She was the classic housewife and mother of the 1960s, who never considered
working. How could she? Someone needed to be home with the kids,
ironing shirts in front of the TV while watching As The World Turns,
playing den mother for the Cub Scouts and chairing PTA meetings when
she wasn't gardening, washing dishes, or wheeling her cart through the
supermarket looking for the best deals to feed her family.
Perl's book celebrates these women who had difficult decisions to make in the post-war years. "Tired of choosing between costly broiled meats or surly leftovers for family meals?" Perl writes. "Tired of bakery cake with your coffee and clam dip with your cocktails? Of course you are...and you have every right to be!"
Perl's advice include easy, fun ideas for family meals and home entertaining. Hey, how about serving Bacon Swirls with a cool glass of sangria or a frosty beer? "They are filling and much too good," Perl writes, "so allow no more than three per serving." And so easy!
Preheat broiler to moderate broiling temperature. Take rectangle-shaped soda crackers or saltines and wrap each cracker several times with one slice of thinly-sliced bacon. Tucke ends of bacon under cracker and arrange on a rack on a broiling pan. Broil on one side until bacon is brown and crisp, turn and repeat. Drain on paper toweling and serve at once.