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Marie Callendar’s minus hot bacon dressing
Marie Callendar's Restaurant
My first experience with Marie Callendar's
I remember the first time I went to Marie Callendar’s back in the late 70’s. A friend convinced me to go with her to her favorite restaurant. She ordered a cheeseburger with no pickles. She suggested that I order the chili beans and cornbread. The cost of my entrée was $1.50 and included a piece of cornbread that looked like cake with honey butter on the side. I was hooked!
It's January 2013. Marie Calendar's pie sale starts around February 1st!
I became a loyal customer
As I returned to Marie Callendar’s more frequently, I developed a craving for the hot bacon dressing, vegetable plate with cheese, potato cheese soup, broccoli cheese soup and fresh strawberry pie that is to die for. At one time, the salad bar included chicken wings, potato wedges, and other appetizers. My co-workers and I ate lunch at Marie Callendar’s at least once a week. There were times when there was a 20 minute to one hour wait.
Recent review of Marie Callendar's hamburger
Sign of the times
In the early 90’s I noticed that the hot bacon dressing was available upon request but was not on the salad bar. I wondered if it was too costly to make the hot bacon dressing. Next I noticed that all appetizers disappeared from the salad bar. It became obvious that they were cutting costs. Fast forward to 2011 … I ate dinner at Marie Callendar’s and purchased a pie to go. Two weeks later, I went to the location and found that it had been closed!
Recipe for Marie Callendar's Hot Bacon Dressing
As I started this Hub, I looked online for additional information. I found a recipe for the hot bacon dressing along with an article on the decline of Marie Callendar’s.
Hot Bacon Dressing
· 8 slices bacon
· 1 1/2 cups white sugar
· 3 teaspoons cornstarch
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 cup water
· 1/2 cup white vinegar
1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt, and slowly pour in water and vinegar, whisking constantly.
3. In a medium skillet, add the crumbled bacon and pour the vinegar mixture over it. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
Marie Callendar's infamous pie display
Marie Callendar's still has cornbread and pies
When Marie Callendar’s has their semi-annual pie sales, I stop buy for pies and eat lunch. The price Is good and the salad bar is attractive and full. The salad just isn’t the same without the hot bacon dressing. The cornbread is still served in huge pieces along with honey butter.
Will Marie Callendar's survive
Management has changed and many locations have closed. Is there anything Marie Callendar’s can do to bring back the nostalgia of the past century or guide the restaurant into a new direction? Maybe we can make some suggestions that will help them not just survive but thrive!
Marie Callendar's than and now
Do you remember and miss the Marie Callendar's of the twentieth century?
Hot Bacon Dressing recipe
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