Mid-century dishes we love to hate (or hate to love)

While in New York a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of discussing a vintage-flavored and mouthwatering topic with a friend who was the prop manager on the new Men in Black film.  If you’ve seen the film, you might have noticed a table filled with beautiful and authentic desserts and dishes from the 1960s…that was all him!  He reminded me of all the mid-century goodies served up on special occasions…the classic holiday ham my Grandmother used to bake, meticulously decorated with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries straight from the can.  And the desserts, oh the terrible desserts.  Bundt cake and upside down pineapple cake and my how they loved their canned pineapple rings back then.

So here are photos and accompanying recipes for some of the mid-century treasures we reminisced over.  What do you say we all throw a 1960’s themed party and decorate the dining room table with them?

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad. (source: Brown Eyed Baker on Flickr)

Click here or on photo for Ambrosia Salad recipe by Alton Brown



Bundt Cake

Bundt Cake Apple Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake by Martha Stewart (source:

Click here or on photo for Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake recipe by Mama Martha (Martha Stewart)



Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs. (source: vieracateringcompany)

Click here or on photo for Deviled Eggs recipe by Paula Deen



Holiday Ham

Old Fashioned Ham

Old Fashioned Holiday Ham with Pineapple, Cloves, and Maraschino cherries. (source:

Click here or on photo for Old Fashioned Holiday Ham recipe by Paula Deen





Meatloaf. (source:

Click here or on photo for Turkey Meatloaf recipe by Ina Garten



Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller. (source:

Click here or on photo for Oysters Rockefeller recipe by Tyler Florence



Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (source:

Click here or on photo for Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe by Betty Crocker

And just for good measure, my favorite mid-century cocktail, the…



Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Old Fashioned. (source:

Click here or on photo for Old Fashioned cocktail recipe by Femme du coupe

Do post pictures and report back on your tastebud findings if you make any of these vintage recipes!

Bisous and bon appetit.



  1. calmyourbeans says:

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans and commented:
    These images look delicious!

  2. I love bundt cakes and I am planning on making deviled eggs after work today! I use horseradish in mine so they are hot hot hot. You forgot jello molds!

    • ha, I was thinking of including them!! But then I was like, nah I have too many “molded” foodstuffs on the list… But you’re right; I should’ve included it (esp with the kind with the fruit) because EVERYTHING they made was in a mold, haha. Mmm, I’ll have to put horseradish in my next batch; why didn’t I think of that! Thanks for the tip

  3. Hey, I nominated you for One Lovely blog award!

  4. mothcaterpillar says:

    OMG! I am soooo hungry! :-)

  5. I actually love upside down pineapple cake… With custard.

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