Friday, September 24, 2021

Vintage 1960s Tunnel of Fudge Cake


In 1966 the “Tunnel of Fudge” won the Pillsbury Bake-Off.


Tunnel of Fudge Cake




1 3/4 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups margarine or butter, softened

6 eggs

2 cups powdered sugar

2 1/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups chopped walnuts*



3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 4 to 6 teaspoons milk


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan or 10-inch tube pan. In a large bowl, combine sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in flour and remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured pan; spread evenly.


Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is set and edges are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.**  Cool upright in pan on wire rack 1 1/2 hours. Invert onto serving plate; cool for at least 2 hours.

In a small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Spoon over top of the cake, allowing some to run downsides. Store tightly covered.  Serves 16


* Nuts are essential for the success of this recipe.

** Since this cake has a soft filling, an ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking times are essential.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Vintage 1960s Men's Ties

Men’s Ties


With the advent of the 1960s, men's ties went on a diet after the era of wide ties in the 1940s and 50s. Enter the skinny tie. As the name suggests, the skinny tie is narrower than the standard tie and often all-black. Skinny ties have widths 1 ½ to 2 12 inches at their widest, compared to  3 to 4 inches for regular ties. 

F Fans of British bands such as The Beatles and The Kinks, alongside the mod subculture, popularized skinny ties in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The clothes of the time had evolved to become more form-fitting and tailored. Knitted skinny ties with a squared-off bottom were especially popular.

Standard neckties:

Neckties with a pointed bottom were still the “go-to” tie for most occasions.  Most were a solid color or had multiple colored horizontal stripes. As the decade progressed, textured ties were the latest and greats neckwear design. Tweed, nubby silk and waffle polyester added interest to plain colors. Small monograms and designs in the center of the panel was also a trademark of 1960s ties.

The mid-1960s brought about an influx of pop art influenced designs. The first was designed in Britain in 1965 by Michael Fish. Ties became wider and went to the other extreme – giving birth to some of the widest neckties ever, up to 6 inches and sometimes in wild colors and designs.


Bow Ties:

Popular perception tends to associate bow tie wearers with particular professions, such as architects, finance, attorneys, university professors, teachers, waiters, politicians, and…clowns. Pediatricians frequently wear bow ties since infants cannot grab them the way they could grab a conventional necktie.


Bow ties do not get soiled or accidentally or deliberately, strangle the wearer. Classical musicians traditionally perform in white tie or black tie ensembles, of which both designs are bow ties. Bow ties are also associated with weddings, mainly because of their almost universal inclusion in traditional formal attire.


During the 1960s, fat butterfly bow ties were also trendy. Solid earth tone colors were worn for business, while pastels and big geometric prints found their way to more casual and progressive venues. 

A bow tie may seem intimidating to tie for many men. There were and are alternatives: the pre-tied, the clip-on, “Pre-tied” bow ties are ties in which the distinctive bow is sewn onto a band that goes around the neck and clips to secure. The "clip-on" dispenses with the band altogether, instead, clipping straight to the collar.

Clip-On Ties

A clip-on does not go around the neck but clips to the collar points. This applies to both conventional neckties and bowties.


Pre-Tied Ties

Wearing a ready-tied bow tie at formal occasions requiring a black or white tie dress code is usually considered a faux pas. They are more commonly found at such occasions, such as high school proms or events at which the participants are unlikely to have had much experience wearing bow ties.


Silk scarf Ties

Silk scarf ties were and are a more flamboyant choice for creative and theatrical types.

Neckties of all sorts have always found a place at work, on stage, or at more formal events. The 1960s ushered in a much more casual “do your own thing” attitude, which left neckwear literally “hanging out to dry.”  Not until the 1980s did neckties regain a popular place in a man's wardrobe.




Saturday, September 11, 2021

Vintage 1960 Cars 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass

 1962 Oldsmobile F85  Cutlass Convertible


The vision of American cars of the early 1960s is usually one of gigantic land barges with tons of chrome and tailfins, but the truth is "The Volkswagen problem," forced American automakers to rethink their model lineups in the early 1960s. Small cars had never sold well or proved popular with buyers up to that point, but when the VW Beetle's popularity took off due to changing buyer demographics, it signaled a shift to small and efficient vehicles. The American auto industry, makers of large and opulent "land yachts" responded with a compact in their own way. Ford and Plymouth sold their conventional front-engine/rear-drive Falcons and Valiants, Chevrolet went out on a limb with the air-cooled, rear-engined Corvair.


By 1961, Ford was selling Falcons, and Chevrolet was turning out rear-engined, air-cooled Corvairs while Rambler, which had essentially invented the American compact car came in third place.


Oldsmobile wanted in on the action, and its entry was the F-85, the base of the Cutlass line. It was a smartly styled, high-compression V-8-powered derivative of the Corvair in Club Coupe, sedan, and station wagon, with a convertible in 1962. If you were not one to follow the crowd, the F-85 represented a truly unique choice. The F-85s offered performance unlike anything else in its class.


My wife had a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan that she drove through college. She loved it.



Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Vintage 1960s Movies

The Apartment


          The Apartment was a 1960 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay he co-wrote with I. A. L. Diamond, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.

          The story followed C. C. “Bud” Baxter (Jack Lemmon), an insurance clerk who, in the hope of climbing the corporate ladder, lets more senior coworkers use his Upper West Side apartment to conduct extramarital affairs. Bud is attracted to the elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), who in turn is having an affair with Bud's immediate boss, Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).

          The movie was distributed by United Artists to favorable reviews and commercial success, despite controversy owing to its subject matter. It was nominated for ten awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Lemmon and MacLaine were Oscar-nominated and won Golden Globe Awards for their performances in the film.

          The Apartment has come to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, appearing in lists by the American Film Institute and Sight and Sound magazine, and being selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in theNational Film Registry.


An added note:

Art director Alexandre Trauner used forced perspective to create the set of a large insurance company office. The set appeared to be a very long room full of desks and workers; however, successively smaller people and desks were placed to the back of the room, ending up with children. He designed the set of Baxter's apartment to appear smaller and shabbier than the spacious apartments that usually appeared in films of the day. He used items from thrift stores and even some of Wilder's own furniture for the set.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Vintage 1960s Party Sandwich Loaf


My aunt had a lovely pool and every Labor day she had a pool party for the family. She made a sandwich loaf similar to this one. The rest of the family brought salads. And, of course, watermelon for dessert!

Party Sandwich Loaf

Prepare  the fillings below. Trim crust from 1 loaf of unsliced sandwich bread. Cut loaf horizontally into 4 equal slices. Spread on side of three slices with softened butter. Place 1 bread slice buttered side up on a serving plate. Bread evenly with one filling. Top with a second bread slice and spread evenly with a second filling. Top with the third slice and spread with the third filing. Top with remaining bread slice. Frost top and sides with cream cheeses frosting (below). Chill until frosting has set about 30 minutes. Wrap with a damp cloth and continue to chill for 2-1/2 hours or overnight. Serves 12-14


Shrimp Salad Filling

1 hardboiled egg, finely chopped

1 can (4 1/2 oz) broken shrimp, rinsed and drained

2 Tbsp finely chopped celery

1 Tbsp lemon juice

3/4 tsp salt

dash pepper

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients

 Mix all ingredients


Cheese-Pecan Filling
• 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese softened
• 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
• 1 can (8-3/4 oz.) crushed pineapple, well-drained

Mix all ingredients


Chicken-Bacon Filling
• 8 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
• 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tbsp. finely chopped pimiento
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients


Cream Cheese Frosting
• 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese softened
• 1/2 cup light cream
• Green food coloring

Mix cheese and cream thoroughly. Add a few drops of food coloring to tint the frosting.




Friday, August 27, 2021

Vintage 1960s Bubble Buns

 Bubble Buns

(Quick and easy pull-apart buns)

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/3 cup sugar

1.2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 package (10) refrigerator biscuits

1/3 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise


Grease ten 2-1/2 inch muffin pan cups. In small bowl combine first 3 ingredients. Separate biscuits. Cut into quarters and shape into balls. Coat each muffin with Mayonnaise, then roll into walnut mixture. Place 4 balls in each muffin pan cup. Bake 400F oven 15-17 minutes or until browned. Serve warm.

Makes 10

Monday, August 23, 2021


This appetizer was familiar for many of the parties we attended as a family and when I was older and going to teen parties. I remember this same stuffing used in hallowed-out  tomatoes.

Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery


Celery stalks
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 to 1½ tablespoons diced pimentos


Clean and cut celery stalks into 3- or 4-inch pieces.
In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and pimentos.
Fill the celery with the cheese mixture.

Serve and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers.

                                                                                                                -Country Cookin

Friday, August 13, 2021

 Lipton Onion Soup Dip was wildly popular in the 1960s, especially a recipe that called for only 2 ingredients!


Lipton Onion Soup Mix Dip


1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secret Onion Soup Mix

1 16 oz container of sour cream


Blend the ingredients in a small bowl

Chill until cold.

Serve with your favorite dippers

Makes 2 cups

Friday, August 6, 2021

Vintage 1960s Classic Waldorf Salad


We didn't BBQ at tail-gate parties. We had cold salads and finger food. This way when the evening's events were over, everything was put in the trash container at the park!


Classic Waldorf Salad


2 apples cored and cut into large chunks

1 cup grapes cut in half (we prefer red grapes)

1/2 walnuts, chopped or whole

1 cup celery chopped

1/2 -1 cup of blue cheese dressing


Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.

Friday, July 30, 2021

 My family made these great biscuits at night when the weather cooled down for baking.

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 cup cold butter

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1-1/4 cups 2% milk

Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese, garlic and pepper flakes. Add milk; stir just until moistened.

Drop dough by heaping 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes +12 biscuits

Saturday, July 24, 2021


Our tail-gate dinners on the Fourth of July were very easy. This recipe is easy to make and transports well.

Green Beans Bravo Salad


16 ounces canned, cut green beans

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard chopped

2 tablespoons tarragon or cider vinegar

2 Tbsp each olive oil and vegetable oil

2 ounces (10-12 slices) Italian dry salami, chopped

1 hard-boiled egg, sliced (optional)

2 green onions, sliced

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/4 cup sliced radishes


Toss together. Refrigerate covered. Keep cold before serving

        Serves 12

Saturday, July 17, 2021

 Barbecue Sauce Tabasco


2 Tbsp butter or margarine

1 med onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced (opt)

1/2 cup catsup

2 Tbsp vinegar

1/2 tsp Tabasco

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 cup water


Combine all ingredients into saucepan and bring to a boil. Use to brush steak, roast, spare-ribs, chicken, and frankfurters, during cooking. Yields 1-1/4 cups.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Apple Pie Pockets


Readymade crescent rolls

Baking apples or apples of your choice

2 Tablespoons melted butter

1/2+ cup brown sugar

1-1/2+  tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Preheat, the oven to 400 degrees F., Take out the rolls or pie crust and unfold them. In a bowl mix the cinnamon and brown sugar. Use it to coat the pieces of dough. Cut the apple into pieces and put the pieces in melted butter. Then put them on the rolls or dough and close them by folding or rolling. Take a baking sheet with parchment paper and put the rolls on it. spread the remaining butter on each crescent roll croissant and sprinkle with additional sugar and cinnamon. Cook it in the oven for 1o to 12 minutes until they turn light golden. Serve them hot! Serves 8

Tuesday, July 6, 2021


These crisp-nutty drop cookies were my favorite. Mom made them for any celebration I could come up with! 

Pecan Jumble

1-1/2 cup finely packed dark brown sugar

1 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise

2 eggs

2-3/4 cup unsifted flour

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup pecan halves


In a large bowl beat the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Stir in the next 4 ingredients. Drop by level tablespoon 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Top each with half of a pecan. Bake 375F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack. Makes 4 dozen.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Vintage 1960 TV Bonanza


Bonanza  an American western television series that ran on NBC  from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running episode, western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S network television (behind CBS's Gunsmoke), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in syndication.

          The story centers around the 1860s and follows the wealthy Cartwright family who live in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. The time period for the television series is roughly between 1861 (Season 1) and 1867 (Season 13) during and shortly after the American Civil War.

          The show's theme song, Bonanza, became a hit song. Only instrumental renditions, without lyrics, were used during the series' long run.  In 2002, Bonanza was ranked No. 43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.  

          During the summer of 1972, NBC aired reruns of episodes from 1967–1970 in prime time evening under the title Ponderosa.

Added note:

In 1968, Don Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series, as he was approaching age 40 and his hair loss was evident. Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both begun the series with hairpieces (Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life too). Michael Landon was the only original cast member who was wig-free throughout the series. Even actor Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing) wore an attached ratta

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Vintage 1960s Music Sugar Shack


 Sugar Shack

 Sugar Shack is a song written in 1962 by Kenith McCormack. gave songwriting credit to his aunt, Faye Voss, after asking what were "those tight pants that girls wear," to which she replied "leotards." The song was recorded in 1963 by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs.

          Sugar Shack hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (where it spent five weeks from October 12 to November 9, 1963) and Cashbox  singles charts (where it spent three weeks from October 19 to November 2, 1963). It ended up being Billboard's number 1 song of 1963. (Surfin' U.S.A.  was originally listed as the number 1 song of the year, but later lists place SugarShack at number one). Its run on the Billboard R&B chart was cut short because Billboard ceased publishing an R&B chart from November 30,1963 to January 23, 1965. Sugar Shack has the distinction of being the last single to make it to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart because 

Billboard did not publish an R&B chart for fourteen months. In Canada, the song was No. 1, also for five weeks, from October 14 to November 11. On November 29, 1963, the song received RIAA certification for selling over a million copies, earning gold record status. In the UK, Sugar Shack also reached No. 45 on the Record Retailer chart. Gilmer and The Fireballs were the last American band to chart before Beatlemania hit.

          The song is featured in the films Mermaids, Dogfight, Forrest Gump, Congo, Stealing Sinatra, and the television show Supernatural.


Added Note:

According to group founders Tomsco and Lark, the group took their name fromJerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire" "




Sunday, June 13, 2021

Vintage 1960s Movies The Graduate


The Graduate


THE GRADUATE  is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, based on the1963 book if the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock(Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson( Anne Bancroft), and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine( Katharine Ross).

           The movie won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated in six other categories. In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry  as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Initially, the film was placed at No.7 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list in 1998. When AFI revised the list in 2007.. the film was moved to No.17.

An Added Note:

Many of the exterior university campus shots of Berkeley were actually filmed on the brick campus of USC in Los Angeles.


The film boosted the profile of Simon & Garfunkel. Originally, Nichols and O'Steen used their existing songs like "The Sound of Silence" merely as a pacing device for the editing until Nichols decided that substituting original music would not be effective and decided to include them on the soundtrack, an unusual move at that time.