• The Brady Bunch

    October 14, 2011

    Good morning! Happy Friday!

    This morning’s topic is the Brady Bunch, but FOOD first! (Boy, are they groovy!)



    Last night’s dinner inspiration was courtesy of Giada Laurentiis. I made her husband’s favorite Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms that she mentioned during our conversation last week.

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    Giada said she makes this meal when she’s short on time, and now I understand why. From start to finish, it came together in less than 20 minutes. I used turkey sausage instead of ground turkey, which didn’t need to be cooked as long and sped up the process.


    It was a delicious, easy, and cheesy dinner.

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    This morning’s breakfast was also easy and cheesy. I threw together a quick egg and cheese sandwich on a toasted Bagel Thin. It was nothing special, but it did the trick.

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    My Favorite Brady Bunch Episodes

    On The Ellen Show the other day, Ann Curry gave Ellen a bracelet that originally belonged to the Dalai Lama. Ellen talked about it in her monologue and joked that maybe it was cursed like the Tiki necklace that Greg Brady found on their family vacation to Hawaii. Ellen’s reference to the episode made think about other great Brady Bunch episodes, so here are three of my favorites.

    “The Personality Kid”

    Four words: Pork chops and applesauce.

    Growing up, every time my mom made pork chops for dinner, my sister and I would say “pork chops and applesauce” (just like Peter Brady) over and over again. We thought it was hilarious. I actually think we’d probably still say it now if we ate pork chops at my mom’s house.

    Peter goes to a party and apparently someone there tells him that he’s dull and doesn’t have a personality. Convinced he doesn’t have personality, Peter goes all out to try to get one. After imitating celebrities, Peter decides to try a funny personality in which he stocks up on jokes and plans to show his new personality off at a party. [source]

    “Dough Ri Mi”

    Of course, I included a video with this episode. I can’t sing this song without making my voice crack like Peter’s. (I’m sorry if it gets stuck in your head all day long.)

    In “Dough Re Mi,” Greg is hoping to sign a recording contract, but after executive decides that a family group is better, Greg invites his siblings to become part of his act. While rehearsing “We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter,” Peter’s voice begins to crack suddenly, raising concerns about the group’s viability. Greg initially wants to drop Peter from the group, but after getting advice from his parents, Mike and Carol, he decides to write a new song where Peter’s cracking voice won’t be so conspicuous; that song is “Time to Change.” The final act features the siblings in the recording studio recording the song. [source]

    “The Subject Was Noses”

    “Ooh, my nose!” Obviously.

    Marcia has made two dates for the school dance, one with plain Charley and the other with heartthrob jock Doug Simpson. In order to go out with the latter, Marcia dumps Charley, only to incur a swollen nose after being hit with a football hurled by brother Peter. Appalled by Marcia’s appearance, Doug in turn dumps Marcia. Charley doesn’t mind though, as the two go out to a pizza parlor where Marcia later recounts that “meek” Charley punched Doug in the nose during an altercation. [source]


    Oyster Orgy Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway to win a set of tickets to the Oyster Orgy at Tavern on the Water next week. Here are your winners:

    Rory: I love oysters almost as much as I love Tavern on the Water, sounds like a great event!

    Tasha: My fiance and I just moved to Boston. We love seafood, but we don’t have much money to spend on it because I’m in grad school and he’s at a startup. I’d love to surprise him with tickets. It would make his week!

    Congrats, Rory and Tasha! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your tickets.

    Question of the Day

    Did you watch The Brady Bunch? What are your favorite episodes?

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I too use you love the Brady Bunch. I haven’t watched it in years though… come on Netflix! It was fun to watch these clips!


    Tami October 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I got to dance with Barry Williams (Greg) in college, he came on a book tour…he signed my book “stay groovy”


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    @Tami: That is SO COOL! 🙂


    Liz October 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm


    That is awesome! I read his book a few years ago & it was pretty interesting – so was Maureen McCormick’s. I’d like to read the Florence Henderson one, too. Anybody ever watch the Very Brady Christmas movie? It’s really cheezy, but my cousin & I LOVE it 🙂


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    @Liz: YES! I love the Christmas movie! My family and I still watch it most years!


    Liz October 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm


    We never miss at Christmas, either!

    Lauren October 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I still say “Pork Chops and Applesauce”!


    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I never got into the Brady Bunch, but I am a fan of that meal. That’s my kind of dinner!


    Ellie@fitforthesoul October 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    haha omgshhhh! the minute i saw the title I was like, yayyyyy!!! haha Brady Bunch is absolutely one of my favorite american shows! And we have similar tastes, b/c these are some of my fave episodes. I really loved the one with them singing “time to change”. Also really random: Do you notice that a lot of their fashion styles are actually here, kind of? Like Jan’s booties in that first picture. I have booties like that 😛


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    @Ellie@fitforthesoul: Yes! I love their fashion!


    Jaydee October 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I noticed yours has a little juice to it which I love. Did you use chciken broth or white wine on this recipe? I like the way you made it without the noodles. I dont beleive in no carbs but the peas are carbs enough I think. No need to mix them in my petite frame Ill be so bloated!


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    @Jaydee: Nope, I just followed the recipe! 🙂


    Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, what a coincidence..My friends & I had a long car ride the other day, so the driver made a random playlist of songs for us…and she included the Brady Bunch theme song. Super random, but the second came on we all started singing (how do we even still remember the words?!). Guess the Brady Bunch is making a sneaky comeback in our lives!


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    @Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel: Haha! I know all of the words too! 🙂


    SusanDLF October 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    The whole series of episodes in Hawaii were awesome! My sister and I were SO INTO THEM!!!!! Thanks for the memories!!! Life sure seemed simpler when we were growing up!!!


    VeggieGirl October 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I never did get to watch it though its obviously a huge cultural icon!


    jen October 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    HAHAH love love LOVE your post about the brady bunch! im so glad im not the only one who says “appleshaush” (would that be how to spell the way he says it?). my favorite one has to be when jan makes up a boyfriend, george glass. my sisters and i regularly throw that name in our conversations. oh, and also the one where they do a laundry detergent commercial. really, i love any pre-oliver episode. once oliver joined the cast you knew the show was over. plus cindy was way too old for that hairdo!


    Tina October 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    @jen: Haha! Oliver! I haven’t thought about him in years! So true though!


    erica October 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    i was obsessed with the brady bunch growing up…watching it on nickelodeon! i loved the one where they sang sunshine day! =)


    Christine October 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    The Pork Chops and Applesauce episode was one of my fav Brady Bunch episodes. I died laughing watching the clip you posted.


    Tasha October 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    So excited! Thank you!

    Alice was an unappreciated genius, as far as I’m concerned.


    Pam October 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I have seen every episode multiple times. My favorite ones included dialogue between Alice and Sam the butcher.


    hemp jogger October 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    this post is almost my fave of yours, second to all ellen-related posts 🙂 i freakin love how cheesy and awesome the brady bunch is at the same time. i have the movies memorized, and i know all theirs songs. i dont mind i’ll be singing time to change all weekend! wow i sound like a lame ass, ha.


    tracey October 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    HUGE Brady fan! And I still say “pork chops n’ applesauce” to my Mom to this day!! Great post!


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