Saturday, October 23, 2010

Retro Road Trip: West Houston Holiday Inn, 1972

One of my favorite retro cookbooks is the 1972 edition of The Holiday Inn Cookbook, featuring descriptions of every Holiday Inn in the US and a featured recipe from each one, too. I've written about a few of the Inns here, but it's been a long time since the last one. So it's time for a retro road trip!

And the best part is that traveling via The Holiday Inn Cookbook is that we won't need an oil change or a brake job - so let's get into the virtual Acura TL and go stay at the 1972 era Holiday Inn in west Houston! We will dine on Chestnut Shrimp in the Capri Dining Room. Note: there are no chestnuts in the Chestnut Shrimp, they are actually regular breaded and fried shrimp with - well, sliced almonds.* And with the shrimp we will have some Tart Orange Salad (yes, this is a day full of gelatin recipes here at Kitchen Retro).

Then we can frolic the night away in the Roman Club (I sense an Italian theme going on here, don't you?). We will be only 9 miles from the Astrodome and the Port of Houston, so maybe tomorrow we can go check those out. And if we need a little Houston auto repair - well, that will be right around there too. I'm not sure whether the Houston Holiday Inn in the wonderful postcard is the one we'll be at (there were four in Houston in 1972) but maybe we can go over there another time. It's a bit cold for outdoor swimming pools now, anyway. 

Tart Orange Salad

Dissolve one 6-ounce package orange Jello [sic: Jell-O] in 1 cup boiling water. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over 2 cups diced oranges and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain 1 cup crushed pineapple, but save juice. Add enough water to pineapple juice to make 1 cup and add to Jello. When Jello begins to set, add fruit and chill. Serve on crisp salad greens. Serves 6 to 8.

*No, I do not know why they are not called Sliced Almond Shrimp. And it's Jell-O because that's the commercial name, you have to have the dash! Yes, I care about this sort of thing. It's all part of the glamorous life I lead. Makes me a little nutty (please pass the sliced almonds).

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