A Dinner Party and a Hunting Knife or Two


| 9/27/2012 9:58:00 AM


The holiday are coming and with it the search for new recipes to serve at holiday parties.  I’ve been in a fall mood this week and randomly looking through cookbooks.  I believe I have found a cocktail that will amaze and astound your guests.  Imagine sweeping out of the kitchen, tray filled with cocktails for each guest.  They wait in anticipation for your toast; but before you salute the evening or special guest you let them know about your newest cocktail sensation:  Prune Eggnog!

Joy of Cooking 1943 The best thing I could say when I saw that recipe was ptooeeyucky*@!  and few similar words.  I’m not sure that I have yet gotten the taste of that sound off my tongue.  Yes, it was from a legitimate cookbook, in fact one of the great standards; Irma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking.  It was the 1943 edition which might explain some of the odd food combinations.

What caught my eye as I was skimming through the book was actually the first recipe.  It’s what people would immediately see so I’m sure she put her best food forward.  The category was cocktails (non-alcoholic) and the first recipe for a dinner party was a Tomato Juice Cocktail.  I’ve never been served tomato juice at a dinner unless it had vodka and a celery stick in it so this was a surprise.  Also surprising was the amount of time spent to create this drink.   A hostess would need to start early to have these cocktails ready for her guests:

3 ½ cups tomatoes

½ cup water



1/ slice onion



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