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Retro Heat: Tabasco Popcorn

You know what sounds great? Making some Tabasco popcorn and bingewatching I Love Lucy reruns.

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Tabasco Popcorn
1985 recipe from old Tabasco advertisement

1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco pepper sauce
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Makes enough for 3 quarts popped corn.


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Recipe via Shelley's Mom

Retro Canapes

These sound less like canapes and more like something my college roommates and I would make at 1:30 am during finals.

Of course, that doesn't mean they don't taste great.


Underwood Deviled Ham Canapes
recipe from a 1948 Underwood advertisement

Cut bread in squares, rounds, diamond shapes, 1/4 inch thick, toast to a delicate brown, spread liberally with Underwood Deviled Ham. Sprinkle with grated cheese and brown in hot oven.


This 1940s mom looks so lonely. She needs to make some Deviled Ham Canapes and invite the other moms over for canasta. 


Image via Ladybug

Another Retro Twofer: Pizza Hawaiiana and Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie

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. 

Recipe 4


Pizza Hawaiiana

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.


Via Shelley and her mom

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

Retro Recipe: Gold'n Nut Crunch

This is Golden Grahams' answer to Chex Party Mix.

1979 snack

Gold'n Nut Crunch
1979 recipe

1 can (12 oz.) Fisher mixed nuts or 1 jar Fisher dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter, melted
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 tsp. celery salt
4 cups Golden Grahams cereal

Heat oven to 300˚. Mix nuts and butter in medium bowl until well coated. Add cheese, garlic powder, oregano and celery salt; toss until well coated. Spread in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch. Bake, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in cereal; cool. Store in airtight container. Makes about 6 1/2 cups.

Click here to see Quaker Oats' version of the Chex Party Mix recipe.

Retro dip for holiday parties


Here's the 1967 recipe for Trim-a-Tree Dip.

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 oz.)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup minced onions
1 tsp. chopped parsley
Few strips of pimiento

In small mixer bowl, blend first 5 ingredients; beat thoroughly at medium speed until fluffy. If necessary, chill until mixture mounds. Pile mixture on inverted 5-inch flat-bottomed bowl, with spatula, shape into a peaked tree.


Via Xray Delta One

Chex Party Mix recipe, a New Year's Eve classic

This is the real thing, not the packaged Chex Mix -- which is a great snack but not as sublime as the one you make yourself.

Have a Happy New Year!

(Link to vegan recipe is at the end of this post.)

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Here's a closeup of the Chex Party Mix recipe:

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This recipe debuted in the 1950s. The images here are from the back of a box of Corn Chex cereal from the 1970s.

ADDENDUM posted 9 January 2011

Retro-Food posted a recipe for Vegan Chex Mix. Click here to see the recipe for Vegan Snack Mix.

Via Waffle Whiffer