500 tasty sandwiches

Behind the Name: The Story of 500 Tasty Sandwiches

Have you ever wondered where we got the name 500 Tasty Sandwiches? The original 500 Tasty Sandwiches was a three-ring binder of recipes and stories assembled as a Christmas gift by the blog’s founder, Kristofer Prepelica. While he had plenty of tasty dishes to share, at the time Kristofer didn’t even own a decent camera. Instead he decided to fill its pages with oversaturated and more often than not, unappetizing food photography from the 1950s. 500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes is actually part of a series of slim cookbooks published by the Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago starting in the late 1940s. Other titles include 250 Classic Cake Recipes, 500 Delicious Dishes from Leftovers and 300 Beautiful Dairy Dishes. We own the entire collection and relish every page of this Eisenhower Era gem.

In June 2011 we abbreviated the title to 500 Tasty Sandwiches and launched the blog. We still didn’t have a good camera and many of our early posts didn’t even include pictures of the foods we cooked. To compensate, our posts relied a little more on humor and off-kilter stories.

It is now 2015 and we’ve been using a good dSLR camera, shooting with an appropriate lens in beautiful natural light, for several years now. With this change, our kitschy imagery and zany stories have fallen to the wayside. But we kinda miss the kooky look and feel of our early posts. So we’ve decided to integrate our huge collection of scanned Kodachrome slides and vintage cookbooks into more of our posts, and once again pepper the blog with quirky narratives. But when we share a recipe for meatloaf, we’ll also include a picture of meatloaf.

We hope you continue to enjoy our unique recipes, great cocktails and entertaining gastronomic commentary. Thanks for reading!