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147. California Orange Pork Roast

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 2:56am in


1970s, Food, Pork, Pork

Pork Tenderloin Part II! This is what I did with the second half of the one-pound tenderloin that I used for the Herbed Pork Roast with Broccoli Spaghetti. Note: the Broccoli Spaghetti became a bit of a debate over on the Facebook page. Click below to see them.  Well, not really a debate–rather a discussionContinue reading 147. California Orange Pork Roast →

125. Herbed Pork Roast with Spaghetti Broccoli

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 1:00am in


1970s, Food, Pork, pasta, Pork, Wine

I’m gonna make this post a quickie. Why? Because this dinner was a quickie! And why was this dinner such a quickie? Not only did I mistakenly buy a pork tenderloin instead of a pork roast, I cut said 1-lb pork tenderloin in half (I am trying to avoid leftovers). Therefore, Card 125. went fromContinue reading 125. Herbed Pork Roast with Spaghetti Broccoli →

148. Gondolier’s Hero Sandwiches

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 12:00am in


1970s, Television

Behold, the Gondolier’s Hero Sandwich! There it is. Look at that. Macaroni, gherkins, and cheese cubes floating on the Grand Canal in Venice. Is it a Gondolier’s Hero Sandwich because the bun looks like a gondola? Or is this sandwich the lunch of choice for Venetian Gondoliers? I couldn’t help but wonder… what the hellContinue reading 148. Gondolier’s Hero Sandwiches →

The McMansion Hell Yearbook: 1977

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 4:40am in

Howdy, folks, and happy October! (It’s snowing here in Chicago lol) 

Before I get down to business on today’s post, I want to let you know of two big events coming up this week: 

First, I’ll be in conversation with Susan Chin and Vinson Cunningham tomorrow evening (10/28) to talk about urbanism during the pandemic (virtually) at the Museum of the City of New York. More info and tickets here

 I am giving this year’s Brendan Gill Lecture in Architectural Criticism at Yale via Zoom on Thursday the 29th of October at 6:30 Eastern Time. Admission is free. Here’s a link to the talk which includes info on how to register. 

Alright, now back to the main event. We’re back in Cook County, Illinois because of course we are, and this house falls into the rare McMansion Hell category of “this house is terrible but also kind of cute somehow????” 

It’s a shame you can’t really see the turret because it adds so much. Anyways, this house is peak 70s McMansion: longer than it is tall, involves a mansard, big picture windows, not too adventurous roof-wise. Still, it’s 6900 square feet boasting 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths all at a whopping $1.5 million dollars. Just some pocket change, you know…

Let’s see inside, shall we?

Lawyer Foyer

All I want is some Looney Tunes action where some’s coming up from the basement and someone’s coming in the front door and WHAM!!!! 

Sitting Room

I kind of stan the dog pots though… 

Dining Room

I think the wallpaper might be crabs???? (????)


Pros of tile countertops: v twee and cute
Cons of tile countertops: grout 

Also we NEED to bring back the kitschy farmhouse aesthetic from 40 years ago. No more quartz countertops. It’s time for tiles with chickens on them!!!


Is this room supposed to be like weirdly tropical?? or Parisian??? or Martha Stewart??? or???

Vibe check: [please calibrate vibe checker and try again]


After all, inside every middle manager is a languishing Hemingway…

Main Bedroom

“Struggled hard for these views (six arm flexing emojis)”

Also, disclosure: McMansion Hell will no longer use the term “master bedroom” because it’s antiquated and never made much sense after the (American) Civil War if you really think about it for more than three seconds. 

Main Bathroom

where to purchase malachite wallpaper asking for a friend (the friend is my office)

Spare Bedroom

Nothing says “I am a fun-loving carefree and slightly cRaZy girl” like this font:

Alright, that’s it for the inside. Instead of the rear exterior though, I’m going to end this post with a fun aerial shot instead just to show that my suspicions about this house have been confirmed. 

Secret Aerial Footage (helicopter sounds)

See, this house is actually very weird!!!! It is not as cute when all of its wily tricks have been revealed!!!!

Okay, that’s it for 1977. Stay tuned for 1978! 

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Vincent Price’s Zippy Bloody Mary (1972)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 27/10/2020 - 1:05am in

In the early 1970s, Vincent Price was the celebrity spokesperson for Angostura Bitters.  He appeared in a series of print advertisements, each featuring a cocktail or recipe (or both) that includes the herbaceous liquid.  This ad was recently featured on Silver Screen Suppers, Since I have already mixed up his other Bloody Mary recipe, IContinue reading Vincent Price’s Zippy Bloody Mary (1972) →

164. Sauteed Trout Almondine

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 7:56am in

It’s National Nut Day! So here is a dish that features almonds, Sauteed Trout Almondine. However, my version of Sauteed Trout Almondine contained neither trout nor almonds. I know, I know, I know. That totally negates the entire purpose of the dish. I couldn’t find trout! So I pivoted. The traditional Almondine (actually, Amondine–we AmericanizedContinue reading 164. Sauteed Trout Almondine →

James Beard’s Poulet aux Quarante Morceaux de l’Ail (1976)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/10/2020 - 4:01am in


1970s, Food, chicken, french

Because of the kindness of friends, I own both Benson & Hedges 100s presents Drink Recipes from 100 of the World’s Greatest Bars (1979)--Thank you, DIllon! and Benson & Hedges presents Entertaining With Style–Recipes from Great American Restaurants (1980)–Thank you, Jacko! I have become enamored with these cookbooks for two main reasons– their very unconventionalContinue reading James Beard’s Poulet aux Quarante Morceaux de l’Ail (1976) →

140. Roast Chicken with Apple-Onion Gravy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 25/09/2020 - 5:35am in

SPOILER ALERT: This is one of the best DiS1972 cards I have ever prepared. DiS1972 says that this dinner takes 2 hours and 10 minutes. Lets see if those bitches over at Marjon Promotions were lying. I took notes! 3:50 oven was already on to pre-heat. The center of the whole chicken is still frozen.Continue reading 140. Roast Chicken with Apple-Onion Gravy →

133. Chicken Linguini

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 1:48am in

A fact about me: I keep a very detailed planner. Like, not just a what-to-do planner but a what-I-already-did planner. I will go back a day and fill in what may have happened that wasn’t already on the calendar. I keep a very detailed planner because I want to know where I was on anyContinue reading 133. Chicken Linguini →

The Jimmy Carter Cocktail (1977)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 13/09/2020 - 3:41pm in

Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the US, a Nobel Peace Prize award winner, and is known for his tireless dedication to volunteerism, philanthropy, and to his wife, Rosalynn. But whenever I hear “Jimmy Carter” the first thing I think of is peanuts. Sad but true. So of course when I found out thatContinue reading The Jimmy Carter Cocktail (1977) →