Pumpkin Face Cake 1950’s


Join me for a Great Halloween Recipe!

Bake a layer cake as directed on box of Betty Crocker Honey Spice Cake Mix.

Put layers together and frost with Butter Icing (see below) tinted orange (mix red and yellow food coloring for a pumpkin color).

Make a Jack-O-Lantern face with flat black jelly candies and candy corn.
Butter Icing

Blend together:
1/3 cup soft butter
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. cream or milk

Then stir in:
Beat well to make icing fluffy.

Add a little more milk or sugar if you need it to make the icing just right to spread.
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Chili Con Carne 50’s


Join me for this Great Retro Recipe!

Chili con Carne
Recipe from 1950 Campbell’s Soup advertising

2 tbsp. shortening
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cans (2 1/2 cups) Campbell’s Tomato Soup
2 1/5 cups kidney beans

Melt shortening in saucepan, add onion and beef, brown slightly. Add seasonings, tomato soup and kidney beans. Cook slowly for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with crisp crackers and relishes. Enough for 6.
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Ribbon Meatloaf


Make this Great Meatloaf Recipe!

Recipe by Maureen Worman allrecipes.com

“Beautifully mellow in flavor, this meatloaf has a ribbon of cheese flowing through the middle of it. Use the cheese of your choice. In this recipe,

I use Cheddar cheese, but you could try it with blue cheese or American cheese.”


Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings

3 slices soft bread, torn into small pieces

1 cup milk

1 pound lean ground beef

1 pound ground lean pork

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup minced onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

1/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg white, beaten

1 tablespoon water

2 slices soft bread, torn into small pieces

5 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2.In a large bowl, stir together the bread and milk. Add the beef, pork, egg yolk, onion, salt, ground black pepper, dry mustard, sage, celery salt, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and set aside.
3.To make filling, in a medium bowl combine the egg white and water. Toss lightly with the bread pieces and Cheddar cheese.
4.Pat 1/2 of the meat mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Cover with the cheese filling and top with the remaining meat mixture.

30 mins

1 hr 30 mins

2 hrs

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50’s Old Time Penny Candy


Join me for a Great 50’s Candy Recipe!

Recipe by SHORECOOK allrecipes.com

“While using royal icing, I saw how it peeled off parchment paper just like the candy buttons from the 1950’s.

This inspired me to give candy buttons a try. As a child it was a good buy for a penny, and quantity was important.”

Original recipe makes 10 servings

2 12×16 pieces of parchment paper

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

4 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 drop pink, yellow, and blue food coloring paste, or as needed.


1.Cut 10 strips of parchment paper, 2-inches wide by 16-inches long.
2.Sift confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder together in a bowl; beat in water and vanilla extract until smooth.
3.Divide sugar mixture evenly into three bowls; beat in small amounts of different food coloring paste into each bowl until desired color has been achieved.

4.Place a #3 pastry tip into end of pastry bag; fill with one of the tinted sugar mixtures. Pipe buttons about the size of a penny onto parchment strips, 3 rows across. Repeat with remaining tinted sugar mixtures. Dry until buttons are hard, about 8 hours.

Cook’s Notes:

A resealable bag with the tip cut can be used in place of a parchment bags.

Keep exposed pastry tips covered with a damp cloth to avoid drying out.

30 mins

8 hrs 30 mins
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