This week we have a really crazy and fun gelatin for you guys. It’s actually kind of a dream of mine that has finally happened. I present to you (finally!) the Aspic Aquarium! In all its glory! Now, I would absolutely love to take credit for this one, but it was actually made by a friend of mine, Carolyn.  I have made a lot of really great friends through this blog, but Carolyn has the distinction of being a good, normal friend that I introduced to the crazy world of vintage recipes. And she totally loves them, which makes me happy...

It’s Friday, and I could totally use a drink! This is Blue Devil Cocktail! This cocktail is from “Bottoms Up”, one of our favorite vintage cocktail manuals. Some of the drink books we have just recycle classic drinks over and over again from decade to decade, but this one has some very unique and fun drinks. Plus, how can you argue with 1930’s cartoon drawings? “This is really good!” “Good. From the smell I was afraid it would be too sweet.” “Nope, not too sweet. But it so strong it’s making my lips a little numb.” The...

Welcome back to another Reader Request post, where you can send me your recipe questions and requests in the comments, through email or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Or, at least, to the best of my vintage cookbook collection’s ability. This week we have a recipe request from Rachel, who writes: Hi Ruth! Excited to see you’re doing reader requests! My grandma used to make delicious cookies called Spry cookies. I am assuming it was a recipe that was either printed on the...

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...

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