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The cutest Thanksgiving idea ever

This idea comes from a 1942 Ocean Spray ad.

Slice your jellied cranberry sauce and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. The result is perfect individual servings of cranberry sauce.

This is so adorable, I can't stand it.


Back in the day, to get the cranberry sauce out of the can in one piece, one just opened both ends of the can with a can opener and the jellied sauce slid right out. Today, the bottom of the can is often such that a can opener doesn't work on it.

What to do?

Open the can on one end. Then, gently insert a knife in between the cranberry sauce and the side of the can to loosen. You don't have to run the knife all the way around, just getting the knife in there should do it.

Click here to watch a one-minute demo. (Where would we be without YouTube?)

Recipe via Click Americana

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

The devil you say!

The idea of Deviled Hot Dogs had me flummoxed. What quality do the hot dogs pictured share with deviled eggs?

It was time for me to look up what "deviled" means.

"To prepare with hot or savory seasoning," according to Dictionary.comHmmm. By that definition, burritos, spaghetti sauce and pizza are all deviled. 

Clearly, there's a nuance I'm missing.


Deviled Hot Dogs
With Frenchwise Barbecue Sauce

Vintage recipe from 1952 French's advertising

Slash tops of frankfurters, brown in skillet or on the grill. Baste and serve with Frenchwise Sauce:

1 medium onion, minced (or 1 tbsp. French's Onion Flakes)
1 small green pepper minced (or 1 tbsp. French's Pepper Flakes)
2 tbsp. butter 
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. French's Prepared Mustard
1 tbsp. French's Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. salt.

Combine ingredients, simmer 15 minutes.
Serves 8.


I strongly suggest you enjoy your deviled hot dogs with beer.         ; )


Recipe via File Photo Digital Archive

Try some Campbell's soup on the barbie


Sizzling Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Vintage recipe from 1966 Campbell's Soup advertising

1/3 cup onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. salad oil
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 to 2 tbsp. Worcestershire 
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
dash Tabasco sauce

1. In saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender.

2. Add remaining ingredients.

3. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes; stir now and then. Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce.



Alternate pieces of meat and vegetables on skewers. Broil 10 to 20 minutes or until done, turning and basting every 5 minutes. Serve kabobs with remaining sauce. Also delicious on hamburgers, chicken and shrimp.

Meats: Sirloin, lamb (leg or shoulder), bologna, canned meats and frankfurters.

Vegetables: Mushrooms, tomatoes, green pepper, zucchini, potatoes (canned), cucumbers and pineapple.


I always get a little nervous when retro dads cook with hot coals while wearing nothing but their swim trunks.


Recipe via Classic Film
Image via Charlie a Go Go

I'm out of hibernation. Just in time for cookout season.

Sorry I went AWOL. This year's record-breaking winter took its toll on me. But I'm back and starting with lots of cookout recipes. Here's the first.

1965 recipe

Butter-Barbecued Beef Loaves
Vintage recipe from 1965 Alcoa Wrap advertising

Beef Loaves

2 lbs. ground lean beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 onion slices
Butter Barbecue Sauce (see below)

1. Combine beef, eggs, crumbs, green pepper, milk, ketchup, salt and pepper.

2. Divide into 8 portions on double thick squares of Alcoa Wrap (aluminum foil); shape into loaves.

3. Top each with onion slice, 2-3 tbsp. butter barbecue sauce.

4. Bring up sides of foil; fold down onto meat in tight double folds; fold ends over and over up close to meat.

5. Grill 3 inches from coals 10 - 12 minutes; turn. Grill 10 - 12 minutes longer.

6. To serve: open foil; top with tomato slice if desired. Serves 8.


Butter Barbecue Sauce

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. chilli powder
3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
dash of Tabasco sauce

1. Melt butter; add onion; cook until tender.

2. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 5 minutes.

3. If store in refrigerator. warm before using. Makes about 1 cup.


1960s moms stored leftovers in Tupperware.


According to The Thrift Shopper, Tupperware products purchased before September 3, 1979, should be hand washed; those bought after are dishwasher safe (except for Tuppertoys, Cake and Pie Takers, Cheese Server, Ice Cream Scoop and Imprinted Disney products).

Recipe via Classic Film

Log Cabin Whip

As you may know, Log Cabin Syrup is mostly corn syrup. If you want a more authentic maple flavor, I'd substitute Log Cabin Syrup with 100% pure maple syrup when making this recipe.


Log Cabin Whip
1953 recipe from old Log Cabin advertising

Place 1/2 cup heavy cream in chilled bowl and beat until cream holds its shape. (Do not overbeat.) Fold in 3 to 4 tbsp. Log Cabin Syrup. Use as topping for cake, pudding or other desserts. Makes one cup.

Shown above on cake with Log Cabin Syrup and chopped pistachio nuts.*

*Looks to me as though they drizzled some extra syrup over the cake first, before adding the Log Cabin Whip.


This smart mom was never fooled by corn syrup masquerading as maple syrup.


Recipe via craptoy
IMage via Charlie a Go-Go

Retro Hot Potato

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Tabasco Potato Butter
old recipe from 1985 Tabasco advertising

1/4 cup melted butter (or use softened butter at the table)
1 tsp. Tabasco pepper sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve on baked potatoes. Makes 1/3 cup.


Baked potatoes were big in the 80s — not coincidently around the same time microwaves became ubiquitous.


Image via Soda Head

There's still plenty of time to fire up the barbie. No matter where you live.

I don't know about your dad, but mine grills year-round. In New England.

I've seen him standing in the backyard holding an umbrella to protect himself and the grill from falling snow. Swear to God. The man cannot be stopped.

Tabasco ad with recipe for bbQ sauce

Barbecue Sauce Tabasco
recipe from old Tabasco advertising

2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. Tabasco
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in saucepan; bring to a boil. Use to brush steak, roasts, spareribs, chicken, frankfurters during cooking. Yields 1 1/4 cups.


Ike grilled like a gentleman — shirt tucked in, pressed slacks.

I wonder if Mamie served prune whip for dessert?


Recipe via Vintage Kitten

Schaefer Beer-B-Cue Sauce (See what they did there?)

If you needed an excuse to extend the grilling season, here it is. This recipe makes 3 quarts of sauce. 

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Schaefer Beer-B-Cue Sauce
vintage recipe from 1961 Schaefer beer cookbooklet

1 can (12 oz.) Schaefer beer
2 bottles (14 oz. each) ketchup
1 bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce
2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup prepared mustard
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1 1/2 cups wine vinegar
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup thick bottled steak sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. salad oil
Minced or crushed garlic

Combine all ingredients except the garlic. Pour into pint jars. This sauce may be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer. About an hour before using the sauce, add the garlic, if desired. Makes about 6 pints.


Retro dad required appropriate equipment — and clothing — for serious backyard barbecuing.

"These briquettes are hot. You kids go play somewhere else."


Recipe via Alsis35
Photo via Charlie a Go-Go

Retro Ice Cream Sauce

Want to impress a hostess this summer? Present her with some froyo and a jar of homemade marshmallow sauce. Wrap the jar with some raffia ribbon first and everybody will think you're the next Martha Stewart.


Marshmal-o Ice Cream Sauce
recipe from old Marshmal-o advertising

Mix 1 1/2 tbsp. warm water with 5 oz. Pennant Marshmall-o (Marshmallow Fluff will do) and beat with rotary beater (electric mixer would be even better) until smooth. Makes about 1 cup.