Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Beef Cocktail — Cheers!

That the human body is an evolutionary work in progress can be seen in the presence of the coccyx, which happens to also be the best-named bone we have. The coccyx is at the very end of your spine, the faint echo of a vestigial tail.

Other parts modern man has little use for include the wisdom teeth, which many have removed because our short jaws don't do much mammoth bone gnawing anymore. The ability to see further than our computer screens have meant we all have spectacles perched on the ends of our half-used noses.

The Complete Blender Cook Book appears to want to hasten the demise of our teefs, too, because if you use it you’ll have absolutely no need for them. If it can be turned into a puree, paste, foam, cream, sauce, goo or liquid of any kind, then it’s in here.

The Cocktail Hour is also going out of style, along with smoking — perhaps because folks started replacing the alcohol in them with meat and then sent you out in the cold to enjoy your cigarette separately on the sidewalk. What is the world coming to?

For those of you who like to consume your beef through a straw, there’s this:

Beef Cocktail

1 cup beef broth
1 very thin slice onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ pound cooked round steak, shredded

Into container put all ingredients. Cover, blend for 20 seconds. Season delicately to taste. If served hot, heat over low flame, do not boil; or serve cold garnished with parsley. Makes 1 to 2 drinks.

The Complete Blender Cook Book, Waring Products Co., 1965

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