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Salad Days

Recipes on Parade: Salad cover

Salads
Recipes On Parade
Favorite Recipes Press
1966

All the salads you can possibly imagine are here in this book. Very few recipes featuring traditional greens, but of course the staples of potato salad, macaroni salad and our good friend Jell-o are featured the most. Jell-o based food is a popular topic here at ALB and as a Midwesterner, I grew up with just about every iteration of jello known.

Without a doubt, molded food was quite the trend from the late 1950s through the 1970s. My mom still has a collection of molds and I know I was given my share when I got married in the early 1980s. I don’t mind the basic sweet jello from my childhood, but I will draw the line at the molded beet and cabbage salad featured in the 3rd picture below. It’s so wrong on so many levels.

Mary

Indulge yourself with more Jell-o based cooking:

Salmon Jell-o Anyone

It’s Congealed!

Who Doesn’t Like Jell-o?

 

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Hotdog Magic

New Hotdog Cookbook - cover

The New Hotdog Cookbook
Roate
1968

Another culinary gem for the cookbook collection! The whole hotdog experience has just been upgraded to gourmet status. How about some Hotdog Tetrazzini? Maybe you would prefer the delicate hotdog loaf? Lucky for us there are 2 hotdog loaf recipes and I am just wondering which one is the “better” tasting loaf.

I am a fan of the hotdog, it is awesome street food. Anything else is like putting lipstick on the proverbial pig.

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Desserts from the Fridge

250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts
Berolzheimer, ed.
1954

For those of you with a sweet tooth, here is your source for all sorts of treats that use your fridge/freezer. Of course there are recipes for ice cream, Baked Alaskas, cookies, pies and puddings. Unfortunately, the black and white photography doesn’t really help with appeal factors. The cover shot is ice cream, in case you didn’t recognize the food. (I had to look several times to be sure). However, if you like your food with a creepy face, check out the second picture after the text.

Mary

More Food Fun:

Food with Foreign Flair!

Minimal Effort Cooking

Appetizers, Anyone?

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