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Seven Layer Gelatin Salad

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Don't wait until the last minute to make this recipe. Each layer has to set before the next one is added.


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This drink is made with bourbon and vermouth, but it's not a Manhattan without the cherry.

Lemon Chiffon Pie

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Light, fluffy lemon chiffon pie. This recipe is also good using lime juice. Garnish each slice with sweetened whipped cream.

Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

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Before I knew much about food or dining out, I knew that if they brought shrimp cocktails to the table as an appetizer, we were eating at a 'fancy' restaurant. I'm sure I enjoyed the shrimp, but what I really loved was dipping the crackers in the spicy, horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce.

Broiled Grapefruit

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Sweeten up your morning with this nifty way to prepare grapefruit! This is the only way my mother could convince me to eat my grapefruit, and I still eat it this way.

Chef John's Green Goddess Dressing

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This creamy, herby, addictively delicious sauce is not only my favorite salad dressing, but is one of my favorite dips as well. You can of course tweak the acidity with more or less lemon, as well as play with the salt and pepper, but please do not change the trio of herbs. The way the parsley and chive play against the sweet tarragon makes this unlike any other herb dressing.

Carrot Gelatin Salad

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Old-fashioned carrot salad made with lemon Jell-O and pineapple. Grandma didn't specify the amount of carrots. You probably can't use too much!

Chef John's Chicken Kiev

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I'm not going to say this chicken Kiev is 'easy to make.' It's really not. So, why try? Because, if and when you pull this off, you'll be enjoying one of the greatest chicken experiences of your life. It's also one of the greatest garlic experiences of your life, as well as one of the greatest butter experiences of your life.

Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo

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I am going to give you my gumbo recipe. I learned to cook from my mother and grandmother who were born and raised in New Orleans and really knew how to cook. Most of the time, you could not get them to write down their recipes because they used a 'pinch' of this and 'just enough of that' and 'two fingers of water,' and so on. This recipe is a combination of both of their recipes which I have added to over the years. Serve over hot cooked rice. The gumbo can be frozen or refrigerated and many people like it better the next day. Bon appetit!

Classic Old Fashioned

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One of the great classic bourbon cocktails, the Old Fashioned was invented in Louisville, KY. Try bourbon, rye, or a blended whiskey in this cocktail. You can also sub one sugar cube for the simple syrup.

Sloppy Joes II

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This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!

Best Tuna Casserole

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This is a tuna casserole that even my picky family loves! The potato chips give the casserole a crunchy crust.

Inspiration and Ideas

1960s Recipes

Shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, and stuffed celery. Put on your best pencil skirt or skinny tie and knock back a Sidecar or two.

Seven Layer Gelatin Salad

"This is a great recipe. I have made it for years. You can also sub sour cream for the evap milk and it comes out awesome." – Cindy D.

Brown Sugar Smokies

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Bacon-wrapped yummies! You can make these little smokies on skewers or toothpick them to secure.