Thanksgiving Feed

Homemade corn meal biscuits

Homemade biscuits. The way to knock the socks off your Thanksgiving guests. Better still, this recipe is easy.

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Corn Meal Biscuits
Recipe from 1957 Clabber Girl advertising

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Blend in cornmeal. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk all at once. Stir lightly with a fork, just enough to moisten all the flour. Knead gently about 1/2 minute on lightly floured board. Roll dough 3/4 inch think. Cut with 2-inch cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a 450˚F (very hot) oven 12 to 15 minutes. Yields 12 biscuits.

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If you don't have a biscuit cutter, just use an upturned drinking glass that's been dipped in flour. 

Recipe via tikitacky


Thanksgiving twofer

Here are two Thanksgiving-worthy recipes from 1952.

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Walnut Pumpkin Cake

1 pkg. spice cake mix
1 tsp. baking soda
canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Add baking soda to cake mix. Substitute pumpkin for liquid called for on package in same amount; combine with the 1/2 cup water. Mix cake as package directs, using a little over half the pumpkin-water mixture for first addition of liquid. Add walnuts last. Bake as package directs. Fill layers and frost with whipped cream, sprinkling more chopped walnuts between layers. Decorate with whole walnuts.


Walnut Cranberry Quickie

Dissolve 1 pkg. lemon gelatin in 1 3/4 cups boiling water; cool until syrupy. Put walnut half in each of 6 individual molds. Arrange banana slices over walnuts. Spoon 2 tbsp. gelatin into each mold. Mix remaining gelatin with 1 cup whole cranberry sauce and 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Fill molds with this mixture; chill. Serve with balls of seasoned cream cheese rolled in chopped walnuts.

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Step back, Junior. That oven's very hot.

 

Recipe via tikitacky
Image via Carl Guderian


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This is my go-to pumpkin pie recipe.

Though this ad is from 1987, according to Very Best Baking, Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe has been featured on Libby's pumpkin labels since 1950.

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Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie
Recipe from 1987 Libby's advertising

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups Libby’s solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (12-oz. can) evaporated milk
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 425˚F. Mix filling ingredients in order given. Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 min. Reduce temperature to 350˚F and continue baking for 45 min. or until knife inserted into center of filling comes out clean.

Cool completely. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream.

Makes one 9-inch pie.

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I've always gotten best results by making my pies using glass (Pyrex, actually) pie plates. 

Turns out, I'm not the only one.

According to kitchn, "Glass takes its time to heat and heats evenly which makes it a perfect candidate for virtually any pie you're making."

 

Recipe via Click Americana
Image via James Vaughan


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.

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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


Turkey AND Ham for Thanksgiving?

Make Thanksgiving a carnivore's dream with these easy peasy turkey and ham recipes.

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Both recipes come from the above 1987 advertising for Reynolds Oven Cooking Bags.

Thankfully Simple Turkey

1 tbsp. flour
1 turkey size (19" x 23 1/2) Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag
1 medium onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
16- to 20-lb. turkey, thawed and rinsed
2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag; place in roasting pan at least 2 inches deep. Place onion and celery in bag. Remove neck and giblets. Lightly stuff turkey, if desired. Brush with oil. Place turkey in bag. Close bag with nylon tie; make 6 half-inch slits in top. Insert meat thermometer through slit in bag into thigh. Bake to 180˚F or 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 hours. Add 1/2 hour for stuffed turkey. Makes: 16 to 20 servings.

 

Take -A-Holiday Ham

1 tbsp. flour
1 turkey size (19" x 23 1/2") Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag
12- to 16-lb. fully-cooked hame, bone-in
whole cloves

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag; place in roasting pan at least 2 inches deep. Remove skin, trim fat from ham, leaving a thin layer. Lightly score surface of ham; stud with cloves. Place ham in bag. Close bag with nylon tie; make 6 half-inch slits in top. Insert meat thermometer through slit in bag. Bake to 140˚F or 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours. Makes: 16 to 22 servings.

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There is no explaining this old pinup.

 

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Why is the turkey on a leash? 

Why is she wearing ballet slippers with her skating outfit?

And why is she wearing both in a barnyard?

We will never know.

 

Click here to see more ridiculous Thanksgiving pinups fro the past. 


Two pies from the 80s

If there's one thing I've learned it's that recipes that call for Cool Whip and instant pudding mix are ALWAYS delicious.

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Both recipes are from the above 1987 ad.

Black Forest Pie

3 1/2 cups (8 oz.) thawed Cool Whip
1 Keebler Ready-Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (4-serving) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
1 cup cherry pie filling

Spread 1 cup of Cool Whip on bottom of pie crust. Combine milk and pudding mix in medium bowl. Blend with wire whisk or electric mixer (low speed) for 1 minute. Fold in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Spread over Cool Whip that's on bottom of pie crust. Spread remaining Cool Whip over top, leaving a 1-inch border and forming a depression in the center of the Cool Whip. Spoon cherry pie filling in the center. Chill at least 3 hours. Garnish with melted chocolate, if desired.

 

Creamy Pumpkin Pie

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (6-serving) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 1/2 (8 oz.) thawed Cool Whip
1 Keebler Ready-Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Combine pumpkin, milk, pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice in small mixer bowl. Blend with wire whisk or electric mixer (low speed) for 1 minute. Fold in 2 1/2 cups of the Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Top with remaining Cool Whip.

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 I miss the 80s. I was in my 20s and had the most beautiful wardrobe I will ever own thanks to a FABULOUS Loehmann's in Swampscott, Massachusetts. 

What were you doing in the 80s?

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If you're unfamiliar with Loehmann's, it was a women's discount designer clothing store with the most amazing fashions at equally amazing low prices. The chain went downhill in the 90s and closed for good a few years ago.

 Image via Found in Mom's Basement


Barry Manilow Yam Bake

Okay, it's not a Barry Manilow Yam Bake — unless you read it really fast, as I did.

I've already posted a couple of other yam bake recipes from Kraft. Each has its own little twist on the basic recipe. This one features oats and cranberries. 

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Berry Mallow Yam Bake
Recipe from 1978 Kraft advertising

Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup old fashioned or quick oats, uncooked, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Cut in 1/3 cup butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Toss 1 cup crumb mixture with two 17 oz. cans yams, drained, and 2 cups cranberries; place in 1 1/2-quart casserole. Top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350˚ for 35 minutes.

Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows. Broil till lightly browned. Makes six servings.

Great with turkey, ham or roast pork.

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You just know these 60s moms put mini marshmallows on their yam casseroles.

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Image via Robert's World


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.

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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.

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

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Recipe via livejournal
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Use your leftovers to make this turkey casserole

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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.

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

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