How many cookouts can you squeeze into one Fourth of July weekend? Let's all try for a personal best this year.
Marinating Sauce for Shish Kabob recipe cards from 1968 issue of Family Circle
1 clove garlic, sliced 1 cup Mazola Corn Oil 1/2 cup vinegar 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper Dash cayenne Few drops of Tabasco
Combine all ingredients. Pour over cut-up meat and vegetables in a large shallow dish. Marinate for at least 4 hours turning and mixing a few times. Arrange meat and vegetables on large skewers. Brush with marinade and broil or cook over charcoal until meat is tender. Turn and brush with marinade several times.
I'm guessing these recipes came from the 1960s or earlier. Because, you see, my dear Watson, the first recipe calls for "catsup" and by the 70s most Americans referred to the condiment as "ketchup." Elementary.
Split English muffins. Spread with ketchup or tomato paste. Cover with a slice of cheddar cheese and chopped salami. Top with drained crushed pineapple. Sprinkle with oregano. Bake in a 400˚ oven for 15 minutes.
Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie
Beat 2 eggs with 1/2 cup sugar. Combine mixture with 11 oz. cream cheese and beat until smooth. Pour into an 8- or 9-inch graham cracker crust. Top with 1 1/2 cups drained crushed pineapple. Bake at 350˚ for 25 to 30 minutes. Chill one hour.
If my mother hardn't fed me sardines as a child, I probably would never have tried them. They are surprisingly good. And super good for you.
Devilled Sardines recipe from a can of King Oscar
1 can King Oscar sardines 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 tbsp. prepared mustard
Drain oil from sardines and place them in a shallow fireproof dish. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Spread with mustard. Let stand about 30 minutes then bake in moderately hot oven, 375˚F, for 15 minutes. Serve with chopped parsley and lemon slices. 2 servings.
Blend 8 oz. cream cheese with 3 tbsp. lime juice. Add 1 can King Oscar sardines (or more) mashed; 6 sweet gherkins, chopped; minced onion, salt to taste. Dip with chips or spread on crackers.
Here's another recipe from Shelley's mom. It requires you to slice cherry tomatoes. Do it with a bread knife or other serrated knife and you won't have any problems.
Gazpacho Snack old recipe from Ritz cracker box
1/3 cup cucumber 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 2 tbsp. chopped onion 2 tbsp. plain yogurt 2 tsp. wine vinegar 1/8 tsp. garlic powder 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper 9 cherry tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices 36 Low Salt Ritz Crackers
In small bowl, stir together cucumber, green pepper, onion, yogurt, vinegar, garlic powder and red pepper until blended. Place a tomato slice on each Ritz cracker. Top with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable mixture. Serve immediately.
A few weeks ago I met with one of this blog's readers, a lovely woman named Shelley. She gave me some of her mother's treasure trove of old recipes. This recipe for Pineapple-Onion Smothered Chicken (from a box of Lipton Onion Soup) is the first of many to come. So many, in fact, I may have to rename this blog Hey, Shelley's Mom Used to Make That!
Pineapple-Onion Smothered Chicken recipe from old Lipton soup box
2 tbsp. shortening 2 1/2- to 3-pound chicken, cut into serving pieces 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix 1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained 2 1/4 cups water 2 tbsp. flour
In large skillet, melt shortening and brown chicken well; add Lipton Onion Soup Mix, pineapple and 2 cups water (to avoid lumps, I suggest you dissolve the soup mix in the water before adding). Simmer covered, 45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken to serving platter. Blend flour with remaining water; stir into liquid in the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened; pour over chicken. Makes 4 servings.
Sorry I haven't been around much lately. But my staycation starts tomorrow, which means I'll have time to scan and post some new goodies in the coming week.
Daiquiri Pie recipe from old Jell-O advertising
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Lemon Pudding and Pie Filling 1 pkg. (3 oz.) Jell-O Lime Gelatin 1/3 cup sugar 2 1/2 cups water 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup Bacardi light rum 1 3/4 cups thawed Cool Whip Non-Dairy Whipped Topping 1 baked 9-inch graham cracker crumb crust, cooled
Combine pudding mix, gelatin and sugar in a saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup of the water and the eggs.; blend well. Add remaining water and cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Chill. Thoroughly blend Cool Whip into chilled mixture. Spoon into pie crust and chill until firm, about 2 hours. Garnish with additional Cool Whip and lime slices, if desired.
This is a recipe I've been meaning to try. Though, I will probably double the Streusel. (I do the same thing with cake frosting recipes.)
Fruit Yogurt Coffee Cake recipe from old Bisquick advertising
2 cups Bisquick baking mix 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened 1 egg 3/4 cup fruit-flavored yogurt (about 8 oz.) 1 tsp. vanilla Streusel (below)
Heat oven to 375˚. Grease square pan, 8 x 8 x 2 inches. Mix all ingredients except Streusel; beat vigorously 1 minute. Spread into pan; sprinkle with Streusel. Bake until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 min.; cut into squares. Makes 9 servings.
Streusel: Mix 1/4 cup Biquick, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tbsp. firm butter or margarine until crumbly. Stir in 1 tbsp. grated lemon or orange peel, if desired.
High altitude directions (3500 to 6500 feet): heat oven to 400˚. Decrease baking mix to 1 1/2 cups; add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
Grandma's Molasses Pecan Pie recipe from 1946 advertisement
3 eggs, beaten 1 c. Grandma's Molasses 1/2 c. white corn syrup 1 tsp. vanilla 1/16 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. shortening, melted 1 tbsp. flour 1 c. chopped pecans 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
Combine eggs, molasses, corn syrup, vanilla and salt. Add melted shortening (butter and margarine). Mix nuts with flour and stir into egg-molasses mixture. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake in moderate oven (350˚F) 40 minutes or until firm. Cool, serve in small portions with or without whipped cream.