Mid Century Christmas Dinner

This was a great Christmas for cooking. I had plenty of time, and Dan let me cook pretty much the whole meal. Which meant I could choose whatever vintage, retro recipes I wanted. It ended up being a mid-century menu. Here’s what we had for dinner: Baked Ham Supreme from All Maine Cooking, 1967 Dan’s [...] Read more »

Baked Bean Casserole with Franks

Dan and I needed something quick to eat a few nights ago. This, coupled with the fact we had some hot dogs in the fridge that needed eating, led me to look through his mother’s handwritten cook book for a possible recipe. Bingo! I found a handwritten recipe for Baked Bean Casserole with Franks. The [...] Read more »

Cooking with Mickey Mouse

Move over Julia Child, Rachel Ray, or Rick Bayless. Turns out Mickey Mouse is also a chef producing quite a few cook books over the years. I’m fortunate enough to now own the earliest of the Mickey Mouse cook books dating from the 1930s. This was quite a find for me. Hidden in the back [...] Read more »

Left over ham? No problem!

Dan and I had lots of left over ham from Christmas dinner since it was just the two of us eating. So naturally, I looked for a good recipe to use from among my vintage cook books that included ham. Ever since purchasing 150 Recipes: Casserole Cookery by Marian and Nino Tracy I’d wanted to [...] Read more »

Baked Ham for Christmas Dinner

Although it was traditional to have turkey for Christmas dinner, it was not unheard of to have ham. Quite frankly, I’m tired of turkey and in hunting through my vintage cook books I found a neat recipe for Baked Ham with Brandy Sauce that sounded so good. The recipe appeared to have been torn from [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil’s Christmas Dinner

Christmas is just three day short days away. We have our menu all lined up with vintage recipes. Here’s what Dan and I will be eating in Aunt Lil’s Kitchen: Cranberry Orange Mold Salad – recipe from Watkins Hearthside Cook Book, 1952.  Baked Ham with Brandy Sauce – recipe from Ford’s Treasury of Favorite Recipes [...] Read more »

Swedish Meat Balls for Your Christmas Parties

Dan introduced me to this wonderful recipe from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook for Swedish Meat Balls. He grew up eating them for dinner served over mashed potatoes. It was one of his mother’s go-to recipes, and I can see why. They are very tasty! As an adult, Dan continued to make Swedish Meat Balls for [...] Read more »

Turkey Pot Pie – Thanksgiving Leftovers

Dan and I often spend the holidays solo since our relatives are far away. But that never bothers us. We still make a full Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and then are over-loaded with leftovers. But is that a bad thing? We have lots of leftover turkey from this Thanksgiving. Dan and I looked through my [...] Read more »

Quick and Easy Depression Era Dinner

My husband Dan is very supportive of my vintage and retro cooking experiments. And why not when Aunt Lil who is the inspiration for this project was his own great aunt. Last week while he was in an antique store without me he picked up two small cookbooks for my collection. One was the Glenwood [...] Read more »

Michigan Dogs – a Ticonderoga, New York delicacy

Dan and I lived in Ticonderoga, a small community on Lake Champlain, New York, for five years while I worked at Fort Ticonderoga. We got to know many of the locals whose families go back generations – some to the Revolution. We quickly learned about an interesting form of chile dog called a Michigan Dog, [...] Read more »

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