Apple Muffins

I haven't tried this Apple Muffin recipe yet. Am thinking that since apples taste great with cheddar cheese, these muffins probably would, too.

Many people swear that Granny Smith apples are best for baking, but you can bake with pretty much any red apple (except for Red Delicious) available in your grocery store.  I don't know why, but Red Delicious aren't considered a great choice for baking. 

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Apple Muffins
1940s recipe from old Betty Crocker advertising

Sift together into bowl:
   2 cups sifted flour
   1/4 cup sugar
   1/2 tsp. salt
   4 tsp. baking powder
   1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Blend in:
   1 well-beaten egg

   1 cup milk (use whole or 2% for best results)
   1/4 cup shortening, melted and cooled

Stir just enough to mix the ingredients.

Carefully fold in:
   1 cup sliced apples that have been sweetened with 1/4 cup sugar

Pour into well greased muffin pan. Fill each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes in a moderately hot oven (400°F).

Serve piping hot. Makes 12 medium-sized muffins.


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I want this 1950s apple shaped cookie jar. Alas, by the time I found it online, it had already been sold.

Recipe via Recipe Curio
Image via Muggsey and Mae

Apple picking time


Just in time for apple picking season, my local Patch published a guide to when is the best time to pick various types of apples.

  • MacIntosh: September 1 - October 25
  • Honeycrisp: Beginning of September to mid-September
  • Royal Gala: Beginning of September to late September
  • Golden Supreme: Beginning of September to mid-September
  • Cortland: Middle of September to mid-October
  • Jonagold: Middle of September to mid-October
  • Macouns: End of September to late October
  • Empire: Early October to late October
  • Red Delicious: End of September to late October
  • Mutsu: Beginning of October to late October
  • Fuji: Beginning of October to late October
  • Suncrisp: Mid-October to late October
  • Enterprise: Mid-October to Mid-November
  • Gold Rush: Mid-October to Mid-November

 Apple recipes to follow in the next few days.

This sounds kinda good to me. (Don't judge.)

Here's a reminder that summer isn't over yet. The recipe is billed as a "Summer Night Sensation" and it's made with Spam.

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Spam 'n' Cheese Ribbon Loaf
Vintage recipe from 1950s Spam advertising.

Cut in 8 slices 1 whole can of Spam.

Mix together: 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened with a little milk; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1 tbsp. minced parsley; and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Spread between slices of Spam.

Chill 4 hours (or longer; overnight if desired). Slice and serve. Good with deviled eggs or potato salad.




1950s bathing beauties at Rockaway Beach in Queens. 


The first and second bathing suits from the left don't appear to be made of stretchable fabric. And all three would have had big metal zippers up the back.


Image via Forties, Fifties, Sixties

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.


Did you ever try Boston Baked Bean candy? 


Recipe via flickr

Aloha from the 80s

I may be the only person in America who's never tried Shake 'n Bake.

And I'm probably the only person who's visited Hawaii without ever attending a luau. 

This Pork Luau recipe was invented for me.

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Pork Luau
Retro recipe from 1980 advertising

1 envelope Shake 'n Bake Seasoned Coating Mix for Pork
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
6 pork chops, 1 inch thick 
1 can (20 oz.) sliced pineapple in juice
1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Pork

Place Shake 'n Bake and ginger in shaker bag; shake to blend. Coat chops and arrange on rack as directed on package. Drain pineapple, measuring juice; add water to equal 1 3/4 cups; set aside. Top each chop with a pineapple slice; dice remaining pineapple and set aside. Bake chops at 425˚ for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender. Always cook pork thoroughly.

Meanwhile, prepare stuffing mix as directed on package, substituting measured pineapple juice for water and stirring in the diced pineapple after the crumbs. Serve with pork chops. 


I miss the days when travel agents, with their office walls covered in posters, would do all the work of planning and booking your vacation for you. 


Recipe via Charm and Poise
Image via DP Posters

This recipe looks amazing

This is kind of an American toad-in-the-hole. Amazing. Only I would serve it with baked beans instead of mushroom gravy and barbecue sauce.

(BTW, here's the toad-in-the-hole recipe I use. It's amazing, too.)


Frankfurter Loaf
Vintage recipe from a 1967 Good Housekeeping Cookbook

8 skinless frankfurters (not all beef)
1 10-oz. package cornbread mix (I recommend Jiffy)
Canned mushroom gravy
Bottled barbecue sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

2. Heat frankfurters in water; remove and dry; slash at 1-inch intervals.

3. Prepare cornbread mix as package label directs. Alternate layers of franks and batter in greased, floured, 1 1/2 quart glass loaf pan.

4. Bake 35 minutes; cool to lukewarm in pan. With sharp knife, slice 1-inch thick. Pass gravy and barbecue sauce. Makes 6 servings.


Old photos of my nephews wearing coordinating leisure suits are a source of entertainment till this day. Unfortunately, I don't have copies. Standing in is this image from an old Sears catalog.

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Recipe via Mid-Century Menu
Image via Sew Country Chick

Retro Happy Hour: Planter's Punch


Planters' Punch
Vintage recipe from 1947 Myers's rum advertising

One of sour (one part fresh lime juice). Two sweet (two parts sugar). Three of strong (three parts Myers's Jamaica Rum). Four of weak (four parts water and ice).


I have a soft spot for old neon signs. They're disappearing fast, largely because they're ridiculously expensive to fix.


Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Peter Zarria

The retro way to doctor up your canned baked beans


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.


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

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

This is called Impossible Cheeseburger Pie because the pie does the impossible by making its own crust.

Nice alternative for folks who don't own a grill.



Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
Vintage recipe from 1981 Bisquick advertising

1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups of milk
3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix
3 eggs
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar or process American cheese

Heat oven to 400K. Grease pie plate, 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Brown beef and onion; drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread in plate. Beat milk, baking mix and eggs until smooth. 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake 25 minutes. Top with tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 5 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

High Altitude: Increase first bake time to 30 minutes.


This is my dad, my brothers and me in our backyard pool in 1968.

(If you're doing math, trying to figure out how old I am, we can no longer be friends.)


Recipe via livejournal