This week we are pretending that it is summertime, and we are making frozen Daiquiris. This is The Original Frosted Ronrico West Indies!! What we found interesting about this is that it contained Maraschino, which is something that we picked up over the holidays at the enormous liquor store in Tom’s hometown that has absolutely everything under the sun. We had some difficulty tracking this one down, so now we are pumped about finding drinks that use it! “How is it? “Eh, it’s okay. Not great.” The Verdict: Okay This tasted...

This week we are taking a break from hot dogs and gelatin and making some nice, wholesome banana bread. This is Banana Tea Bread! What better people to get a banana bread recipe from than Chiquita, right? Strangely enough, this recipe is almost my grandmother’s recipe. It uses almost the same ingredients (a little more flour and a little less sugar since my grandmother had a bunch of kids to feed!), but is put together in a different way. In my grandmother’s recipe, the fat used is vegetable oil and the bread is stirred together...

I’ve been thinking about summer a lot lately. Probably because it is colder than anything outside and we are covered with about 3 feet of snow. So I went into the archives and tried to find something that screamed, “summer”. Of course, I came up with a gelatin. Enjoy! Let’s see a show of hands: Who out there likes canned baked beans? I have to admit that I do enjoy baked beans, even of the canned variety. And I can understand adding a few ingredients to a can of baked beans to perk up the flavor, which is very common in mid-century...

This week we have a cocktail that is going to take your breath away. This is the Tummy Tightener! “It’s strong, but good!” “Did you just have to suck in some air when you took a drink?” “I guess that’s why it’s called the Tummy Tightener.” The Verdict: Good ‘N Strong From The Tasting Notes - Strong with significant anise flavor.  Mostly just tasted like alcohol. Not bad, but very strong! « Previous Vintage Valentine’s Day Menu – Make A Mid-Century Meal For Your Sweetie!   Next » Barbecue...

Do you want to impress your vintage-loving significant other this Valentine’s Day? Then I have the perfect menu for you! And the great news is, these have already been tested and approved by Tom, so you know that they are good.  And even if you aren’t in the mood to make a meatloaf wrapped in a piecrust, at least check out the Cherry Chews and the Brandied Coffolate. They are both fantastic! Un-Wealthy Wellington So, this recipe was originally tested for a Vincent Price Halloween Cook-Along, but this ended up being really good. Besides,...

Let’s raise a glass to the end of the week! This is Manila! “Is it good?” “Yes. It’s sweet, but good.” The Verdict: Good From The Tasting Notes - Syrupy and sweet, but the sweet is balanced out with the sting of the alcohol and the lemon juice. Fruity without tasting like there is juice in it, but the alcohol is strong enough to prevent you gulping it down. We had these before dinner and it was a good pre-dinner drink. « Previous Frankfurter Macaroni Salad Loaf, 1955 – A Mid-Century Recipe Test   Next » Vintage...

So, talk about starting this year off with a bang. I bring you perhaps the most completely mid-century recipe we’ve made in a while. This one has it all: gelatin, hot dogs, lots of mayo and macaroni. AND it’s in a loaf. So it’s pretty much the complete mid-century package. This is Frankfurter Macaroni Salad Loaf! A big soup-y macaroni mess. As a side note, I thought this would smell like mac and cheese, but it actually smelled pretty horrible. Hot dog placement is key! The finished loaf-shaped dinner. Can you see the structural...

I’ve decided that we are going to start 2015 off with a bang. So I made some muffins with condensed cream of mushroom soup! These are Marvelous Muffins! Who’s excited for mushroom muffins? One thing this recipe had in its favor was that it came together quickly. But the consistency of the batter was a bit dry. It almost seemed like cookie dough rather than muffin batter. Aren’t the Valentine’s Day muffin cups sweet? It makes it festive! “Okay, I give up. What the heck is in here?” “Mushroom...

So, I really enjoyed doing the 2014 recipe round up, so I decided to bust the 2013 out of the archives for you guys. Danger – The Following Post Includes: SPAM, baby pictures, alcohol, bacon, pickles and mid-century awesomeness. 2013 was a pretty crazy year for Mid-Century Menu! We tested about 75 vintage recipes, most of them gelatin and not enough of them cocktails. We took about 3000 pictures of food, spent hundreds of hours editing and writing and in the end our blog tripled it’s viewership. Which is a pretty good year, I...

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