This week we have some cake. Some cake that didn’t quite work out. This is Neapolitan Pound Cake! This cake is from one of my adored Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks. I’m telling you, if I had all the time in the world and it wouldn’t cause me to double my body weight, I would love to make all of the Pillsbury Bake-Off recipes in chronological order. It would be amazing, probably because the Pillsbury Bake-Off books are a great source of information for unique recipes and some innovative ideas. They are also a fantastic way to...

It’s Friday and this week we are going to make a dragon. This is Rocky Green Dragon! If you notice in the picture, our “rocks” in the glass melted. That’s what happens when you try to make drinks, but you have kids who won’t stay in bed to let you drink said drinks! This week’s drink is from Playboy’s Bar Guide from 1971, which is actually a pretty good bar guide. Lots of interesting drinks and some funny drink descriptions. I would recommend picking it up if you ever come across it! “Whew.” “I’ll...

Welcome back to Mid-Century Menu, where this week we are making cornbread with condensed soup in it. This is Corn Bread! Exciting, exciting corn bread. This recipe is, unsurprisingly, from Soup Cookery The Savory Heinz Way, from 1955. Which is a whole pamphlet about how to get as much condensed soup into your family as possible. Not to say that these recipes are bad, just that they use a lot of soup. Like the recipe I tested. A whole can of soup? A whole can. Anyway, I suppose before we get started on this, I should confess that I’m...

I’ve been getting a lot of questions and requests sent to me lately, so I thought I would start posting some of them to share with everyone. After all, we are all in this to learn about vintage cooking, right? Not just to see Tom eat gross food. Well…maybe I’m in it to see Tom eat gross food. Anyway, Michelle writes – Hi! My mother had this PET (Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder) recipe book and the chocolate puff pudding and sunshine sauce were our most favorite of all. Unfortunately, it disappeared sometime in the 80’s and...

It’s Friday and we are ready for a drink! This is Stinger! This is an extra easy drink from Corby’s Party Book, because we were in no mood to make our lives too difficult! Two quick measures and a shake with ice and we were done. “How is it?” “Not bad.” The Verdict: Brandy With Mint In It From The Tasting Notes – Surprisingly, this wasn’t too minty or too sweet. It was very drinkable and pretty balanced. Very appropriate for the winter season, as it just tasted like slightly mint flavored brandy. Would have been...

What was that? You say you aren’t getting enough desserts these days?  Well, then let’s make some brownies. Oh yeah, and since this is Mid-Century Menu, the first ingredient is instant mashed potatoes. Because this is how we cook around here. These are Potato Brownies! This lovely is from 42 Hot Potato Ideas, which was published by Betty Crocker in 1967. Do you see that? Up in the corner? “From soups to desserts.” I love how these product pamphlets overreach their limits in recipes. But it isn’t too much of a reach...

This week we all have Tom to thank for this recipe. Apparently he isn’t getting enough Worcestershire sauce in his diet. These are Worcestershire Apple Halves! This recipe comes from The B.C. Apple Recipe Book, courtesy of the Apple Growers of British Columbia. This book actually has some great advice for keeping apples. “Handle apples like eggs,” the book says, “Apples bruise easily and are a delicate fruit.” It also advises keeping apples in a cool, dark place like in a raised box in your basement or in your refrigerator. And...

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited to kick 2016 goodbye. 2017 is going to be so much better for me, because not only am I moving on to some new and better things, but I am also going to be revisiting old things that made me happy. Like using this blog to answer important questions. Question The First: What happens when you pour crushed potato chips over a coffee cake? That’s important, right? This is Chip Coffee Cake! This recipe came from Recipes That Pep-Up Meals With Wise Potato Chips from 1957....

I hope everyone had a great Holiday and that you are looking forward to the New Year! I totally am. Nothing like starting over fresh with new ideas and new opportunities. And to celebrate, we are having caviar. This is Caviar Cheese Ring! This recipe is from  Food of My Friends by Virginia Stafford, which was published in 1944. This is a really interesting book, especially if you read it back to back with another cookbook of the time, MFK Fisher’s How To Cook A Wolf. While Fisher’s book deals with food economy, foraging for food...

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