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Grape-Nuts Puff Pudding

This recipe was clipped from a 1950s cereal box. The clip says that this is one of Grape-Nuts' most popular recipes — at least it was in the 50s.


Grape-Nuts Puff Pudding
Recipe from a Grape-Nuts box from the 1950s

1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar (1/2 cup honey may be substituted for sugar)
2 egg yolks, well beaten
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 cup Grape-Nuts
1 cup milk
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Cream the lemon rind and butter together until well blended. Add sugar gradually and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add lemon juice, flour, cereal and milk, mixing well. (Mixture will look curdled, but this will not affect finished product.) Fold in egg whites. Turn into greased baking dish and place in pan of hot water. Bake in slow oven (325°F) 1 hour and 15 minutes. When done, the pudding has a cake-like layer on top with custard below. Serve warm or cold, with plain or whipped cream. Serves 6.

Click here for another "Grape-Nuts greatest recipe," Grape-Nuts Bread.


Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 2.48.47 PMClick here to watch an old Grape-Nuts TV commercial featuring Don Knotts and Andy Griffith in character as Barney Fife and  Andy Taylor.


Recipe via Recipe Curio

1951 Spanish Chicken Loaf

 Not exactly sure why this dish is called Spanish Chicken Loaf. 1951 American cuisine was not very adventurous, so it could have been the addition of the pimientos that gave this dish its international aura. That's kind of adorable.

The recipe comes from the fictional Sue Swanson's recipe box.


Spanish Chicken Loaf
From "Sue Swanson's recipe box" in 1951 Swanson advertising

2 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup tomato juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 6-oz. cans Swanson Chicken
2 tbsp. diced pimiento 
1 tsp. minced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper

Blend all ingredients thoroughly and pour into well-greased loaf pan. Bake in a moderate (350˚) oven until firm, about 40 minutes. Loosen sides from pan and unmold onto tray, Makes 8 servings.

Green pepper rings, pimiento and hard-cooked egg slices make colorful garnish.

Click here for a more recent recipe from Swanson's Chicken.


Here's another Swanson ad from the 1950s featuring Sue Swanson.

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Recipe via Digital File Photo
Image via Period Paper

Tuna casserole recipe from Hollywood

 I don't remember ever seeing any movies starring Dan Dailey. He was nominated for an Oscar once, so it's safe to assume he was a better actor than a cook — this recipe sounds atrocious.  


Dan Dailey's Tuna Casserole
Recipe from a 1951 Star-Kist advertisement

In a casserole dish, combine one can of Star-Kist Tuna with two cans of Franco-American Spaghetti. Top with buttered bread crumbs, heat and serve.


Here's a movie poster for the 1951 film referenced in the above ad.


Recipe via Digital Photo Archive
Image via Movie Poster Shop

1953 Chocolate Brownie Pie

 It's a pie, it's a brownie, it's the amazing Chocolate Brownie Pie!


Chocolate Brownie Pie
Recipe from 1953 Gold Medal advertising

Preheat oven to 375˚.

Make pastry for 9-inch one crust pie; recipe is below. 

Melt together over hot water (like this) 2 squares unsweetened chocolate and 2 tbsp. of butter.

Beat together thoroughly with a rotary beater 3 large eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, the chocolate mixture (add this in slowly so the heat from the mixture doesn't cook the raw eggs), 3/4 cup dark corn syrup and 3/4 cup pecan halves.

Pour into the dough-lined pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes just until set. Serve slightly warm, or cold, garnished with ice cream or whipped cream.

One Pie Crust

Mix together 1 1/3 sifted flour and 1 tsp. salt.

Pour into measuring cup but don't stir 1/3 salad oil and 3tbsp. cold whole milk. 

Then pour all at once over flour.

Stir until mixed. Press with hands into smooth ball. Flatten slightly. Place between 2 sheets of waxed paper (12" square). Roll out gently until dough circle reaches the edges of the paper. Peel off paper. If dough tears, mend without moistening by pressing edges together — or by pressing a scrap of dough lightly over the tear. Lift paper and dough by top corners; they will cling together. Place paper side-up in 9-inch pie pan. Carefully peel off paper. Gently ease and fit dough into pan. Build up fluter edge.


 Look at these adorable aprons from an old Sears catalog. So cute, it'd be a shame to spill something on them. I would have been afraid to wear them in the kitchen.


Recipe via livejournal
Image via Flickr

Dude Ranch Beans 1950

When this ad came out, America was about to enter the age of convenience foods. Everything modern was glorified, including food. Home-cooked meals made from scratch went out of fashion. 

In 1950s suburbia, Americans preferred their food canned, boxed, frozen or reconstituted. Not only did they prefer convenience foods, they were convinced that processed food was better for you.


There's a great book on the subject, very cleverly written and full of fun photos, that I highly recommend: Better Than Homemade by Carolyn Wyman.


Dude Ranch Beans
Recipe from 1950 A&P advertising

2 cans baked beans, any style 
1/2 lb. franks cut in 1" cubes
1 tbsp. prepared mustard
5 small cooked onions
10 slices dill pickles
2 tomatoes cut into wedges
olive oil or cooking oil

Place beans in shallow baking dish. Spread frank cuts with mustard. Arrange with onions, pickles and tomato slices on five skewers. Brush with oil, place on beans. Bake in hot oven (400˚F) 30 minutes or arrange on broiler pan and broil until hot and lightly browned.

PS If you're using bamboo skewers, don't forget to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before threading them with food.

Ranch House Salad: Crisp salad greens, small cubes of American cheese, chopped chives, thin strips of ham, tongue or chicken; just before serving toss together with French salad dressing.


 Everyone's favorite 1950s housewife is Lucy Ricardo, though I think this still is from the movie The Long, Long Trailer. In it, Lucille Ball and then real-life husband Desi Arnaz are newlyweds who decide to spend a year traveling the country in a mobile home. As expected, hilarity ensues. It's a cute movie.

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Recipe via Leif Peng
Image via The Nifty Fifties

Retro Happy Hour: The classics never go out of style

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Today's drinks come straight off a 1950s placemat.

Rob Roy
1 part sweet Vermouth

2 parts Scotch
Dash Angostura bitters
Stir with cracked ice, strain, serve with twist of lemon peel

Gin 'n Tonic
Juice and rind of 1/4 lime
1 1/2 oz. fry Gin
Quinine water (a.k.a. tonic water)
Put lime, gin, ice cubes in 8-oz. glass; fill with tonic

Champagne Cocktail
1 lump sugar
Dash Angostura bitters
Chilled Champagne
Saturate lump of sugar with dash of bitters, add ice cubes, fill with champagne, top with a twist of lemon peel


A classic cocktail deserves a classic cocktail dress. This one's from the 50s.


Recipes via Etsy 
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This sounds kinda good to me. (Don't judge.)

Here's a reminder that summer isn't over yet. The recipe is billed as a "Summer Night Sensation" and it's made with Spam.

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Spam 'n' Cheese Ribbon Loaf
Vintage recipe from 1950s Spam advertising.

Cut in 8 slices 1 whole can of Spam.

Mix together: 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened with a little milk; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1 tbsp. minced parsley; and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Spread between slices of Spam.

Chill 4 hours (or longer; overnight if desired). Slice and serve. Good with deviled eggs or potato salad.




1950s bathing beauties at Rockaway Beach in Queens. 


The first and second bathing suits from the left don't appear to be made of stretchable fabric. And all three would have had big metal zippers up the back.


Image via Forties, Fifties, Sixties

Baked Beans Hawaiian

All the college kids are coming back to Boston this week. They're adorable but they tie up traffic and fill subway cars. As a result, I have to leave the house 15 minutes earlier in the morning to get to work on time.

This easy recipe is dedicated to them. Though they'll have to make it in their dorm-appropriate microwave ovens.

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Baked Beans Hawaiian
Recipe from 1950s B&M baked beans advertising

B&M baked beans
B&M brown bread
pineapple slices

Ring a casserole with slices of juicy pineapple. Fill the casserole with baked beans. Heat in medium oven 'til piping hot and bubbly. Serve with brown bread.


Did you ever try Boston Baked Bean candy? 


Recipe via flickr

The devil you say!

The idea of Deviled Hot Dogs had me flummoxed. What quality do the hot dogs pictured share with deviled eggs?

It was time for me to look up what "deviled" means.

"To prepare with hot or savory seasoning," according to Dictionary.comHmmm. By that definition, burritos, spaghetti sauce and pizza are all deviled. 

Clearly, there's a nuance I'm missing.


Deviled Hot Dogs
With Frenchwise Barbecue Sauce

Vintage recipe from 1952 French's advertising

Slash tops of frankfurters, brown in skillet or on the grill. Baste and serve with Frenchwise Sauce:

1 medium onion, minced (or 1 tbsp. French's Onion Flakes)
1 small green pepper minced (or 1 tbsp. French's Pepper Flakes)
2 tbsp. butter 
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. French's Prepared Mustard
1 tbsp. French's Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. salt.

Combine ingredients, simmer 15 minutes.
Serves 8.


I strongly suggest you enjoy your deviled hot dogs with beer.         ; )


Recipe via File Photo Digital Archive