I had a big, crazy recipe planned for this week, but then TJ got sick, and I got sick and yadda, yadda. Basically, life with kids happened. But I still wanted to do something fun for potato week, so I thought I would show you guys my best friend, my vintage french fry cutter! These are Homemade French Fries! So, I know you can get new fry cutters on Amazon , but honestly most of the reviews for these aren’t great. If you can find one of these vintage fry cutters, (affiliate links) I would encourage you to get it. This thing is pretty...

This week we aren’t doing anything freaky, just making some nice, calm bar cookies. These are O’Henry Bars! This recipe is from the Art of Cooking, a community cookbook from St. Paul’s Church from 1965. Sorry, this scan got kind of smeared, probably because a kid was tugging on my arm while I was scanning it. Anyway, since O’Henry Bars are candy bars, I was interested to see if this would taste like candy, a cookie, or…a granola bar. Because 4 cups of oatmeal is a lot of oatmeal for a candy bar. Anyway, this also is missing...

This week we have a very easy recipe. Which is good, because I’m tired. These are Cheese Snacks! This recipe is from the Easy Guide To Good Eating from Ralston that was published in 1959. I’ve been doing #cerealweek over on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I have been having a blast. I happen really, really love these cereal recipe books and pamphlets. For some reason, I really enjoy how excited they get about breakfast cereal. Not that excitement over various kinds of Chex cereal snack mixes isn’t justified. Homemade...

Ever just want to have a chocolate sandwich for lunch?  Well, this week we have you covered. Now, this one isn’t mid-century. This recipe is from a cocoa pamphlet from McNess from about 1925. But seriously, I just could not pass this by. I had to test it. And, if you are a cookbook collector, you must, must look for a McNess cookbook or pamphlet. They always have spectacular graphics and some interesting recipes. Some are a bit hard to reproduce because McNess sold flavorings and spices, and had some custom blends (like Wonder Flavor)....

If you were an eagle-eyed reader, you might have spotted this week’s recipe test in with the loads of fruit in the Luau Wheelbarrow Ice Bar that I posted earlier this week. It was hiding out in a watermelon half. This is Avocado Ice Cream! This lovely recipe was submitted by ampersandwich from Instagram (Hello!). She saw how much fun I was having with Luau Week last week over on my Instagram account and she sent me a few recipes from her collection. This recipe is from How To Use Hawaiian Fruit (affiliate link). This one is fudging...

Just in case you needed one last fix for Luau week – I decided to spend most of my weekend chopping fruit. This is the Wheelbarrow Ice Bar! This lovely is from How To Become A Cookout Champion, which was published in 1959. This cute book was put together as a contest cookbook for several companies, like Squirt, Kaiser Foil and a few others. It is full of “Bar-B-Tricks” that you can use for your next cookout, and this Wheelbarrow Ice Bar was one of them. And I became obsessed with it. Luckily I have others in my life who are either...

It’s time for some dessert! And what’s better for dessert than something covered with coconut. These are Orange Doodads! This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Out Of This World Recipes from 1978. This book kind of straddles the line between the 70’s and the 80’s, but the fact that it’s space-themed makes me feel pretty comfortable using it for a mid-century blog. Now, if you notice above there are no real directions for these, so I just winged it. I assumed you melted the butter and the frozen OJ and then just...

This week we are combining luaus AND back to school in one neat little sandwich. This is Luau Lulu! This little stunner comes from a pamphlet called The Bold Sandwich with Mr. Mustard, from 1960. It you are wondering, which you probably aren’t, this pamphlet is meant for the Dijon incarnation of Mr. Mustard which is now defunct, though they still make the original hot version (affliate link). Most of the sandwiches in the pamphlet are pretty yawn-inducing, then this one jumped off the page at me and I was pretty much sold. Plus, it...

So, it’s time to put the prune-bologna-debacle from Wednesday behind us, and wash our eyeballs clean with some chocolate. These are Chocolate Dreams! You can’t go wrong with chocolate. This recipe is from Guide To Good Eating from 1955, which was put out by Ralston and contains many different recipes (desserts, breads, mains) that contain Chex and other Ralston products. This seemed like a good, simple treat to reward Tom for being forced to eat a prune and bologna sandwich for lunch. And hope it helps him eventually forgive me. Oh,...

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