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Eating with Elvis, commemorating 30 years since his passing

It's been 30 years to the day since the King passed away. Some will claim foul play, but most know it was probably due to his fantastic diet of Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, among other fine creations. To mourn the 30th anniversary of his passing, a tribute to his culinary endeavours, a day in the life of the kitchen of Elvis. May your arteries rest in peace, oh great one. You've left us with more than just music...


Eat like a King! Enjoy Elvis’s favorite recipes for a whole day. A typical day in the King’s life:


Breakfast: Scrambled eggs (6), half a pound to a pound of sausages and heavily buttered buttermilk biscuits.
Serve in bed at any time of the day with a glass milk bottle of orange juice and hot coffee.

Morning Snack: A box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Lunch: Fool's Gold Loaf

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Spread butter generously over all sides of a loaf of Italian bread and bake until evenly brown.
  • Fry 1 lb lean bacon until crisp and drain on a paper towel.
  • Slice the bread lengthwise and hollow out the interior.
  • Fill it with peanut butter and grape jelly layered with the bacon.
  • Close the loaf, slice and serve.

Dinner: Ugly Steak

  • Rub 1 lb of top sirloin steak with garlic; discard the garlic.
  • Sprinkle the steak with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge both sides of the steak with flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Heat enough oil in a pan to cover the steak.
  • Fry the steak until both sides are brown and the steak is well done.
  • Cut into tiny bite-size pieces before serving.

  • Pour off all but 2 to 3 tablespoons of the oil.
  • Add 2 to 3 cups of water.
  • Stir up all the browned bits at the bottom of the pan.
  • Boil until thick.
  • Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over buttery mashed potato.

Simmer a can of peas (drained) in a broth made from half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 chopped medium onion for at least 5 minutes - up to 30 minutes is okay.

Ensure that the television is turned on and serve the steak, potatoes and peas with plenty of salt, corn bread and a very large glass of buttermilk.

Desserts (Usually 2)

Caramel Cake

  • Bake a Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix.
  • Ten minutes before it is finished baking, remove it from the oven
  • Slowly pour over it an icing syrup made by dissolving 2 cups of sugar in a can of boiling Carnation milk.
  • Return the cake to the oven and continue baking, periodically add more icing syrup to get it as thick as possible.

Banana Pudding
  • Make a pudding mixture by combining half a cup of sugar with half a cup of flour and a pinch of salt in the top of a double boiler.
  • Stir in 4 egg yolks and 2 cups of milk.
  • Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until it is thick.
  • Cover the bottom and sides of a shallow Pyrex dish with vanilla wafers.
  • Add a layer of thinly sliced banana, then another layer of vanilla slices.
  • Pour on the pudding mixture.
  • Chill.

TV Snacks: Cupcakes, Eskimo Pies or hot dog rolls (without the sausage).

Midnight Snack: Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

  • Spread 2 slices of white bread with 2 heaped tablespoons of smooth peanut butter and half a very ripe mashed banana.
  • Fry the sandwich until brown on both sides.
  • Serve warm. (Use a knife and fork to eat it.)

Also recommended for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in-between.
For one period of seven weeks, Elvis ate nothing else.

Other cooking tips when cooking for the King:

  • Whenever you think the food is cooked, cook it more.
  • Whenever you think you've added plenty of salt, add some more.
  • Cut all food, except fried sandwiches, into bite-sized pieces before serving.
  • Fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches must be eaten with a knife and fork.
  • Serve drinks in glasses large enough to hold several cans of drink.

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