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!
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 as that roast traveling with her to and from set, so she placed a couple of Styrofoam rounds in the middle of it and jammed all the toothpicks right into it. She added the strings both for support and because it seemed to be more, well, elegant. Like an actual crown roast of pork.
Here is the direct inspiration for this one, Crown Roast of Frankfurters from Weight Watchers, 1969.
You can see the recipe on their website!
Emily took a screen shot of these so we could get a good look, mostly at the Tupperware deviled egg carrier! The eggs are just garnished with diced pimentos and dried parsley.
You can see a vintage recipe for deviled eggs in the Episode 2 post.
The inspiration for these easy treats came from the Better Homes & Gardens Barbecues and Picnics book from 1963.
Hot Dog Mac and Cheese
This lovely thing is just mac and cheese with hot dogs and fancy-stylin’. Emily says it is one of her favorite dishes she made, and I can see why! Those picket fence hot dogs are perfect.
This is supposed to be a Key Lime pie, but Emily said she made it from a canned pie filling that was just horrible. But that’s a real, and very delicious, graham cracker crust under there.
I actually think this one looks more like a Lime Chiffon Pie, so here is the recipe Lime Chiffon Pie from the Today’s Woman Pie Cookbook from 1953.
This molded cole-slaw is inspired by the molded potato salad recipe that was featured here on the blog. Emily put together a slaw with red cabbage and molded it into lime Jell-O mixed with mayo, and garnished it with more red cabbage.
Rainbow Ombre Gelatin
Emily worked hard on this gelatin, and she actually took the time to make it rainbow and says it looked INCREDIBLE sliced up – perfect rainbow lines!
This is inspired by Jell-O’s Multi-Stripe Delight, which is from the Joys of Jell-O from 1966.
These are so awesome. They are inspired by Good Housekeeping’s Hamburger & Hot Dog Book from 1958. They give a TON of variations of this dish, so you can jam-pack your hot dogs with anything you want!
Vienna Sausage Skewers
These were a mash-up of two different kabobs from the Better Homes & Gardens Barbecues and Picnics book!
This party mix is a bonus pic. According to Emily, this is the nut bowl Marge is eating nuts from in the card playing scene. Emily bought it at a thrift store and used it again and again – that thing really made the rounds. She thinks it must have been made by Planters because it is screen printed in the exact mix and ratio as Planters Party Mix!
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 7!
My mom has the Good Housekeeping collection that the Hamburger and Hot Dog cookbook is part of! In fact, I found it last week and pulled it off the shelf since it sounded interesting. The stuffed hotdogs look good, so maybe I’ll give them a try.
My grandmother had quite a collection of recipes and cookbooks, most from the mid-century, and most of them live at my mother’s now.
It is incredible how much hot dogs are used in a variety of ways. Now a days hot dogs are kind of frowned upon and can’t believe Weight Watchers had a recipe for such a high calorie protein!
I seem to remember the the Planters Peanut dish was a give-away.
OMG the ombre Jello! I’m dying to see what it looks like cut in a slice! EPIC!
My wife is recording A. W .C. for a binge watch later on. Have not watched any yet. I forgot how much dogs and jell were used back then. Standing dog roast? Sounded good until I read the recipe and found it was full of cabbage.A better filling and it might work.My 5 year old grand kid wanted to make corn bread from scratch. I tried to talk her into the corn bread-dog loaf you showed us.Hope Tom never gives you the look she gave me! Thank God Julia came along. My dad worked her shows.She was that tall and a salty old gal.
I remember so well that multi-stripe jello because I sat for a long time looking at it and trying to figure out how I could make it. Guess what? I never did!
We actually have one of those deviled egg carriers! It’s super useful during the holidays, both for travel and storage of the eggs.
I need that nut bowl.
My older brother, who has a mathematical bent, made those rainbow jellos in a wine glass. I remember them sitting in the fridge at an angle. Wire shelves allowed that.