Listening to: “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” – The Magnetic Fields
I s’pose I could say lots about my trip back to WNY for Thanksgiving… about the pseudo-Chinese curios I found stashed in my grandparent’s disused liquor cabinet, about the gravy-and-rage-soaked power struggle that is Two Thanksgiving Dinners/One Family, about the fact that they decided to make Pittsford Plaza even more gross by adding a big honking ugly-ass Cheesecake Factory, about two-dog road trips across the Northeast…
Instead, I want to share with you, O Interwebs, this fantastically awful-sounding recipe for “Liptauer Cheese” I found in a scrapbook of old recipes, circa 1960, of mysterious origin. Most were clipped from magazines, but this one was proudly handwritten on a 3×5 card by one “Jean Morten”:
Work 6 ozs of cream cheese (2 small packages) until smooth & gradually blend in 1/4 cup butter. Add 1 tsp each of capers & paprika, 2 anchovies & 1 shallot, both finely chopped, and 1/2 tsp each of caraway seeds & salt.
Press the mixture into a small mold or form it into a roll & wrap in wax paper. Let the cheese mellow in the refrigerator.
The mold-happy nastified recipe immediately reminded me of these beauties–Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974, complete with funny captions by Wendy McClure. My friend used to have a couple of these framed in her kitchen. My personal fave: