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...

This week I felt like mixing together some ketchup and some cherry gelatin. Just because. This is Cherry-Catsup Salad! This nut-job of a recipe comes from a great book, Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers Salads, that comes from a fantastic series of books. The Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers, which I believe was re-published 2007, is a huge, detailed book series that collected thousands of recipes from Home Economics teachers and packed them into a bunch of themed, spiral-bound books. There are a lot of really...

It’s time for some delicious jam! This is Bluebarb Jam. This recipe is from Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook, which is a real winner if you can pick up a copy! Blueberry season is in full swing here in Michigan, and I have to admit that fresh blueberries are some of my favorite fruits. When I moved here, I thought my life would be changed by being able to pick ripe peaches off of trees. And while that experience was great, nothing prepared me for fresh-picked blueberries. They are so, so much better than I ever imagined! Since the...

So, the garnish on the top probably gives it away, but guess what the mystery ingredient in this salad is? That’s right, it’s bananas. Because this is Mystery Salad! This glorious recipe comes from The Dole Banana Bonanza, which was published in 1977. It has lots of great, classic recipes for most of the book, and then a bunch of savory recipes pop up, jammed way in the back next to the diet recipes. Which is always a big red flag. It was honestly a toss up between this one and an avocado banana dip that had onions in it. *shiver* But...

If you love S’mores, you are going to love this fun version made with brownies! We are trying to get in the patriotic spirit here on Mid-Century Menu, so I thought I would bust out this easy recipe from a few years ago and share it again. It even has colored marshmallows! Enough said! Happy Fourth of July, Everyone! I hope you are all participating in  – or planning to participate in – some fun! Tom and I are just hanging out and relaxing today. Oh, and probably making up more of these bad boys: And by bad, this time I mean really,...

I know, I know. Another recipe from the archives! But I just made these cookies this week for Alex. I added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and used red, white and blue gumdrops and they were delicious. And patriotic for the upcoming Fourth. So I thought I would share this crazy recipe with you all again. Mostly because desserts with ketchup make me laugh! Yep. That’s right. There is ketchup in these cookies. And gumdrops. We can’t forget about that. When I saw this recipe in a Betty Crocker pamphlet from the 1960’s, I immediately...

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