So, this week I listened to some crazy people on the Mid-Century Menu Facebook page and added some leftover roast beef to fudge. This is Beef Fudge! This recipe is from this book, which, in a short period of time, has also become my most favorite vintage cookbook. This is the Poll-Ette Hostess Cookbook from 1967, and is from the wives of Polled Hereford cattle farmers and ranchers around the world. And such is my mania with this cookbook that I’ve read it cover to cover twice, enough to know how to spell Polled Hereford from memory,...

Today we have a bit of a recipe mash-up between vintage and modern, but since it involves cookies I am sure everything is going to be just fine. These are Butter Cookie Cut-Outs! A few years ago, my parent’s house flooded. The water damage everything sustained was bad enough, but the mold and damp that took over in the days it took the water to recede was what really took a toll on their house. Many, many things had to be thrown out, including my mother’s recipe collection (it was basically illegible from water and mold). Most of...

Since it is going to be Valentine’s Day very soon, I decided a pink cocktail was the ticket for this week! This is Strawberry Fizz! This week’s recipe comes from The Host’s Handbook, which is a great vintage cocktail book from the National Distillers. I picked this one because I tried Strawberry Gin Fizzes before, but never with cream. Oh, and if you notice in the picture above, the drink isn’t strained as it is supposed to be according to the directions. It was just too goopy and proved very difficult to strain, so Tom decided...

This year for Valentine’s Day, I think you need to give your sweetie a big heart full of ham dip. This is Heart-and-Dart Dip! This recipe is from the ever-fabulous Ten P.M. Cookbook, which was put out by Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1958.  It’s a party and late night snack cookbook, and is infamous around the internet for the “Teen-Age Triumph” party photo, showing a bunch of “jaunty” hot dogs upright in a vat of baked beans. Ahem. But that’s not what we are here for this week. This week we have another horseradish...

Even though it’s only February, we were in the mood for ice cream this week. An ice cream soda, to be specific. This is Adult Soda! The only difficultly we had with this one was a very determined toddler who wanted ice cream and a cherry. And no, Alex did NOT get any of this soda. I made a little one with maraschino cherry juice for her after we took pictures. The Verdict: Adult From The Tasting Notes – The name definitely fits this drink. The first taste you get is of alcohol and lemon, but then it gets creamier and sweeter...

Since the first Super Bowl was in 1967, I would say that it’s totally appropriate to throw a vintage Super Bowl Party. To help you plan your party, I made some dip. This is Philly Hostess Dip! This dip is from a very fun book from the 1950’s called “Philly” Dip Party Handbook, which is completely full of…you guessed…dips. Bonus points if you guessed that all the dips are cream cheese based.  Starting with the classic California Dip that was invented, or so the story goes, by a creative housewife in California who dumped...

If you have ever hungered for chocolate cottage cheese, then today’s recipe is for you! These are Marbled Cocoa Squares! All joking aside, this is actually a pretty fascinating recipe. I first encountered it in this booklet from the American Dairy Association Test Kitchen, Creative Cooking With Cottage Cheese, which was published some time during the 1950’s. There isn’t an exact date given, but the illustrations inside are definitely from the 50s. Cottage cheese all mixed up! I mixed the batter by hand, with some help from...

This week our drink is going to be a bit different. It isn’t going to have any alcohol! This is Orange-Peach Freeze! We’ve had a couple of requests to start throwing in some non-alcoholic mid-century drinks, so here we go! This is from a fun spread in Good Housekeeping Magazine called “Frosty Drinks” that I really thought was a blast. I am sure you will be seeing many drinks from this! “It’s very…orange-y.” “Did you stir up the orange concentrate at the bottom? I don’t know if it got mixed in completely.” “Oh,...

It’s Wednesday, and I need some rice pudding. Preferably chocolate. There we go. Much better. This is Chocolate Rice Pudding! Everyone was sick again this week at our house. We seem to have a perpetual cold/flu this year. Is anyone else experiencing this? In any case, I needed something easy with the possibility of being delicious for this week. I shelved the gelatin recipe I was planning on making (Tom wouldn’t have been able to taste it anyway) and picked this one. Mostly for the ease factor. The long cooking time in the oven...

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