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1954 recipe for Creamy Pineapple Pie

This pie recipe comes from a 1954 pamphlet, Perfect Pies by Mary Blake.

1954 pies cover copy

The back of the pamphlet features an ad for Carnation evaporated milk and features George Burns and Gracie Allen.

1954 pie booklet back

Here's one of the recipes from this pamphlet, Creamy Pineapple Pie. Click image to enlarge.

1954 pie  p2

1954 meringue

Click here to see a 1950 recipe for Pineapple-Custard Cheesecake.

1952 recipe for Duchess Lettuce Bowl Salad

This salad contains canned cherries. The directions include adding red food coloring to the cherries. Unless you're a purist who wants an authentic 1952 salad experience, I'd skip the food coloring.

1952 salad

Here's a close-up of this retro salad recipe:



Click here for a retro recipe for Glazed Potato Salad.

Via Flickr/Shelf Life Taste Test

Thursday Happy Hour: four retro cocktails


1 jigger brandy, 1/2 jigger white creme de menthe. Shake with cracked ice, strain into glass.

1/2 oz. fresh cream, 3/4 oz. creme de cacao, 1 jigger (1 1/2 oz.) Southern Comfort or gin or brandy. Shake with cracked ice, strain into glass.

3/4 oz. fresh cream, 1 oz. white creme de cacao, 1 oz. green creme de menthe. Shake with cracked ice or mix in electric blender, strain into glass.

St. Louis Cocktail
As served at Stan Musial and Biggie's in St. Louis. 1/2 peach or apricot, chilled Southern Comfort. Put fruit in sherbet or champagne glass, add finely cracked ice, fill with Southern Comfort. Serve with a small spoon and a cocktails straw.

 Click here for a recipe for a 1986 cocktail.

Via Rogers Park Retro

Cointreau, strawberries and ice cream

My husband and I bought some amazing fresh strawberries today at Tendercrop Farm, in Newbury, Massachusetts.

The strawberries one gets at the grocery store aren't quite as amazing. A little Cointreau and ice cream will fix them right up.

This serving suggestion comes from the above 1947 ad for Cointreau.

Click here for another retro idea for serving fruit.

Via Vintage Madison Avenue