‘Mad’ Simple

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I love the 1950s and 60s era. Which would explain my obsession with the television show ‘Mad Men’. The fashion, the hair, the blissful ignorance, chain smoking, the overindulgence in liquor, and the home entertaining, all remind me of simpler times. The food especially, was quite simple and uncomplicated. However, a meat loaf dinner, served up by a house wife dressed to the nines, seemed to exude an air of elegance and sophistication.

Keeping with that rhythm, I decided to use meat loaf, with all the trimmings; mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas, apple pie a la mode, rum punch and martinis, as the featured dish at my Mad Men premiere TV-dinner party.

In true Tyme2Eat fashion, this meal was budget friendly, and quick and easy to prepare. While watching the show in the living room, we ate off paper plates, as to honor the TV-dinner theme and save myself some dish washing. I played the Mad Men soundtrack before the show and during “intermission,” and some of my guest came dressed in era appropriate attire which added a sexy-chic atmosphere to the party. It was a successful soiree that didn’t take a lot of effort to put together.

If you didn’t throw a premiere party, do not fret. There’s a full season of Mad Men ahead of us. So go ahead and host your own throwback 60s TV-dinner party, for the sake of the show, or just for the heck of it.

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I am a gourmet food specialist, food entrepreneur and creator of The Gaia Goodness Company. I make gourmet sauces, salad dressings and marinades. Please be sure to check out my Banana Mango Ketchup soon to be available for online purchase.

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