Happy Fat Tuesday! This week we are going to celebrate Mardi Gras, and our return to health after a horrible, 10-day flu, with some lemon bars. These are Lemon Mardi Gras Squares! Like many, many recipes that pop up on here, I started out discovering this recipe as a recipe clipping included with a recipe collection from Texas. It was included in a booklet put out by the cooking demonstrator for a local grocery store in the 1960’s. A very small amount of research yielded the fact that this recipe was, once again, from the Pillsbury...

Welcome back to another Reader Request, where you ask me questions in the comments, through email or on our Facebook Page and I do my best to answer them truthfully. Well, mostly truthfully. Anyway, this week’s first question is from Stephanie, who writes: I’m sure there are plenty of lists out there, but it would be fun and informative to hear what you two consider to be essential to stock a traditional mid-century bar. Nice, Stephanie! While I hate to tell anyone what they “must” stock their bar with, since everyone’s...

I am bringing you an early post this week, because I made a pink Valentine’s Day cake! This is Sweet Story Cake! This is a really fun cake, and I was excited to give it a try. I was doing some research on this cake, and I kept turning up all of these references to it being a couple’s cake, one that was made for wedding and anniversary cakes as well as Valentine’s Day. One recipe note even said they had for their wedding, and then made it every anniversary for 40 years!  I think this particular cake first appeared in this Spry...

For Valentine’s Day, I thought we would bust out a pink drink. This is Raspberry Frappe! I’ve got to be honest, though. The real reason I picked this is because Tom’s parent’s were recently visiting, and Tom’s mom requested a “yummy” drink. I can’t think of anything that makes a drink yummier than ice cream. Well, maybe chocolate would make it yummier, but I had fresh raspberries and some vanilla ice cream on hand, so we whipped these up. “It’s delicious.” “I thought so. Is it sweet?” “Surprisingly, no.” The...

I don’t even think I need an intro for this one. I think the title really speaks for itself. This is – Buttermilk. Aspic. Ring. Yeah, we went there. This week’s recipe comes from Workbasket Magazine. If you didn’t know this already, vintage Workbaskets have a fantastic themed recipe section in each issue. Sometimes they will even have two of them, including a reader submitted recipes that can be made and sold for profit, like cakes, pies and jams. In any case, the main recipe section in this magazine was themed around luncheon...

This week we have some cake. Some cake that didn’t quite work out. This is Neapolitan Pound Cake! This cake is from one of my adored Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks. I’m telling you, if I had all the time in the world and it wouldn’t cause me to double my body weight, I would love to make all of the Pillsbury Bake-Off recipes in chronological order. It would be amazing, probably because the Pillsbury Bake-Off books are a great source of information for unique recipes and some innovative ideas. They are also a fantastic way to...

It’s Friday and this week we are going to make a dragon. This is Rocky Green Dragon! If you notice in the picture, our “rocks” in the glass melted. That’s what happens when you try to make drinks, but you have kids who won’t stay in bed to let you drink said drinks! This week’s drink is from Playboy’s Bar Guide from 1971, which is actually a pretty good bar guide. Lots of interesting drinks and some funny drink descriptions. I would recommend picking it up if you ever come across it! “Whew.” “I’ll...

Welcome back to Mid-Century Menu, where this week we are making cornbread with condensed soup in it. This is Corn Bread! Exciting, exciting corn bread. This recipe is, unsurprisingly, from Soup Cookery The Savory Heinz Way, from 1955. Which is a whole pamphlet about how to get as much condensed soup into your family as possible. Not to say that these recipes are bad, just that they use a lot of soup. Like the recipe I tested. A whole can of soup? A whole can. Anyway, I suppose before we get started on this, I should confess that I’m...

I’ve been getting a lot of questions and requests sent to me lately, so I thought I would start posting some of them to share with everyone. After all, we are all in this to learn about vintage cooking, right? Not just to see Tom eat gross food. Well…maybe I’m in it to see Tom eat gross food. Anyway, Michelle writes – Hi! My mother had this PET (Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder) recipe book and the chocolate puff pudding and sunshine sauce were our most favorite of all. Unfortunately, it disappeared sometime in the 80’s and...

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