Sunday, November 11, 2018

Vintage 1950s Holiday Foods Deviled Eggs

Vintage 1950s Holiday Foods

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs (US) or Devilled eggs (UK), are also known as stuffed eggs, Russian eggs, or dressed eggs.  They are served cold as a side dish or appetizer often for holidays or parties. They were called "seasoned eggs" in ancient Rome. The dish is commonly found throughout Europe and in North America. It wasn't until the 1950s that the dish came into its own and appeared quite often on many tables for many different affairs.
The recipe below is from a 1950s recipe I found in my mother's recipe files, well dog-eared and splattered. She made this all the time and we, as children, lapped it up. However, my husband (the cook of my family) upgraded the recipe to avoid the sour cream and bread crumbs, and It tastes delicious.
Will's Deviled Eggs


8 boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup brown mustard
1 Tablespoon Crystal Hot  Sauce
1 Tablespoon Kosher Dill Pickle juice (opt)
Paprika for garnish


Cut eggs in half. Remove yokes and place in a bowl. Mix in mayonnaise, hot sauce, mustard and pickle juice if using. Pipe into egg halves. Sprinkle with paprika.

1950s Deviled Eggs

8 hard-boiled large eggs
1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons soft bread crumbs
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash white pepper
4 pimiento-stuffed olives or black olives, sliced
Mild red pepper


Slice eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks; refrigerate eight yolk halves for another use. Set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash remaining yolks. Stir in the mayonnaise, sour cream, bread crumbs, mustard, salt and pepper. Stuff or pipe into egg whites. Garnish with olives. Sprinkle with red pepper.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Vintage 1950 Holiday Foods-Green Bean Casserole

1950s Holiday Recipes
Green Bean Casserole
In 1955 the debut of Green Bean Casserole,  and became America's holiday favorite. The casserole was created by Campbell Soup Company in order to promote its cream soups. French's reports that 50% of all French's Fried Onions consumption occurs over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Below is my mother's recipe, I don't know where she got it from but I use it today for family dinners,  luncheons, and potlucks. Always a big hit. ENJOY!

Green Bean Casserole

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Dash ground black pepper
4 cups cooked cut green beans
1 1/3 cups French’s French Fried Onions

Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart lightly greased casserole. Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir. Sprinkle with the remaining onions, and return to oven. Bake until the onions are golden.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Vintage 1950s Holiday Food-Chex Party Mix

1950s Holiday Recipes
Chex Party Mix
          A snack hit of the 1955 holiday season was Chex Party Mix, a combination of Wheat ChexRice Chex, and Corn Chex, nuts, pretzels and a dressing of melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and onion and garlic powders. The treat remains a popular holiday snack.

Original 1950's Chex Party Mix


1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 cups Wheat Chex Cereal
2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
1 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2 cup small pretzel rods (sticks)

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Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Melt butter in a shallow pan. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and garlic salt. Add cereal, nuts, and pretzels. Mix until all pieces are coated. Place on a shallow baking pan with sides. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Today you can melt the butter in the microwave, stir in the spices, and then pour evenly over the cereal, nuts, and pretzels in a huge bowl. Still cook it in the oven for the best authentic flavor!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

vintage 1950s Men's Fashion

Vintage 1950s Men's Fashion


          Thanks to improvements in heating and cooling in public spaces, homes, and cars as well as more and more men driving instead of walking to work, the need for heavy overcoats disappeared.  Outerwear was now another fashion accessory, something with personality, style, and design all on its own. They also became lighter with thinner or no lining needed to stay warm for the short distances to and from the car.

          For business attire, a knee-length overcoat, top-coat or raincoat provided all the protection a man needed. Following the major fashion trends of the 1950s, men’s overcoats were also textured or had big patterns. These bolder looking coats added the missing personality from the conservative grey flannel suit look. They had high military collars, straight hanging lines, slash pockets, and notched lapels. In the early years, the raglan sleeve coat helped emphasize the natural sloped shoulder and reduced bulk up top.

          Other coat styles could be worn with suits as well. For men traveling by motorcycle or topless sports cars, a leather or suede bomber jacket was the best for wind protection. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Vintage 1950s Movies


           The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 romantic comedy film based on a three-act play by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train.

          The film's entire story was an elaboration of the first scene in Wilder's directorial debut film The Major and the Minor (1942). The film is best known for the performance of the radiant Marilyn Monroe with a little girl's giggly voice basically portraying herself and known simply as The Girl in the credits.

          In 1956 the film won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Tom Ewell) and it was nominated for Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Billy Wilder).

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Vintage 1950s Ladies Fashion

Vintage 1950s

Ladies Fashion


          Flatties or flats in today’s lingo were popular house shoes. They were sometimes worn with pants outside of the home for casual occasions. 

Teenagers wore them as often as saddle shoes when Audrey Hepburn declared them as her favorites. Ballet flats featured very small heels of 1/2 inch but were the most trendy, having no heels at all– just flat, flat flat!  Black was the most common color with a thin bow on the top. Other colors often matched an accessory such as a belt, scarf, purse, or hair ornament. 

         Of all the flatties brands, Capezio was the cream of the crop. They were luxury for those that could afford them, but oh so divine. They had no heels, very low profile sides, deep cut on the toes revealing toe cleavage, and sharp pointed toe tips. They exuded sexiness like no other flat could!

          Capezio and Bernardo both created a lace-up flat called Ghillies. It was a sister to the espadrille shoe but looked more like a cross between a men’s Oxford and a ballet shoe. The long laces provided endless amusement in devising new ways to tie the straps. At the back of the ankle was the best way for 1950s espadrilles, while wrapping up and around the leg was the vogue thing to do with Ghillies.

Many movies showcased women dancing in Ghillies (see if you can spot them next time you watch a 1950s musical).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Vintage 1950s Homes

Vintage 1950s
Children's' Bedroom

          When you think of childhood bedrooms, what colors spring to mind first? For girls, probably pink, lavender or purple, for boys, blue, green or yellow.   

          Many times the rooms featured sloping ceilings, as they have often converted attic spaces, a very tiny walk-in closet, and a small window. Wallpaper featured tiny pale yellow and green flower blossoms for girls or trucks and sports for boys.

                These colorful rooms were eye-catching. Each centered around a particular color while adding in accents and decor in coordinating themes. Most children's rooms were sparsely furnished but well decorated.

          Teen bedrooms were another story. They were not necessarily pink, or blues but vibrant colors, with turquoise winning out in popularity. Themes ranged from heartthrobs to sports, to college or travel. Many times it was a mix! Again sparsely furnished but elaborately decorated.