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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cartoons & 7-UP, It Must Be Somebody’s Birthday!

I may have mentioned it, once or twice or maybe even three times in the last few days but, for those of you who may still be befuddled, June 22nd seems to be a popular day for birthdays! Not only is it John’s birthday over @ Kitchen Riffs and Nee’s birthday from Nee’s Place, today is also the day Richard Hellman, the namesake of Hellmann's Mayonnaise, was born. You may remember the year that I declared June 22nd, Mayonnaise Day!

BTW, Nee is having a hoe-down over at her place to celebrate her birthday. I’m not exactly sure what to expect, lol, but, I will definitely be going over to check it out! You should too!!!

I’ve also mentioned the name Paul Frees once or twice on this blog. Paul Frees; The Man of a Thousand Voices, was not only the voice of The Pillsbury Dough Boy in what they call voice over commercials, he did many, many cartoon characters as well. Actually, he was a man of many talents and a slew of voices. I couldn’t even begin to list the numerous works he contributed to in his life. Simply fascinating. If you have a minute, you really should check out The Magnificent Paul Frees website.

”If you were to ask someone about Paul Frees, the most common answer might be, “who?” Not many people seem to know him, at least not by his name, however in reality nearly everyone knows him in some form. His voice is heard nearly as often as Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra, and if you were alive during the 1960’s and 1970’s it would have been nearly impossible to turn on your television on any given day, and not hear the voice of Paul Frees…”

Curious yet? Does this strike a chord?

No, it isn’t Rocky or Bullwinkle, it’s none other than the evil Boris Badenov! Surprised? A quick search on YouTube produces countless samples of The Voices of Paul Frees.

Well, if you haven’t guessed yet or if you haven’t visited one of the Paul Frees links I provided above, I suppose it’s time to tell you that today we are celebrating Paul Frees’ birthday. That’s right Paul Frees was also born on my birthday and everyone else’s who is sharing a birthday today.

It was easy deciding what clip to share with you today once I happened upon this Fresh-Up Freddie 7-Up commercial featuring Paul Frees as the voice of Fresh-Up Freddie, the Matador.

I’ve had these 7-UP recipe booklets that I have been just “dying” to share with you. Can you think of a better day to lift them out of their binders and see what’s inside? This first one is just a tad younger than me:) Although, I must admit, I’m in much better shape, lol…

There aren’t many pages or unique recipes for that matter but, I thought you’d get a kick out of this recipe for 7-UP Cake with 7-UP frosting. After all, we are celebrating birthdays:)

This 7-UP Goes To a Party recipe booklet is from 1961. It’s in really good condition and just happens to have some “outside” recipes.

The Mexican Sauce recipe is rather intriguing, don’t you think?

Here’s a booklet from 1969. Can you tell, lol? It is perhaps my favorite. Just look at those colors!

I vaguely remember when 7-UP was touting itself as the “Uncola” drink. I was never much of a soda drinker anyway. Here are some hints for Un-Cooking:)

And some more for Salads and Dressings. I’m not so sure about German Potato Salad prepared with 7-UP but I’m willing to give it a try. How ‘bout you?

I hope you all have enjoyed taking a peek inside these 7-UP recipe booklets as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. Have a wonderful day everyone and I’ll “see” you here on Wednesday. We still have 5 letters left for the Picnic Game. I’m going to do a bit of blog hopping today to remind some regular picnic guests that the Picnic Game is in full swing. As of this writing, I’ve already received two baskets filled with deliciousness and there are more on the way! I hope you’re all getting your picnic blankets spruced up and are ready for lots and lots of yummies! Louise:) The remaining letters are:

J, U, V and Y

Resources
1. Welcome, Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees (book review)

46 comments:

  1. I have heard of using 7-Up to make cakes; I think it makes them rise higher because of the carbonation. Or that could be wishful thinking.

    And I have to use Miracle Whip Lite these days instead of Hellmans, which I prefer, because the MWL has no cholesterol. Eliminate it where I can, and that sort of rot.

    And, Happy Official Birthday! Hope you're feeling great, and enjoy that drive!

    Marjie

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    1. I've heard of using 7-UP in Matzoh Balls Marjie. I think they too benefit from the carbonation. I seem to remember 7-UP cake from way back when. I'm sure it does the same.

      I've never been much of a Miracle Whip user. Always Hellmann's but, these days, I've been watching my mayo use all around!

      The ride went fairly well:)

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  2. Happy Birthday, Louise! And many happy returns to Mr. Hellman - I celebrated by making a classic Hellman's Macaroni Salad this weekend! Love the 7UP recipes. I'm a Pop Chef from way back!

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    1. Thank you T.W! Classic Macaroni Salad is the best! I was hoping you would see these "pop" recipes. I knew you would enjoy them:)

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  3. Dear Louise,
    First, Happy Birthday dear friend! I hope that you have a fabulous day and all your wishes come true! I did not know it was Nee's Birthday as well...have to stop over with a greeting for her as well. Next Happy Birthday to John also from Kitchen Riffs, you are right, this is a busy month for birthdays.
    Now your blog post is as usual most interesting. I knew about Paul Frees, amazing man and we welcomed him into our living rooms all the time. We can't forget about Mr. Hellmann, another person we welcomed into our kitchen. Love all of the recipes, but what really got me was the 7 UP cake and frosting. Never heard of that one. Thanks for a spectacular post and The Picnic Game seems to be rolling along nicely. Hope to see you on Wednesday...Hope Marion is well, and you are doing much better! Blessing for a wonderful Sunday..
    Dottie :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Dottie. I'm a Hellmann's girl from way back when!

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  4. Happy birthday, my friend ! Wonderful post to celebrate so many other birthdays too.

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    1. Thank you Tina. We'll miss you at the picnic this year:)

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  5. I sure didn't know 7Up can be used for a fruit salad! I am sure its a sparkly salad with lots of zest!

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    1. I imagine it would be Mich. We should try it!

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  6. Happy Birthday Louise! Can I take letter N?

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    1. Thank you, Edith:) The letter N is yours!!!

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  7. I have made the 7-up cake several times in the past and I love Hellman's!!

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    1. Next time you make it Beth, let us know so we can come see:)

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  8. Happy Birthday my dear friend ! This is an amazing post as usual , they say great minds are born on the same day . (giggling) . I knew about Mr. Frees but not about Mr. Hellmann's birthday . Louise hanging out with you is like going back to school , just one difference , you do the studying for us .
    Join me in the garden for a nice and wonderful birthday .
    Happy Birthday ...;-D Nee

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  9. Happy birthday, Louise!!!!! I love the retro recipes and illustrations you post. I was just made away that Georgie O'Keeffe did some ads for Dole pineapple in the fifties. Have you run across any of these illustrations? Again, have a great day (along with all the other dignitaries that share your special name day)!

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  10. Happy Birthday! And thanks for mentioning my birthday today. ;-) I had forgotten about the un-cola ad campaign for 7-UP. And never knew you could cook with it, but why not? It's a dandy source of sugar, and there are all sorts of recipes that use colas in them. Fun post. Now I'm going to check out Nee's hoe-down!

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  11. Happy, Happy birthday dear Louise! Hope you have an amazing and fun day:))
    Thanks by a lovely and fun post.
    I remember we had 7 UP but I dont have idea you can use for cakes:)
    Happy Birthday my dear bLouise!!

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  12. Happy birthday! Thanks for the gift of sharing your 7-Up booklets. I love old brand name recipe booklets because they usually have something weird in them.

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  13. Happy Birthday wishes to you, Louise! I've actually made a 7-up cake before, but I'm not sure I still have the recipe.

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  14. Oh Louise , just found out another person share our birthday and it's no other than Prince William of England ... I dare say Will is in good company . Laying out enjoying one of John's cocktails . ;-D

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  15. Happy Birthday Louise! My mother’s birthday was the 23rd. Love your post!!

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  16. Happy Birthday, Louise. Wishing you happiness and good health always.
    Looks like letter 'I' is still available, right? If it's not being taken, would like to have letter 'I' however the priority still goes to those who are interested in it. Will only take it when nobody wants it. Have a wonderful day Louise. Do stay healthy and happy.
    Warmest regards.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Louise! Hope you're having a wonderful day! Wishing you many more!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhhlRKktQo8

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  18. Happy birthday to you!! MJ has a 7-up salad recipe that makes Christmas for the Knight and Uncle's wife. Personally, I can't manage to swallow the stuff and think it's a waste of the two or three ingredients I do like, but ... wouldn't the world be boring if we were all the same?!

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  19. It sounds like it is the day for birthdays. Happy birthday Louise!! I hope that you had a wonderful day!! I loved looking at the 7-up recipes.

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  20. Happy Birthday, Louise!
    I don't know about 7up in salads, but my mother had a great recipe for a 7up pound cake.

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  21. I hope you had a great birthday, Louise. I remember the uncola commercials but never heard of using it to cook. I really enjoyed the post.

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  22. Jun 22 is indeed a popular birth date! Guess what? It's my mom's birthday too, & she's 85!! As she was busy celebrating with her friends yesterday, we brought her to Nando's today & she loves it! Bet you had a great celebration too! xoxo

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  23. Hi Louise,
    Happy Birthday! I just came over from Nee's and my gosh, she made me giggle! I'm still smiling, and the "sexy ends" of the three of you are just so funny, cute and hilarious! BTW, though I do not know who John is, here's my wish to him to, Happy Birthday John!
    Interesting post about the birthdays of the famous and not so famous!

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  24. i was amazed the first time i had 7up cake--it's such a surprising delight! i haven't tried the frosting, it sounds good too. fun post, louise. :)

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  25. Wow. There seems to be a lot of reason to celebrate. Happy birthday to everyone.

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  26. Hi, Louise, I posted my recipe today! I'm one of the earlier picnic players, I guess. I included a link to your blog, as well. Looks like you've sold most of your letters, so this year will be as successful as ever!

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  27. happy birthday louise - love those 7up recipes - I do love to use lemonade in scones but am not sure about it in salads. the illustrations are great though

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  28. A belated happy birthday Louise. I wish you were here so I could share my test batch of (picnic) Lemon Lavender cupcakes--I'd even put a candle in for your birthday! Got to say though, that I am glad the cooking with 7-up movement didn't last, even if I did make baked beans with Dr Pepper (a lot of) years ago...

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  29. Also... if you do end up with any leftover letters after this, I would be happy to do something in addition--just give me an assignment! I am surprised since they seemed to go in a flash last year.

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  30. Hi Louise,

    What an co-incidence that 22nd June is John, Nee and also your birthday!!! Happy Birthday to you!!!

    Didn't know that 7 up is a great ingredient to make salad dressing! I always associated 7 up with fido dido... super 80s!!! And I loving it :D

    Hope that you have a great day :D

    Zoe

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  31. Happy, happy birthday Louise! I add 7-up or sprite to my Apple Dumplings!

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  32. Who wouldn't like that mixture of 7-up? HBD

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  33. Belated Happy Birthday Lousie.....hope you enjoyed your day...

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  34. Oh gee, you "guys":) Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. You're the greatest!Louise

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  35. Hi Louise, hope you had a great birthday:D I remembered steaming a cake using 7-UP as the leavening agent and it was fab!

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  36. Happy Birthday dear Louise! I love jelly, but have never eaten Jello. 7-up isn't my thing (I don't like sodas)...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise