Just in case you needed one last fix for Luau week – I decided to spend most of my weekend chopping fruit. This is the Wheelbarrow Ice Bar! This lovely is from How To Become A Cookout Champion, which was published in 1959. This cute book was put together as a contest cookbook for several companies, like Squirt, Kaiser Foil and a few others. It is full of “Bar-B-Tricks” that you can use for your next cookout, and this Wheelbarrow Ice Bar was one of them. And I became obsessed with it. Luckily I have others in my life who are either...

It’s time for some dessert! And what’s better for dessert than something covered with coconut. These are Orange Doodads! This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Out Of This World Recipes from 1978. This book kind of straddles the line between the 70’s and the 80’s, but the fact that it’s space-themed makes me feel pretty comfortable using it for a mid-century blog. Now, if you notice above there are no real directions for these, so I just winged it. I assumed you melted the butter and the frozen OJ and then just...

This week we are combining luaus AND back to school in one neat little sandwich. This is Luau Lulu! This little stunner comes from a pamphlet called The Bold Sandwich with Mr. Mustard, from 1960. It you are wondering, which you probably aren’t, this pamphlet is meant for the Dijon incarnation of Mr. Mustard which is now defunct, though they still make the original hot version (affliate link). Most of the sandwiches in the pamphlet are pretty yawn-inducing, then this one jumped off the page at me and I was pretty much sold. Plus, it...

So, it’s time to put the prune-bologna-debacle from Wednesday behind us, and wash our eyeballs clean with some chocolate. These are Chocolate Dreams! You can’t go wrong with chocolate. This recipe is from Guide To Good Eating from 1955, which was put out by Ralston and contains many different recipes (desserts, breads, mains) that contain Chex and other Ralston products. This seemed like a good, simple treat to reward Tom for being forced to eat a prune and bologna sandwich for lunch. And hope it helps him eventually forgive me. Oh,...

It is officially school time again! Alex will be headed back to pre-school soon, and I am sure most of the kids out there are already back in school. And to help your little ones concentrate and be their best, I’ve dug out some mid-century lunches for you to whip up for them! Here is the first of three fab fun lunches that I threw together to celebrate school! We have a bologna and prune baby food sandwich on brown bread, Chocolate Dreams, some celery and cheese and an apple. Yum! This recipe comes from 101 Quick Lunches With Oscar...

For quite some time I’ve been wanting to do a series of desserts made with meat or meat drippings. This were very common, everyday “make do” recipes that lots of housewives would make for every day desserts, especially during tough times.  I’ve make pork cake before, but I’ve been wanting to make it’s cousin, pork sausage cake. I’ve also had my eye out for a chocolate cake made with chicken fat and cookies made with bacon fat. And now, the cookie part of that dream has come true. Let’s...

So, this week we are doing a pity recipe. If you read last week’s post, you know I recently had some jaw surgery. Which wasn’t fun. At all. So I decided to make myself some cake. And I picked a beer cake, because nothing goes better with pity than beer. This is Australian Beer Cake! Now, an actual legit reason for doing this recipe was that this was the first beer cake recipe I’ve seen that wasn’t A) Chocolate or B) Made from a Cake Mix. I was totally intrigued. Plus, Tom’s parents had just visited and brought us some fun...

Whew, welcome back after my two week absence! I had to have some surgery done on my jaw, and let me tell you it wasn’t pleasant. But, thanks to our parents and lots of Carnation Instant Breakfast, I am back on track and ready to bring you another hilarious, and somewhat mushy, recipe. This is Zucchini Weenie! This recipe is from the Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Recipes Volume II, which covers the recipes published in Sunset Magazine from 1934 to 1938. These are unique books, not just because of the interesting recipes, but because many...

The other day I asked Alex what she wanted for lunch. She said, “Rice, carrots and cheese.” “Okay. Do you want them separately, or all together?” “All together. A casserole, please. A big casserole.” “I can do that.” I said. “I’m sure there is a mid-century recipe for that.” This is Golden Cheese And Rice! This recipe comes from my rather large collection of random newspaper clippings that I have kicking around. They kind of pop out of every drawer in our house, whenever you decide to look for something you come...

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