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33 Old-School Recipes That Deserve a Comeback

It's fun to try new recipes, but sometimes you can't beat a time-tested classic. These retro recipes for dinners, appetizers and salads might seem like a blast from the past, but they still hold up today.

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Chicken Noodle CasseroleTaste of Home

Chicken Noodle Casserole


Everyone who tries this comforting, cheesy chicken noodle casserole asks for the recipe. It’s so simple to make that sometimes I feel like I’m cheating! —Kay Pederson, Yellville, Arkansas

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Crisp Waldorf SaladTaste of Home

Crisp Waldorf Salad


This crunchy salad is a perfect side to accompany a heavy meal. With its light and crisp flavors, it’ll be the hit of the party. —Susan R Falk, Eastpointe, Michigan. Don’t miss these brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Winter Vegetable Shepherd's PieTaste of Home

Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie


We seem to eat for comfort during the holidays… but comfort foods aren’t necessarily healthy. To make a classic comfort food dish more healthy, I came up with this lovely take on shepherd’s pie. It’s perfect for putting out on your holiday buffet table. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Best-Ever Meat LoafTaste of Home

Best-Ever Meat Loaf


The combination of onion, carrots, parsley, and cheese—plus the tomato-mustard topping—makes this meatloaf really colorful. The recipe lends itself easily to being doubled or halved to suit the number you’re cooking for, and it freezes well, too. It’s the best meatloaf ever! —Anna Baker, Blaine, Washington

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Classic Beef StewTaste of Home

Classic Beef Stew


Out of all my beef stew meat recipes, this one is my favorite. Here’s a good old-fashioned stew recipe with rich beef gravy that lets the flavor of the potatoes and carrots come through. This is the perfect hearty dish for a blustery winter day. —Alberta McKay, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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Contest-Winning Chicken Wild Rice CasseroleTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Chicken Wild Rice Casserole


While this special chicken and wild rice casserole is perfect for a company dinner, it’s also just too good not to make often for everyday family meals. We think it is very nice served with some crusty rolls or French bread. —Elizabeth Tokariuk, Lethbridge, Alberta

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Three-Cheese FondueTaste of Home

Three-Cheese Fondue


I got this easy recipe from my daughter, who lives in France. It’s become my go-to fondue, and I make it often for our family. —Betty A. Mangas, Toledo, Ohio

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Tenderloin Steak DianeTaste of Home

Tenderloin Steak Diane


Sometimes, I add more mushrooms to this recipe when my son’s eating dinner—he loves them, and they are just fantastic with the steak. —Carolyn Turner, Reno, Nevada. Don’t miss these super easy recipes.

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Oysters RockefellerTaste of Home

Oysters Rockefeller


My husband and I are oyster farmers, and this classic dish always delights our guests. It’s deliciously simple! —Beth Walton, Eastham, Massachusetts

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Old-World Puff PancakeTaste of Home

Old-World Puff Pancake


My mom told me her mother-in-law showed her how to make this dish, which became popular during the Depression, on their “get acquainted” visit in 1927. At that time, cooks measured ingredients as pinches, dashes, and dibs. But through the years, accurate amounts were noted. My wife and I continue to enjoy this dish today, particularly for brunch. —Auton Miller, Piney Flats, Tennessee

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Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom DressingTaste of Home

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Dressing


It looks so elegant that everyone thinks I really fussed when I serve this roast. But it’s actually so easy! The biggest challenge is to remember to order the crown roast from the meat department ahead of time. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

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Italian Sausage-Stuffed ZucchiniTaste of Home

Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini


I’ve always had to be creative when getting my family to eat vegetables, so I decided to make stuffed zucchini using the pizza flavors that everyone loves. It worked! We like to include sausage for a main dish, but it could be a meatless side dish, too. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts. Here are 32 more vegetarian meals you can make in 30 minutes or less.

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Creamed Spinach & Pearl OnionsTaste of Home

Creamed Spinach & Pearl Onions


When I was a culinary student, this creamy dish wowed me, and I don’t even like spinach. This side is a keeper! —Chelsea Puchel, Pickens, South Carolina

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Ultimate Pot RoastTaste of Home

Ultimate Pot Roast


Pot roast recipes are the ultimate comfort food. When juicy pot roast simmers in garlic, onions, and veggies, everyone comes running to ask, “When can we eat?” The answer? Just wait—it will be worth it. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Slow-Cooked Chicken a La KingTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Chicken a La King


When I know I’ll be having a busy day with little time for cooking, I prepare this tasty main dish. Brimming with tender chicken and colorful vegetables, it smells so good while cooking. —Eleanor Mielke, Snohomish, Washington

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Ambrosia Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Ambrosia Fruit Salad


My mom’s ambrosia salad, with its tasty combination of fresh fruits and creamy yogurt, is a family favorite, and a great addition to a backyard barbecue. —Colleen Belbey, Warwick, Rhode Island

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Classic Beef WellingtonsTaste of Home

Classic Beef Wellingtons


Perfect for holidays, this beef wellington is also impressively easy. Find ready-made puff pastry sheets in the frozen food section. —Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida. Don’t miss these 15 secret pantry ingredients that will make your recipes better.

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Pork Chops 'n' PierogiTaste of Home

Pork Chops ‘n’ Pierogi


This meal-in-one dish is a different way to use pierogi. The tart apple slices make an unexpectedly delicious addition on your plate. —Greta Igl, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Creamy Celery Beef StroganoffTaste of Home

Creamy Celery Beef Stroganoff


Cream of celery soup adds richness to a recipe that has become a family favorite. Besides the delicious flavor of the dish, I love the ease of preparing it. —Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

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Mom's Turkey TetrazziniTaste of Home

Mom’s Turkey Tetrazzini


Filled with family-friendly flavors, a pleasant peppery kick, and a creamy from-scratch sauce, this hearty dish is just the kind of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food you’re looking for. —Emma Hathway Price, Tampa, Florida

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German Red CabbageTaste of Home

German Red Cabbage


Sunday afternoons were a time for family gatherings when I was a kid. While the uncles played cards, the aunts made German treats such as this traditional red cabbage. —Jeannette Heim, Dunlap, Tennessee. Here are 20 easy appetizer recipes in 20 words or less.

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Potato Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Potato Clam Chowder


I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It’s a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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De-Lightful Tuna CasseroleTaste of Home

De-Lightful Tuna Casserole

This mild, homemade tuna casserole will truly satisfy your family’s craving for comfort food without all the fat! —Colleen Willey, Hamburg, New York

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Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese DressingTaste of Home

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing


A wedge salad gets the creamy treatment when topped with blue cheese dressing. Keep it as a topper, or make it a dip for Buffalo wings. —Jenn Smith, East Providence, Rhode Island. Check out these This salad is one of many easy Thanksgiving side dishes that are perfect for any time of the year.

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Favorite Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Favorite Sloppy Joes


I’ve prepared these sandwiches for years. I’ve tried many sloppy joe recipes, but this one is the best by far. It also travels well for picnics or potlucks. —Eleanor Mielke, Snohomish, Washington

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Porcupine MeatballsTaste of Home

Porcupine Meatballs


These well-seasoned meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are one of my mom’s best main dishes. I used to love this meal when I was growing up. I made it at home for our children, and now my daughters make it for their families. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin

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Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli CasseroleTaste of Home

Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole


People who don’t even like broccoli casseroles beg me to make this comforting broccoli cheese casserole recipe. It’s similar to a classic green bean casserole, but the melted cheese just puts it over the top. —Elaine Hubbard, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania

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Cabbage and Beef SoupTaste of Home

Cabbage and Beef Soup


When I was a little girl, I helped my parents work the fields of their small farm. Lunchtime was always a treat when Mother picked fresh vegetables from the garden and simmered them in her big soup pot. We loved making this delicious recipe. —Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina. Check out these 35 recipes everyone should know before they turn 35.

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Skillet CassouletTaste of Home

Skillet Cassoulet


This dish is chock-full of flavor, and the little spice from the kielbasa makes a nice hearty combo for a flavorful meal-in-one. —Barbara Brittain, Santee, California

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Grandma's Pea SoupTaste of Home

Grandma’s Pea Soup


My grandma’s pea soup recipe was a family favorite. What makes it different from any other pea soups I have tried is the addition of whole peas, spaetzle-like “dumplings” and sausage. Try it once and you’ll be hooked. —Carole Talcott, Dahinda, Illinois. Here are 20 more recipes just like Grandma used to make.

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Spaghetti Pie CasseroleTaste of Home

Spaghetti Pie Casserole


My family adores this casserole. It’s old-timey comfort food. —Patricia Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

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Mom's Swedish MeatballsTaste of Home

Mom’s Swedish Meatballs


Mom fixed this Swedish meatball recipe for all sorts of family dinners, potluck suppers, and PTA meetings. The scent of browning meat is intoxicating. Add to that the sweet smell of onions caramelizing, and everyone’s mouth starts watering. —Marybeth Mank, Mesquite, Texas

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Salisbury Steak DeluxeTaste of Home

Salisbury Steak Deluxe


This recipe is so good that I truly enjoy sharing it with others. I’ve always liked Salisbury steak, but I had to search a long time to find a recipe this tasty. It’s handy, too, because it can be prepared ahead, kept in the refrigerator, and warmed up later. —Denise Barteet, Shreveport, Louisiana. Next, read up on the best American comfort food from each of the 50 states.

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