Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I was going to post a video clip that was on You Tube. It was a intro by Gary Sandy for a repeat of the WKRP In Cincinnati episode "Turkeys Away" during the fourth season. In the old days, the first season of a TV show was not put on DVD and sold in stores during the second or third season. In order to see shows again, you had to wait until the show was placed in syndicated reruns or the network reran an episode from a previous season.

In the clip, Sandy, who played Andy Travis, explains that CBS had received a large number of  letters from viewers asking for the "Turkeys Away" episode to be shown again. This is what he said (according to IMDB):
"Hi! I'm Gary Sandy. You know, of all the shows we've done on WKRP in the first three seasons, not one show ever generated the amount of mail, the amount of interest, as a show we did our very first season. It was called "Turkeys Away". So we kinda thought you might like to see it again. It's about Thanksgiving... so naturally we've chosen the Christmas season to show it. Happy Holidays. Drums, please."

You noticed I said the WAS on You Tube. Of course, someone has removed that video from You Tube. However, the whole episode in on Hulu. I placed it at the bottom of the post. It should be noted that TV Guide listed this episode as number in the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list a few years ago.



This is from Good Housekeeping October 1977. If you are looking for the other kind of 70s cheesecake, go to Retrospace.

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THE TIMELORDS / KLF - Doctorin' The Tardis

Monday, November 21, 2011


Jell-O is good any time of year. This is from a Jell-O ad June 1959 Good Housekeeping. I have a DVD of a 1950's sitcom, that was sponsored by Jell-O. The commercials were left in the show as part of the DVD. Jell-O had several flavors and products during the 50's that apparent didn't survive, or at least I've never heard of them.
If you love Jell-O check out the blog, The Joys of Jello.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011


From Good Housekeeping October 1977. If you are questioning the tastiness of pie made from Hungry jack biscuits, check out the stuff Gilligan over at Retrospace found.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


And speaking of Munchkins, here is a recipe for a chocolate munchkin cake (Doesn't mention if they scream while they are in the oven). I know my mother used mayonnaise in some baked goods, so it probably taste better than it sounds. From Good Housekeeping October 1977.
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Meinhardt Raabe dies at 94; one of the Munchkins in 'The Wizard of Oz' - Los Angeles Times


From Good Housekeeping October 1977. The slogan used in this Campbell Soup ad was "You have a way with Campbell's.

Monday, November 7, 2011


I would like to thank Cheeky for these recipes.
  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 8 slices day old white bread, cubed
  • 2 16 oz pkgs sage sausage
  • 1 c. onion, diced
  • 1 c. celery, sliced
  • 3-5 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
Prepare cornbread according to package directions, set aside to cool. While cornbread is cooling, chop celery and onions and cut bread into cubes, set aside. Cook sausage until well crumbled and no longer pink. Remove sausage from pan and set aside, leaving 2 tbsp of drippings in pan. Add vegetables and seasoning, saute until crisp tender. Remove from heat. Add sausage and bread cubes to vegetables, toss to mix well. Crumble cooled cornbread into large bowl. Add sausage mixture and toss. Add chicken broth 1 cup at a time until desired moistness is achieved. Spoon into 13x9 glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees 50 - 60 minutes, or until done.

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Pulse veggies in food processor until finely chopped. Melt butter over med-high heat, add veggies and cook 7 mins. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 mins. Lower heat to medium, whisk in broth, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Simmer for 13 minutes, strain and serve.


  • 1 stick salted butter (or margarine), softened
  • poultry seasoning
  • red pepper
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • dried sage
  • dried basil

Place butter in bowl, add seasoning and mix well.
Form back into basic stick shape, rewrap and place in refrigerator until firm again.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


This is an obit from a website called All Voices for character actor Leonard Stone (photo above). Most of the obits mention that his most famous role was as Violet's father in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Am I the only one who remembers Stone from a series of 70's Alka Seltzer commercials. He and another actor portrayed characters named Conk and Bonk. They wore derby hats and pinstriped suits. One had a large mallet and the other wore boxing gloves. They would give people "the old one-two." I could not find one of these on You Tube. I do know they inspired villains in Spider Man comic books.  

Friday, November 4, 2011


Minime is a friend of mine from Lebanon, Mo. She thought that readers of this blog would enjoy this desert recipe.

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed.
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained.
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling.
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk.
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows.
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.
Directions Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Chill overnight. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Sounds yummy!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I know that people see me as a rebel, who doesn’t take orders or opinions from anyone. True, but I’m thinking of asking for help. After the success of the Countdown to Halloween, I’m looking toward the next big holiday which is Thanksgiving. I have an idea. I have a large collection of women’s fashion, “nesting” and Life magazines. These magazines have plenty of recipes and food related articles in them. I have decided to feature them, along with my usual pop culture retrospective.

Here is where the response, feedback, audience-driven, media major goes to work. I would like for you, as a reader to contact me, Desdinova-the Super Villain of the Ozarks, with a recipe for a dish suitable for Thanksgiving dinner, desert or snack. This way we also keep the blog content localized.

Use the following e-mail addresses: or Address them as “Desdinova Thanksgiving Recipe.” This way I know who is reading this blog.

NOTE: I have been diagnosed as a “borderline diabetic,” so diabetic recipes will probably take precedent.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This was my first year of participating in the Countdown To Halloween. I really enjoyed this blogging event. It was a shot in the arm to this new blog. The only draw back is not enough time to post about everything I wanted to. I'll admit I got some ideas late in the game. I also may have posted too much from You Tube. I realize that this was my first experience and will know what to do differently next year.
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