If you feel differently, you can purchase these elf pants HERE.
If you're out of ketchup, you could substitute tomato sauce for ketchup in this recipe.
Old recipe from 1957 Heinz advertising
Heat oven to 375˚F. Place 1 1/2 lbs. fish fillets in greased shallow pan. Brown 2 tbsp. chopped onion in 1 tbsp. shortening. Add 3/4 cup Heinz Ketchup, 1/4 cup Heinz Vinegar, 1 tbsp. Heinz Worcestershire Sauce, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt. Simmer 5 minutes. Pour over fish. Bake 30 minutes or until fish is tender. Makes 5 to 6 servings.
Here's a vintage paint-by-number to inspire you to try the above recipe.
Vienna sausages are basically small canned hotdogs. I typically substitute cut up fresh franks in recipes that call for Vienna sausages.
That said, I think Penny Pancakes are a million-dollar idea.
Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not feeding franks to children younger that four because of the choking hazard.
Recipe from old Armour advertising
Slice each Armour Vienna Sausage into 1/4-inch "pennies" and brown on both sides. Group several sausage slices together for each Penny Pancake, pour your favorite batter over them and prepare as usual.
I can't think of a single caption for this photo that isn't dirty.
I mean, really.
Recipe via Kooky Chow
I have a confession to make.
I can't cook rice.
I follow the directions on the box to the letter and it never turns out right. All the water evaporates before the rice is done. So I add more water, but it still doesn't come out right.
I can, however, make Minute Rice. But it doesn't really taste like regular rice, so I never make it.
Spanish Rice with Beef
Old recipe from 1984 General Foods advertising
3/4 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Birds Eye frozen mixed vegetables or corn
1 cup water
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 cups Minute Rice
Brown meat, breaking pieces and stirring, about 5 minutes. Add frozen vegetables or corn, water, tomatoes and seasonings and bring to a boil. Stir in dry rice and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
Minute Rice was developed during World War II as a "fast food" soldiers could make themselves without a lot of fuss.
Image via World War 2 photos
If you can look past the awful name of this recipe, it actually sounds pretty good. If you like Spam, that is.
Old recipe from 1965 Spam advertising
1/2 cup Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 12-oz. can Spam
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
Combine the Corn Flake Crumbs, brown sugar and cloves.
Cut Spam crosswise into eight slices. Spread both sides of slices with mustard, then coat generously with a flavor crust of the Corn Flake Crumbs mixture. Place Spam and pineapple slices individually in a foil-lined shallow baking pan; do not crowd. Brush pineapple slices with butter.
Baker in moderate oven (350˚F) 20 minutes. Serve on heated platter, placing a Spam slice on each pineapple slices. Add parsley, if desired. Yields four servings of two slices each.
Recipe via Duke University Libraries
The way to a man's heart is... CAKE.
Spring Rhapsody Cake
Old recipe from 1951 Swans Down advertising
Cake: Prepare Happy Day Cake as directed on the back of Swans Down Cake Flour package. (Find the cake recipe HERE.)
Frosting: Prepare fluffy 7-minute frosting. (Find the frosting recipe HERE.) Flavor the frosting with 1/4 tsp. almond extract. Spread half the frosting between layers and top of cake. Tint remaining frosting a delicate green and top and frost sides of cake.
Decoration: Garnish frosted cake with gumdrop tulips and green gumdrop leaves. (To make tulips, cut large gumdrops in half and snip two small triangular shaped pieces from each half, leaving "tulips" as shown."
Do you eat your cake with milk or champagne?
Do you watch the British TV series Home Fires? The first season takes place right before World War II, the second season — which is running on PBS, right now — takes place during the early days of the war. Home Fires follows the wartime lives of a group of English women and it's wonderful. My husband and I are hooked.
In honor of my new favorite TV show, here's a simple recipe from the World War II era.
No-Kneading Bread Rolls
Vintage recipe from 1944 Fleischmann's advertising
1 cake Fleischmann's Yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Place shortening, salt and sugar in a separate bowl; add boiling water. When lukewarm, add yeast and beaten egg; mix well. Add flour to make a soft dough; beat well. Place dough in greased bowl, cover with a plate and chill 2 to 24 hours. Pinch off dough and fill greased muffin pans 1/3 full. Brush tops with melted shortening. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, until light, about 2 hours. Bake in hot oven at 425˚F for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. Makes 2 dozen.
This Grandma is setting a spell while her dinner rolls bake.
If you don't celebrate Easter, run to the grocery store and buy up all the discounted Cadbury Mini Eggs!
Now that it's just my husband me, for Easter I hard-boil the eggs and my husband dyes them. He uses food coloring and white vinegar.
My grandparents colored their eggs with onion skins. The result was the most beautiful reddish brown color you can imagine.
Pinterest is full of directions for alternative ways to dye Easter eggs. If you're looking to try something different this year, here are some links I found.
Consider this a future retro recipe. It's an Easter cocktail from Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Coffee — and an excuse to buy yourself some Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Drop several ice cubes into a shaker and pour over 2 1/2 oz. (or about 1/3 cup) of Baileys with a Hint of Coffee.
Add a scant ounce (or about 1/2 tsp.) of vodka and an equal amount of espresso.
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with three Cadbury Mini Eggs.