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Retro food garnish looks neither like food nor garnish

Vintage cookbookFrom a vintage cookbook full of weird interesting ideas for food garnishes comes this Christmas-y horror treat.

It's Randolf, the Red-Nosed Rainmoose. (Shouldn't that be Reinmoose?)

Looks like it's made with a pointy potato, ginger roots, radish slices, half a cherry and the root ends of a couple of small onions.

Happy Nightmares Holidays!

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Culinary Madness: Jell-O Corned Beef Loaf

At some point in the 20th century, people thought suspending ground corned beef in lemon Jell-O would be a swell idea.


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Corned Beef Loaf

1 pkg. lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup meat stock or 1 cup water plus 4 bouillon cubes or 4 tsp. beef extract
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
3 cups cooked corned beef, ground
1 tbsp. onion, grated
1 tbsp. prepared mustard

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add meat stock, Worcestershire sauce and paprika. Chill. When slightly thickened, fold in corned beef, onion and mustard. Turn into loaf pan. Chill until firm. Unmold. Serve in slices on crisp lettuce. Garnish with sliced hard-cooked eggs or tomato wedges. Serves 10.

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Retro Recipe: Baked Beans Aloha

Just four ingredients. Mix 'em up, heat and serve. Doesn't get any easier. Or grosser, if you ask me.

Retro recipe


Baked Beans Aloha

4 cups (2 1-lb. cans) baked beans
1 12-oz. can luncheon meat (FYI, that's code for Spam), cut in cubes
1 1/3 cups (13 1/2-oz. can) drained pineapple chunks
3/4 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce

Combine ingredients in 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350°, 1 hour. 6 to 8 servings.

 Click here for another retro recipe that includes canned luncheon meat a.k.a. Spam.

Retro Recipe: Pork Cake

That's right, PORK CAKE.

Pork cake vintage recipe

Pork Cake

1 lb. fat salt pork
1 cup water
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup molasses
3 eggs
5 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. mace or nutmeg
1 lb. raisins, seeded
1 lb. dates
1/4 lb. citron

Put pork through food chopper two or three times or until pork is very finely ground. Place in large mixing bowl; pour boiling water over it; mix well. Let stand until cold, about 1 hour. Add sugar, molasses and well-beaten eggs. Fold in flour sifted with baking soda, baking powder and spices. Then fold in well mixed chopped fruits. Turn into 10-inch tube pan, coated with pan-coat. Bake in a slow oven (250˚) 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Yield: About 6 pounds.

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Molded Jell-O salad from the 1950s

I just don't understand salad recipes from 1950s.

Take this one from 1952. It combines fruit, vegetables and lemon Jell-O. And it suggests you serve the whole thing with mayonnaise.

Vegetables and lemon Jell-O?

Fruit and mayonnaise?

Sounds so unappetizing. And looks even worse.


Tropic Topknot Salads

2 cups Del Monte Crushed Pineapple
1 pkg. lemon-flavored gelatin
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups grated raw carrots
6 to 8 well-drained cooked prunes, cut in eighths
Salad greens

Drain pineapple, reserving syrup. Add water to syrup to make 2 cups liquid. Heat and stir into gelatin till thoroughly dissolved. Add lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Place a pinch of grated carrot in each of 8 or 10 individual molds; spoon in enough gelatin mixture barely to cover carrot; chill till set. To one-half remaining gelatin mixture, add pineapple; to other half, add cut prunes and rest of carrots. Pour pineapple gelatin into molds; chill till set. Add carrot-prune gelatin; chill till firm. Unmold on greens; serve with mayonnaise.

Click here for another, more appetizing retro recipe for a molded Jell-O salad.

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From 1958, 3-Second Appetizers from A.1.

I suggest you think twice before trying a savory appetizer recipe that promises to look like a chocolate sundae.

Retro appetizers

Here's the recipe for A.1.'s 3-Second Appetizers.

Put a slab of cream cheese in a shallow bowl and pour A.1. Steak Sauce liberally over it. (Looks like a chocolate sundae.) Circle with crackers or potato chips.

For variety, blend 1 Tbsp. A.1. Steak Sauce with 4-oz. pkg. cream cheese, add minced clams.

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