The Joy of (1960s) Cooking. Don’t forget to bone your lobster, especially if it’s canned.

Jacob and I love to cook and have a library of vintage cookbooks. This evening we were talking about some of the salads that our parents and grandparents made when we were mid-century kids—me in Kansas and him in California.

I was remembering the Ambrosia Salad that my grandmother loved so much. Ambrosia always seemed like it was more of a dessert than a salad, but it was great at Thanksgiving as a light, bright counterpoint to the turkey and stuffing and gravy and buttered sweet potatoes.

While Jacob headed off to pick up ingredients for a classic Waldorf Salad, I decided to look up some of the seafood salads that were so popular in the ’50s and ’60s.

Among the bevy of recipes that I found for shrimp, lobster, crab, and tuna—salads, mousses, terrines, and ceviches—this one got my attention. The recipe—follow at your own peril— specifies that you “bone” your canned lobster and “clean” your canned shrimp.

Canned lobster with bones? Dirty canned shrimp? Woof. That recipe is gross on so many counts.

Thanks, but I’ll wait for Jacob’s mix of fresh grapes, apples, celery, toasted walnuts, black pepper, and mayo on butter lettuce.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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