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Before there were smoothies, there were shakes

Remember shakes? Boy, were they ever good. And fattening.

This shake is no exception.

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Banana Supershake
recipe from 1977 Borden advertising

2 Chiquita Bananas, cup up
1/3 cup ReaLemon Reconstituted Lemon Juice (fresh lemon juice is fine)
1 cup water
1 can (14 oz.) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups crushed ice

In blender container, combine bananas, lemon juice, water and sweetened condensed milk; blend well. Add ice, blending until smooth. Serve in frosted glasses. Makes 5 cups.


Women in the 1960s, like this beautiful mom, were told to eat cottage cheese to stay slim. Full-fat cottage cheese, mind you.


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Retro Healthy Drink: Molasses Milk

According to Young Mother Hubbard:

Just one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides (on average) the following nutrients: iron (20% RDA), manganese (21%), copper (21%), calcium (18%), potassium (15%), magnesium (11%), vitamin B6 (7%) and selenium (5%).  This is good for anyone and particularly good for growing children, pregnant and nursing women.   

Molasses milk

Molasses Milk
recipe from old Brer Rabbit advertisement

Into a glass of hot or cold milk stir 1 to 3 tablespoons of Brer Rabbit Molasses.

Retro Mocktail: Red Cow

This is basically beef broth and tomato soup. Pretty good.


Red Cow

Combine chilled Campbell's Beef Broth and Tomato Soup plus a can and a half of water. Shake and pour. Enjoy as a quick pick-me-up between meals or as a delicious meal starter. And when the weather turns chilly, you can enjoy this "Soup-Mate" piping hot.

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Caramel apples and other classic fall treats

Do you pronounce every syllable in caramel?

I do, but I grew up mostly in New England. If you pronounce caramel as two syllables, chances are you're from the Midwest or West.

If you find regional pronunciations of certain words interesting (Hello, fellow nerd!), check out this website.

Retro fall recipes

Caramel Apples

1 lb. (56) vanilla caramels
2 tbsp. water
6 crisp medium apples
chopped California walnuts

Melt caramels with water in double boiler; stir till smooth. Stick a wooden skewer into blossom end of each apple; dip apple in caramel syrup; turn until completely coated. (If syrup is too stiff, add a few drops of water.) At once roll bottom half of each apple in chopped nuts. Set on cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Chill till the coating is firm. 


Hot Mulled Cider

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 quarts cider
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp. whole cloves
3 inches stick cinnamon

Combine brown sugar, salt and cider. Tie spices in small piece of cheesecloth; add. Slowly bring to boiling; simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Remove spices. Serve hot. Float clove-studded orange slices atop. Serves 10. 



3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups sifted enriched flour
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves 

Cream together shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg till light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients; stir into molasses mixture till blended. Form in small balls, roll in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven (375˚) about 10 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from pan. Makes 5 dozen.

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Retro Happy Hour: virgin punch

The recipe comes from this 1962 ad for 7-Up.

Vintage punch recipe


7-Up Red Satin Punch
2 pints cranberry juice
1 quart apple juice
10- 7-ounce bottles 7-Up
2 trays of 7-Up "ice" cubes 
Chill fruit juices and 7-Up. Prepare 7-Up "ice" cubes by pouring additional 7-Up into 2 ice cube trays. Freeze. At serving time, combine cranberry juice and apple juice in a punch bowl. Slowly pour in 7-Up. Add "ice" cubes. Makes about 35 punch cup servings.

Retro Breakfast Drink Recipe

This recipe comes from a 1959 ad for Quaker Oats.

Vintage breakfast drink recipe

Breakfast in a Glass
1 serving

1 cup milk
1/3 cup cooked oatmeal - cooled
1/3 cup crushed strawberries - fresh or frozen
sugar - to taste
vanilla - to taste
For each serving of Breakfast In A Glass, put 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup cool, cooked oatmeal in mixer or other container.

Add 1/3 cup crushed strawberries (fresh or frozen) or other fruit; add sugar to taste and vanilla if desired.

Blend in mixer or blender... or use electric or hand beater until smooth. 

Serve immediately.

Retro Happy Hour: Irish Mocha Mint Coffee for the teetotallers

This recipe is from 1985.

Retro happy hour vintage

3 well-rounded tsp. of Sugar-Free or Regular General Foods International Coffees Irish Mocha Mint or any other flavor • 2 tbsp. hot water • 3/4 club soda or natural sparkling water • crushed ice or ice cubes • 1/4 cup ice milk

For one serving, spoon the International Coffee into a tall glass. Add hot water and stir until coffee is dissolved. Pour soda in gradually, mix well, add ice. Top with ice milk. Garnish as desired.

 Click here for a traditional (read: with whiskey) Irish Coffee recipe. 

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Add some retro to your tomato juice

This 1960 ad from Sunkist suggests you squirt some fresh lemon juice into your tomato juice.

I don't drink tomato juice. Not even as a Bloody Mary. Very strange, I know. But I do love lemons. And they look so pretty in this ad, I couldn't resist.

Tomato juice 1960

Click here for another retro way to doctor up your tomato juice.

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