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Rod Sterling's Martini

So happy to have been asked to participate in the virtual dinner party for Judy Gelmans “The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.” More than just a companion book for a television show (check out my AP story on those), the cookbook is a fantastic work of culinary anthropology. Judy not only tracked down the history on dishes like “California Dip” — aka: Lipton onion soup and sour cream — but she also excavated original recipes from Sardis, the Grand Central Oyster Bar and other places that Don Draper and his mad mad men hang out.

I made three items for the party: Roger Sterling’s signature Martini (which I’m sipping right now, thank you very much), California Dip (who doesn’t need chips with a drink?), and Trudy’s Roast Chicken.

I confess I haven’t been a devoted Mad Men fan, but when I did catch an episode it usually involved Trudy and Pete and their struggle to have a baby. My husband and I also went though this, and we DID wind up adopting – from the very same town in India where my husband was born (shopping the memoir, Mango Season, even as we speak.) And even though things got really rough a few times, he never threw a chicken. Maybe a pen or a few harsh words. But never food. Then again, if this one isn’t cooked properly….

Trudy's Roast Chicken

I made the California dip because I actually REMEMBER it from my childhood. My mom is an inveterate snacker, and potato chips with onion dip is her vice. It was always in the house (note: my husband is lactose intolerant, so I subbed greek yogurt for sour cream. Worked like a charm.) But UTZ chips — the famed account of the ad agency — those I didn’t discover until I moved to DC.

California Dip+ UTZ chips!

I made the martini because…I don’t know. It’s Sunday? And I love martinis.

Going to go eat the whole shabang now! Come catch me and many other bloggers on Twitter at 8pm, hashtag #PartyLikeAMadMan

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1 30A EATS { 03.18.12 at 9:04 pm }

My mother made this dip too! Definitely a dejavu food party for me! Nice meeting you!

2 the hyphenated chef { 03.18.12 at 9:05 pm }

you know, so wonderful to meet you too. Love your blog. Let’s keep in touch.

3 Victoria { 03.18.12 at 10:01 pm }

You’ve got all the food groups covered! We used to make California dip all the time, definite memories there.

4 the hyphenated chef { 03.19.12 at 7:24 am }

Victoria, the dip was delicious! Try it with greek yogurt instead of sour cream — no fat, and just better for you. Guilt free dip. Who knew…