Sunday, November 29, 2015

Downsized to 7 Feet, 121 Branches, 150+ Ornaments

There was a time when my Christmas tree was a small, plastic model I purchased at Woolworth's in the 1970s. Money was tight so it was the best I could do. I adorned it with red Satin balls and listened to Christmas music on my clock radio. It's what's behind my passion for collecting and maybe a little over the top decorating.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mishap in the Kitchen, Egg Drop Goop and the Perfect Contingency Pie (A Vintage Downeast Maine Pumpkin Pie Recipe)

(My pie came out more brown than orange because I used brown sugar.)
For my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie I ended up going with my own spin on a simple vintage 1960s Maine pumpkin pie recipe from Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish. But first! The drama:

Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Stuff a Turkey + Vintage Recipes: Basic Stuffing, Salt Pork Stuffing, Oyster Stuffing & My Own Gluten-Free Stuffing

I was looking through my collection of cook booklets (I have so many I've bought at estate sales over the years that I'm not sure of what's in my library) I came across one completely dedicated to stuffing! "Stuffing Sampler" was published in 1958 by the American Institute of Baking and contains a handy how-to:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bittersweet Holiday Blues

Vintage circa 1950s oil on canvas painting from a yard sale
This is not an easy time of year for many people, and it will be a bittersweet time for me.  It will be my first holiday divorced. It was finalized this summer after sixteen years of marriage. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Vintage Thanksgiving Recipe: 1960s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

I've been preparing my Thanksgiving menu and decided to make a pumpkin pie this year. To be candid, I have never had pumpkin pie! I'm certain I need to try it after coming across this recipe from a Knox ad because it looks delicious.

New "Page" Added: Can You Be Gluten-Free and Eat Retro?

I have added a static page addressing the issue of being gluten-free while eating retro. It's something that has come up before so I think it deserves a permanent place on my blog. Please check it out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Retro Recipes: Averyl's Chocolate Coconut Needhams, An Authentic Vintage 1960s Down East Maine Needhams Recipe & Bonus 1950s Maine Potato Candy Recipe

Needhams are a traditional Maine treat made with coconut, chocolate and a surprise ingredient that's very Maine: potatoes! Classic Needhams are square and made with white sugar for an all-white filling. After I show you two authentic vintage Maine recipes I'll share my own healthier yet tasty take on this retro goody (pictured above).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Do mirrors lie? This one does! And it may be coming to a retail store near YOU!

I've talked about "vanity sizing" in my book and blog, and how dangerous it can be to rely on your pants size as an indicator of whether or not you're at a healthy-for-you weight. The idea literally behind vanity sizing is that women will feel smaller, and therefore better about themselves and more likely to purchase the clothing that makes them feel thinner. But what you see when you look in the mirror won't lie, right? WRONG, if you use THIS new slimming mirror!