Made at Home: The Dirty Thirties


Once in a while I like to mix things up a bit by throwing a themed dinner for myself and Mike. In the past I’ve held things like an indoor picnic and a “Freaks and Geeks” party complete with “Freak” and “Geek” style dishes.

I can’t exactly put my finger on what inspired this weekend’s themed dinner – maybe it’s the books I’ve been reading, the paper I recently wrote, or just being a poor student in general – but once I got the idea in my head I had to make it happen. What was the theme I was so obsessed with this time? It was… *drumroll please* the 1930s! Ok, ok, I know it sounds a bit bizarre to be craving food straight out of the Great Depression, but for some strange reason I was.

By the time Mike came home our kitchen had been turned into a 1930s style lunch counter. Being the good natured and adventurous guy he is, he bravely ordered the daily special: “The New Deal.” It included a sandwich wrapped up with parchment and string, tomato soup, slow cooked beans, coffee and pie for only $1.

While I can’t vouch for the historical accuracy of this particular meal, it definitely satisfied my craving. I had a lot of fun preparing the menu, and an even better time eating it all. I highly recommend holding one for yourself – don’t forget to turn up hits like this to help you get in the mood.


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