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Gaining weight in the most delightful way

The results are so delicious that once you've tried it you'll find yourself sitting in front of the television, dreaming of icebox cake, with no idea what just happened on CSI.

I'd like take a little detour here and point out that graham crackers were invented by Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister. They were intended to be a health food. Graham also recommended hard mattresses, open bedroom windows, chastity, and cold showers. My guess is that one good icebox cake would have loosened him up a bit.

Now, returning to the kitchen, a note on pudding: Despite what Bill Cosby may tell you, the only chocolate pudding worthy of this recipe is My-T-Fine brand, which, incidentally, was the first brand of packaged pudding in the United States. You just can't get better than the original.

Can you experiment with the recipe, perhaps adding other ingredients? Sure. But adding anything to icebox cake is like putting a little outfit on your dog - it takes time, isn't necessary, and makes everyone who sees it a little uncomfortable.

Icebox Cake

Makes two 8 x 10 trays

1 box (14.4 ounce) Nabisco Grahams (original)
8 - 3 1/8 ounce packages of My-T-Fine chocolate pudding mix
4-5 bananas

Follow the directions for pudding on the My-T-Fine box. Line each Pyrex dish with graham crackers. With a ladle, add a layer of chocolate pudding. Spread thinly sliced banana on top of the pudding layer. Add another layer of Graham crackers, pudding, and banana then repeat steps, ending with a layer of pudding on top (bananas will turn brown if left in the open, so its better to keep them al inside your cake). In a food processor, grind up some more graham crackers and garnish each tray with the crumbs.

When the whole works are assembled, call me!

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