This is an exciting week for food from behind the scenes of Astronauts Wives Club!!! Episode 6 has the Crown Roast of Frankfurters, a rainbow gelatin mold and kabobed-everything. I am happy to bring you some close-ups of this food courtesy of food stylist Emily Marshall, who worked like crazy to make sure that the food from Astronauts Wives Club was the most mid-century it could be! Launch Party Crown Roast of Frankfurters We are going straight for the big guns this week! Emily says that there was no way she could have something as fragile...

This week we are going to cover a very basic recipe used in mid-century cooking: White Sauce. Come to think of it, this is the starting point for a lot of good food. Like mac and cheese, one of the most delicious dishes of all time. Many, many, many mid-century recipes start out by saying, “Make a white sauce.” Usually, there are no extra directions beyond this. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, they will specify if you need a thick sauce or a thin sauce, but if you have no idea what that means than it really doesn’t help you very much. ...

I have to say, I am loving this week’s food from behind the scenes of Astronauts Wives Club!!! Episode 5 was a heavy on hamburgers, hot dogs and deviled eggs. In fact, I was super-excited to see the hot dog loaf in Episode 5 that was inspired directly by this blog. Yay! I am happy to bring you some close-ups of this food courtesy of food stylist Emily Marshall, who worked like crazy to make sure that the food from Astronauts Wives Club was the most mid-century it could be! So, let’s dig in! Trudy Cooper Launch Let’s just jump right...

This week I decided that everyone needed some pie. But because this is Mid-Century Menu, the pie is mostly corn. This is Corn Pie! So, I was intrigued by the “crust” on this pie, and I decided to give it a go to see exactly what it would be like. And since I was so obsessed by the idea of making a homemade creamed corn crust/topping, I was completely blind to the filling ingredients until I started cooking them. This filling has raisins and sugar in it. That’s…pretty sweet. When I first read through this I thought it said a...

We have lots and lots of food this week from behind the scenes of Astronauts Wives Club!!! Episode 4 was a particularly food-heavy episode (yay!), so I am just going to be dropping in a couple of recipes and inspiration material here and there rather then for each and every photo. Mostly we are just going to be admiring Emily’s excellent styling! I am happy to bring you some close-ups of this food courtesy of food stylist Emily Marshall, who worked like crazy to make sure that the food from Astronauts Wives Club was the most mid-century...

Today we have a charming little luncheon dish for you. This is Woodcock! *I have been informed in the comments that “mango” can sometimes refer to bell pepper in parts of the Midwest. Which makes a lot more sense for this recipe! Thank you, Debbie! This recipe comes from the 1972 edition of The Guild Cookbook, which was a charity/community cookbook put out by the National Valparaiso University Guild. It doesn’t have a lot of explanation or information about this recipe, so we are just going to go with it. It has…mangoes...

A new episode of Astronauts Wives Club airs tonight! I am very excited about this and I am hoping tonight’s episode has more food footage in it. Episode 3 was pretty light on the food, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. Here is all the food that was made, but that you didn’t get to see in the background. I am happy to bring you some close-ups of this food courtesy of food stylist Emily Marshall, who worked like crazy to make sure that the food from Astronauts Wives Club was the most mid-century it could be! So, let’s dig...

Who is ready for a SPAM pie? I stumbled across this in the archives the other day and it had me chuckling so much that I knew I had to repost it. I mean, you can’t make a pie with SPAM in it and then just let it go, right? Anyway, enjoy this spammy pie! So, this is a Spam pie. A Wham Spam Pie. Which might be the best name for a recipe pretty much ever. Yeah, let’s just…you know…look at it for a while. Wham! It’s a pie. Made of Spam. And it doesn’t just have Spam in it. The pie itself is actually LIQUID Spam baked back to solidness.   With...

Happy Independence Day! Since most of you are outside either attending a barbeque or grilling your own dinner, we thought we would share what we are drinking (besides watermelon mojitos) while we cook. This is Pineapple Julep! This recipe came from a Dole pamphlet from the 1920’s, and suggests serving these over shaved ice as an after dinner drink. But we thought this would be a good chance for everyone who has been wanting vintage mocktails to get in on the action. To make this non-alcoholic, omit crème de menthe and take your lemon...

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