I may be the only person in America who's never tried Shake 'n Bake.
And I'm probably the only person who's visited Hawaii without ever attending a luau.
This Pork Luau recipe was invented for me.
Pork Luau Retro recipe from 1980 advertising
1 envelope Shake 'n Bake Seasoned Coating Mix for Pork 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 6 pork chops, 1 inch thick 1 can (20 oz.) sliced pineapple in juice 1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Pork
Place Shake 'n Bake and ginger in shaker bag; shake to blend. Coat chops and arrange on rack as directed on package. Drain pineapple, measuring juice; add water to equal 1 3/4 cups; set aside. Top each chop with a pineapple slice; dice remaining pineapple and set aside. Bake chops at 425˚ for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender. Always cook pork thoroughly.
Meanwhile, prepare stuffing mix as directed on package, substituting measured pineapple juice for water and stirring in the diced pineapple after the crumbs. Serve with pork chops.
I miss the days when travel agents, with their office walls covered in posters, would do all the work of planning and booking your vacation for you.
Frenchwise Baked Beans Vintage recipe from old French's advertising
1/4 cup French's Onion Flakes 2 tbsp. butter 4 cups canned baked beans 2 tbsp. French's Prepared Mustard 2 peeled or 1 cup tomatoes 1 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. brown sugar
Cook onion flakes in butter over low heat until soft. Add to beans. Stir in mustard. Put half the beans in pot or casserole. Slice half the tomato on top. Sprinkle on half the salt and sugar. Add remaining beans. Top with tomato, salt, brown sugar. Bake 30 minutes in hot oven (400˚F). Serves 6.
This little cowboy looks about ready to make his way over to the chuck wagon for some beans.
This is called Impossible Cheeseburger Pie because the pie does the impossible by making its own crust.
Nice alternative for folks who don't own a grill.
Impossible Cheeseburger Pie Vintage recipe from 1981 Bisquick advertising
1 lb. ground beef 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 1/2 cups of milk 3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix 3 eggs 2 tomatoes, sliced 1 cup shredded Cheddar or process American cheese
Heat oven to 400K. Grease pie plate, 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Brown beef and onion; drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread in plate. Beat milk, baking mix and eggs until smooth. 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake 25 minutes. Top with tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 5 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
High Altitude: Increase first bake time to 30 minutes.
This is my dad, my brothers and me in our backyard pool in 1968.
(If you're doing math, trying to figure out how old I am, we can no longer be friends.)
1/3 cup onion 1 small clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp. salad oil 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's Tomato Soup 1 tbsp. vinegar 1 to 2 tbsp. Worcestershire 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. prepared mustard dash Tabasco sauce
1. In saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender.
2. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes; stir now and then. Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce.
Alternate pieces of meat and vegetables on skewers. Broil 10 to 20 minutes or until done, turning and basting every 5 minutes. Serve kabobs with remaining sauce. Also delicious on hamburgers, chicken and shrimp.
Meats: Sirloin, lamb (leg or shoulder), bologna, canned meats and frankfurters.
Vegetables: Mushrooms, tomatoes, green pepper, zucchini, potatoes (canned), cucumbers and pineapple.
I always get a little nervous when retro dads cook with hot coals while wearing nothing but their swim trunks.
6. To serve: open foil; top with tomato slice if desired. Serves 8.
Butter Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. chilli powder 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper dash of Tabasco sauce
1. Melt butter; add onion; cook until tender.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 5 minutes.
3. If store in refrigerator. warm before using. Makes about 1 cup.
1960s moms stored leftovers in Tupperware.
According to The Thrift Shopper, Tupperware products purchased before September 3, 1979, should be hand washed; those bought after are dishwasher safe (except for Tuppertoys, Cake and Pie Takers, Cheese Server, Ice Cream Scoop and Imprinted Disney products).