This week, we are making a pie with cinnamon red hot candies and alphabet noodles. This is Alphabet Pie! This pie was originally brought to my attention by a reader, and really caused me to take a closer at the book it comes from, 250 Superb Pies and Pastries, published by Culinary Arts Institute in 1941.  I had this book in my collection for quite a while before I really read the thing from cover to cover. Or, in my case, missing cover. After taking a really good, long look at this book, I’ve discovered that this might actually...

It was a great Easter! Thank you so very, very much to everyone who visited the blog, used the recipes, shared your recipes, commented, sent an email and especially those who submitted their lamb cake or bunny cake for this year’s gallery.  Every year I am thrilled by the excitement and friendliness and just plain cake-making fun that Easter brings out in all of us. And I had an extra thrill this year when I was mentioned in a lamb cake post on The Kitchn, so overall it was a great year for the lambs!  I hope you enjoy this year’s...

This year I decided to shake things up and make a chocolate lamb cake. This is Chocolate Pound Cake Lamb! This recipe is from my beloved Maid of Scandinavia Mail Box News monthly newsletters. This recipe was intended for a bunny mold, a lamb mold or several Easter chicken molds. Which makes me very much want a chicken mold. For detailed instructions on using your lamb cake pan, make sure to check out my Lamb Cake Tutorial! This recipe yielded one lamb and 10 extra cupcakes, one of which was devoured by a toddler as a distraction while...

Since St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly approaching, I thought I would test out some green gelatin. This is Lime Rice Mold! This recipe is from the fantastic Unusual Old World and American Recipes, from the fine people at Nordic Ware, and published in 1972. Despite the name, and the fact that it contains a recipe for Fish Surprise Sticks, there are actually quite a few excellent recipes to use with your bundt pan in this pamphlet. The classic Tunnel of Fudge, the White House Fruit Cake, 7-UP Pound cake, and many other greats.  It also...

Who is ready to eat some lamb cake???? It’s time for everyone to dust off their lamb and rabbit pans and get ready to make some molded cakes! To help you out, I’ve pulled together this post to make sure you get all the tips and advice that you need. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them as completely and quickly as possible. I am going to be making a couple (like 10) lambs of my own this year – I am still on the hunt for a chocolate lamb cake recipe and am going to be testing some...

It’s time for pancakes! And since Alex asked really nicely, this week we are going to have a pancake party. These are Party Pancakes! Or maybe I should have named this “Mid-Century Food Hacks”, because adding flavored milk to pancake mix is a great idea. This recipe comes from pancakes “unlimited”, which is a questionable book from Aunt Jemima that also has Mexican Enchiladas and Soup Cakes in it. There are a couple of other real winners in this book, but when Alex asked for pancakes for dinner, I immediately remembered Party...

Hmmm…maybe I should change the name to Vintage Beverage Friday, because this week we have another non-alcoholic cocktail! This is Coffee Float! This week’s drink is from the fabulous “The Proof of the Pudding” from 1965, which was put out by General Mills to sell instant pudding. The book suggests that instant pudding is the “Dessert Insurance” you need when food emergencies pop up during your “wild profession of homemaking.”  For example, if you need a quick dessert drink when a neighborhood...

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...

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