Sunday, February 22, 2009

Breads and Sandwiches

I'm continuing with the 1958 Good Housekeeping Breads and Sandwiches. I love this cover, though I had a little trouble with the scanner on the far right. Notice the frankfurter sandwich in pride of place under the title, next to the green nasty looking soup. Food photography was obviously not as sophisticated as today, as you can't tell what's in most of these sandwiches. But it's still fun.

The next time you need something new to shake up your lunchtime routine, consider these suggestions from the cookbook: **Warning - not for the faint of stomach.

Avocado-Pineapple Rounds

1 medium avocado

1/4 cup drained canned crushed pineapple

2 tablesp. fresh, frozen, or canned lemon juice

2 tablesp. mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/2 tsp. salt

12 slices whole-wheat bread

48 tiny pieces green pepper (What if you have 47 or 49?)

Halve avocado lengthwise; remove pit. Scoop out pulp (any recipe with this phrase is not starting out well); mash well (also this one). Add pineapple, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt. With 1 1/2" cookie cutter, cut each bread slice into 4 founds; spread each round with 1 tsp. avocado mixture. Garnish with green-pepper piece.

Here's another sandwich filling, from the "smorgasbord" section:

Orange-Peanut Butter Filling:
3/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup snipped light or dark raisins

1/2 cup orange juice

Several hours ahead: Mix together all ingredients. Refrigerate. Then what? I see no way that one could work out well.

Some of my fellow Missing anthology authors have been blogging at their own sites about the project. Robert Goldsborough is a good traditional mystery writer, with his Snap Malek reporter series. Bob used to write the Nero Wolfe mysteries for the estate, then started his own popular series. His Missing story is an excellent Snap Malek about a missing teen. Bob has a great sense of humor and is class personified. Bob has a blog with another Missing author, Luisa Buehler, and his entry about Missing is here:

Bob, Norm Cowie, Margot Justes and I have been doing signings together since The Heat of the Moment came out. Margot and her Chicago art gallery series appear in Missing, and here is her blog entry: Margot, Mary Welk and I are going to publish three interconnected mystery novellas next year with our same characters as well.

Get to know some of these authors with Missing - that's the fun of an anthology; finding new series. Have you read any of them already? Or eaten avocado with pineapple?

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