A Few Vintage Gems…..

March 30, 2016


When I picked this up I focused on the title – and completely missed the subtitle. So I was surprised (and I’ll admit a bit disappointed), to open up this 1961 book and discover that the “famous kitchens” were the likes of Dow Chemical (owners of sponsor Saran Wrap), Seven-Up, General Mills, etc.

Inside I found, among other things, the single least appealing recipe I’ve ever read. And here it is:

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That is saute or broil – as if these little hockey pucks weren’t going to be tough enough!

And then there’s this little gem:

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This recipe is slightly more appealing… although I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what that bottle of soda is doing in with the shrimp.



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  • Joy Bryden says:

    Argghh!!! Hard to believe but I assume some people actually made those horrid recipes!

  • Tom Steele says:

    I’ve got a lot of grotesque recipes from my Midwestern youth in the late 1950s and 1960s. There was a long, very sad time when almost every recipe called for “1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup.” Even though their sales must be lower than what they once were, surely Campbell’s soups could coast quite comfortably on their earnings from that era for the next 200 years.

  • Janet says:

    Don’t you just love ‘product placement’ cookbooks…..GAAAA!

  • Karen says:

    Soda, Coca Cola, 7-up, Dr. Pepper, and Sprite – has been used in baked goods for years, especially in the south. Perhaps this shrimp creole recipe was devised using the same principal. While I have no idea scientifically what the components do, I can tell you that you should google Sour Cream Seven Up Biscuits and make them. They have great texture and taste wonderful.