This week I felt like making something sparkly and pretty, so I remade this Ginger Ale Salad recipe that I originally tested for Glory Days Magazine. Because what’s more sparkly than a gelatin? This is Ginger Ale Salad! This is a classic salad that introduced the idea of adding carbonated beverages to gelatin salads, which is quite possibly one of the greatest ideas for a sweet gelatin salad since the idea of adding fruit. Though in the books that I’ve read Fannie Farmer is credited with this original idea, this particular...

It’s apple cider time! I think I run this post every year, but this cake is seriously that good and we make it all the time. Since it is apple season here in Michigan and I am breaking out the tested and delicious apple recipes from my collection, I thought I would remind everyone how good and easy this cake really is and I decided to revive it again from the archives. Enjoy! Okay, okay. I know. Apple cider AND desserts two weeks in a row. It’s unheard of here on the Mid-Century Menu, where everything is supposed to be scary all...

This week we are going to cut through the bull and lay it right on the table: I made this vintage aspic because I wanted to see what it tasted like. Because that is what we do here on Mid-Century Menu. That’s it. End of story. Will 7-Up and canned consommé in a gelatin taste good or bad together? This book came from Food From Famous Kitchens, The Brand Names Cook Book from 1961. This is a great one if you want to see what recipes brand test kitchens were putting out but you don’t want to collect a bunch of pamphlets. You can also...

I pulled this week’s recipe from the archives because ’tis the season for yummy fruit here (blackberries, last of the peaches, start of the apples, pears and so on) and pretty much all fruit tastes amazing when served on these waffles. Make sure to smother them with lots of whipped cream and candied ginger!!! This week we were in the mood for waffles! This recipe is out of the Better Homes & Gardens Bread Cookbook from 1963. I got this last year (I believe) and I hadn’t cooked anything out of it, so when Tom was hungry...

Since it’s Labor Day is coming up, it’s time to trot out the old BBQ standbys here on Mid-Century Menu: The loaf of grilled hot dogs, the potato salad with gelatin in it, the spiced lemonade and the chocolate cake made with tomato soup. These are all really good, I swear, and would make a fantastic cook-out meal! Ahh, Labor Day, where everything is last minute. Last minute back-to-school shopping. Last minute gardening. Last minute vacations. But your Labor Day cookout doesn’t need to be last minute. Here on Mid-Century...

If you have ever wanted to turn a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner into a summer salad, then this is the recipe for you! This is Swingin’ Summer Salad! This lovely salad comes from a Kraft TV recipes mailer from 1971. I really, really love these, not just because they are crammed full of Kraft-product-packed recipes, but also because they showcase some of the stars that Kraft had appearing in their shows. This pamphlet had Jack Benny, Dom DeLuise, Perry Como and Bob Hope! And Kraft Dinner! We can’t forget about that! So, I...

Today we are going to mix lime sherbet with mayonnaise and throw it over some fruit. Because why not? This is Sherbet Dressing! I have to admit I have been obsessed with this recipe since I saw it in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and posted it on our Facebook page.  I came across it again while looking up unusual salad recipes (*cough* Next week! *cough) and knew that I had to just bite the bullet and make this. So, here’s the real question: Does sherbet really need to be transformed into anything? I mean, it’s just fine...

I am reposting this drink that ran last year because…well…I guess I am still puzzling it out in my mind. I was given some great suggestions in the comments about what less-sweet vintage soda we could have used in this (Wink and B1 were suggested as alternatives), but for some reason my mind keeps coming back to 7up as the right choice. What do you think? This week – because I was bored – I decided to test out a recipe that mixes canned tomato sauce with lemon-lime soda. And no, I’m not making that up. This is Sparkling Red Rouser! Just...

Introducing a new segment on the Mid-Century Menu: Vintage Recipes for Kids! Now that Alex is old enough to be interested/help out/make a huge mess in the kitchen, I thought I would take the time to do some vintage children’s recipe tests with her and see how she likes being a guinea pig. I mean…how she likes testing recipes with me. This week we are making some banana popsicles. Chocolate Pudding Covered Frozen Bananas! When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was genius. As an 80’s kid, pretty much all my frozen confection...

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