girls are single, women are married?

Went to the thrift store today to see what I could see, and for $.39 I picked up a copy of “Single Girl’s Guide to Cooking and Entertaining: How to go straight to the heart of your man… easy and delicious recipes and menus for the working girl in a hurry.” Now, don’t everybody puke because it’s got some really genius ideas in here. I might make Sunday my day for excerpts from this interesting little paperback.

Desserts: My first suggestion about desserts is to avoid them whenever possible. My second suggestion is to make them as simple as possible. And why not? Nobody excpects a single girl to be a baker or pastry chef; those are accomplishments properly belonging to married sisters or maiden aunts. Besides, after a full meal, most people could care less about facing a rich dessert. They are – or should be – completely satisfied by your earlier efforts, or they’re watching their waistlines or their cholesterol level. And most important, by the time you, the hostess, reach dessert, you’ll need to coast a little. You’ve planned, cooked, and served enough already; now you need something that requires practically no effort on your part to soothe the nerves (yours) and preserve good humor.

My favorite “dessert” – ditto for most guests – is what someone once called oddments – salted nuts and after dinner mints served with brandy and coffee. You can ad a plate of cookies or petit fours (from the bakery) if you want to make an extravagant gesture. There is a hidden bonus in oddments – people tend to linger at the table, talking, laughing and feeling terribly convivial. As a result they’ll feel that you throw marvelous dinner parties, and you’ll garner a reputation as a great party giver with no extra effort.

Now you can puke. Look for more horrific quotations next Sunday from this highly significant historical document, written by Dixie Dean Trainer in MCMLXX, whenever that was. Anybody good with roman numerals?

3 thoughts on “girls are single, women are married?

  1. if my mind isn’t failing me, that would have been 1970. and beyond the pigeon-holing woman/hostess role modeling, the idea of serving nuts for dessert is ridiculous! a sure way to incite a riot in the South. that and the foreign notion of unsweetened tea. blasphemy. and the arts of good desserts being the domain of old married sisters & maiden aunts?! piss off!

  2. what the fuck is she talking about.. I never though any body would have nuts for dessert.. now that fuckin nuts.. we guys cook just great on our own.. and most of my married female friends dunno how to cook for shit!! Not that cooking is really tough or anything like that.. which century was this written in?? i dunno a goddamn thing about Roman Numerals..

  3. hehe, that sounds like a pretty cool book. for comic/dated value as well as cool tidbits. but, then, i love the idea of hostessing – even if i don’t actually do it often. (and tounge-tied is right, 1970)

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