Vintage Recipes

1950s Chocolate-Covered Cherries (Very Vintage December)

I don’t really like convenience foods. I like cooking from scratch. I also like reverse-engineering foods. I mean, I started reading Cook’s Illustrated magazine 20 years ago! I’m sure you see where this is going. I LIKE reverse-engineering vintage convenience foods, and making my own from-scratch or convenient versions. And I’ve had a lot of …

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2-in-1 Bake is a vintage casserole of ham, cheese, and cauliflower.

2-In-1 Bake: Vintage Ham and Cauliflower Casserole

2-in-1 Bake is a vintage casserole for a family dinner from the 1958 Good Housekeeping’s Casserole Book. It combines ham, cheese, cauliflower, and canned cream soup to make a remarkably tasty quick casserole. I served it with Iowa Succotash, Onion-Rye Bread, and Carrot-Raisin Salad. Since it is a creamy dish, I chose Avocado Tidbits, which …

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Vintage Cherry-Vanilla Muffins (with a recipe!)

Vintage Cherry-Vanilla Muffins (with a recipe!)

This is my recipe for Valentine’s Day muffins! Actually, the idea for doing cherry-vanilla flavors for Valentine’s Day came from my February 1952 issue of McCall’s magazine. It had an ad from the Dairy Council, promoting cherry-vanilla ice cream dessert in the middle of the feature on making a Valentine’s Day tea. So, I decided …

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