Shop Like Elvis

Today is the 27th anniversary of the death of “The King”. Elvis Presley had eccentric taste (more like obsessions) when it came to food. In case you want to honor EP’s memory with a trip to the grocery story, you’ll need his shopping list. Shown below is the list of items that were to be kept in the pantry at Graceland for Elvis at all times.

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  • fresh, lean, unfrozen ground meat

  • one case regular Pepsi

  • one case orange drinks

  • rolls (hot rolls – Brown ‘n’ Serve)

  • cans of biscuits (at least six)

  • hamburger buns

  • pickles

  • potatoes and onions

  • assorted fresh fruits

  • cans of sauerkraut

  • wieners

  • at least three bottles of milk and 1/2 & 1/2 cream

  • thin, lean bacon

  • mustard

  • peanut butter

  • fresh, hand-squeezed cold orange juice

  • banana pudding (to be made each night)

  • ingredients for meat loaf and sauce

  • brownies (to be made each night)

  • ice cream – vanilla and chocolate

  • shredded coconut

  • fudge cookies

  • gum (Spearmint, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit – three each)

  • cigars (El Producto Diamond Tips & El Producto Altas)

  • cigarettes

  • Dristan

  • Super Anahist

  • Contac

  • Sucrets (antibiotic red box)

  • Feenamint gum

  • matches (four to five books)
    From the book The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley.

    Of course if you’re going to make Elvis style peanut butter and nanner sandwiches you’ll need the recipe.

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  1. Laurence Simon August 16, 2004
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