This week we used clam juice to make a drink. This is Clam-Juice Cocktail!   So, for a change this “cocktail” isn’t for your next party. Tom and I realized recently that we have been neglecting a very important part of mid-century drinking. Or even drinking in general: The Wake-Up Drink. Or Wake-Up Juice, for a Back To The Future reference. Sure, we’ve been giving you guys tons of delicious (and not so delicious) ways to get your drink on, but not may ways to sober up. So, here you go. It’s got tomato and clam juice in it....

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This week we were in the mood for waffles!   This recipe is out of the Better Homes & Gardens Bread Cookbook from 1963. I got this last year (I believe) and I hadn’t cooked anything out of it, so when Tom was hungry for waffles I finally had an excuse to dig through it and see what it had to offer. There were lots and lots of pancakes and waffles to choose from, all spread out on about ten stained pages (The best pages of mid-century cookbooks are always the stained ones!). Spicy Party Waffles just barely edged out some orange...

I didn’t expect the hardest part of this recipe to be the grocery store, but apparently all orange muffin mix nowadays is orange cranberry muffins. This is when mid-century recipe testing gets interesting: when you simply can’t get the ingredient anymore. « Previous Crème De Menthe Parfait, 1960 – Vintage Cocktail Friday   Next » Spicy Party Waffles, 1963 - A Vintage Recipe Test ...

This week we are mixing ice cream with our alcohol! And by “mixing” I mean, “pouring everything into a glass”. This is Crème De Menthe parfait! This “drink” gets bonus points all around. It’s easy to make, it doubles as dessert AND it’s ridiculously delicious. If you like mint, that is. If you don’t like mint, then use some crème de cacao! “Mmmmm…” “Good?” “That’s the stuff.” The Verdict: Delicious From the Tasting Notes - Very good. Basically tastes like mint and ice cream, or a...

Hey all! This is just going to be a short post this week. I’ve had several request from readers to share my recipe for Plum-Raspberry jam, so I thought I would shoot a few pictures and post it up! This recipe is from an old issue of Farm Journal from 1959, and they refer to this recipe as a “top favorite” in Kansas. Though the recipe calls for frozen raspberries (which are perfectly fine to use), I normally use fresh when they are plentiful at the farmer’s market, my neighbors backyard and my in-laws garden. This time I used...

Why are so many gelatin salads so… pink? Nothing about this looks like applesauce, except perhaps the lack of cohesive structure. « Previous Labor Day Barbecue Menu - Tested Vintage and Retro Recipes From Mid-Century Menu   Next » Plum-Raspberry Jam, 1959– A Vintage Preserve Recipe Test ...

Ahh, Labor Day, where everything is last minute. Last minute back-to-school shopping. Last minute gardening. Last minute vacations. But your Labor Day Cookout doesn’t need to be last minute! Here on Mid-Century Menu we have tested hundreds of vintage and retro recipes, and put together this fun, retro-party menu for your Labor Day Bash! Labor Day Cookout Menu Spiced Lemonade Really good. Different from usual lemonade. I totally didn’t think that cloves and cinnamon would be good partners with lemon, but it seriously was amazing. Tom...

This week’s Guest Test is also a Guest Contribution! Thanks to Stephanie for sending this to Ruth who sent it on to me… Boxed mix may have convenience and predictability, but I think that fancy cakes can be a lot of fun to make from scratch. Of course, I don’t usually have to put in a layer of applesauce… « Previous Ginger Gaff, 1977 - Vintage Cocktail Friday Re-Run   Next » Labor Day Barbecue Menu - Tested Vintage and Retro Recipes From Mid-Century Menu ...

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