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 it could be! So, let’s dig in!
Junior League Gala
We are getting fancy first, with some GREAT shots of some lovely pink-and-green-styled party food.
Seriously. This guy. I can’t even.
I love these fish molds, especially because they were everywhere in the 1960’s. Complete with the olive eye. This isn’t exactly the recipe that is show here, but here is a tuna mold from a Kraft pamphlet that is one of my most favorite vintage food photos ever.
If the Salmon Mold is my favorite, the sandwich loaf is a close second. I have recipes for party sandwiches frosted like cakes that date back to the early 1930’s, but the sandwich loaf really gained popularity in the 1950’s and peaked in the late 1960’s.
We’ve made these a couple of times for the blog because…I love them. But my favorite test was the Yule Sandwich Log.
Shrimp and Olives
Small Salmon Mold
This launch party was lovely, epic and trembling with gelatin.
Tomato Aspic Mold
I’ve read lots of claims that Perfection Salad was the most famous mid-century aspic mold, but I am betting the Tomato Aspic Mold was made the most often. If you want to try one that is actually pretty good (it tastes like jellied shrimp cocktail) check out Linda’s Aspic Mold.
Blue Gelatin Mold
This is gorgeous. It looks like a variation of the The Green Stuff recipe from two weeks ago.
And yes, there was no blue Jell-O then. But there were many colorings, flavorings and powders that could have been used to make it blue. Personally, I am hoping it is blue Curacao, and that it is a Blue Hawaiian flavored gelatin. Yum.
Making Frankfurter Toasties
These are adorable. Here is the vintage ad where Emily got the inspiration for these.
Lemon Meringue Pie
Another classic! I really like the meringue on this one. Here is a Magic Lemon Pie ad from Emily’s inspiration board on Pinterest.
Apparently, these muffins were edible! Emily used her mom’s recipe! She writes:
These are the #meatloafcupcakes that were featured so prominently in episode 4 of #AstronautWivesClub God bless @elc719 for making them look so delicious! And the stubbing out of the cigarette! Love! It was totally her idea to do that. Anyway – just about any #meatloaf can become a #cupcake – even the vegetarian kind. Just don’t use the wrappers like I did. The edges get crispier without it.
Spam ‘N Limas
Another great one from a vintage ad!
BBQ Jell-O Salad
This is it, folks. My gateway drug, my #favoriterecipe of all time, the single dish I’ve always wanted to make but could never bring myself to. I give you, the #BarbecueJelloSalad from the Joys of Jello cookbook. Yes, you read that: Jello cubes flavored to taste like #bbq – I combined them with hard boiled eggs and cherry tomatoes, but the original #vintagerecipe calls for baby shrimp and grapefruit wedges! This brought horror, joy, and surprise to the cast and cr…ew alike. It’s in the scene where a few of the girls are serving themselves cold cuts at Louise Shephard’s house – you don’t really see the bbq cubes in the show, but I KNOW THEY’RE THERE. Sometimes in life you just do things to satisfy yourself.
This BBQ salad is hilarious, and it is nice to see it in the salad form, since we were dared into making it in pie form. Which turned out…not so good. Anyway, here is the original recipe!
Not much to say about these, except they look really good!
Lots of Desserts!
Crown Jewel Mold!
I love this dessert!
Whew! We made it! A big thanks to Emily Marshall, who was so generous in sharing all her awesomely styled food pictures! And if you like this and want to see more, make sure to tune in tonight at 8 pm on ABC to watch more of Emily’s food in Astronaut Wives Club, and come back next week when we showcase food from Episode 5!