Oh Devil!

Oh, Devil! The deviled egg, in my opinion, is another one of those bastard dishes that gets a bad rap. The poor guy used to be so attractive, sexy, even. Often he was exotic and ladies just couldn’t live without him. And now, he’s the pot-bellied, balding uncle who drives an old, rusty Corvette, listening... Continue Reading →

What to Wear Wednesday, Fashion Icons

This week's style icon is Louise Brooks. She was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Louise starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Louise Brooks laughed when she was called an icon, refused to smile in photographs, claimed to hate Hollywood. It was even... Continue Reading →

What To Wear, Pencil Skirts

Pencil Me In For One Of Those Nifty Skirts Love 'em or hate 'em, the Pencil Skirt holds a very special place in history. In my opinion, the Pencil Skirt is one of the most flattering skirts for any shape and figure, other than the circle skirt. As I always talk about in the Retrocentric... Continue Reading →

What To Wear, Lipstick

What is the most important accessory for a retro gal? It’s not her adorable basket purse or her fascinator, nor is it her cat-eye jeweled sunglasses. It's her red lipstick! My grandmother never left the house without her lipstick on. Oftentimes, when we had talked her into going and getting ice cream late at night,... Continue Reading →

What To Wear – Foundation Garments

A little piece I wrote for Retrocentric... A few years ago when I was establishing Retrocentric here in Cincinnati, I started the What To Wear Wednesdays blog. It was so much fun to write about the different frocks of each era, to explain foundation garments, and to show off some of the pretty things in... Continue Reading →

My Vintage Radios

I have fond memories of sitting on the shag carpet next to my grandmother's Hi Fi stereo cabinet in upstate NY, listening to the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" with the wonderful crackles and hisses of the vinyl spinning 'round and 'round. There was a painting of an autumn tree-lined road above the... Continue Reading →

Booze and Ever Lovin Pasta Sauce

I love to cook with booze. No, you don't understand... I LOVE to cook with booze! It all started with sauce, or pasta sauce, as Americans call it. I first learned to make sauce from Maria, a friend of my grandmother's. She was from Italy (I am not sure what region) and came to the... Continue Reading →

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How I Learned To Cook

Since I am starting at the beginning, or well, near the beginning, I'll tell you a little bit about how I learned to cook. I always assumed most people had a really nice mom who wore an apron and on Sundays, that really nice mom would say to her daughter: "Sweetie, let's bake and cook... Continue Reading →

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