So, who’s excited for Christmas? I am. And to celebrate, I made a candy that did NOT photograph well. Yeahhhhhhh. So. Anyway. These little reindeer nuggets are Chocolate Bon Bons! They really don’t even look good on the cover, either. But who cares? They are chocolate, right? These intrigued me because of the saucepan preparation. I wondered what the finished product would taste like. Would it be more like fudge? Would it taste like saucepan brownie batter?  Ganache? I was dying to find out. So when TJ finally went down for a...

A few years ago we tested out a bunch of vintage quick fruit cake recipes for the blog. This was the best of the bunch; quick, easy and good to eat right away. And it’s even better after it is been wrapped in some alcohol-spiked cheesecloth. Enjoy! This year for our Christmas baking we decided to throw all caution to the wind and to venture into the land of doorstops and vibrantly-colored, nuclear fruit. That’s right. This year it’s fruit cake for all! What’s funny is that during the mid-century, fruit cake was already considered...

It’s Christmas week! I hope everyone is getting their bake on. And to help you out, I am going to be re-running some old recipes in addition to the new Wednesday recipe. These were the top tested cookies last year, but if you are making cookies this week don’t forget about the Coconut Top Hats from last week. Enjoy! Oh, and if you are going to make only one of these cookies, try the Chocolate-Filled Snowballs. They are awesome! 1. Annie’s Cookies The Verdict: These cookies are GREAT! From Tom’s Tasting Notes: Fantastic aroma...

It’s Christmas time, so let’s make some cookies! And since we are making vintage cookies here, let’s pull out my family’s favorite: Coconut Top Hats! These are pretty much my mom’s signature Christmas cookie. I made dozens and dozens of these when I was growing up for cookie plates for friends, neighbors and the mailman. Family legend has it that my mom made these for the first time when she was pregnant with my older sister. My parents only had one car, so one day when my dad was at work and my mom was snowed in and stuck...

This week I was in the mood for some meatballs! These are Cocktail Meatballs! I have to admit I cheated a bit this week with this one. I’ve published this recipe on the blog before, though I’ve never taken photos and written it up as a real post. As I was digging out and organizing my holiday recipes, I decided to remedy that. Because if you don’t already have a version of this recipe in your family recipe box,  you need to add it! This one is special to my family because it was given to my mother by her next door neighbor...

Whew! Well, thank you to everyone who has been hanging on through this Mid-Century Menu drought! And thank you to everyone who emailed me and commented asking if everything was okay. Everything was just fine, and now it is even better because I am done with my big “project.” Meet TJ! TJ, or Thomas Jonathan, was born about three weeks ago, and we are so happy that he is finally here. And I am so happy that I am done being pregnant! Besides the normal pregnancy irritations and worries, I also had gestational diabetes and was told by...

I know, I know. I have re-run this recipe before, but this pie is just So. Dang. Good. Seriously! This recipe has everything. It is vintage, it has a little bit of magic (the ingredients re-arrange themselves in the oven) AND it tastes amazing. What more can you expect from one recipe? So if you are looking for a mid-century recipe to add to your Thanksgiving table, make this one! Well, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and let me tell you that I am cooking up a storm! But I just had to get this post up, because I think this may be the...

This recipe is a fantastic alternative if you can’t stand the traditional cream of mushroom soup version of green bean casserole. I can’t, and this has seriously saved me. Enjoy! I hope everyone has a nice big, traditional meal planned this year! Because I don’t. Well, I guess we are having turkey and Vincent Price’s Pumpkin Pie but in my family we don’t normally make bread stuffing or sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. (Mostly because my dad is diabetic). And we are NOT making the traditional green bean casserole. Instead...

This is it!! It’s the biggest eating season of the year! After we finish off all the Halloween candy in the house, it’s pretty much a gorge-fest until Valentine’s Day. And if you are going to eat four times your weight in food this holiday season, why not make it really good food? So I am re-running this fantastic pumpkin pie from the master of horror, Vincent Price. We made this pie a few years ago on Halloween for the Vincent Price Cookalong, and it was seriously a pumpkin pie revelation. This is the pie I am making for this Thanksgiving,...

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