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Crusty Spam Bake

If you can look past the awful name of this recipe, it actually sounds pretty good. If you like Spam, that is.

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Crusty Spambake
Old recipe from 1965 Spam advertising

1/2 cup Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/8  tsp. ground cloves
1 12-oz. can Spam
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
pineapple slices
melted butter

Combine the Corn Flake Crumbs, brown sugar and cloves.

Cut Spam crosswise into eight slices. Spread both sides of slices with mustard, then coat generously with a flavor crust of the Corn Flake Crumbs mixture. Place Spam and pineapple slices individually in a foil-lined shallow baking pan; do not crowd. Brush pineapple slices with butter.

Baker in moderate oven (350˚F) 20 minutes. Serve on heated platter, placing a Spam slice on each pineapple slices. Add parsley, if desired. Yields four servings of two slices each.

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 Hawaii consumes 7 million cans of Spam a year. There are only 1.42 million people currently living on the islands. Let that sink in.

Recipe via Duke University Libraries


Spring Rhapsody cake

The way to a man's heart is... CAKE.

Spring rhapsody cake recipe

Spring Rhapsody Cake
Old recipe from 1951 Swans Down advertising

Cake: Prepare Happy Day Cake as directed on the back of Swans Down Cake Flour package. (Find the cake recipe HERE.)

Frosting: Prepare fluffy 7-minute frosting. (Find the frosting recipe HERE.) Flavor the frosting with 1/4 tsp. almond extract. Spread half the frosting between layers and top of cake. Tint remaining frosting a delicate green and top and frost sides of cake.

Decoration: Garnish frosted cake with gumdrop tulips and green gumdrop leaves. (To make tulips, cut large gumdrops in half and snip two small triangular shaped pieces from each half, leaving "tulips" as shown."

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 Do you eat your cake with milk or champagne?

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Recipe via Barb Lawrence
Image via iloveyoumorephotos


Wartime Crusty Rolls

 Do you watch the British TV series Home Fires? The first season takes place right before World War II, the second season — which is running on PBS, right now — takes place during the early days of the war. Home Fires follows the wartime lives of a group of English women and it's wonderful. My husband and I are hooked.

In honor of my new favorite TV show, here's a simple recipe from the World War II era.

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No-Kneading Bread Rolls
Vintage recipe from 1944 Fleischmann's advertising

1 cake Fleischmann's Yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Place shortening, salt and sugar in a separate bowl; add boiling water. When lukewarm, add yeast and beaten egg; mix well. Add flour to make a soft dough; beat well. Place dough in greased bowl, cover with a plate and chill 2 to 24 hours. Pinch off dough and fill greased muffin pans 1/3 full. Brush tops with melted shortening. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, until light, about 2 hours. Bake in hot oven at 425˚F for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. Makes 2 dozen. 

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This Grandma is setting a spell while her dinner rolls bake.

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Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Seasonal Heartland Home


Alternative ways to dye Easter eggs

Easter 1

Now that it's just my husband me, for Easter I hard-boil the eggs and my husband dyes them. He uses food coloring and white vinegar.

Easter 2

My grandparents colored their eggs with onion skins. The result was the most beautiful reddish brown color you can imagine.

Pinterest is full of directions for alternative ways to dye Easter eggs. If you're looking to try something different this year, here are some links I found.

Making reddish-brown eggs using onion skins.

Making blue eggs using red cabbage.

Making red eggs using beets, cranberries or Red Zinger tea.

Making tie dye eggs using food coloring and paper towels.

Making speckled eggs with food coloring and uncooked rice.


Future Retro Happy Hour: Bailey's Easter cocktail

Easter cocktail

Consider this a future retro recipe. It's an Easter cocktail from Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Coffee — and an excuse to buy yourself some Cadbury Mini Eggs.

 

890a5d4b45e925b222ed41ad37f88f6eHere's the recipe for Baileys Easter Espressotini:

Drop several ice cubes into a shaker and pour over 2 1/2 oz. (or about 1/3 cup) of Baileys with a Hint of Coffee.

Add a scant ounce (or about 1/2 tsp.) of vodka and an equal amount of espresso.

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with three Cadbury Mini Eggs.

 


Easter Egg Pie with Coconut

 Here's a great make-ahead dessert for your Easter celebration. 

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Easter Egg Pie
Old recipe from 1951 Jell-O advertising

1 pkg. Jell-O Vanilla Pudding (note: this is NOT the instant pudding)
2 tsp. gelatin
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
dash of salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 cup toasted, shredded, sweetened coconut
1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Combine pudding and gelatin. Add milk and cook as directed on package. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally (you don't want a 'skin' to form).

Combine cream, salt and flavoring. Whip until mixture holds its shape. Fold into pudding. Then fold in 1/2 cup of the coconut. Place in bowl of ice water and chill until mixture begins to stiffen. Turn into pie shell. Chill Garnish with border of remaining coconut. Decorate with candy Easter eggs or Jordan almonds if desired.

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When you get to be a woman of a certain age, you can laugh hysterically at photos like this without feeling the need to apologize.

Old scary easter bunny

 Want to see more old photos of creepy Easter bunnies scaring the daylights out of children? Click here.

Recipe via File Photo Digital Archive


Is it time to toss out some of your spices?

Here's an interesting bit of information from McCormick's Facebook page.

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Apparently, with the exception of black pepper, McCormick stopped packaging its spices in tins more than 25 years ago. And it is true that spices lose flavor and aroma over time; fresher is better.

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One more tip, this time from What's Cooking America. The site says that McCormick spices in bottles printed with, "Baltimore, Maryland," on the label are at least 15 years old. So if you have any of those, you might want to think about tossing them.

If throwing away containers of spices seems wasteful, look at it this way: you were already wasting space if you've had spices for so long without using them. And you can repurpose those tins as planters for little succulents.

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More on tins as planters at Apartment Therapy.