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1967 Phillie Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie




Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
1967 recipe from old Philadelphia Cream Cheese advertising

Combine 8-oz. package of softened Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Add 1 egg; mix well. Spread on bottom of deep, 9-inch unbaked pastry shell. Combine 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and ground nutmeg, dash of salt; mix well. Blend in 2 slightly beaten eggs and 1 cup evaporated milk. Carefully pour over cheese mixture. Bake at 350˚, 65 to 70 minutes or until done. Cool.



Recipe via easyeightquilts
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60s scotcheroos

You know what would make Rice Krispies Treats even better?

Chocolate and butterscotch.


Chocolate Scotcheroos
Retro recipe from 1960s Nestle's advertising

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies
1 cup (6-oz. pkg. Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup (6-oz. pkg.) Nestle's Butterscotch Morsels

1. Combine sugar and syrup in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove form heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add Rice Krispies; stir well until blended. Press mixture into 13 x 9-inch pan.

2. Melt Nestles Chocolate and Butterscotch Morsels together over very low heat or over hot but not boiling water, stirring until well-blended. Remove from heat; spread evenly over Rice Krispies mixture. Cool until firm. Cut into bars.

Makes 48 bars, 2 x 1 inches each.



You've got to hand it to 3M. They managed to make a Scotch tape ad look sophisticated. 

Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test
Scotch tape ad via my other blog Found in Mom's Basement

Cake mix pound cake

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Devil's Food Pound Cake
Retro recipe from 1969 Duncan Hines advertising

Duncan Hines Devil's Food Deluxe Cake Mix
1 pkg. chocolate instant pudding mix (4-serving size)
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup Crisco oil (use only Crisco oil as some other oils may cause the cake to fail)

Blend all ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Put batter in greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

Bake at 350˚ for 50 - 60 minutes until center springs back at light touch.

Cool right side up for about 25 minutes. Remove from pan.

Chocolate Glaze
Stir over low heat 2 tbsp. cocoa, 1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. water, 1 tbs. Crisco oil, 1 tbsp. corn syrup until smooth. Remove from heat, beat in 1 cup confectioners' sugar (I would sift the sugar first). Drizzle over cake.



Ladies, I think you should wear red lipstick to make your Devil's Food Pound Cake.


Recipe via Obsequies
Image via Pirate Treasure

When is Eat Like a Pirate Day?

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.



 Pirate's Pie
Retro recipe from a 1960s Star-Kist ad

2 (6 1/2 oz.) cans Star-Kist tuna, chunk style
3 eggs
4-oz. can sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 medium tomato, cut in 1/4-inch slices
4 slices American cheese
1 envelope instant mashed potato mix (or 2 cups mashed potatoes)

Beat eggs slightly and add to separated chunks of tuna. Add mushrooms and parsley. Place mixture in bottom of well-greased 9" pie tin. Top with tomato slices and 3 cheese slices. Prepare mashed potato mix (using 1/2 cup less liquid than package directions call for). Spoon potatoes over cheese. Cut remaining cheese slice (diagonally in half) and top mashed potatoes with slices. Bake at 375˚ for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and cheese melts. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Garnish with parsley. Serves 6 generously.


The Puffy Shirt ("like pirates used to wear") is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. It originally aired in 1993.


Recipe via Livejournal

Time for pie

If I make a pie, my husband will eat it for breakfast.

I, on the other hand, will eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks until it's gone.


Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Old recipe from a 1960s Pillsbury recipe booklet

Prepare pastry for two-crust pie as directed on package of Pillsbury pie crust mix. Fit bottom crust loosely into 9-inch pie pan.

In a small bowl, combine and set aside:
   3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the apples)
   2 tbsp. flour
   1 tsp. grated lemon rind
   1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
   1/4 tsp. salt

Arrange 6 cups of pared and sliced apples (6 medium) in closely packed layers in pastry-lined pan, sprinkling cinnamon-sugar mixture over each layer.

Sprinkle 1 tbsp. lemon juice over apples. Dot with 2 tbsp. of butter.

Roll out remaining dough. Cut slits for escape of steam. Moisten rim of bottom crust. Place top crust over filling. Fold edge under bottom crust, pressing to seal. Flute.

Bake at 450˚F for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 375˚ and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes until golden brown.



Back in the day, home bakers baked ceramic pie birds into their pies to allow steam to escape while baking. When not in use, pie birds made adorable kitchen knick knacks.


 Images via Bakepedia and Country Living

This recipe looks amazing

This is kind of an American toad-in-the-hole. Amazing. Only I would serve it with baked beans instead of mushroom gravy and barbecue sauce.

(BTW, here's the toad-in-the-hole recipe I use. It's amazing, too.)


Frankfurter Loaf
Vintage recipe from a 1967 Good Housekeeping Cookbook

8 skinless frankfurters (not all beef)
1 10-oz. package cornbread mix (I recommend Jiffy)
Canned mushroom gravy
Bottled barbecue sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

2. Heat frankfurters in water; remove and dry; slash at 1-inch intervals.

3. Prepare cornbread mix as package label directs. Alternate layers of franks and batter in greased, floured, 1 1/2 quart glass loaf pan.

4. Bake 35 minutes; cool to lukewarm in pan. With sharp knife, slice 1-inch thick. Pass gravy and barbecue sauce. Makes 6 servings.


Old photos of my nephews wearing coordinating leisure suits are a source of entertainment till this day. Unfortunately, I don't have copies. Standing in is this image from an old Sears catalog.

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Recipe via Mid-Century Menu
Image via Sew Country Chick

Try some Campbell's soup on the barbie


Sizzling Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Vintage recipe from 1966 Campbell's Soup advertising

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.


Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Charlie a Go Go

I'm out of hibernation. Just in time for cookout season.

Sorry I went AWOL. This year's record-breaking winter took its toll on me. But I'm back and starting with lots of cookout recipes. Here's the first.

1965 recipe

Butter-Barbecued Beef Loaves
Vintage recipe from 1965 Alcoa Wrap advertising

Beef Loaves

2 lbs. ground lean beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 onion slices
Butter Barbecue Sauce (see below)

1. Combine beef, eggs, crumbs, green pepper, milk, ketchup, salt and pepper.

2. Divide into 8 portions on double thick squares of Alcoa Wrap (aluminum foil); shape into loaves.

3. Top each with onion slice, 2-3 tbsp. butter barbecue sauce.

4. Bring up sides of foil; fold down onto meat in tight double folds; fold ends over and over up close to meat.

5. Grill 3 inches from coals 10 - 12 minutes; turn. Grill 10 - 12 minutes longer.

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).

Recipe via Classic Film

Aloha from the 60s


Hawaiian Franks
Vintage recipe from 1960 French's advertising

1 lb. franks
2/3 cups drained crushed pineapple
4 tbsp. French's mustard
8 slices white bread

Mix drained pineapple and French's mustard. Split franks in half, lengthwise, but not quite through. Heat in ungreased skillet (or grill!), then remove and place diagonally across bread slices. Spoon pineapple mustard mixture into frank slits. Wrap bread around each frank, overlapping the corners. Secure with toothpicks. Melt small amount of butter in skillet (low heat). Brown wrapped franks, turning so bread is toasted on all sides. Add butter if needed. Makes 4 servings


Recipe via livejournal.


Retro Desperate: Campbell's Soup Pizza

Now you know that in a pinch you can substitute Campbell's Tomato Soup for pizza sauce.



Campbell's Soup Pizza
1967 recipe from vintage Campbell's advertising

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 small clove minced garlic (if desired)
1 1/2 tsp. oregano, crushed
12-inch unbaked pizza shell
1 tbsp. salad oil
4 slices (4 oz.) Mozzarella cheese

In saucepan, combine soup, garlic (if you have no date)* and oregano; heat to blend flavors. Brush pizza shell with oil. Spread soup mixture over shell; top with cheese. Garnish as desired with sliced frankfurters, olives or mushrooms. Bake at 400˚F for 20 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

*Campbell's words, not mine.


According to Billboard, the ten most popular singles of 1967 were:

1. To Sir With Love, Lulu

2. The Letter, The Box Tops

3. Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry

4. Windy, The Association

5. I'm a Believer, The Monkees

6. Light My Fire, The Doors

7. Somethin' Stupid, Frank and Nancy Sinatra

8. Happy Together, The Turtles

9. Groovin', The Young Rascals

10. Can't Take My Eyes off You, Frankie, Valli 


Recipe via livejournal
Image via Fashion Bubbles