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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


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 retro way to doctor up your canned baked beans

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Frenchwise Baked Beans
Vintage recipe from old French's advertising

1/4 cup French's Onion Flakes
2 tbsp. butter
4 cups canned baked beans
2 tbsp. French's Prepared Mustard
2 peeled or 1 cup tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Cook onion flakes in butter over low heat until soft. Add to beans. Stir in mustard. Put half the beans in pot or casserole. Slice half the tomato on top. Sprinkle on half the salt and sugar. Add remaining beans. Top with tomato, salt, brown sugar. Bake 30 minutes in hot oven (400˚F).
Serves 6.

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This little cowboy looks about ready to make his way over to the chuck wagon for some beans.

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Image via Christian Montone


Use your leftovers to make this turkey casserole

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Casserole Sauce
recipe from old Hellmann's advertising

1/2 cup Best Foods or Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup turkey gravy or bouillon
2 cups milk
paprika, salt, pepper

Combine mayonnaise with flour, turkey gravy or bouillon, milk, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook until thickened.

For casserole pictured: to sauce add 2 to 3 cups diced turkey, 1 1/2 cups cooked peas, 1 cup cooked chopped onion, 1 small can of mushrooms and their juice. Pour into greased casserole. Bake at 400˚F for 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 4.

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 This is what 1960s moms used to stay within their grocery budget — the Super Add-A-Matic.

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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

Directions:

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.

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

Handprint-turkey 

Recipe via Click Americana


Retro Casserole: Ground Beef Grand Style

Recipe from old ad

Ground Beef Grand Style
recipe from old Kraft ad

1 can Ballard OvenReady Biscuits
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese
1 can (10 1/2 oz.) cream of mushroom or chicken soup
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup stuffed olives , if desired

Brown ground beef and onions, drain.

Combine softened cream cheese, soup, milk. Add salt, ketchup, olives, ground beef. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Bake at 375˚, 10 minutes.

Place biscuits around edge of casserole; if desired, top with olive slices. Bake at 375˚, 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Makes 5 - 6 servings.

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1959 easy-peasy dessert casserole

This Mixed Fruit Casserole is actually pretty good, a sort of shortcut clafoutis.

Retro casserole recipe

Mixed Fruit Casserole 
1959 recipe

Place drained 16-oz. can of fruit salad in 1 1/2-quart casserole. 

Make sauce: combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbsp. cornstarch. Slowly add juice from fruit plus water to make 1 cup and boil 1 minute, stirring. Add 2 tbsp. butter and 1 tsp. nutmeg. Pour sauce over fruit. Top with one cup yellow cake mix batter. Bake 50 to 60 minutes at 350˚.

Bake rest of batter in 9" square pan 30 to 35 minutes.

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Recipe for Shrimp Olive Casserole

 

 

1950s recipesThis retro casserole recipe is from a 1952 booklet put out by the California Foods Research Institute.

Weird vintage casserole

Shrimp Olive Casserole

3/4 cup cornmeal
2 tsp. salt
3 cups boiling water
2 slices bacon
1 cup canned or cooked tomatoes
3 tbsp. chopped onion
3 tbsp. chopped green sweet pepper
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 7-oz. can shrimp
1 cup whole or pitted ripe olives
2/3 cup grated cheese

Slowly stir cornmeal with 1 tsp. salt into boiling water and cook, covered, over very low heat for 45 minutes. Chop bacon and fry until crisp. Cook tomatoes, onion, green pepper, remaining 1 tsp. salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce with bacon and drippings for 10 minutes. Remove dark vein from shrimp. Cut olives into large pieces. (Remove pits from whole olives.) Place layer of cooked cornmeal in greased casserole, cover with half the shrimp, olives, tomato mixture and cheese. Repeat the layers. Bake in moderate oven (350˚ F) for 30 minutes. Serves 5 or 6.

Click here for a retro tuna casserole recipe. 

Via alsis35


Retro Casserole: Wieneroni

Wieners and macaroni. In a casserole. 

Bet Alice made this for the Brady kids.

Wieners

Wieneroni Casserole

1/2 pound bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Karo dark corn syrup
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups chili sauce
1 pound frankfurters
1 tbsp. Argo corn starch
2 tbsp. water
cooked spaghetti or macaroni

Combine bacon and onion in skillet, fry until bacon is crisp and onion is soft. Drain off excess fat. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, Karo syrup, salt, paprika, lemon juice, water and chili sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover, simmer 10 minutes. Add franks, simmer until franks are hot, about 8 minutes. Blend corn starch with 2 tbsp. water, stir into sauce; stir and boil 1 minute. Serve on hot pasta. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

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1990 recipe for ham & cheese casserole

You know what time of year it is, don't you? 

It's casserole season.

1990 ham + Cheese casserole

Cheesy Ham Casserole

1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets, thawed
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) 100% natural Kraft shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped Oscar Mayer ham
1 1/2 cups corkscrew noodles, cooked drained
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup seasoned croutons (optional)

Mix all ingredients except 1/2 cup cheese and croutons

Spoon into 1 1/2-quart casserole, Sprinkle with remaining cheese and croutons.

Bake at 350˚, 30 minutes or microwave on high for 8 - 10 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 4 - 6 servings.