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Easiest pumpkin pie recipe ever

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Impossible Pumpkin Pie
vintage recipe from 1980s Bisquick advertising

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
2 tbsp. butter 
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350˚. Grease pie plate, 9 x 1 1/2 or 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high or 2 minutes with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

High altitude: Heat oven to 375˚. Bake 45 to 50 minutes.


Love this old McCormick spice can.


Recipe via Dying in Downey

Jack-O-Lantern Salad

Trick? Or treat?

Retro halloween salad
Jack-O'-Lantern Salad
retro recipe from 1981 Litton Microwave advertising

2 cups hot water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) orange gelatin mix
2 cups cold water
1 lb. carrots, shredded
curly endive
pitted dates

Pour hot water into medium bowl; cover. Microwave at High 4 to 6 minutes or until boiling.

Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add cold water. Chill 1 to 2 hours, or until soft set.

Stir in shredded carrots. Pour into 9-in. round cake dish. Chill until firm.

To serve, unmold gelatin onto plate covered with curly endive. Us dates to form pumpkin face and celery for stem.


Here's a cartoon my husband Gary John Reynolds created a few years ago. Enjoy.



Recipe via Retro Food

Retro Cooking with Soda Pop

My husband always marinates ham steaks in Coca-Cola and grills them. They taste great — kids are especially fond of them when they hear about the Coke.

If you prefer, you could easily substitute Coca-Cola for 7-Up in the following recipe.

Ham made with 7-up

Ham Basted with Seven-Up

Gash fat on a 1 1/2-inch center slice of ham. Put in a baking dish and pour 1/2 cup 7-Up over ham. Bake in slow oven (325˚) for 1 1/2 hours. Baste with additional 7-Up if necessary.

Via The Crypt of Wrestling

Retro Halloween: Black Cat Cupcakes

Cat cup cake recipe booklet 1967You could make these for trick or treaters. But they're so cute you might have trouble giving them away.

Today's recipe is from this adorable 1964 Betty Crocker cookbook for children.


Black Cat Cupcakes

Prepare and bake cupcakes of any flavor of Betty Crocker layer cake except toffee swirl or marble.

Prepare frosting as directed on 1 package of Betty Crocker fluffy white frosting mix.

Add 1 or 2 drops of red and 1 or 2 drops of yellow food coloring to the white frosting. Frost cooled cupcakes with the orange frosting.

Slice a 1-inch black gumdrop into 3 pieces, as shown. Use small rounded end slice for head; use largest slice for body. Cut ears and tail from third slice, as shown. Form a cat on cupcake with gumdrop pieces. Repeat for other cupcakes.

 Click here for another retro cupcake recipe.

Via Bunny Hepburn

Thursday Happy Hour: Pumpkin Pie cocktail


1 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice
1/2 part Kahlua
1/2 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 part half and half

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumkin pie spice.

 Click here for a hard cider recipe from the 1970s.

Via Eudaemonius

Retro Hot Spiced Cider


Here's the recipe for Hot Spiced Cider.

Combine in a large saucepan: 2 qts. apple cider, 1/4 cup sugar, 12 whole cloves, 6 whole allspice, 4 3-in. sticks of cinnamon. Heat slowly to boiling. Boil 3 to 5 minutes. Remove spices.

Serve hot, garnished with orange slices or rings of unpeeled red apple with whole cloves forced through peel.

Makes 16 servings.

Via The Peach Martini

Pretty cool idea for your Halloween or Thanksgiving party

Gut a pumpkin, fill it with ice and you have an awesome cooler.

This serving suggestion comes from a 1947 ad for Dr. Pepper.


ADDENDUM posted 29 October 2012

If you 'd rather turn your pumpkin into a keg, click here for directions.


Via Paul.Malon