An "I wish I would have thought of this" blog!

“No Pattern Required” is one of my regular reads – and not because she has a lot of the same “passions” I do (not that that isn’t a HUGE draw for all the blogs I read), but because I LOVE her “Mid-Century Menu” feature where she cooks recipes straight out of 50’s cookbooks and magazines with mixed results!

Her pictures of the process alone inspire admiration and horror (really some of the things look really really horrible!)

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