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1967 Phillie Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie




Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
1967 recipe from old Philadelphia Cream Cheese advertising

Combine 8-oz. package of softened Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Add 1 egg; mix well. Spread on bottom of deep, 9-inch unbaked pastry shell. Combine 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. each ground ginger and ground nutmeg, dash of salt; mix well. Blend in 2 slightly beaten eggs and 1 cup evaporated milk. Carefully pour over cheese mixture. Bake at 350˚, 65 to 70 minutes or until done. Cool.



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Old fashioned pumpkin cake

 This ad suggests you make pumpkin cake for Thanksgiving.

I don't think you have to wait that long.

It would work perfectly well for Halloween. Or pre-Halloween. Or any day in October, really.

Because cake.



Pumpkin Cake
Old recipe from vintage Dexo advertising

2/3 cup shortening
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. ground ginger and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon)
3/4 cup milk ( whole is best, 2% is good, but don't use skim)
1 cup canned pumpkin

Measure shortening into a bowl. Sift flour, measure and sift again with baking powder, salt, sugar and spices onto the shortening. Add 1/2 cup milk and pumpkin. Blend. Beat 1 minute (count at least 150 strokes per minute). Add remaining milk and the eggs. Beat 2 minutes. Scrape, spoon and bowl often during beating. Bake in two greased and floured, deep, 8-inch layer pans in moderate oven, 375˚F, for about 35 minutes. When cool, frost with 7-minute frosting made with brown sugar.


 Growing up, my mother always made my Halloween costumes. But never anything like this. Yikes.

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Use your leftovers to make this turkey casserole


Casserole Sauce
recipe from old Hellmann's advertising

1/2 cup Best Foods or Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup turkey gravy or bouillon
2 cups milk
paprika, salt, pepper

Combine mayonnaise with flour, turkey gravy or bouillon, milk, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook until thickened.

For casserole pictured: to sauce add 2 to 3 cups diced turkey, 1 1/2 cups cooked peas, 1 cup cooked chopped onion, 1 small can of mushrooms and their juice. Pour into greased casserole. Bake at 400˚F for 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 4.


 This is what 1960s moms used to stay within their grocery budget — the Super Add-A-Matic.


Retro Thanksgiving Tradition: Pecan Pie

Homemade pecan pie is so easy, I'm surprised people don't make it more often.

If you've never made one, don't hesitate to try this recipe. It's pretty much foolproof.


Karo Pecan Pie
vintage recipe from old Karo syrup advertising

1/2 recipe pastry (in other words, one-crust pie's worth of dough)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup dark Karo syrup (clear works, too, just that the color of the pie won't be as beautiful)
1/8 tsp. salt (omit if salted nuts are used)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup pecans (chopped or whole)

Roll pastry 1/8 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie pan. Mix remaining ingredients together, adding pecans last. Pour into pastry shell. Bake in hot oven (400˚F) 15 minutes; reduce heat to moderate (350˚F) and bake another 30 to 35 minutes or until a silver knife inserted in center of filling comes out clean.


1963 mother and son. Or sister and brother? All I know for sure is that I want that necklace.


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An American classic for your Thanksgiving table

New England Yam Bake. Not to be confused with the Sunburst Yam Bake or Apple Mallow Yam Bake.

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New England Yam Bake
1975 recipe from old Kraft advertising

1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices 
2 cans (17 oz. each) Yams 
1/4 cup flour
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. margarine (I would use butter instead)
1/4 cup Chopped nuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the syrup.

Line sides of a 10 × 6-inch baking dish with pineapple slightly overlapping. Arrange yams in center. Pour pineapple syrup over yams.

Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in nuts. Sprinkle over yams.

Bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes. Top with marshmallows. Broil until lightly browned.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


I not only remember making these, I remember EXACTLY what school paste tasted like.


Recipe via Click Americana

Retro Happy Hour: Thanksgiving Rum Punch

Thanksgiving rum punch

Mix in a punch bowl 1/2 cup (4 oz.) lemon juice, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup each cranberry juice, orange juice and strong tea, a "fifth" bottle of Puerto Rican rum, 12 cloves. Add ice cubes and lemon slices. Serves 15.


It took me a while to figure out why this old photo looks so sad to me.

It's because there are no grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, etc. 

I like a noisy Thanksgiving packed with happy people.


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Easiest pumpkin pie recipe ever

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Impossible Pumpkin Pie
vintage recipe from 1980s Bisquick advertising

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
2 tbsp. butter 
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350˚. Grease pie plate, 9 x 1 1/2 or 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high or 2 minutes with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

High altitude: Heat oven to 375˚. Bake 45 to 50 minutes.


Love this old McCormick spice can.


Recipe via Dying in Downey

Pumpkin Chiffon Honeypie


Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
recipe from 1950s Sioux Bee Honey advertising

1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup Sioux Bee Honey
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 egg whites
3 tbsp. sugar
1 9" baked pie shell

Soak gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes. Beat egg yolks and combine with honey, pumpkin, milk, salt and cinnamon in top of double boiler. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Add softened gelatin and stir until dissolved. Beat egg whites until frothy; add sugar gradually and continue beating until they will stand in stiff peaks. Fold the meringue into pumpkin mixture. Fill pie shell. Chill for several hours.


Everything I know about cooking I learned by watching my grandmothers and my mother. You, too?


Recipe via Vintage Ad Browser
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Pumpkin Dream Pie

Pumpkin pie ad with recipe

Pumpkin Dream Pie

recipe from 1959 Jell-O advertising

1 pkg. Dream Whip
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1 pkg. Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 baked 8-inch pie shell (cooled)

Prepare Dream Whip with 1/2 cup milk and the vanilla as directed on pkg. Combine 1 cup of the prepared Dream Whip with the Jell-O Instant Pudding, 2/3 cup milk, pumpkin and spice. Beat slowly with egg beater just until well mixed — about 1 minute. Pour into pie shell. Chill in refrigerator until set — about 2 hours. Top with remaining Dream Whip. Serves 6.


I think this 1953 mom has a pie in the oven, if you get my drift.


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