Archive for ‘cooking’

February 13th, 2011

Penny Wisdom (1937)


She’s decided to bake something. . .probably a cornerstone for the new town hall.

Penny Wisdom, one of “Pete Smith Specialties,” is a culinary film that won the 1937 Oscar for Best Short Subject, Color. The rather pedestrian plot goes a little something like this: Housewife Chloe Smudge (a gum-smacking Gertrude Short) is informed by her husband (Harold Minjir) that he’s bringing his boss and best client home for dinner. Unfortunately for the Smudges, Chloe’s a bit of a tyrant and the household cook has quit. On her own reconnaissance, she attempts to conjure up a multi-course meal, with disastrous results. Following a near nervous collapse, Chloe is rescued when the narrator (Pete Smith), calls his pal, Prudence Penny of the LA Examiner, to assist the little wife with her kitchenly duties.

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October 28th, 2010

Depression Era Cooking

Clara Cannucciari

Clara, cooking up a storm!

Depression Era Cooking!  Is there anyone who has yet to be introduced to the wonders of Clara Cannucciari?  Being the international super-star that she is, I find it hard to believe.  Yet, from time to time, I get a puzzled look in response to my effusive rhapsodizing over this 94 year old cook and YouTube sensation.  So today, dear readers, I would like to take the opportunity to extol the virtues of Clara!

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