Tag Archives: 1950s

Recipe: Porcupines (Meat Balls with Rice)

I tinkered with Dorothy Crum’s very plain recipe in the Phi Beta Phi cookbook by adding the ingredients marked with a *. Makes six porcupines. Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef ½ c uncooked rice ½ chopped onion 1 clove … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Phi Beta Phi Cookbook

My mother’s Phi Beta Phi Cookbook, published in 1936, is the source of the Turkey Wiggle (nee Chicken Wiggle) served at my grandmother’s holiday parties. It’s a popular download from Burnt My Fingers, particularly after Thanksgiving. I’m actually puzzled as … Continue reading

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Recipe: Chef Salad

Is it Chef Salad or Chef’s Salad? Considering its roots in the aspirational 1950s, “Chef” might have been some food writer’s idea of a descriptive adjective connoting quality—the kind of salad a chef (as opposed to a mere cook) might … Continue reading

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Recipe: French* Dressing

Here’s a midcentury classic from a jingoistic time when Americans (and specifically Kraft Foods) were happy to take international flavors and give them a uniquely inauthentic makeover. French Dressing is tangy, a bit heavy, but delicious on a composed Chef Salad … Continue reading

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Durkee’s Dressing used to be manufactured by a paint company!

Reader Harry posted a comment that really got me going this week: Durkee’s Fine Foods used to be a part of the Glidden Paint Company, and (says he) bottles of Durkee’s were handed out as a souvenir to people who … Continue reading

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Tongue Casserole (or, what hath mom wrought?)

The folks at Vintage Recipe Cards tickled a number of readers’ fancies with my shared post on Fish Sticks with Pineapple, so here’s another idea-starter for tonight’s dinner or maybe that canasta get-together. I am impressed at how, at the … Continue reading

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Fish Sticks with Pineapple! [cue gag reflex]

Here’s another great  link to check out, though maybe not after dinner. Vintage Recipe Cards reproduces the extremely unappetizing food photography of the 40s and 50s, then provides a text version of the recipe in case you want to try … Continue reading

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Who knew you could do this with a hot dog?

I’ve been saving up a bunch of tasty food-related links, mostly to other blogs. First up is this hot dog serving suggestion from Maida Heatter, a well-respected food writer from the 60s (I’ve got a couple of her cookbooks), who … Continue reading

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