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Sweet Potato Croquettes

The croquette. Flipping through almost any mid century cookbook you are sure to find at least one recipe for croquettes. So popular in the 1950s and 60s, yet it wasn’t until I started collecting vintage cookbooks that I had ever heard of this humble but significant dish. Usually made up of meat, most often breaded […]

Spiced Raisin Coffeecake

I pulled this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Creative Cooking Library: Snacks and Refreshments, from 1963. It was titled ‘spicy raisin cake’, but I thought that was a bit misleading. To me spicy is something with kick, this has a mere teaspoon of cinnamon to flavor it, so maybe a better title would […]

Date Pudding

After the atrocity that was my last retro recipe, the Patio Salad, I needed something safe. One quick flip through my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and this recipe for date pudding practically jumped off the page. I have really only had date pudding once before, a year and a half ago for my 30th […]

Patio Salad – A Retro Recipe Flop

Well, that looks horribly unappetizing, doesn’t it? This chunky, crunchy, chewy, creamy orange dish is called Patio Salad, recipe taken from the Knudsen Recipes book (which I also used last week to make a delicious, but not so crunchy, Apple Crunch) from 1962. It is slightly sweet, and packed with flavor. Unusual, why did I […]

Apple Crunch

This recipe is inappropriately named Apple Crunch as there was nothing crunchy about it. Perhaps a better name would be apple porridge or apple pudding. Either way, it was delicious, and just what this lady with a baby was craving. We don’t eat a lot of sweets or desserts around our house, but when I […]

In the Kitchen | 11

1. Chanterelle mushrooms, I made the most incredible chanterelle mushroom gravy for Lucy and I to eat over potatoes and rolls at Thanksgiving dinner. I loosely followed this recipe. 2. Chilaquiles, my favorite breakfast to make for a crowd. I loosely follow this recipe, this time using delicious dried hatch chilies while in New Mexico. […]

Baked Macaroni Loaf

` I made a macaroni loaf. A macaroni loaf. Something like this would never, ever occur to me as something to make and serve people, but after seeing the title in one of my vintage cookbooks, I thought it might be a fun little change from the norm. Admittedly, I am not much of a […]

Jalapeño Cheddar and Tomato Biscuits with Cream of Carrot Soup

This week I have two retro recipes for you. When I planned this meal, I didn’t even consider that both components would be orange, but it was the perfect way to ring in October’s arrival. The jalapeño cheddar and tomato biscuits turned out absolutely amazing. Slightly spicy, a little cheesy, and the tomato ingredient is […]

Mushroom and Wild Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Many years ago when I started this blog (5 to be exact, wow!), one of the things I wanted to feature were retro recipes from my massive collection of mid century cookbooks. I went so far as to try a gelatin salad, and even convinced myself I liked it (I didn’t, there is absolutely no […]

Rolling Grape Leaves

Near the very top of my list of favorite things to do in the world, ever, is cooking with friends. I can think of nothing more fun than sitting around, cooking, eating while you cook, drinking (tea, wine, or margaritas if it has been that kind of day) telling stories, laughing, and making a mountainous […]

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