I Love Lucy is a classic 1950s American sitcom about Lucy Ricardo, a New York City housewife who dreams of being a famous performer, and Ricky, her Cuban musician husband. Fans of the show should check out these recipes inspired by Lucy’s quirky antics.
The iconic program starred Lucille Ball and her real-life husband Desi Arnaz. Over a span of six seasons, Lucy captured TV viewers’ hearts with her charm, quick wit and seemingly never-ending energy. Not surprisingly, some of the best scenes from the show involve food and drink!
1. Quirky Cravings
Season 2, Episode 13: “Lucy Hires an English Tutor” and Episode 14: “Ricky Has Labor Pains”
While pregnant with Little Ricky, Lucy indulges in some unorthodox food combinations. For instance, Lucy dunks a dill pickle into a papaya milkshake that Ricky brought home for her. She also smothers pistachio ice cream with hot fudge and… sardines. Yum?
Season 1, Episode 30: “Lucy Does a TV Commercial”
When Ricky is presented with an opportunity to host a TV show, Lucy wishes nothing more than to be the spokeswoman for one of the sponsors, a health tonic called Vitameatavegamin. During commercial filming, Lucy and the director are unaware that the tonic contains high alcohol content. After several takes, Lucy continuously mispronounces “Vitameatavegamin” through slurred speech.
3. Grape Stomping
Season 5, Episode 23: “Lucy’s Italian Movie”
When in Rome, Lucy lands the part of an American tourist in an upcoming Italian movie called Bitter Grapes. Mistakenly thinking the movie would be about winemaking due to its title, she decides to prepare for her role by practicing the old-fashioned method of grape stomping. At a vineyard in a nearby town, she ends up getting into a fight with fellow grape stomper.
4. Pizza Dough Fail
Season 6, Episode 5: “Visitor from Italy”
Lucy and Ricky’s friend Mario pays them a surprise visit from Italy. He gets a job at a pizza parlor, but he’s unable to work since his visa prohibits him from making money in the U.S. Lucy must take over his shift and, well, things get messy…
5. Fast Chocolate
Season 2, Episode 1: “Job Switching”
In an effort to prove to their husbands that being a housewife is just as challenging as any job, Lucy and her landlady/BFF Ethel land jobs at a candy factory while their husbands tackle housework. On their first day, they are assigned the task of wrapping individual chocolates. Things are going well until the conveyor belt begins to move too quickly for them to keep up, resulting in sweet hilarity.
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