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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ain't No Thanksgiving Like a Doctors' Wives Thanksgiving

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge Bon appétit!
  • Bon appétit!
Ignore the diets of the past and you ignore a serving of history — it'd be a gastric bypass of sorts. And so, with Thanksgiving imminent and the time of day where people begin boozing it up and commingling upon us, we bring you this: Thanksgiving recipes from the UCSF Doctors' Wives Association

It's always a trip to travel back to an era when More Doctors Smoked Camels — and, all but certainly, a Y-Chromosome was a prerequisite in the field of practicing medicine, and the term "confirmed bachelor" had deeper meanings. Add to that: The wives of healthcare professionals were happy to share recipes consisting largely of cream, corn syrup, and, oddly enough, bullion.

How, we wonder, did anyone survive back in those days? The answer is simple. They all died.  

The old-timey recipes unearthed by the UCSF archivists are worth a perusing. And you will have fun. But you will not, sadly, discover anything as simultaneously entrancing and revolting as this: A Jell-O salad in a community cookbook contributed by the grandmother of Rush Limbaugh

Enjoy the time off. Recover. After eating that Jell-O salad, you'll need to. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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