A week of Vintage dinner menus for Mid-June

As the warm weather of mid-June arrives, it presents a wonderful opportunity to embrace seasonal foods, enjoy meals in the garden, and relish old-fashioned family mealtimes. Here’s a week of vintage menus that will inspire you to make the most of this delightful and abundant time of year. Here are 7 vintage dinners for mid-June to inspire your adventures in square meals.

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There are many vintage cookbooks that contain complete menu plans for a full year, based on providing nutrition and variety to the vintage housewife’s meals. The best one is Meta Given’s The Modern Family Cookbook, but only the earliest editions. Some of my favorites are:

Seasonal Foods For Mid-June

Take to the garden and dare anyone to stop you during these 24-carrot June days! But families still must eat. It’s a smart manager who sees to it that her meal cooks itself while she’s out slaughtering weeds and transplanting borders. Oven lunches, slow-cooker dinners, meals from plug-in casseroles and roasters, last-minute specials from the grill — they’re all daylight-savers for incurable June gardeners.

Once beauty’s back in the hedgerows, collect yourself a party. Serve breakfast in the morning’s coolness, foods lush from the garden, tables glowing with peasant pottery. Or herd the hungry to your outdoor fireplace at sunset. Set them to grilling hamburgers, toasting buns, swigging stout, black coffee. June is the month for it; the garden’s the place for it; and you are the lady who can do it!


  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Green Gooseberries
  • Melons
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas (Imported)
  • Lemons and limes (Imported)
  • California avocados


  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet corn (late June)
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

Meat and Fish

  • Meat. — Beef, lamb, mutton, veal.
  • Poultry. — Chickens, ducks, fowls, turkeys.
  • Fish. — Bass, blue fish, carp, cod, eel, flounder, halibut, mackerel, mullet, perch, pike, place, salmon, shad, sturgeon, trout, turbot, whitebait, whiting.
  • Shell-fish. — Clams, lobsters, prawns, shrimp, turtles.

Monday’s Dinner

  • Swiss Steak 
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Creamed Lima Beans
  • Bread and Butter
  • Spinach Salad
  • Black Raspberries with Cream
  • Iced tea and Milk for Children

Tuesday’s Dinner

  • Lamb Chops
  • Creamed Potatoes
  • Buttered String Beans
  • Bread and Butter 
  • Dill Pickles, Celery, and Radishes
  • Strawberry Short Cake with Whipped Cream
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children

Wednesday’s Dinner

  • Stuffed Spare-Ribs 
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Buttered Beets
  • Bread and Butter
  • Fresh Sauerkraut
  • Baked Apple Stuffed with Raisins and Whipped Cream
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children

Thursday’s Dinner

  • Cold Boiled Ham 
  • Creamed Potatoes
  • Beet Greens with Egg 
  • Bread and Butter
  • Watercress Salad 
  • Cherry Pie with Cheese
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children

Friday’s Dinner

  • Baked Black Bass 
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Creamed Peas 
  • Bread and Butter
  • Spinach with Egg
  • Date Pudding with Whipped Cream
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children

Saturday’s Dinner

  • Meat Pie 
  • Creamed Cabbage
  • Raised Biscuits and Butter 
  • Lettuce Salad 
  • Cucumber Pickles
  • Cornstarch Pudding with Crushed Black Raspberries and Cream
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children

Sunday’s Dinner

  • Roast Beef with Brown Potatoes and Gravy
  • Horse Radish Sauce
  • Creamed Asparagus 
  • Bread with Butter 
  • Olives
  • Tomato Salad
  • Pineapple Sherbet with Wafers
  • Iced Tea and Milk for Children
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1 thought on “A week of Vintage dinner menus for Mid-June”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I love the idea of eating lunch outside in the sunshine and fresh air, but I am terrified of bees/wasps, so idk if that will work for me.

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