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Tuna casserole recipe from Hollywood

 I don't remember ever seeing any movies starring Dan Dailey. He was nominated for an Oscar once, so it's safe to assume he was a better actor than a cook — this recipe sounds atrocious.  


Dan Dailey's Tuna Casserole
Recipe from a 1951 Star-Kist advertisement

In a casserole dish, combine one can of Star-Kist Tuna with two cans of Franco-American Spaghetti. Top with buttered bread crumbs, heat and serve.


Here's a movie poster for the 1951 film referenced in the above ad.


Recipe via Digital Photo Archive
Image via Movie Poster Shop

Phyllis Diller's garbage soup

Are you old enough to remember comedienne Phyllis Diller?

This soup is unusual to be sure, but Phyllis does sound like she knows her way around the kitchen. If it was good enough for Fang...


Phyllis Diller's Garbage Soup
As told to Mike Douglas

"It always has seven cloves of garlic, a large onion, two carrots, two stalks of celery and a bunch of parsley, all of them chopped up; plus a large can of tomatoes, a can of red kidney beans, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese. Then I fill a pot half full of water or juices in which vegetables have cooked during the week. I bring it to a boil, add soup bones and any leftover meats I have lying around and let it boil for an hour and a half. Then I add the chopped vegetables and all the week's leftovers including spaghetti, sour cream, baked potatoes and almost anything else that has collected in the refrigerator during the week that you just hate to throw out. The only thing I never add is pickles or jello."


It's me again. Phyllis Diller's recipe reminds me of something I saw on a cooking show once (can't for the life of me remember which show it was). In essence, it was a way to make soup out of leftover vegetables including wilted salad that had dressing on it. You put your leftover veggies into a blender along with some hot broth; puree; then reheat the whole thing on the stove. I haven't tried it, but I think it could be pretty good.


Phyllis Diller's hobby was painting. Here she is with some of her works.   


Recipe via livejournal
Image via Pinterest 

Rosey Grier's fudge sauce recipe

Rosey Grier is a former NFL player, actor, singer, Christian minister and needlepoint enthusiast. In fact, in 1973, he published Rosey Grier's Needlepoint For Men. I remember him as a panelist on game shows when I was a kid.

His fame and popularity in the 70s may explain why the creators of this 1972 ad didn't feel the need to identify him by his last name.


Fudge Sauce a la Rosey
Recipe from a 1972 as for Carnation evaporated milk

1 large can undiluted Carnation evaporated milk
2 cups sugar
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix Carnation, sugar and chocolate in saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring vigorously (don't even think of stepping away from the stove, just keep stirring). Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater for 1 minute. Serve hot or chilled on ice cream or cake. If sauce seems a bit too thick, just add a little undiluted Carnation and blend before serving. Makes 2 1/2 cups.


Here's Rosey with his handiwork.

Hey my mom sued to make that

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Recipe via Classic Film
Images via Garth Johnson

Pretend it's 1953 and you're in Newport, Rhode Island

Just came across this photo from Jack and Jackie Kennedy's 1953 wedding reception and realized I have the perfect retro recipe that could be served in hollowed out pineapples.

I published this Tropical Tuna Salad recipe back in August.

Of course, I doubt it's the same salad the future president and first lady were eating that day, but feel free to pretend.



Image via HuffPo

Betty White's banana bread recipe

Dear God,

If You see fit to let me stick around long enough, please let me be just a tiny bit as awesome as Betty White when I'm an old lady and I'll die with a smile on my face for sure.

Love, Paula


Betty white's banana bread recipe


Betty White's Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Besides 2 cups sifted Fisher's Blend Flour (a strong wheat flour), you'll need:

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt 
1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (2 large)
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted shortening or salad oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir together sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in mixing bowl. Make hollow in center; add mashed banana, egg, milk, shortening or salad oil, walnuts and vanilla. Stir only until all dry ingredients are moistened. Spread into greased and floured 5"x9"x3" loaf pan. Bake 50 minutes or until done. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on cake rack. Wrap in waxed paper before storing.  


Click here for Gene Tierney's favorite tuna salad recipe.

Retro Dessert: Prune Whip

Prune whip was the favorite dessert of President Dwight Eisenhower. To me, it sounds like something from a nursing home menu. 

The recipe comes from this 1955 Del Monte ad.

Retro recipe prune whip


Ten-Minute Prune Whip

3 egg whites
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp.prune juice
Dash of salt
1/3 cup of sugar
1 cup chopped cooked Del Monte prunes

Combine all ingredients except prunes in double boiler over boiling water. Beat with rotary beater 10 minutes or until mixture holds its shape. Fold in prunes and chill. Serve with custard sauce.

Click here for a retro recipe for whipped chocolate pudding.

Retro Recipe: Tuna Salad, 1951 recipe

Star-Kist was Gene Tierney's favorite tuna.

Or so this 1951 ad says.

Retro recipe


Star-Kist Tuna Salad Royal

In a salad bowl combine:
1 can Star-Kist Tuna (solid pack or chunk style)
2 tbsp. chopped sweet pickle
1/4 cup chopped celery

1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup Kraft mayonnaise

Toss together. Season to taste. Peel and slice tomatoes into thirds, placing mixture between slices as shown.

 Click here for a retro recipe for egg salad.

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