Cheese-Frankfurter Loaf and Pineapple Mallowade

Posted on Sep 8 2010 - 6:44am by RetroRuth

Hello All! Welcome to this week’s Mid-Century Menu!  This week, we have a fun recipe that was sent by Andrea for our recent Worst Mid-Century Recipe Contest.  Even those this recipe was beaten by some disgusting baddies, it STILL is quite the sight to behold.  And I mean, this thing is a sight!

Andrea writes:

I present the Better Homes and Gardens Barbecue Cookbook, copyright 1965.

Surprisingly, the majority of this cookbook is not that bad. Although there is an odd theme throughout of “hobo” and “powwow” recipes. Hobo seems to = plain, and I am not sure what they were getting at with powwow, LOL.

 Anyway, there were two recipes that definitely leaped out as being a wee bit scary.

I present the Cheese Frankfurter loaf, complete with picture. I am not sure what is going on with the ingredient combo in the sauce. However, I do like how they specified that things should be at a jaunty angle!


*Ruth’s note – I LOVE those onion and relish jars!

I tried to find a lovely dessert for you and Tom to sample from the same book, however barbecuing doesn’t lead to a lot of dessert choices, it seems. However, I did find this lovely beverage for you to have with your meal …

Pineapple Mallowade has left me both curious and repulsed at the same time … I fail to see how this is going to have a drinkable texture, acckkk!!

 Anyway, here’s my *delicious* (snicker) entry … it is a good thing that Tom’s iron stomach has been proven in the past! 🙂


PS – My tiki fabric finally came in, and is up on my store website. Go check it out!

Ha ha, Andrea! This is great. I have to say, those hot dogs look pretty jaunty.  Tom and I couldn’t wait to try this crazy set of recipes out. Wow.

Wow. Lots of ingredients for this one!

Melting marshmallows for the “Mallowade”.  I love it when they make words up.

I had a mix of mini and jumbo toasting marshmallows lying around, and this was a good way to use them all up!

Welllllllllllll…maybe not a good way, but it was a way to use them up.


Mixed melted marshmallows,  (check THAT out!) pineapple juice and lemon juice.  It was a little thick, but not too bad.  I was interested to see what it would congeal to in the fridge.

The hot dog sauce. Yum!

After it had simmered.  At this point, it wasn’t looking too bad.  But it smelled pretty strange.

Loaf cut and starting to get crammed with cheese.  And yes, I DID measure between cuts, thank you very much!


Gooping sauce in between slices.  This is where I got a little scared.  I HATE bread that is all soggy with sauce, and I started to get a little nervous about the ability of this bread to take the sauce and not turn into a mess.

Those are some freaking jaunty hot dogs, let me tell you.  Look at them, jaunting about at certain angles!

Improving the jaunt to hot dog ratio.

Covered with more cheese, for extra goodness.

Mmmm, mmm!  A tall, frosty glass of cool, refreshing Pineapple Mallowade!

I forced Tom to drink it first.

It was good!  And yes, he is on the phone while I am trying to take his picture!

Actually, the Mallowade was liquid and not a congealed mess, but it was incredibly sweet, even with the addition of ginger ale.  I added more ginger ale than the recipe called for to temper the sweetness of my drink.  Tom added rum to his and loved it. He then proceeded to drink the ENTRIE pitcher, with extra rum, of course.

It is hard to explain what Mallowade tasted like.  Marshmallow, pineapple and…something. My mom used to make a dessert made of instant pistachio pudding, canned pineapple, marshmallows and Cool Whip.  We called this mess “Bunny Salad” because it was usually made at Easter, when marshmallows were sold in little bunny shapes.  This drink tasted like Bunny Salad.  It was sweet, slightly thick, sweet, pineapple-y and sweet.  Did I mention it was sweet?

The hot dogs, super hot and steamy and straight off the grill.  If you are ever crazy enough to make this, make sure to watch them closely.  We let them get a little too hot and bubbly, and blackened one side.  I made Tom eat that side.


“What do you think?  Is it hot-dog tastic?”

“What is in this sauce?  It is disgusting.”

I took a bite.  It wasn’t too bad.  Surprisingly, the cut-loaf method actually WORKED, and each section made it’s own little bun. So you could pulled pre-bunned hot dogs straight from the loaf.  It was pretty cool.  The hot dogs and the cheese were good, but the sauce could have been left off. It tasted like sloppy joe sauce, and not really something that I would pair with hot dogs. I didn’t think it was a gross as Tom did, but it still wasn’t quite right.

The Verdict:  Good.  The sliced loaf idea actually worked pretty well, and it was something I would be willing to try at a real party.  However, I am going to sub the “sauce” with chili, and make a chili-cheese dog loaf. That would be yummy. The Pineapple Mallowade was very sweet, but not bad.  Tom loved it with rum.

Thanks for the hilarious recipes, Andrea!  We give you a jaunty wave, a jaunty salute, and a jaunty hot dog. 🙂

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  1. Eartha Kitsch September 8, 2010 at 10:14 am - Reply

    It IS really jaunty looking! Okay, first…I can’t believe that Tom called something “disgusting” – finally! I was dubious of that loaf in it’s uncooked state but all grilled up, it looks kind of fancy!

    I also can’t believe that the Mallowade didn’t just congeal up because of those marshmallows! I would have placed money on it.

    Great job, Andrea! And double bonus points for adding a drink on the side!

  2. Sara in AZ September 8, 2010 at 10:14 am - Reply

    That is hilarious that Tom drank the whole pitcher WITH rum! 🙂 The call must have really stressed him out. ;)They do love their hot dogs back in the day, don’t they!

    Bunny Salad! We used to have Bunny Salads at a place in Wis. where they would cut the fruit into different shapes to make a bunny. It was so cute!

    Great recipe pick Andrea!

  3. Kirk September 8, 2010 at 10:36 am - Reply

    The hot dog loaf has me intrigued. I bet if you used chili instead of sloppy joe sauce it would be good. Top it with some chopped onion (and jalepno peppers?) before you throw it on the grill and I bet it’d be really good!

    The pineapple mallowade really does sound sweet. Marshmallows are basically whipped sugar and water so that stands to reason. Adding rum would make it even sweeter. However, if you added vodka and some mint leaves. . .

  4. Kirk September 8, 2010 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I had to do it. I looked the word “jaunty” up. The definition makes its use in this recipe hillarious.


    1. sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk; a jaunty step
    2. smart; trim

  5. Annie B. September 8, 2010 at 11:36 am - Reply

    My word! It looks like you’re eating Sputnik! A very zippy, jaunty Sputnik. Or an over-cooked Eames “Hang-it-All”.

    This has been a good ‘un.

  6. Miss Marwood September 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post, thank you Andrea! I so like BHAG cookbooks, they never fail to astound! I laughed my socks off at the comment that you made Tom eat the burnt bits! 🙂 I do wonder how it would have tasted without the rum-pop he had as a starter!
    We will have to watch out whether Tom will resort to booze regularly now to make the MCM palatable 🙂

  7. Barbara September 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Jaunty hot dogs! YAY!

    I know exactly what that drink tastes like! We had a place called The Nut Tree here for decades and they served a fruit salad with a marshmallow sauce – it was melted marshmallows and pineapple juice – we loved it!

    I can’t drink rum any more (too much one night, you know), but I’d throw some vodka in for fun!

  8. Andrea September 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Wow, I must say – I am truly amazed – I did not expect the pineapple mallowade to have and sort of texture that was even APPROACHING drinkable! Let alone tasty with rum, hah!

    You did an excellent job of jauntifying the hot dogs, Ruth!

    I scored approximately 20 Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks from the same era at a garage sale a couple of weekends ago – it is funny how the recipes seem to be either decent or utterly frightening – no inbetween!

  9. NancyC September 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Hilarious! I am new to reading your blog, but if it is always as funny as this I won’t miss it!

  10. Carol June 20, 2011 at 11:23 am - Reply

    First thought: EWWW.
    Second thought (about loaf): Looks like a centipede turned on its back.

    Thanks for sharing! Hilarious!

    • RetroRuth June 20, 2011 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Carol! It was very buglike!!! Glad you liked it. 🙂

  11. Zoe August 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I am late to this party, but I do own this cookbook. I need to add two pieces of information to the hobo and powwow recipes. There is also a sort of Chinese stir-fry, which you can make in your wok or, to quote the book directly, your ‘coolie pan.’ For real. Also there is a recipe for Plantation Beans. There is something so weird about the middle-America ‘whiteness’ of these recipes. Like the combination of gelatin and pork, it’s like the anti-kosher.

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