Okay, not that kind of special. I mean this kind:
December issue I featured a couple weeks ago, but I didn't have to just gaze longingly upon the ad since several Home Cooking issues came in the same baggie-- all for 70 cents! That's less than the original owner paid for just this one magazine. I am quite the smart shopper. (Of course, it helps that I was willing to wait almost 40 years and pick them up at a thrift shop-- not much of an option for somebody who wanted to cook in 1978).
To get in the holiday spirit, I'm going to start with a recipe that just makes me happy (and not weirded out):
For those who wanted a more sophisticated dessert, the magazine offers this specialty:
Instant Zabaglione Royale-- for when you want and excuse to add wine to instant pudding mix.
Of course, it's not all desserts. Here's a gourmet side to offer with the fancy zabaglione:
My favorite part of the magazine, though, is a section on some very special food gifts:
They're Gifts for Dieters! You'll note that a lot of these do not look very diet-y (Nutty Coconut Brownies with frosting? Panamanian Coconut Candy?) The note at the top of the first page suggests a need "to match the delicacy to the dieter." The desserts are low sodium (as many desserts are--) and thus, diet! Ta-da! The Panamanian Coconut Candy is also gluten free, proving that gluten free really was a thing before it became a fad.... In any case, the low-sodium offerings are the easy ones.
The prize for the most clearly diet offering goes to the dressing:
The prize for the most impractical food gift has to go to this entry:
Don't get me wrong-- I loves me some guacamole (although maybe not with mayonnaise mixed in)-- but it does not make a good gift.
I can just imagine the scene: Grandpa Clarence is quietly trying to open a new pair of slippers and Aunt Shirley rushes in and shoves a bowl full of green mush into his lap, yelling, "Quick! Here's my gift and eat it right this minute before it turns slimy brown! Don't worry-- it's low cholesterol and it it will keep you from eating all that ham, gourmet broccoli, and instant zabaglione royale the rest of us will be enjoying as soon as we're done opening gifts."
Great plan. Really helps with the festive mood.
Here's hoping that if you plan to make food gifts, you are a better planner than good old Aunt Shirl.