Watch the Kraft recipe commercial for this CRAZY treat! Starts @ 6:55
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“we’re poor and creative so we made tiny sugar cookies with beer bottle caps” (by joel c. & mike m.)
TV ACRES: Miss Chiquita Banana – Female banana character (first drawn by artist Dik Browne) who wore a headdress of fruit and sang the trademark Chiquita Banana song (voice first provided by singer Patti Clayton) that began “Hello Amigo…I’m Chiquita Banana and I’ve come to say/You eat the banana in a special way/And when it’s fleck with brown and has a golden hue/That’s when bananas are the best for you….” (Music © 1945 Shawnee Press Inc.)
The Chiquita Banana jingle was created in 1944 for the United Fruit Company by a BBDO advertising team headed by Robert Foreman. The song’s lyrics, written by Garth Montgomery and music composed by co-worker Ken MacKenzie, instructed Americans on how to ripen and properly use this golden tropical fruit, for example, putting them in pies, or salads and to never to put the equator grown fruit in the refrigerator
In 1945 and 1946, Puerto Rico-born Elsa Miranda portrayed Miss Chiquita in numerous personal appearances in the movies, in radio commercials. June Valli (popular for her 1954 hit song “Crying in the Chapel) was the singing voice of Chiquita Banana in the TV commercials in the 1950s.
In 1987, the image of Miss Chiquita changed from a banana character when artist Oscar Grillo, creator of the Pink Panther, transformed her into a beautiful brown skinned woman with a teasing smile who wore the traditional fruit-filled sombrero, gold loop earrings along with a blue dress adorned with ruffled sleeves and hems edged in yellow.
I’m Chiquita Banana, and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way.
And when they are flecked with brown
and have a golden hue,
Bananas taste the best, and are the best for you.
You can put them in a salad. You can put
them in a pie – aye.
Anyway you want to eat them it’s
impossible to beat them.
But bananas like the climate of the very,
very tropical equator.
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.
An image from a 1939 edition of National Geographic where a model is dressed in a gown made entirely out of grapefruit peels to celebrate Rio Grande Delta’s harvest season.
Above is a slice of my cake. I bake a lot… many things… but I’ve never made this simple classic treat. I’m hooked. I grew up in Manitoba and we called Date Squares (which these truly are)… Matrimonial Cake. Oh culture, you silly thing!
Perfect recipe via MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. soda
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Mix ingredients as for pie, put half of mixture in the bottom of a 8 x 8 cake pan. Put date filling on to, then put the remainder of mixture on top of the date filling.
1 1/2 cup finely chopped dates (Betty adds some apple to ‘soften’ the taste)
1/4 cup brown sugar
enough water to cover dates (Betty uses coffee for a more distinct taste)
Juice of 1 lemon
Bring to a boil.
Simmer until thick and of spreading consistency.
Cool before spreading on cake.
Bake all in moderate over (350 degrees) for 1/2 hour.
Cool, slice in squares and serve.
Why the name Matrimonial Cake? The common theme to these recipes for sauce, pudding, and cake, is a mixture of two different items – existing, we hope, in delicious harmony rather than remaining rigidly aloof.
THE OLD FOODIE: The OED gives other examples of ‘matrimony’ or ‘matrimonial’ as they apply to food. It may refer to ‘that injudicious mixing of wines, which is called matrimony’, or ‘a name given jocularly to raisins and almonds mixed’, or ‘oranges and star apples [peeled and sliced] mixed’, and even ‘a slice of cake between two pieces of bread and butter’ eaten together like a sandwich.
As for matrimony (or matrimonial) cake, the ownership is in dispute. Canada claims it in the above form of an oaty slice with a datey filling, although Ohio was clearly given permission to publish the recipe early in its life. There seem to be recipes appearing for it in the 1930’s, although I am not sure we should allow ‘date squares’, even if dates, in the normal order of things, precede the marital state.
There are ancestors of course – a Jewish cookbook of 1871 has a Matrimony Cake, although I do not know its composition. An oldish Northern England recipe has a one too, which is ‘a large round cake … having a layer of currants between two layers of pastry, covered with sugar … and cut into as many pieces as there are persons at the feast.’
From left: Brothers and Boyardee co-founders Paul, Hector and Mario Boiardi, pictured with company secretary Carl Columbi at Boyardee headquarters in Milton, Pa. LISTEN TO THE STORY HERE!
I couldn’t be happier, I was so obsessed with this show (from 1989). So interesting… so beautiful… so fun (for me anyhow). WATCH ALL THE EPISODES HERE!
parts 4-8 after the jump…
inspired look of the day: beautiful Ray holding two scoops of creamy pleasures (honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper & almond brittle with salted ganache) HOT!