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Tuna casserole recipe from Hollywood

 I don't remember ever seeing any movies starring Dan Dailey. He was nominated for an Oscar once, so it's safe to assume he was a better actor than a cook — this recipe sounds atrocious.  

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Dan Dailey's Tuna Casserole
Recipe from a 1951 Star-Kist advertisement

In a casserole dish, combine one can of Star-Kist Tuna with two cans of Franco-American Spaghetti. Top with buttered bread crumbs, heat and serve.

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Here's a movie poster for the 1951 film referenced in the above ad.

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Recipe via Digital Photo Archive
Image via Movie Poster Shop


A Louisiana favorite

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, crawfish-kabobs, crawfish creole, crawfish gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple crawfish, lemon crawfish, coconut crawfish, pepper crawfish, crawfish soup, crawfish stew, crawfish salad, crawfish and potatoes, crawfish burger, crawfish sandwich.

Okay, it's not a direct quotation from Forrest Gump, but you get the idea.

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 Seafood Enchiladas
Recipe from 1991 Louisiana advertising

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chicken or fish stock
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. chopped, seeded jalapenos
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/3 cup grated Swiss cheese
16 corn tortillas
2 cups grated Monteray Jack cheese

Melt butter. Add flour, whisk and cook for 5 minutes. Saute vegetables. Add stock, seasonings and cream. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese. Turn off fire and stir in Swiss cheese.

Filling:
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
4 chopped and seeded jalapenos
1 lb. crawfish tails (or shrimp or crap)
1 cup finely chopped green onions

Mix cheese and sour cream together until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Steam torillas to soften. Grease 9 x 11 baking dish. Spoon filling into each tortilla. Roll and place in baking dish. Top with sauce and grated cheese. Bake at 450˚ about 20 minutes. Serves 8.

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 When serving your seafood enchiladas, set your table with these 1940s crawfish salt and pepper shakers. They're available for purchase here.

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This isn't what you think

This jambalaya recipe may taste good (I haven't tried it), but I don't have a lot confidence that it's going to result in anything most people consider jambalaya.

It calls for instant onions and canned fish.

Enough said.

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Fisherman's Wharf Jambalaya
Old recipe from 1970 Rice-A-Roni advertising

In 2 tbsp. butter, lightly brown 1 package Chicken Rice-A-Roni. Stir in 2 3/4 cups hot water, contents of flavor packet, 1/4 tsp. each: black pepper and Tabasco sauce, 1 tbsp. instant minced onions, 1/4 cup each: diced celery and bell pepper. Add 2 cups diced cooked ham (or luncheon meat), 1 can tuna or shrimp. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

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Considering making this recipe? Click here for something that'll put you in the right mood.

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Image via Life Magazine


When is Eat Like a Pirate Day?

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Arg.

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 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Image via Apartment Therapy


Retro Tuna and Waffles

Another retro meal that starts with Cream of Mushroom Soup.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 Cooks.com:

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.