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1953 Chocolate Brownie Pie

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

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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.

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 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.

Aprons 

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.

Seriously.

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.

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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.

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 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

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

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Recipes via Etsy 
Image via Hubpages Style


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.

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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.

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Did you ever try Boston Baked Bean candy? 

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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.

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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.

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

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Recipe via File Photo Digital Archive


Log Cabin Whip

As you may know, Log Cabin Syrup is mostly corn syrup. If you want a more authentic maple flavor, I'd substitute Log Cabin Syrup with 100% pure maple syrup when making this recipe.

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Log Cabin Whip
1953 recipe from old Log Cabin advertising

Place 1/2 cup heavy cream in chilled bowl and beat until cream holds its shape. (Do not overbeat.) Fold in 3 to 4 tbsp. Log Cabin Syrup. Use as topping for cake, pudding or other desserts. Makes one cup.

Shown above on cake with Log Cabin Syrup and chopped pistachio nuts.*

*Looks to me as though they drizzled some extra syrup over the cake first, before adding the Log Cabin Whip.

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This smart mom was never fooled by corn syrup masquerading as maple syrup.

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Recipe via craptoy
IMage via Charlie a Go-Go


Retro Hawaiian Dessert

This recipe came out three years before Hawaii became a State.

Pineapple-cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake
1956 recipe from vintage Borden's Eagle Brand advertising

20 graham crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 3-oz.-pkgs. Borden’s Cream Cheese, softened
1 15 oz.-can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple, with juice
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

Mix crumbs with butter; press into 8-in. square baking dish. Beat cheese until creamy. Add sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks; blend thoroughly. Beat egg whites until foamy; gradually add sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Carefully fold egg whites and vanilla into sweetened condensed milk mixture. Pour into dish. Bake at 350° F for 35 minutes. Cool. Mix pineapple, cornstarch and lemon juice in saucepan. Bring to a boil; simmer, stirring constantly, 10 minutes. Cool. Spread on cake.

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These ladies have already had a few tiki cocktails while waiting for your pineapple cheesecake.

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Recipe via Recipe Curio
Image via Kitschy Living


Going Bananas Retro Style

According to this vintage guide to banana ripeness, for this recipe you should use a banana with a skin that's flecked with brown.

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Banana Pudding
1956 recipe from old Jell-well advertising

Prepare 1 pkg. of Jell-well Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling according to directions on the box. Allow to cool. (If you prefer, use Jell-well Vanilla Instant Pudding prepared according to directions on the box.)

Line the bottom and sides of a low 9″ square dish with Jane Arden Vanilla Wafers. Cover the wafers with banana slices. Pour half of the pudding over the bananas. Add a second layer of wafers, bananas and the remaining pudding. Chill about 1 hour.

For an extra-special touch, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers — or make a meringue topping and brown lightly.

Recipe via Click Americana


Retro Holidays: Christmas Belle Cake

 The ad promises this cake is as dazzling as a Christmas tree.

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Christmas Belle Cake
1952 recipe from old Swans Down advertising

2 1/2 cups Swans Down Cake Flour
3 1/4 tsp. Calumet Baking Powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
4 egg whites, beaten to meringue with 1/3 cup sugar

Combine sifted flour, baking powder, salt and 1 1/3 sups sugar in sifter. Stir shortening just to soften. Sift in dry ingredients. Add 3/4 cup of the milk and the flavorings and mix until all the flour is dampened. Then beat 2 minutes (or use electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium). Add meringue and remaining milk and beat 1 minute longer.

Pour batter into two round 9-inch cake pans, lined on the bottom with wax paper or parchment paper. Bake in moderate oven (350˚F) 30 minutes, or until done. Cool, then frost.

Yuletide Frosting and Filling

Cream together 6 tbsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add 1 unbeaten egg white. Then add 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar, alternately with 2 1/2 tnsp. lemon or lime juice, beating well after each addition. Add 2 1/2 tsp. grated lemon or lime rind and beat until of right consistency to spread. Tint a delicate green.

To 1/2 cup of the frosting, add 2 tbsp. each chopped raisins, nuts, candied cherries and citron; spread between layers. Then cover top and sides with remaining frosting. Decorate with silver dragées and tiny red candies.

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Here's a 1950s living room. With a linoleum floor and I Love Lucy on the TV set.

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Recipe via tikitacky
Image via Ladylike Lady