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Retro Holiday Entertaining: Fondue

Holiday fondue


Holiday Fondue
1970s recipe from old Lipton advertising

1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 cups dry white wine
1 pound Swiss cheese shredded
French bread, cut into bite-size pieces
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. kirsch

In medium saucepan, combine Lipton Onion Soup Mix and wine; heat slowly.

Combine cheese and cornstarch. When wine begins to simmer, add cheese gradually, stirring until completely melted after each addition. Stir in kirsch.

To serve: Remove to fondue pot or chafing dish. Spear bread cubes; then dip and stir into the fondue.

Variation: Substitute 2 1/4 cups apple juice for wine and kirsch.


There isn't a middle-aged woman alive who didn't get one of these for Christmas as a child. I loved mine.

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Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test

1970s Happy Hour: two quick egg nog recipes


Egg Nog
Old recipe from 1979 Bacardi advertising

Quick Recipe
Stir half bottle (about 10 oz.) of Bacardi rum into a quart of dairy eggnog mix. Fold in one cup of whipped heavy cream. Chill. Stir. Sprinkle with nutmeg.* Makes 12 servings.

Quickie Recipe
Just blend (in a blender or use a mixer or immersion blender) 5 oz. of Bacardi and a pint of vanilla or egg nog ice cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg* and serve immediately.

*If you're not already doing so, get yourself some whole nutmeg and a nutmeg grater. Freshly grated nutmeg is so much more flavorful and fragrant that bottled ground nutmeg. It's also easier to control when used for decorative sprinkling.


This young woman is patiently waiting for her cup of egg nog.



Remember, the drinking age was only 18. During the Viet Nam era, the drinking age all over America was 18, the thinking being, if 18-year-olds are going to be drafted to fight, and possibly die, in Viet Nam, they should at least have the right to drink.

In the late 70s, the drinking age started creeping up. MADD had a lot to do with it. And drunk driving deaths did indeed decrease after the drinking age was increased. 

Recipe via Classic Film
Velvet Tangerine

An American classic for your Thanksgiving table

New England Yam Bake. Not to be confused with the Sunburst Yam Bake or Apple Mallow Yam Bake.

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New England Yam Bake
1975 recipe from old Kraft advertising

1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices 
2 cans (17 oz. each) Yams 
1/4 cup flour
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. margarine (I would use butter instead)
1/4 cup Chopped nuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the syrup.

Line sides of a 10 × 6-inch baking dish with pineapple slightly overlapping. Arrange yams in center. Pour pineapple syrup over yams.

Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in nuts. Sprinkle over yams.

Bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes. Top with marshmallows. Broil until lightly browned.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


I not only remember making these, I remember EXACTLY what school paste tasted like.


Recipe via Click Americana

Retro Happy Hour: Sour Ball


Hiram Walker Sour Ball
1978 recipe from 1978 advertising for Hiram Walker

Pack your glass with lots of ice, pour in 1 1/2 ounces of Hiram Walker Apricot Flavored Brandy, top it off with the juices of half a lemon and half an orange and stir.


You may not have more fun drinking your Sour Ball wearing feather-trimmed pajamas but your guests definitely will if you do.


Recipe via Old Advertising
Image via Buzzfeed

Rice-A-Roni Meatballs

"Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat."

Remember that jingle? Here's a reminder.

1970s recipe from old ad

Beef Porcupines
recipe from 1971 Rice-A-Roni advertising

Combine 1 pkg. Beef Rice-A-Roni with 1 lb. ground beef and 1 egg, beaten. Shape into polpette or small meatballs (approx. 20). Brown on all sides in skillet. Combine contents of Beef seasoning packet with 2 1/2 cups hot water. Pour over meat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Thicken gravy, if desired.


1970s moms were kind of laid back. And they really liked the color orange.  


Via Classic Film

Bundt cakes look so wonderfully old-fashioned

Bundt cakes beg you to eat them on the good china, while sipping Earl Grey from a delicate teacup.  

1979 apple swirl bundt

Saucy Apple Swirl Cake
1979 recipe from old Pillsbury advertising

1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 pkg. Pillsbury Plus Yellow Cake Mix
15-oz. jar (1 2/3 cups) applesauce
3 eggs

Heat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube or 10-inch tube pan. In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In large bowl, blend cake mix, applesauce and eggs until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at highest speed. Pour 1/2 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Cover with remaining batter. Bake at 350˚F for 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan for 25 minutes; turn onto serving plate. Cool completely. If desired, dust with powdered sugar. Makes 16 servings.

HIGH ALTITUDE — Above 3,500 feet: Add 3 tbsp. flour to dry cake mix. Bake at 375˚ for 35 to 40 minutes.


Many 1970s moms cooked with avacado green appliances and mushroom-themed pots from Sears.


Before there were smoothies, there were shakes

Remember shakes? Boy, were they ever good. And fattening.

This shake is no exception.

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Banana Supershake
recipe from 1977 Borden advertising

2 Chiquita Bananas, cup up
1/3 cup ReaLemon Reconstituted Lemon Juice (fresh lemon juice is fine)
1 cup water
1 can (14 oz.) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups crushed ice

In blender container, combine bananas, lemon juice, water and sweetened condensed milk; blend well. Add ice, blending until smooth. Serve in frosted glasses. Makes 5 cups.


Women in the 1960s, like this beautiful mom, were told to eat cottage cheese to stay slim. Full-fat cottage cheese, mind you.


Via Classic Film

Image via tim : gately

Retro Fiber: Chicken Bundles

This recipe came out just as the fiber craze was beginning.

1979 chicken bundles recipe

Chicken Bundles

recipe from 1979 Kellogg's advertisement

1 cup Kellogg's All-Bran cereal or Kellogg's Brand Buds cereal
1/4 cup chopped nuts
5 tbsp. margarine or butter, melted
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. ground sage
1/8 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped pimiento
1 cup cubed cooked chicken
1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Combine 1/4 cup of cereal, 2 tbsp. of the nuts, 3 tbsp. of the margarine and the remaining ingredients except rolls. Crush remaining cereal to coarse crumbs and mix with remaining nuts.

Separate rolls into 4 squares (2 triangles each), pressing perforations. Place 1/3 cup chicken mixture in center of each. Gather corners together, pinching to seal. Brush with the remaining margarine. Roll in nut mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350˚ F about 25 minutes or until browned. Serve with white sauce.* Garnish with chives. Makes 4 servings.

Variations: In place of the All Bran cereal, combine 1/2 cup Kellogg's 40% Bran Flakes cereal with chicken mixture and crush 1 cup 40% Bran Flakes to coarse crumbs and use with nuts for coating. Or use 1 cup Kellogg's Cracklin' Bran cereal crushed to coarse crumbs.

* There's a recipe for white sauce at the end of this recipe.


 This 1970s mom simply loves her avocado green kitchen appliances.

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Image via General Electric

Retro Easy Dinner: Skillet Milano

Canned mac & cheese by itself is kind of meh. A few more ingredients and you've got a pretty good dinner. 

Recipe from ad

Skillet Milano
recipe from 1970 Franco-American advertisement

1/2 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
dash basil or oregano
1/2 cup chopped canned tomatoes, drained
1 can (15 oz.) Franco-American Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper

In skillet, brown beef. Cook onion with basil and tomatoes until onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients. Heat; stir now and then. Makes 2 to 3 servings. Double the recipe to serve 4 to 6.

Via Classic Film

Retro Happy Hour: A pitcher of rum and Coke

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Batch of Rum and Coke
recipe from 1974 Bacardi ad

"Lay your hands on a fat pitcher. Fill it halfway with cool cubes. Splash in 10 ounces of smooth ol' Bacardi dark rum. Top it all off with 25 ounces of cold Coca-Cola. Stir.And gather your friends around for an easy evening of some of the best sipping ever."

Not surprisingly this ad ran during the era of key parties.

Via Paxton Holley