The Mid-Century Menu

Mid-century Every Day. Retro, vintage, mid-century, kitsch and all things atomic! A 21st century housewife just trying to fit the 50's. Writer and blogger at and

Blue Devil Cocktail, 1934–Vintage Cocktail Friday

It’s Friday, and I could totally use a drink! This is Blue Devil Cocktail! Print Blue Devil Cocktail Author:...more

Grandma’s Spry Cookies and Corby’s Cocktail Party Games – Reader Requests

Welcome back to another Reader Request post, where you can send me your recipe questions and requests in the comments, through email or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Or, at least, to the best of my vintage cookbook collection’s ability. This week we have a recipe request from Rachel, who writes: Hi Ruth! ...more

Lemon Mardi Gras Squares, 1953 – A Vintage Recipe Test

Happy Fat Tuesday! This week we are going to celebrate Mardi Gras, and our return to health after a horrible, 10-day flu, with some lemon bars. These are Lemon Mardi Gras Squares! ...more

The Essentials For A Mid-Century Bar and Blue Heaven Dishes – Reader Requests

Welcome back to another Reader Request, where you ask me questions in the comments, through email or on our Facebook Page and I do my best to answer them truthfully. Well, mostly truthfully. Anyway, this week’s first question is from Stephanie, who writes: I’m sure there are plenty of lists out there, but it would be fun and informative to hear what you two consider to be essential to stock a traditional mid-century bar ....more

Sweet Story Cake, 1948 – A Vintage Recipe Test

I am bringing you an early post this week, because I made a pink Valentine’s Day cake! This is Sweet Story Cake! Print Sweet Story Cake Author:...more

Raspberry Frappe, 1970 –Vintage Cocktail Friday

For Valentine’s Day, I thought we would bust out a pink drink. This is Raspberry Frappe! Print Raspberry Frappe Author:...more

Buttermilk Aspic Ring, 1965 – A Vintage Recipe Test

I don’t even think I need an intro for this one. I think the title really speaks for itself. This is – Buttermilk ....more

Neapolitan Pound Cake, 1971 – A Vintage Recipe Test

This week we have some cake. Some cake that didn’t quite work out. This is Neapolitan Pound Cake! ...more

Rocky Green Dragon, 1971 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

It’s Friday and this week we are going to make a dragon. This is Rocky Green Dragon! Print Rocky Green Dragon Author:...more

Cream of Chicken Soup Corn Bread, 1955 – A Mid-Century Recipe Test

Welcome back to Mid-Century Menu, where this week we are making cornbread with condensed soup in it. This is Corn Bread! Exciting, exciting corn bread ....more