Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MUPPET Picnic Cookbook Circa 1981

Yesterday, as my 1 year old was unloading the shelf of all its cookbooks, I spotted a cookbook I had completely forgotten about!  In 1981 I'd gotten Jim Henson's MUPPET Picnic Cookbook - I'm sure it came with some Miss Piggy something I'd gotten.  I was a wee little girl at the ripe age of 4 and Miss Piggy was my idol. 

I thought I'd share with you some recipes from the cookbook.  Maybe you'll want to have a Muppets party!

Kermit's Swamp Salad
1 head each - bib, romaine, and leaf lettuce
Fresh spinach
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
Wash greens, drain well, and refrigerate until chilled and crisp.  Prepare dressing and refrigerate.
Kermit's Dressing
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. milk (to thin)
Salt and pepper
When ready to serve, add dress and toss.  Top with 1 cup bread crumbs toasted in oven or skillet with 3 Tbsp. butter and 1/2 head cauliflower, grated.  Serves 40 to 50 frogs (10-14 large servings for adult humans).
Miss Piggy's Precious Pink Punch
"Au naturel - that's French for no sugar.  Merci"
4 C. cranberry juice
2 C. pineapple juice
1 C. fresh or frozen lemon juice
7 C. ginger ale
Lemon slices and mint
Chill all ingredients. Just before serving have one of your servants combine ingredients and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint.  Makes 14 scrumptious (8 oz.) servings.

Fozzie's Onion Corn on the Cob
"Lend me your ears."
1 envelope (1 3/8 oz.) dry onion soup
1/2 C. butter or margarine, softened
8 ears of corn
Remove husks.  Combine onion soup mix and butter.  Spread 1 Tbsp. butter mixture on each ear.  Wrap each ear tightly in foil.  Place on grill over hot coals.  Cook 30 minutes, turning once.  In oven, bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. 
"Thank you, thank you for being such a wonderful audience."
There are many more recipes by Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, The Swedish Chef, and Animal, such as Muppet Labs Vanilla Ice Cream, Italian Buttered Bread, and Bacon Upside-Down Cornbread.  Feel free to email me at HootandLouise@Gmail.com if you'd like more.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Locally Crafted...and Loved By All

At Hoot + Louise we love our Memphis crafters!  We would like to share with you some pics and info about our local awesomeness!

Pictured above: Thigh High Jeans, Hoot + Louise logo tee made by Sache, HomeGrown (Baby) onesie
The Claw Foot Tub Sun God Soak.  Lavender and Chamomile.  Lauren Parks has made this soak all natural/vegan using pure essential oils.

The Claw Foot Tub Pretty Skin Scrub.  Cleansing and Calming.  All Natural.  Vegan. Pure essential oils.

Hoot + Louise logo tees designed and made locally by Sache, which is located on South Main, right next to Hoot + Louise.

Thigh High Jeans, established in 2009, are made in Memphis by artists Ann Smithwick and Kerry Peeples.  Every pair is made from donated, recycled jeans.  They have a variety of sizes and brands, and each pair is completely unique.  And the best part - 50% of their profit is donated to a selected charity, either local, national, or global, chosen by the customer.

Vintage Collection earrings by Emmye Walker.  Emmye makes these adorable up-cycled earrings from vintage estate jewelry.

HomeGrown (Baby) is designed by Laura Barrett.  Laura makes the most adorable applique onesies and apron dresses!  A variety of patterns are available - some of our favorites here at H+L are the carrot, tomato, owl, and bird appliques.

Jewelry made by Art & Architecture by Pesce...Key Necklaces on deer skin chains, Jute Bracelets, Bullet and Copper necklaces on deer skin, chain link, or cable, and Scrabble piece earrings