This week I was in the mood for some meatballs! These are Cocktail Meatballs! I have to admit I cheated a bit this week with this one. I’ve published this recipe on the blog before, though I’ve never taken photos and written it up as a real post. As I was digging out and organizing my holiday recipes, I decided to remedy that. Because if you don’t already have a version of this recipe in your family recipe box,  you need to add it! This one is special to my family because it was given to my mother by her next door neighbor...

Whew! Well, thank you to everyone who has been hanging on through this Mid-Century Menu drought! And thank you to everyone who emailed me and commented asking if everything was okay. Everything was just fine, and now it is even better because I am done with my big “project.” Meet TJ! TJ, or Thomas Jonathan, was born about three weeks ago, and we are so happy that he is finally here. And I am so happy that I am done being pregnant! Besides the normal pregnancy irritations and worries, I also had gestational diabetes and was told by...

I know, I know. I have re-run this recipe before, but this pie is just So. Dang. Good. Seriously! This recipe has everything. It is vintage, it has a little bit of magic (the ingredients re-arrange themselves in the oven) AND it tastes amazing. What more can you expect from one recipe? So if you are looking for a mid-century recipe to add to your Thanksgiving table, make this one! Well, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and let me tell you that I am cooking up a storm! But I just had to get this post up, because I think this may be the...

This recipe is a fantastic alternative if you can’t stand the traditional cream of mushroom soup version of green bean casserole. I can’t, and this has seriously saved me. Enjoy! I hope everyone has a nice big, traditional meal planned this year! Because I don’t. Well, I guess we are having turkey and Vincent Price’s Pumpkin Pie but in my family we don’t normally make bread stuffing or sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. (Mostly because my dad is diabetic). And we are NOT making the traditional green bean casserole. Instead...

This is it!! It’s the biggest eating season of the year! After we finish off all the Halloween candy in the house, it’s pretty much a gorge-fest until Valentine’s Day. And if you are going to eat four times your weight in food this holiday season, why not make it really good food? So I am re-running this fantastic pumpkin pie from the master of horror, Vincent Price. We made this pie a few years ago on Halloween for the Vincent Price Cookalong, and it was seriously a pumpkin pie revelation. This is the pie I am making for this Thanksgiving,...

It’s coming up on turkey time, so it’s time to bust out the vintage recipes! I am re-running my most favorite vintage Thanksgiving recipes this month, you lucky readers. It’s very exciting! And we are going to start it off with some gelatin. Because of course we are. This is a very highly-requested recipe in our house, mostly because Tom can never get enough cranberry. Enjoy! Who is ready for some fluffy topping? These are Frosted Cranberry Squares! These are doubly appropriate for us, since we are from Michigan and...

This is the Halloween cake I made last year with Alex, and it turned out so well that I decided to run it again this year. This is a great quick cake to make for a party or with your little ones. And who doesn’t love an orange candy-flavored cake? The only change I would make would be using butter instead of shortening in the cake and maybe doubling the frosting if you are a frosting lover.   Whew! Well, I have to admit that this Halloween post is more of a treat than a trick, but after the scary gelatin countdown last week, ...

To keep going with our vintage food Halloween countdown, I bring you creepy gelatin. First of all, I just want to put it out there that I am in no way – no way – advocating serving a hideous mid-century gelatin to your party guests this Halloween. Because, come on. It would be ridiculous. I mean, your friends and family come over to your house to have a good time. They come to eat good food. They don’t come over to be guinea pigs. Honestly, some of these aren’t even edible. They are made with crazy ingredient concoctions that just...

To keep the theme of freaky mid-century food going, I bring you the most hilarious cake we’ve ever made here on the blog: Banana Spook Cake. This thing is funny on so many levels, but mostly on the level of bananas sticking out of things. I mean, come on. Who can resist a cake with bananas sticking out of it? And the freakiest thing about this one was that it actually ended up being good! I’ve run this before, and every time someone in the comments suggests ditching the cake mix and pairing the glaze and banana cream with a from...

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