What was that? You say you aren’t getting enough desserts these days?  Well, then let’s make some brownies. Oh yeah, and since this is Mid-Century Menu, the first ingredient is instant mashed potatoes. Because this is how we cook around here. These are Potato Brownies! This lovely is from 42 Hot Potato Ideas, which was published by Betty Crocker in 1967. Do you see that? Up in the corner? “From soups to desserts.” I love how these product pamphlets overreach their limits in recipes. But it isn’t too much of a reach...

This week we all have Tom to thank for this recipe. Apparently he isn’t getting enough Worcestershire sauce in his diet. These are Worcestershire Apple Halves! This recipe comes from The B.C. Apple Recipe Book, courtesy of the Apple Growers of British Columbia. This book actually has some great advice for keeping apples. “Handle apples like eggs,” the book says, “Apples bruise easily and are a delicate fruit.” It also advises keeping apples in a cool, dark place like in a raised box in your basement or in your refrigerator. And...

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited to kick 2016 goodbye. 2017 is going to be so much better for me, because not only am I moving on to some new and better things, but I am also going to be revisiting old things that made me happy. Like using this blog to answer important questions. Question The First: What happens when you pour crushed potato chips over a coffee cake? That’s important, right? This is Chip Coffee Cake! This recipe came from Recipes That Pep-Up Meals With Wise Potato Chips from 1957....

I hope everyone had a great Holiday and that you are looking forward to the New Year! I totally am. Nothing like starting over fresh with new ideas and new opportunities. And to celebrate, we are having caviar. This is Caviar Cheese Ring! This recipe is from  Food of My Friends by Virginia Stafford, which was published in 1944. This is a really interesting book, especially if you read it back to back with another cookbook of the time, MFK Fisher’s How To Cook A Wolf. While Fisher’s book deals with food economy, foraging for food...

Since we are having some fun, festive snacks for Christmas Eve, I thought I would re-run this sandwich with the hopes that this will spark some Christmas memories out there for some reader. Tell us, is this Christmas Eve food? I’m guessing it was, but I would love to hear from you if you can remember eating this beauty. Have a great Christmas! December is here and Christmas is coming up fast, so I thought I would make a little something to get us all into the holiday spirit. Because nothing says “Christmas” to me more than ground...

Time for some Christmas Cocktails! This is Brandied Coffolate! I am excited to start with this one. Chocolate, coffee and brandy? Ummm…yeah. Sign me up! This recipe is from a 1976 Martha Holmes Holiday Recipe book that was put out by the power company.  You can see it spread across the bottom and the top of the page, but I actually kind of like it that way. It gave me an excuse to show you guys the rest of the recipes on the page. Mushroom Cream Cheese Logs or Pickled Brussels Sprouts, anyone? “So, what’s with the crazy face?” “Oh...

If you haven’t decided on that special item to bake for your Christmas get-togethers this weekend, try this! This week I have a special recipe test for all of you! It is sort of a guest test, but in another way it isn’t. This week, we all get to enjoy a recipe tested out by my mother! This is Stollen! Though this recipe mostly originated from the Best Loved Foods of Christmas, which was put out in Pillsbury, it was tweaked very slightly by my mother. If you are wondering what stollen is, it’s a yeast-raised coffee cake...

So, who’s excited for Christmas? I am. And to celebrate, I made a candy that did NOT photograph well. Yeahhhhhhh. So. Anyway. These little reindeer nuggets are Chocolate Bon Bons! They really don’t even look good on the cover, either. But who cares? They are chocolate, right? These intrigued me because of the saucepan preparation. I wondered what the finished product would taste like. Would it be more like fudge? Would it taste like saucepan brownie batter?  Ganache? I was dying to find out. So when TJ finally went down for a...

A few years ago we tested out a bunch of vintage quick fruit cake recipes for the blog. This was the best of the bunch; quick, easy and good to eat right away. And it’s even better after it is been wrapped in some alcohol-spiked cheesecloth. Enjoy! This year for our Christmas baking we decided to throw all caution to the wind and to venture into the land of doorstops and vibrantly-colored, nuclear fruit. That’s right. This year it’s fruit cake for all! What’s funny is that during the mid-century, fruit cake was already considered...

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