Vintage Recipe Week Day 3

Tonight was not the best food night at the Zoo. Here is what was cookin’…

Oriental Tuna Casserole


This recipe was found in a 75 years of Kraft cookbook, which was copyrighted in 1977. This recipe was one first to feature the “new” Miracle Whip Salad Dressing in the late 1950’s.

Original Recipe:


1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing

½ cup flour

2 cups milk

1 10oz package frozen peas, cooked and drained.

1 6 oz can tuna, drained and flaked

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1 6oz can chow mein noodles


Combine salad dressing and flour; gradually add milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add peas, tuna and onion; mix lightly. Place ½ noodles on the bottom of 1 ½ quart casserole, top with tuna mixture and remaining noodles. Bake 350º, 25 minutes.

Modifications for 2009:


What we thought….

We were split on this one, Dale thought is was great and ate 2 ½ bowls, Mark and I ate Mac and Cheese. I much prefer the Tuna Casserole my Mom  used to make.

Original Toll House Cookies


This recipe was found in the “Let’s Eat Outdoors!” book from 1945 (I think, it is a little worn).

Original Recipe:


1 cup, plus 2 T sifted flour

½ t soda

½ salt

½ cup butter or shortening

6 TBSP brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp water

1 egg

1 6 oz package of semi sweet morsels


Sift flour, soda and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside

Blend butter, brown sugar, vanilla and water. Beat in egg.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips

Drop by the ½ teaspoon full on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375º for 10-12 minutes.

Modifications for 2009:


What we thought….

The current recipe on the back of the Toll House package is WAYYYYYYYYY better


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