Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie: A Mid-Century Recipe Test

Posted on May 18 2011 - 5:50am by RetroRuth

This week we have a hilarious example of the Mid-Century Menu archive. This post originally ran on June 23, 2010, and was submitted by the fabulous Miss Marwood. And I decided to pull it out of hibernation this week, dust it off and show it again. Why, you ask?  Because any post that sucks me in and makes me laugh when I am flipping through the archives looking for something else DESERVES a second run. Enjoy, and thanks again, Miss Marwood!

seafoam-encore-003-225x300Oh God. You know we are going to make something truly terrible when we recieve a mid-century recipe from reader that has fascinated and horrified them for months, but also freaks them out too much for them to make it! Thanks to reader Miss Marwood, who sent us this amazing submission from the BH&G Cookbook, Pies And Cakes. This baby was published in 1966, and, if the recipe sent to us by Miss Marwood is any indication, is completely insane.

Well, maybe not completely insane. But at least lacking in judgement.

Even those cherries cut into the pie crust on the cover look wrong to me. I mean…look at them!

But I am just stalling for time here, drawing out the introduction as long as I can before I show you….THIS PICTURE!

Duh…duh…DAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! *Screams* Oh my god its…hideous!! There are…balls in it! Balls!

Ha ha, I love this! Really? A standby for summer entertaining??

Well, I am excited! Let’s get started!

Notice the improved pictures??? Tom got a new camera, and so was more than happy to play photographer. Enjoy the carnage!

*Note, I did use pasteurized egg whites for this recipe because I am ultra-cautious. I want Tom to suffer, but I don’t want to kill him.

Well, either someone was sick in this bowl, or my gelatin is ready. Yuck!

Check out the “cantaloupe” peeking out from the bowl! Its just…wrong.

My photographer got a little woozy at this point. “This smells terrible.”


Okay, am I crazy, or do you guys see a face in this too? Cantaloupe eyballs, crust mouth. Yeaaaaahh. That’s creepy.

You know, I think I have seen this somewhere before. Where was it? Oh yes, I remember now…

Lane’s mystery dessert from Better off Dead.

“It has…raisins in it. You like raisins.”

Try some! Tom’s thinks you will like it….

The Verdict: Scary, but actually pretty good. The lime and cantaloupe don’t really go together, but the lime pie by itself was pretty tasty. Tom liked it, but not enough to eat several pieces. I declare this Seafoam Cantaloupe Pie edible, but no way in hell would I serve this to guests!

Thanks, Miss Marwood!!!

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sara In AZ May 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    This has to be, hands down, the scariest looking pie I have ever seen!!!!!

  2. Eartha Kitsch May 19, 2011 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I’m kind of intrigued by it. It looks like Summer. Or something.

  3. MissMarwood May 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Haha! Thanks for showing again. I still haven’t had the guts to make it. Eeeekes.

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