Cooking with Clara

I have such a charming cookbook to share.

And although, the book itself isn’t “vintage”, the subject matter is.

I present to you Great Depression Cooking from….. CLARA’S KITCHEN

If you haven’t cooked with Clara Cannucciari, you have been missing out!

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I believe this book is a product of her successful YouTube channel that her grandson created.

See her in action!  You will fall in love with her, I promise.


Sadly, Clara isn’t with us any longer, but her great recipes and Sicilian charm will be with us forever!

Wasn’t she a dish!!!

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In between all of the great recipes on how to cook meals for less, the book is filled with stories of how she grew up during the great depression.

There are also some really funny and quirky quotes from her sprinkled throughout the book.  My favorite is “I think it’s kind of silly – all the people jogging”.  I just love her!

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My favorite recipe which is sooo easy and sooo good is her Poorman’s Meal.

How can you go wrong with potatoes, onions, hot dogs, tomato sauce and cheese!

Love this one!!!!


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This book is such a great find and I’m so happy to have it in my collection.



I’m still here! And so are these great vintage cookbooks!!!

I’ve been unplugged for a while…working full time…raising teenagers while refraining from killing said teenagers….yadda yadda yadda.  But I’m still here! And so are some fabulous cookbooks I picked up that I thought I’d share with you.

So let’s dive in!!!!

First up is a 1969 psychedelic gem that comes to us from Cool Whip, The Well-Dressed Dessert. Ahhh, Cool Whip….you were just as great in 1969 as you are today.

Doesn’t this Contents page just scream Woodstock?!!  I feel like I need a cold bottle of Coke and a choir of hippies singing “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony….”?   You’ll be singing this all day now…20160416_120728_resized (3)

Did you know you could make Fancy Frosting from Cool Whip????  Mmmmmm…..20160416_121120_resized (2)

Next up, we’ve got Better Homes and Gardens 1967 SALAD BOOK.   I just know this cookbook was used in a kitchen highlighted with those fabulous orange, green, and yellow Tupperware canisters!  I….just…know…it!!!20160416_121434_resized

I swear I saw this spread on an episode of the Brady Bunch.  You know this is something that was prepped by Alice in that fab 70’s kitchen that we all wanted!20160416_121904_resized

…..and this Pink Pear looks Heavenly.   It reminds me of my grandmother which makes it all the more wonderful!!  Don’t you just want to pinch its cheeks!  20160416_121741_resized

And a true 60s/70s cookbook would not be complete without some sort of gelatinous molded dish of wonderfulness.  Snowy Chicken Confetti Salad?  I really have no words….. 20160416_122313_resized

Last on my cookbook share today is Dinner on a Toothpick from 1971.  The images and tips in this little guy just crack me up!20160416_122351_resized

Oh sure….remove all the chairs so everyone has to stand uncomfortably.  With “helpful” tips like this, no wonder the cocktail party doesn’t exist anymore.   I don’t know about you guys, but if I don’t have a seat, I just want to go home!  This picture just looks mean, doesn’t it!20160416_122440_resized

If this chip/dip bowl existed, it would SO be in my hutch right now.  Is she perfect or what!!!!20160416_122638_resized

I’m not entirely sure this is how I would sell my vegetable section. Seems appropriate, however.  This looks like my son when he mysteriously gets a headache when the green beans are served!20160416_122801_resized

I hope you are enjoying the start of your spring  and are ready for all the County Fair Antique Shows to begin!

Thanks for stopping by!



A Treasury of Great Recipes Cookalong


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mary & Vincent Price’s cookbook A Treasury of Great Recipes, Silver Screen Suppers (A fab blog, btw!!!) is hosting a Cookalong.

I am lucky to have a copy of this book from 1965.  I love it!  It’s one of the most elegant vintage cookbooks I have.

Since this was my first ever cookalong, I decided to keep it simple.  And I settled on making Old-Fashioned  Bread Pudding.

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It’s a rainy gloomy day here and this sounded so comforting….and what better way to celebrate Vincent & Mary than with a recipe straight from their kitchen!!!


I’ve never made nor have I ever eaten bread pudding.  I know….the horror!!!   So I was a little concerned with the soupy mixture that was before me.

When all was said and done, this was before us!


I deviated from the original recipe (Vincent, please forgive me!) and put mine in the oven for a while which gave it that wonderful lightly crisp brown sugary top. Mmmmmmmmmm

Serve this warm with some vanilla ice cream on top and Oh, how your troubles will disappear!


Follow the below links for info on the cookalong and all your Vincent Price cooking dreams!!!

Vincent Price Treasury Cookalong with Silver Screen Suppers
Cooking With Vincent Website – for details of celebratory events in the USA 
Vincent Price Legacy Tour – for details of celebratory events in the UK
Amazon Page for the 50th Edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes

Summer Pink!

What could be better than an ice cold glass of lemonade on a hot sunny summer day, you ask?

How about serving it up in a heavenly glass of frosted pink and gold trimmed butterflies!

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I doubt the gents in 1970 would be sucking down their gin martini’s in these dainty beauties, but I can certainly imagine the monthly ladies luncheons serving a white wine spritzer or two (or three!).

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For me, lemonade works and I swear it tastes better in this glass!

Pink lemonade would have been more appropriate, but I had the hardest time finding pink lemons at the market today!

Enjoy the day!

Lobster Love

Is this dish fantastic or what!

Vintage 70s Lobster Serving Dish
Vintage 70s Lobster Serving Dish

The hubby and I hit a county fair antique show this weekend and I just couldn’t bear to leave without this!

hmmm…..what to serve in it……

Baked Stuffed Lobters
Baked Stuffed Lobster

Doesn’t “Baked Stuffed Lobsters” sound fabulous! One really can’t go wrong when Butter, Cream and Parmesan Cheese are involved!

Brought to us by the 1961 McCall’s Cook Book. Ah, 1961, where gals wore Saddle Oxford’s, mom watched the Dick Van Dyke Show, and dad could fill up the Belair for only 25¢ a gallon. **sigh**

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Pinch Me…..I think I’m in Love!!