Vintage Recipes from the ’70s Worth Trying Today
This collection of quiche, carrot cake and cheese logs should prove that '70s food is so worth making today.
Cheese and Fresh Herb Quiche
With herbs from the garden to use, I created a quiche with basil, parsley, and dill along with feta, Swiss, Gruyere and mozzarella. Goat cheese is also yummy. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California. Also, try these delicious recipes like grandma used to make.
Bacon-Wrapped Spam Bites
These sweet and savory bites use Spam—a favorite ingredient in Hawaii—in a fun new way. Bet you can’t stop at just one! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Don’t miss these 35 recipes everyone should know by 35.
Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It’s dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this cake is never enough—better than all the other carrot cakes I’ve tried!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania. These vintage recipes from the 20s are also worth trying.
With their explosion of flavors and textures, these kabobs make a quick, satisfying entree. —Chris Anderson, Morton, Illinois. Learn these 25 brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log
When you say “holiday tradition” around our house, this appetizer comes to mind immediately. Every winter, I make lots of cheese logs and freeze them for when I’m expecting company or need to take food to someone’s home. The blend of smoked oysters, chili powder, nuts, and cream cheese tastes good-even people who don’t like oysters may enjoy this interesting appetizer. —William Tracy, Jerseyville, Illinois. These are the cooking shortcuts you can’t get away with, so don’t try.
Strawberry Banana Crepes
My family often has company over for breakfast or brunch, and these light fruit-topped crepes are our favorite. The sweet sensations are as fast to make as they are fabulous. You can cook the crepes the night before, refrigerate them with waxed paper in between, then fill and top them in the morning. —Shelly Soule Las Vegas, Nevada. Try more of these make-ahead brunch recipes, too.
Talk about one easy dish that creates an amazing sweet and sour sauce! You can serve over rice for more of a dinner-like option, but I also like to offer them as an appetizer simply served with toothpicks. —Julie Schiefer, Nappanee, Indiana. Learn how to cut a pineapple like a Hawaiian.
My family often requests this economical slow-cooker favorite. It’s loaded with fresh southwestern flavors. One batch makes several servings—but it never lasts long at our house! —Suzanne Caldwell, Artesia, New Mexico. Make sure to avoid these common kitchen mistakes.
Pina Colada Grilled Pineapple
During a cookout with friends, I forgot about dessert. I had a fresh pineapple and coconut, so I improvised. Now I grill pineapple at every cookout. —Josee Lanzi, New Port Richey, Florida
Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
This is the ultimate simple and fulfilling dinner that uses items I typically have in my cupboard. It’s so easy to prepare and cooking all in one skillet makes it a snap for clean up. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia. This is the biggest mistake you can make when cooking pasta.
This chicken is a welcome way to cook a quick, delicious meal. —Beth Corbin, Sarasota, Florida. Here’s how you can fix the most common cooking disasters.
Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
For a change of pace, you can substitute fresh or frozen peach slices for the pineapple in this old-fashioned recipe. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
When I found out I had celiac disease and couldn’t have fettuccine Alfredo, I was determined to figure out a way to re-create it. This has now become one of my most requested dishes. I use gluten-free multigrain pasta, but you can use any style of pasta. —Jackie Charlesworth Stiff, Frederick, Colorado. For a sweet dessert, try these secret cookie recipes Grandma almost wouldn’t share.
I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy, easy pumpkin bread recipe. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia Here are more pumpkin recipes you’ve never tried before.
Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole
People who don’t even usually like broccoli casserole 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. Like to cook your casseroles in Pyrex? Make sure you don’t make this mistake with your Pyrex then.
Ground cumin, chili powder and a can of Mexican diced tomatoes jazz up my goulash recipe. Even the elbow macaroni is prepared in the slow cooker. —Melissa Polk, West Lafayette, Indiana
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. These cooking tricks are only taught in culinary schools.
Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Pie
Next time you get a pint or two of perfectly ripe strawberries, make my favorite pie. It combines fresh berries and a lemony cream cheese layer. If you’re in a hurry, use a pre-made pie shell. —Janet Leach, Granger, Washington. Don’t miss this dessert that has been pinned over 270,000 times.
Cheese Lover’s Fondue
French bread cubes and apples are the perfect cheese fondue dippers for this classic fondue, made with white wine and Swiss and Gruyere cheeses. It’s a crowd-pleaser. —Linda Vogel, Elgin, Illinois
Authentic Pasta Carbonara
I learned on my culinary internship in Tuscany that real Italian cuisine is simpler than you think! This carbonara is quick, simple and delicious, just the way they like it in Italy. —Lauren Brien-Wooster, South Lake Tahoe, California. Find out the one ingredient you should be adding to your pasta sauce.
Flavorful Chicken Fajitas
This flavorful recipe is definitely on my weeknight dinner rotation. The chicken fajita marinade in these popular wraps is mouthwatering. They go together in a snap and always get raves! —Julie Sterchi, Campbellsville, Kentucky. These are the most iconic American foods from each decade.
Pineapple-Dijon Ham Sandwiches
My kids like ham; the challenge is finding new ways to make it. When I slow-cook it with pineapple and Dijon, the juices make an amazing dipping sauce. —Camille Beckstrand, Layton, Utah
Zucchini Nut Bread
Lighter and fluffier than most zucchini breads, this recipe is a great way to put that vegetable to good use! —Kevin Bruckerhoff, Columbia, Missouri. Here’s your guide to the best comfort food in all 50 states.
Classic French Onion Soup
Enjoy my signature French onion soup the way my granddaughter Becky does. I make onion soup for her in a crock bowl complete with garlic croutons and gobs of melted Swiss cheese on top. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah.
If you’re looking for a great seafood recipe for your slow cooker, this classic fish stew is just the ticket. It’s brimming with clams, crab, fish, and shrimp, and is fancy enough to be an elegant meal. —Lisa Moriarty, Wilton, New Hampshire. These old-school recipes definitely deserve a comeback.
Crown Roast with Apricot Dressing
I have been making crown roasts for many years but was only satisfied with the results when I combined a few recipes to come up with this guest-pleasing version. It’s beautifully roasted with an apricot glaze and a nicely browned stuffing. —Isabell Cooper, Cambridge, Nova Scotia
Orange Chocolate Fondue
“Invite your family and friends to dip cubes of cake and pieces of fruit into this rich, luscious fondue for a special treat during the holiday season,” writes Mary Jean DeVries from her home in Grandville, Michigan. Add these secret pantry ingredients to your recipes to make them taste ten times better.
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
When there’s a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas
These lemon squares are a delightful recipe from my mother’s file. I’ve been serving it for many years. This lemon bar recipe has a wonderful tangy flavor, and they’re always a hit. The color and shape make them a nice addition to a platter of cookies. —Etta Soucy, Mesa, Arizona. Here’s what your favorite foods say about your personality.
Beef & Spinach Lo Mein
If you like a good stir-fry, this dish will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it’s now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio. Prefer takeout? Here’s what to order off the “secret” menu at Chinese restaurants.
Frozen Hawaiian Pie
Cool summer pies are one of Mom’s specialties. This version offers pineapple, maraschino cherries, and walnuts that are folded into a fluffy filling. It’s an easy yet tempting no-bake dessert. —Jennifer Mcquillan, Jacksonville, Florida. Here’s why you should start baking vintage pies.
No matter when I’ve made these soufflés, they have always been a success. Although I’ve never seen the centers start to fall, it’s best to plan on serving them hot from the oven. —Jean Ference, Sherwood Park, Alberta
This is the perfect guilt-free version of a classic dessert. My friends even say that they prefer my lighter recipe over other tiramisu.—Ale Gambini, Beverly Hills, California. Here’s the most delicious food from every state.
Slow-Cooker Mushroom Beef Stroganoff
I love making this for my husband and me to have on a cold night. It warms you right up! Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream. —Meg Hilton, Atlanta, Georgia. This is the one food you have to try in every state.
Quick Hawaiian Pizza
Our family never quite liked the taste of canned pizza sauce, so one time I tried mixing some barbecue sauce into spaghetti sauce to add some sweetness. I’ve made my pizzas with this special and easy sauce ever since, and my family loves it! —Tonya Schieler, Carmel, Indiana
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. Here’s what all 50 states look like designed out of food.
Microwaved Chicken Kiev
I fix these microwave-easy chicken breasts all the time and love the taste. —Dorothy LaCombe, Hamburg, New York
Black Forest Chocolate Torte
If you’re thinking about pulling out all the stops for a dessert that says “wow,” look no further. This cherry-crowned beauty—stacked layers of chocolate cake and cream filling—will have everyone talking. —Doris Grotz, York, Nebraska. Don’t miss the strangest food laws in every state.
Cherry Cheese Logs
Our party guests flock to this holiday gem of an appetizer —cherry-studded cream cheese served with graham or water crackers and pears. —Libby Walp, Chicago, Illinois. Here are some ways to cook everything faster.
Hawaiian Pork Roast with Pineapple
This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It’s wonderful with rice or potatoes and any vegetable. It also reheats well for lunch the next day. —Ruth Chiarenza La Vale, Maryland
Molded Cranberry-Orange Salad
I take this dish to potlucks during the holidays. People always ooh and aah. Feel free to sub whipped cream for the celery curl garnish. —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Find out the timeless cooking tips we learned from Grandma.
Classic Lemon Meringue Pie
This is the one and only lemon meringue pie recipe you’ll ever need. The flaky and tender from-scratch crust is worth the effort. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri. It’s time to stop making these common kitchen mistakes.
Stuffed Peppers for Four
Truly a meal in one, this quick supper has it all: Veggies, meat, pasta, and sauce, packed into tender peppers. It’ll look so pretty on your table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I like the combination of ginger, pineapple, and macadamia nuts, plus this dish brings back memories of an island vacation. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California. Lastly, make sure to avoid these cooking mistakes that ruin your food.