Retro Recipes I Love

Let other websites point and snicker about the horrors of American mid-century cooking. You'll find no such snark here—only great versions of yearned-for American classics.

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Church Basement Lasagna. It's just so good.

Church Basement Lasagna. It's just so good.

When was the last time you had a Chiffon Cake? Lighter than a butter cake, but richer than Angel Food, this cake is a dream. And Betty's recipe rocks.

When was the last time you had a Chiffon Cake? Lighter than a butter cake, but richer than Angel Food, this cake is a dream. And Betty's recipe rocks.

A classic Chicken and Noodle Casserole. Well, almost classic.  My recipe swings a bit French (with tarragon and Gruyère or Comté).

A classic Chicken and Noodle Casserole. Well, almost classic.  My recipe swings a bit French (with tarragon and Gruyère or Comté).

Check out the story behind Chicken (or Turkey) Divan. Plus, a great recipe, of course.

Check out the story behind Chicken (or Turkey) Divan. Plus, a great recipe, of course.

Hamburger Pie. Shut up. You know you it's good.

Hamburger Pie. Shut up. You know you it's good.

An aside: Did anyone else subscribe to those Betty Crocker recipes cards in the 70s? I used my babysitting money to do so. This isn't my favorite recipe for Beef Stroganoff, but it does pull at my heartstrings a bit. Here's a better recipe.

An aside: Did anyone else subscribe to those Betty Crocker recipes cards in the 70s? I used my babysitting money to do so. This isn't my favorite recipe for Beef Stroganoff, but it does pull at my heartstrings a bit. Here's a better recipe.