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Have a Tuna Adventure!

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Tuna: As You Like It
Tuna Research Foundation
1968 (?)

As a Midwestern kid from the 1960s, tuna casserole was a staple in my mom’s kitchen. It was cheap and easy to make. To this day, tuna casserole is one of the basic comfort foods at my house. Tuna recipes featured in this little book, however, leave a lot to be desired.

Using a theater/performance theme throughout the book, the authors have done their best to make tuna interesting. Love the opening line:

“Open a can of tuna and you open up a tale of adventure…”

Who knew?

Mary

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Casserole Cuisine

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Casseroles
Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers
Favorite Recipes Press
1982

As a true Midwesterner, I embrace casserole cuisine. However, not all casseroles are created equal and this book proves it. Note the “surprise” casserole. (I think my mother had a similar recipe.) The other recipe worth noting is called “Ned’s Goop.” Looking at the ingredients, the word “goop” is fitting. The casserole staples always include a can of cream of mushroom soup, cheese of some kind and some kind of crunch factor, such as potato chips or bread crumbs. I won’t even comment on the calorie count or sodium consumed.

Enjoy!

Mary

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Retro Buffets

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Best Buffets Cook Book
Better Homes and Gardens
1974

If the Brady Bunch were hosting a party, they would use this book. Feast your eyes on some of these delightful treats, such as Potato Chicken Bake featuring slices of American cheese and tater tots. I can just see Alice pushing these delicious meals on the whole gang. The early 1970s decor and fashion give this wonderful cookbook some extra zing.

Dig in,

Mary

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