Pass the GRAVY – A Three Part Thanksgiving Playlist EXTRAVAGANZA

Thanksgiving Playlists | Bittersweet Susie

Hello! Hi! Greetings!

I took a mini break from you all, my pretty friends. Not on PURPOSE, of course. See, I get these bastard MIGRAINES and have had two multi-day day ones almost BACK TO BACK and they have knocked me down and made me pretty much a worthless shell of my former self. Any tips or home remedies out there? I will try ALMOST anything.

So now we find ourselves smack fucking in the middle of the holiday season. What the hell? And it was all lovely and warm here in Los Angeles and then it got “Cold” (it IS cold for me so put a sock in it) and I had to bust out the THICK sweat pants and the fancy Snuggie. Oh, and may stretchy pants. I have consumed more cheese lately than I care to admit, except I just did.

When it comes to the whole fall/winter holiday round of holiday madness I am pretty indifferent. Borderline BLEH. I could skip it and frolic my midget butt right back into summer FOREVER. I don’t get the hype. People live for this shit. Traditions are lost on me. In my family my little sister is the one who was REALLY into that sort of thing but she now lives as far away as she possibly can – its summer for her right now (UNFAIR I SAY!) and we as a family are forced to carry on the torch without her.

For Thanksgiving we have had a few rounds of trying some different “traditions” on to see how they go. Themed food from around the world was one. A few years we tried Fancy pants restaurants around Los Angeles with various courses and food I cannot pronounce – I think my little sister’s least favorite mostly because of the absence of canned cranberry sauce. My mom would make the old school favorite dishes a week later. Us lucky kids would get two Thanksgiving dinners. Canned cranberry sauce is always represented. I am partial to my mom’s stuffing (and only hers – it is NOT stovetop, ahem).

My mom is making the Thanksgiving round 2 for us this year, my dad and I are SO SPOILED.

And here we are – another Thanksgiving – all up in our business and I am SURE a lot of us are not ready. I am here for you Friends! I really am! I have made 3, count them 3! Playlists to ease your pain, to get you through the entire process, to ease you through prep, to play through dinner (if your guests are COOL ENOUGH) and one to play after they GET THE FUCK OUT. I know you need this.

I love you. A lot.

Thanksgiving Playlists | Bittersweet Susie

Playlist 1 – Pre Party – “The Paper Bag Trick”

I am sure you all have been there – you ran out of time right? The house still has your mini piles of crap everywhere! Your guests are going to be here in an hour! You look like shit! (real talk) This is the playlist for you! Put this on, dance around – grab some paper bag and dump all the crap in the garage, in the kids room, under your bed, in the back bathroom you are NOT GOING TO CLEAN

(but you are going to poo in later) You can DO IT!

The Paperbag Trick

  1. Louis Jordan – Beans and Cornbrean
  2. Larry Groce – Junk Food Junkie
  3. Dee Dee Sharp – Do the Bird
  4. Rosemary Clooney – Come On-A My House
  5. Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five – Nobody Here but us Chickens
  6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Green Onions
  7. A Tribe Called Quest – Ham n’ Eggs
  8. Jo Stafford – Sweet Potato Piper
  9. Chuy Reyes – Oink Oink Mambo
  10. Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home
  11. Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Ain’t Got No Home
  12. Peppermint Harris – I Got Loaded
  13. Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby
  14. George Formby – When I’m Cleaning Windows

Playlist 2 – for the Guests – who hopefully don’t suck

Super – Everyone is here. Aunt Mildred brought Jello! Which kinda rules even though no one is going to eat it! Here is a playlist for the meal. It is fun and lighthearted and will hopefully spark some conversation when your grandma asks why you aren’t married yet, or when is the last time you went to MASS…errr

Kid's Table - 1953

Kids table for LIFE

I hope your Guests don’t suck

  1. Hank Williams – Hey Good Lookin’
  2. Dee Dee Sharp – Mashed Potato Time
  3. Jim Jackson – I Heard The Voice of A Pork Chop
  4. The California Honeydrops – Pumpkin Pie
  5. Yellow Ostrich – Bread
  6. The Robins – Turkey Hop
  7. Ike & Tina Turner – Shake a Tail Feather
  8. Ray Anthony – Asta Nice’a
  9. Sam & Dave – I Thank You
  10. Louis Prima – Yes, We Have No Bananas
  11. Jay & The Techniques – Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie
  12. Steve Goodman – Chicken Cordon Bleus
  13. Bessie Smith – Kitchen Man
  14. Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three – Sweet Potato Blues
  15. Little Eva – Let’s Turkey Trot
  16. Devandra Banhart – Pumpkin Seeds
  17. The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
  18. Dr. Humphrey & His Possum Hunters – How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?
  19. The Kinks – Hot Potatos
  20. Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
  21. Edith Piaf – Autumn Leaves
  22. Missisippi John Hurt – Shortnin’ Bread
  23. Rosemary Clooney – Love and Nuts and Noodles
  24. Charlie Adams – Sugar Diet
  25. Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You

Playlist 3 – Get out, Go Home, it is OVER

And now friends it is time for everyone to GET THE FUCK OUT. Hopefully they helped with the dishes but if they didn’t throw this playlist on and get going, or pour something stiff and leave it until tomorrow. You are a goddamn GROWNUP and can do what you WANT.


  1. The 5, 6, 7, 8s – Hey! Mashed Potato, Hey!
  2. Gravy Train!!!! – A Delicious Treat
  3. Drive-By-Truckers – The Thanksgiving Filter
  4. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Dinner for Two
  5. The Rosebuds – Get Up Get Out
  6. The Swallows – It Ain’t the Meat
  7. Bikini Kill – Go Home
  8. Karen O and the Kids – Food is Still Hot
  9. Chubby Checker & BB King – Mashed Potato Twist
  10. Ohio Players – Jive Turkey
  11. The Living End – Turkey Stomp
  12. Paul McCartney – Get Me Out Of Here
  13. Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
  14. Belle & Sebastian – Meat and Potatoes
  15. The Animals – We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  16. Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound
  17. The Lumineers – Big Parade
  18. Bastille – Get Home
  19. The Smiths – Back To The Old House
  20. Camera Obscura – Let Me Go Home
  21. Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
  22. Christine Kittrell – Sittin’ Here Drinkin’
  23. Al Caiola – Ciao
  24. The Rosebuds – The Make Out Song
  25. Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is

I hope these playlist get you through the holiday and food comas to come. Cheers to stretchy pants and kitchen dance parties.


Party at 611 Tenth, 1955 - Slide #4

Go to bed kid – I need a drink.


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Vincent Price COOKALONG

Why hello my dears. Halloween is OVER! I was such a spoiled sport about it this year. Usually it is my FAVORITE. I think I have now decided no pants SUMMERS are my favorite, and anything coconut flavored. Spoiled sport or NOT the Halloween fun just doesn’t fucking stop here at the Bittersweet Susie Headquarters. No it does NOT.

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Jenny – over at Silver Screen Suppers & Vincentennial Cookblog decided to included a few of us blogger frands on this wonderful Halloween adventure of testing out some of Mr. Price’s INFAMOUS RECIPES. (duh duh duh – lightning crash and scary crash effects now) She assigned us each a recipe and we has a due date to get this little project done. Let me repeat that last bit SHE ASSIGNED US THE RECIPE. The woman gave me CAROLINA DEVILED CLAMS. %$&#*#(*Q@)_)#. Ewwwwww. What the crap IS that anyways?

When I test these vintage recipes I need someone else to try them for me. One so I can photograph then and TWO because I like to maybe slightly torture my loved ones but this shit is going to end badly and all these people are never speak to me again I KNOW IT.


Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Start with the BUTTER – ‘cuz DUHHHHHHH

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Oh MAH GAHHHWWDDDDD – So it said 2 dozen medium clams. Kids – I live in the valley, not too near any oceans (405 traffic is BAD MAN) where the crap am I going to get CLAMS. Canned it is!

I just scooped some of this out. I closed my eyes.

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Those crumbs are Ritz Crackers – Nothing but the best!

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

The recipe says Tabasco – they spelled Crystal wrong.

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

My dear friend Molly had her annual Pumpkin Party! And my Bad Ass Knit Club was there. They were all champs and agreed to take one for the team for the love of Retro Recipes, Vincent Price, Halloween, and the USA.

There were also some Knit club parents in attendance – I have put their reactions on their photos:

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie
(click to jump to the Flickr page – it’s worth the big file) Katie says: It’s not for me – No offense.

On to the Parents – who honestly, are way cooler than us anyways:

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

(and look at this outfit – VINTAGE, Leather, I am stealing it – MEOOOWWW)

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Loved – Took the rest home (first retro recipe attempt I DIDN’T THROW AWAY)

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

So this was definitely a GENERATIONAL thing. The parents were like yea this tastes fine. There were a couple that really enjoyed it. While us “kids” (and yes we are in our 30s and we are STILL GOING TO SIT AT THE DAMN KIDS TABLE) were a bit more fearful of the very exotic casserole like dish.

Crackers INDEED.

And to be very fair – the food at this pumpkin party was OVER THE TOP and DIVINE. Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown butter, A pumpkin cocktail that would fuck Dumbledore up, Caramel Apples, and homemade pupusas. The poor canned clams didn’t stand a chance.

And maybe if you are nice Molly will invite you next year. But probably not.

I cannot wait to see what my fellow adventures in Vintage cuisine have come up with. DO NOT MISS macabre culinary adventures:

Make sure you check in with Jenny – She is the Keymaster (or the Gate keeper – which one was Sigourney Weaver?) Over at:

Silver Screen Suppers & Vincentennial Cookblog

Jenny of Silver Screen Suppers – Oxtail Creole

Michael of Michael MacMahon – Chicken in Vermouth
Saucy Cherie – Liver Risotto
A couple of extras…
Cathy of Battenburg Belle also made the Pumpkin Pie
Ruth of Mid Century Menu also made version 2 of Vincent’s Bloody Mary and his Pumpkin Pie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

The Vincent Price PUMPKIN PIE was also Made  – but this post was going to be 8 miles long if I included it – so you will have to come back tomorrow, but would that be so bad?

You know you like me. Stop resisting.


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