me up in part because I would imagine the majority of those recipes were the result of incredibly bored housewives enjoying a bit too much of the sauce mid-afternoon.  How else could such nonsense be so entertaining?


From the garden

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Without the pearls or the pressed dress and apron (because it was a weekend, not because I’m opposed), I decided to channel my inner 1960s inspiration with BATS — bacon (turkey), avocado and tomato sandwiches. The bread still made these rather difficult to eat, but the Sunday dinner crowd crunched away merrily.

bowling treats

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

The cupcakes, however, were Goldilocks-right.

I am struggling a bit this week; I think in part it has to do with the severe change in weather. I spend so much of my free time outside — running, swimming, walking, wandering — that when it’s 100+ degrees out, I wilt. The funny thing is, I’ve lived here nearly my entire life. Yet every May, I go through this period of shock that I’m still in Phoenix being burned by my seatbelt and watching my makeup run off my face between home and work. I need a new plan.


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19 Responses

  1. Okay, I love avacadoes. That pic looks so tasty. Yum, green sensation! Was that a platter of “BATS” for a dinner party? So pretty. (And, yummy cupcakes too!)

  2. I have live here my entire 30 years and it is always a shock to go back to the constant 100s. Just think in September the low 100s will fill good!

  3. It truly is almost a suffocating feeling, isn’t it? Like a kind of fear strikes you that it is only going to get hotter and hotter and soon you will never be able to go outside again!! And you’d better hop on it and make some new good friends soon to hang out with inside for the next 5 months!
    (At least this is what happened to me yesterday!)

  4. I am with you with the change of weather. I just adored how gorgeous the weather was this winter. And now… *sigh* Yeah, it’s miserable. I miss having the Jeep’s top off, and walking the dogs on the weekends, and laying outside with a book. Thank goodness we have the winters to make it worth suffering through the summer.

  5. Is that it? The weather? I didn’t even realize it…but that definitely explains why i’ve been a depressed, cranky bitch the last week… Screw you, summer.

  6. Debbie May 12, 2009

    I’m laughing because I moved to central Illinois from upstate New York and I can hardly stand how hot it gets here in the summer! And, it stays hot for such a long time. My first summer here, I began to panic that it would never get cool again. Winters here are nothing compared to NY, not much snow at all. This is my third year here and I think I’m adjusting. I can’t imagine how hot you must feel!

  7. Those BATS are goregous! I’ve never made bread but would like to try…going down to wal mart to get some avocados!

  8. Juliann May 12, 2009

    The first few weeks are the hardest for me. My body needs to adjust to the serious heat which made for an interesting long run this past weekend. Was not very happy that the sun was beating down on me. Guess I just have to get up earlier. But I’ll take it over humidity any day!

  9. Hard bread – I make croutons but your 1960s appetizer platter looks fab too!

  10. YUMMM Just seeing the avocado makes me drool!! I had the same problem when I made that bread a few weeks ago. I guess I need to get that special paddle. I don’t have one for our kitchn aide!

  11. For Kelli who is feeling a little weather blues, and simultaneously thinking about deviled egg platters – boy, do I have a guarateed solution to bring you a smile. Or a few giggles. Or an all-out-laugh-so-hard-you-pee-your-pants. What’s the catch? All you need to do is copy and paste the link below (read the page then ‘start the tour’ at bottom of page). I have been going back to this site for years at random moments whenever I think about it (like after reading your entry today) and let me tell you, i laugh and laugh and laugh…. hope it helps!


  12. rohanknitter May 12, 2009

    Wow, bacon, avocado and tomato- I have got to try that!! A BLT is always the first thing we fix with the garden tomatoes when they come in, which won’t be for a while yet.
    I REALLY don’t do well in the heat, so I can’t imagine how you cope all summer. I always imagine it must be kind of like the winter here, where you just don’t go out much. It was lovely here today – about 72 and sunny, I wish it could stay like that all summer. I’m always saying I want to live where it’s never hotter than 85, or colder than 25. (don’t know where that is, but it’s certainly not here!)

  13. I couldn’t live in a place so hot! I barely survive here and the hot summer is about only 2 months (too much anyway!). Those sandwiches look yummy nevertheless….

  14. Looks yummy!

    It gets really hot here too, although not as hot as Arizona. We usually top out about 110 or so in the summer. After about 90 I hide in the AC lol.

  15. Laura May 13, 2009

    Ha. I made my first homegrown sourdough a couple of months ago and had a very similar result (even with the kitchen aid). We ate the bread, but I ended up throwing out my starter–definitely going to be sticking with the yeast breads for now.

  16. If you need an escape from the heat, just know that Missouri (and rampant humidity) is only a quick plane ride away! =) I’m sure you’ll adjust right away.

  17. Grate sanwishes

    The sour dough tend to be better for the digestive system, so when when I find the time, I try to make those.


  18. Grate sandwiches.

    The sour dough tend to be better for the digestive system, so when when I find the time, I try to make those.


  19. BLT with avocado is a favorite of mine. Only allow myself to eat it though once a year! I am sure you will master that sourdough bread recipe in no time. Enjoyed reading your post. Love food pictures. :-))