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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.


There is no explaining this old pinup.



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. 

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.


Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I once used this recipe to make turkey pot pie with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It was a big hit with hubby and my stepkids.


Easy Chicken Pot Pie
recipe from old Bisquick advertisement

1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup cut-up chicken (as I said, turkey works, too)
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Bisquick Original baking mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Heat oven to 400˚. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased 9" pie plate.

Stir remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

High altitude: Heat oven to 425˚.

Via Aunt B Simply Living

Skillet Barbecue: Hot Turkey Sandwiches

Hot barbecued turkey sandwiches you make in a skillet. Kind of awesome.

Recipe from Kraft ad

recipe from 1967 Kraft advertisement

Combine 1 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce and 2 tbsp. chopped green pepper and onion. Heat 12 slices of roast turkey in barbecue sauce mixture in a covered skillet for 15 minutes. Fill 6 individual French bread loaves, split and toasted, with turkey micture. Makes 6 sandwiches.

Via Classic Film

Turkey Divan made with leftover turkey

1987 turkey divan

Here's the 1987 recipe from Heinz.

1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen broccoli spears
4 large slices cooked turkey
1 jar Heinz HomeStyle Turkey Gravy
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Dash red pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
Toasted slivered almonds

Blanch broccoli in boiling water 1 min.; drain thoroughly. Divide broccoli among 4 individual baking dishes; top with turkey. Combine gravy and next 4 ingredients. Heat until cheeses are melted; stir frequently. Pour about 1/3 cup gravy mixture over each serving. Cover dishes with foil; bake in 350˚F oven, 20 min. Garnish with almonds. Makes 4 servings.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Personally, I can't think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to spend it cooking for family and friends. One reason is, it makes me feel extra close to my grandmothers, both of whom have passed away. They were amazing cooks. When I was little, I loved hanging out in the kitchen while they cooked. I learned a lot just by watching. Now, whenever I'm preparing a special meal, I feel as though they're close by.

Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

— Paula

Image: 833vintage

Chef's advice for a perfect turkey

1987 turkey divan

When this 1987 ad ran, Chef Byron J. Brady, creator of Heinz HomeStyle gravies, was one of only 31 Certified Master Chefs in the country. Here are his turkey roasting tips.

1. Start with a good pan. The bird should have plenty of room.

2. Stuff lightly. Never pack stuffing in tight. (Otherwise, the turkey will take longer to cook to the center.)

3. Tent with heavy aluminium foil, or oiled baking paper.

4. One hour before bird is done, remove foil so skin will brown crisply (1/2 hour if using oiled baking paper).

5. Like wine, let it breathe. Before you carve, let turkey stand for about 20 minutes, so juices won't drain and leave the meat dry.

6. Relax. You've done enough. Let Heinz handle the gravy. With all due modesty, we've gone about making our gravies with the same attention to detail you've spent on this meal. Simmering just so long. Seasoning just right. Thickening just so. Stirring until ribbony smooth. We've even stored this marvelous turkey gravy in a jar, instead of a can.



1988 recipe for Hidden Valley Club Salad

1988 salad recipe

I prefer to toss a salad before serving it.

This is a lovely salad, but it puts form over function. That is, it's difficult to serve the salad and distribute the dressing properly.

If you toss the salad ahead of time, it's not only more flavorful, you can usually get away with using less dressing.

1988 salad recipe

Click here for a retro recipe for Caesar's Salad.