Monday, May 07, 2007

Scary 60's food

My mom and I came across a rummage sale last week and stopped in. They were packing up the sale, and were doing a fill a bag for $2 thing. I got a couple old cookbooks, my favorite one being the Good Housekeeping Snacks and Refreshments book from 1968, seen here with the crazy bright green drinks on the cover:

That particular beverage, in case you're curious, is a Lime Frost. The recipe is pretty great:

Lime Frost

These are the tall beauties on the cover!-

1 6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
5 to 6 cups finely crushed ice
Green food coloring

Empty frozen concentrate into chilled blender. Add ice, 1 cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Stop blender several times and push down with rubber spatula. Add a few drops of green food coloring, if desired. Serve pronto in 6 tall glasses with straws and spoons. Serves 6.

Loretta, the former of this book, helps me out with a note on baking this cheesecake:

Thanks, Loretta!!

Giant pile of cheese. Mmmmm...cheese.

I like the name of this chapter. I need to incorporate the term "zippy" into my everyday vocabulary:

This gorgeous creature consists of ground ham, hard boiled eggs, and white bread frosted with a fluffy cream cheese and milk mixture. Yum!

there's more o the recipe, of course...mayo and pickle relish and such...but I'll just let it remain a mystery.

I will share a couple other recipes from the book, though:

Party Potato Chips

Spread one 4 oz. Package potato chips on cooky [sic] sheet and sprinkle with ½ cup shredded process American cheese. Sprinkle lightly with thyme, basil, or marjoram. Heat in moderate oven (350 degrees) 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Serve hot.

Now THAT'S how you party!

Tomato Soupshake

Creamy-smooth with a nice tomato-y taste. Add an egg for extra protein, turn shake into a soupnog – it’s a quick summer lunch!

1 can condensed tomato soup
1 cup half-and-half or light cream
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender or shaker. Blend or shake till mixture is smooth. Chill. (For thinner soupshake, add a little milk.)

Serve in chilled cups or glasses. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Makes 4 or 5 servings.

My Soupshake brings all the boys to the yard....

Vintage cookbooks are the best! For more retro recipe fun, check out the blog Grab an Apron, and the classic Weight Watchers Recipe cards circa 1974 website. Makes me want to hit up some more rummage sales...


Celia Pleete said...

Oh man, looking at that "loaf" made my stomach flip over and die.

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

This post is awesome and the lime drinks sound delish..minus the food coloring! :-)