Vintage Kitchen Kitsch on eBay – Say Cheese!

Posted on Sep 28 2013 - 5:05am by RetroRuth

Who is ready to see some fun vintage recipes that are made to please with cheese? This week we have strange-shaped appetizers, romantic hot dogs and undiluted tomato soup!

 1971 Cheese Cones Photo & Recipe Vintage Best Foods Ad

Cheese Cones

Why I Want This: Cheese Pinecones?!?! What’s not to love? The best part is they make it sound so effortless. “Shape on serving board to resemble pine cone.” Love it.

 1954 vintage AD Chicken of the Sea mermaid Recipe for Tuna Macaroni Cheese Loaf

Tuna Loaf

Why I Want This: So, this is like a layered meatloaf that my mother-in-law made for us recently, which makes me want to try this. Also, I want to see how those macaroni layers end up tasting, since there is really no white sauce involved. Apparently you just pour bread crumbs, macaroni and milk together and smash it all in a pan. Yum!

 Vintage 1968 Yummy Images of Fondue & Kraft Foods Recipe Fun 2pg 60's Print Ad


Why I Want This: Sooo…does “heart afire” mean heartburn? That pizza in the corner has Cheese Whiz topped with sliced hot dogs on it. Hot dogs. And this is supposed to be a romantic meal.  I love it. I seriously want to make this for Tom so badly! He would probably never speak to me again.


Lucy Long

Lucy Long II

Why I Want This: Oh my goodness, I want to make these so bad. Cakes made from cottage cheese and tuna? Covered with undiluted tomato soup? Would that even work? I mean, taste aside, would they even stick together or would they just break apart and just be a huge tuna-y mess?

 Vintage Quick Cheese Tricks Kraft's Cheez Whiz

Cheese Whiz

Cheese Whiz II

Why I Want This: So, those party appetizers are just slices of white bread spread with Cheese Whiz and rolled up, aren’t they? In fact, I think everything on that tray is just bread spread with Cheese Whiz. Those snacks are either for the best party ever, or the worst party ever. Also, would those Cheese Whiz rolls even work? When a guest picked it up and ate it wouldn’t Cheese Whiz just go shooting out all over the carpet? That’s it. These NEED to be tested.

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

  1. Anje September 28, 2013 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I feel cruel, but I’m dying to know what Tom’s reaction would be to that fondue meal!

  2. Buzz September 28, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    We actually made the tuna macaroni loaf. Stay tuned for the results in a few weeks!

  3. Dan September 28, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Cheese cones! Oh my lord! Think of the other cheese things you could make using a similar technique. Cheesy porcupines. Cheesy hedgehogs. If you pressed the nuts down flat, you could do things with scales. Cheesy alligators. Cheesy crocodiles. Cheesy lizards.

    Lucy Long, Home Economist. Killing American gastronomy fourteen minutes at a time.

  4. MaryL September 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    What a horrible thing to do with a can of condensed soup! My mother taught me to spread a can of either tomato or cream of mushroom condensed soup over a meatloaf before baking the meatloaf. I always do this; it helps keep the meatloaf moist.

  5. Deb September 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I made the cheese pinecones when I was about 13 for a party my parents were having. Everyone liked them, but I couldn’t eat it because I didn’t like mayo. That was about 1972 or so. I still gag thinking about it. ; )

  6. Kari S September 29, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Fondue made with cream cheese, green onions and dried chipped beef. That gives me indigestion just thinking about it!

  7. Jenn Hubbard September 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    There is something called “cheemato soup!” Of course there is.

  8. Amorette October 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I have a friend who makes the cheese pine cone for every festive occasion during the winter months. I will be able to snack on one on December 5, because that is the first party we are both attending and I know she will make it.
    Actually, I have a nut allergy so I won’t but she will make it!

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