mad men premiere party & "old-fashioned" NY cheesecake

We had a delightful Mad Men Season 6 Premiere party with our good friends Mike and Alexandra, and as usual, we dressed up. Despite our unanimous lamentation of the fact that Mad Men is quickly entering the fashion era of the 70s, I decided to dress with a nod to Megan Draper and a nod to Audrey Hepburn. We even sang a little Zou Bisou.

Mike and Alexandra dressed in classic 60s chic a la Don Draper. Neither phased nor affected by the encroaching sideburns or widening neckties. They also brought pre-prepared Old Fashioneds, so we could all enjoy the show in a fourth dimension.

For dessert Brandon had the brilliant idea of making New York style cheesecake, with the appropriately-Mad-Men addition of an "Old Fashioned" sauce. Made in the likeness of Don Draper's cocktail of choice, with Rye whisky, bitters, orange, and sugar.

I had never made cheesecake before, and have always been afraid of it, having heard countless tales of it's finicky characteristics. It was actually really easy to make!  The process also made me much more keenly aware of just how unhealthy it is, however.

I don't own a spring-form pan, and have never had need of one in my past adult life. Actually, Caryn and I were just having a conversation during her visit about how I don't own normal round cake tins or a spring-form pan, and have never needed them but thought I should have them on hand. Weirdly, in the two months since that conversation I have needed both of these kitchen items. It's fine though, if you don't own a spring-form pan, just raid your church kitchen cupboards with a vague hope that they might have something random like that, and when you find a door labeled "spring-form pans" you will be very pleasantly surprised and thankful.

The season opens on Don Draper in Hawaii (paradise) reading Dante's Inferno, with a voice over reciting it's first lines...

Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark, 
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

The episode was fraught with symbolism and has me wondering and worrying what Don will do next. It should be an interesting season, and it was certainly a fun premiere party.

(Mad Men graphic, Don Draper, Don Draper)

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