Who is pumped for another night of Astronauts Wives Club tonight? I am pretty excited. And to get you even more excited, here is the food from Episode 2: “Protocol” that was made by food stylist Emily Marshall for the show! How’s that for excitement? Not enough? Well then, how about a tuna loaf?!? Tuna Macaroni Cheese Loaf This loaf. It’s pretty much everything. Launch Party #2! Pineapple Whip So pretty and pink. This is based of the recipe for the vintage restaurant Mosca’s Pineapple Fluff. Pineapple Fluff Makes 8 servings 1...

If you are looking for my Astronaut Wives Club food post, never fear!  It will post tomorrow. But for now, get ready to sink your teeth into banana cake! I had to look this recipe up recently to make banana cake for the little one, so I thought everyone else could use a reminder about how good this cake is, too. Enjoy! This week’s recipe was all about what I had laying around the house.  I was out of cheese and tuna, which knocked a whole bunch of mid-century recipes off my radar. But what I DID have was sour cream and bananas,...

Who is ready for some great mid-century food and recipes? Hopefully everyone has had a chance to watch the first episode of Astronaut Wives Club by now (we don’t want to give away any food spoilers!), but if you haven’t I think it is still streaming on ABC’s website. If you love vintage clothes, food and décor this is definitely a show that you are going to want to watch. The detail in those areas was fantastic. Halfway through the episode, Louise Shepard was in the kitchen mixing lime gelatin with mayo, and I knew that I was going...

I am very excited to announce a temporary change in programming here at Mid-Century Menu! Over the next couple of weeks, Emily Marshall, the food stylist from the new ABC series “The Astronaut Wives Club” is going to be partnering with me on a series of posts to share some behind-the-scenes photos of the mid-century food she re-created every week for the filming of the show! Emily had a blast doing the mid-century themed food styling, with a little help from some vintage cookbooks and Mid-Century Menu, so she decided to get in touch...

It’s here! It’s here! The Second Annual Pieathalon is finally here! I am pretty excited to see how everyone’s pies turned out, especially the pecan pie with ketchup in it that I submitted.  But, as happens every year, the pie I was assigned ended up being just as challenging as the one I sent. This is Cheese Pie! This pie was submitted by Poppy Crocker from Grannies Pantries.  Poppy writes: This is “Cheese Pie” from My Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (copyright 1930, but mine is the 14th printing, 1936). No authors...

Next Monday is the Second Annual Pieathalon! Are you excited? I am. Probably more excited than I should be. Teaser: My pie that I was assigned has taken hours of research, lots of advice emails and about 3 random guesses to figure out how to make it. So make sure you come back Monday to check it out. That, and about 15 other bloggers making vintage pies! But to keep you occupied, her is my pie from last year! It has…avocado in it. Enjoy. It’s time for pie!! And not just any pie! This week I am lucky (meh?) enough to be participating...

It’s rhubarb season again! And while we have a couple different ways to use up your extra crop of “pie plant” on our blog, this is easily our favorite! Even though this pie was only posted last year, this has been a favorite in Tom’s family for forever.  In fact, I am planning on making this pie this week, just as soon as Tom finishes the pie for the upcoming Second Annual Pieathalon Challenge, which will be coming up on June 8th! So, I was really excited about the recent First Annual Pieathalon Blogger Challenge. It was crazy,...

I had some extra rhubarb in my garden this week, so I decided to put it to good use. And cover it with bananas and ketchup. This is Major League Rhubarb! Seriously? And to top it off, they suggest cottage cheese? Two things that are not supposed to go together.  And yet… So,on the cover of the 57 Prize-Winning booklet a ketchup recipe contest is mentioned. Just for a split second.  But inside it never says if this contest is something that you should submit recipes to, or if the recipes in the booklet ARE the contest submissions. I’m...

I was pretty excited when I picked out this recipe. Grapefruit Cream Pie! How good does that sound? Well, it probably sounds better if last week you had to eat a Crabmeat and Grapefruit Cocktail. Compared to that, a Grapefruit Pie sounds like the best thing in the world. In a quick side note, I subbed out a graham cracker crust for the pastry shell, which I do for almost every mid-century recipe that calls for a pre-baked pie shell. On a positive note, I am finally starting to get the hang of sectioning citrus fruit. On a not so positive...

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