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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.



 Pirate's Pie
Retro recipe from a 1960s Star-Kist ad

2 (6 1/2 oz.) cans Star-Kist tuna, chunk style
3 eggs
4-oz. can sliced mushrooms
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 medium tomato, cut in 1/4-inch slices
4 slices American cheese
1 envelope instant mashed potato mix (or 2 cups mashed potatoes)

Beat eggs slightly and add to separated chunks of tuna. Add mushrooms and parsley. Place mixture in bottom of well-greased 9" pie tin. Top with tomato slices and 3 cheese slices. Prepare mashed potato mix (using 1/2 cup less liquid than package directions call for). Spoon potatoes over cheese. Cut remaining cheese slice (diagonally in half) and top mashed potatoes with slices. Bake at 375˚ for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and cheese melts. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Garnish with parsley. Serves 6 generously.


The Puffy Shirt ("like pirates used to wear") is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. It originally aired in 1993.


Recipe via Livejournal

Retro Fish Stick Sandwich

Does Oceanburger sound odd to you, too?

I'm calling this a Fish Stick Sandwich, instead.

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Fish Stick Sandwich
1971 recipe from old Tabasco advertising

1 can Cheddar cheese soup (10 3/4 oz.)
1/2 tsp. dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp. Tabasco pepper sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. crushed oregano
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 pound cooked fish sticks
6 hamburger buns, slightly toasted
dill pickle slices

In saucepan, simmer first 6 ingredients for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon over fried fish sandwiches. Garnish with pickle slices.


Fried fish trivia: McDonald's introduced the
Filet-o'-Fish sandwich in the early 1960s to entice Catholics to eat at McDonald's on Fridays — at the time, Catholics were expected to go meat-free every Friday of the year.


Recipe via Shelley's mom
Image via my vintage advertising blog Found in Mom's Basement

Pretend it's 1953 and you're in Newport, Rhode Island

Just came across this photo from Jack and Jackie Kennedy's 1953 wedding reception and realized I have the perfect retro recipe that could be served in hollowed out pineapples.

I published this Tropical Tuna Salad recipe back in August.

Of course, I doubt it's the same salad the future president and first lady were eating that day, but feel free to pretend.



Image via HuffPo

1967 Tropical Tuna Salad

At the risk of sounding like Jessica Simpson, I don't understand why a company that sells tuna would put "chicken" in its name.


Tropical Tuna Salad
recipe from 1967 Breast o' Chicken brand tuna

1 can (6 1/2 oz.) Breast o' Chicken tuna
1 large orange, peeled and sectioned
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (3 1/4 oz. can pineapple, drained, may be substituted)
1 cup cantaloupe, cut into cubes (half a papaya may be substituted)
2 leaves romaine lettuce
2 springs endive
1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
1  1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar

Toss together chilled tuna, fruit chunks and broken lettuce and endive. Combine mayonnaise or salad dressing, mustard, lemon juice and sugar to make a dressing. Dribble dressing over salad and toss lightly. Makes four servings. If desired, the lettuce and endive may be used to make lettuce cups for the fruit and tuna mixture.

Recipe via Classic Film

Retro Seafood Stew

Here's kind of a 1960s American version of bouillabaisse. 


Seafood Tomato Stew
recipe from 1965 Del Monte advertisement

1/4 cup olive or salad oil
3 cloves garlic
2 cans (1 lb. size) Del Monte Stewed Tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2-in. strip orange rind
1 qt. water
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 cans (6 1/2 or 7 oz.) Del Monte Tuna
1 can (7 1/2 oz. size) Del Monte Alaska King Crab
1 can (7 1/2 oz. size) Del Monte Minced Sea Clams

Heat in large pan. Add next six ingredients; simmer briskly 10 minutes. Add water, salt, sugar, then drained tuna, in large pieces; crab and clams with liquid. Bring to boil; serve. Serves six.


A 1960s hostess gets ready for her guests. Notice, no drinking glasses, just coffee cups. Drinking coffee with one's meal was something people used to to.


Image via Apartment Therapy

Retro Tuna and Waffles

Another retro meal that starts with Cream of Mushroom Soup.


Tuna 'n Waffles
recipe from 1954 Campbell's soup advertisement

Blend 1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup with 1/3 cup milk, 1 drained, flaked 7-oz. can of tuna and 1/4 cup sliced stuffed olives. Heat thoroughly. Pour over 4 crisp waffles. Serves 4.


Junior, here, is patiently waiting for his mom to finish making his Tuna and Waffles.


Recipe via Mid Century Menu
Image via We Had Faces Then

Retro Tuna Croquettes

You can still find croquettes on diner menus around the country.

Or you can just make them yourself.


Crisco-Fried Tuna Croquettes
recipe from old Crisco advertising

Make 1 cup thick white sauce.* Cool. Add 1 (7 oz.) can flaked canned tuna, 1 tbsp. chopped onion and 2 tbsp. lemon juice. Season to taste. Shape into 6 or 7 croquettes. Dip in egg beaten with 2 tbsp. water, then dip in fine bread crumbs. Fry 3 to 5 minutes in Crisco heated to 365˚ (or when an inch square bread browns in 60 seconds).


* Here's a recipe for thick white sauce from

3 or 4 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk or one half cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water

Melt butter in a sauce pan and whisk in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually stir in cold milk, cooking over direct heat and stirring constantly until sauce boils; reduce heat slightly and continue to stir until sauce becomes smooth and thick. When sauce thickens, simmer for an additional 10 minutes over very low heat, stirring occasionally.

Stir carefully to avoid lumps. If sauce becomes lumpy, use a stick blender or rotary beater to blend out lumps or else press through a sieve. Wondra flour may be used to great advantage since this flour does not have a tendency to lump.

Crab Meat a la Dewey

Let's all pretend this recipe is named after this Dewey.


Crab Meat a la Dewey
recipe from 1958 American Dairy Association advertising

2 tbsp. real butter
1 cup mushrooms — finely chopped
1/2 green pepper — finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 pound picked lump crab meat
1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs

Melt the butter in top of double boiler and saute chopped mushrooms and green pepper in it. Blend in flour. Add nonfat dry milk, water and seasonings. Cook until the mixture thickens.

Blend in egg yolk by first adding a small amount of hot mixture to egg. Add crabmeat.

Turn into four individual casseroles. Sprinkle with mixture of Parmesan cheease and bread crumbs. Bake at 350˚ F for 30 minutes.

Via Cindi Whittaker

Retro Twofer: Devilled Sardines and Festive Sardine Dip

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.


Festive Dip

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.

Via Shelley and her mom