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of home cooking, old fashion
creations of food.
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When I was a kid, my mom use to get up every morning, fix my lunch, pack it in a metal
lunch box, and shoo me out the door.  Off to the bus stop I would go, swinging my
lunch box, without a care in the world.  Mom packed the best lunches, that little carton
of milk, a baggie full of chips, a pleated baggie sandwich, and a pickle.  Lunch was great.

The yearly decision was excruciatingly hard, for a kid.  After all, the lunch box could
make you or break you with its coolness factor, or lack thereof.  Lunch boxes and their
contents were very powerful social climbing tools.  The right choice was imperative.   
Even the lunch inside the box could make or break your reputation.  Trading lunches was
seen as a necessity, an obligation even, so the box which held the food had to be
perfect.   Searching the box for that special treat, knowing mom would never let me
down.  A handful of chips in a baggie, a dill pickle, and a sandwich in a Tupperware
container . . . ah there they were....homemade cookies.   Now I had trading power!

My favorite selection, even though I was a girl, included sci-fi lunch boxes, like Star
Trek, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Munsters, and Addams Family.  My sister was
more refined and lady-like with tin boxes displaying Bobby Sherman, the Monkees, the
Beatles, and the like.   Well, we don't sell vintage lunch boxes here, but if you own one,
you will find homemade vintage lunch box spreads and other lunch box treats here.  
These recipes are taken from handwritten recipes found in little tin recipe boxes, family
members, and friends.  All recipes were used in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's..
Mary's Recipe of
Pimento cheese Spread

1 Wedge of long horn cheese
1 Small can pimento
1 Small jar sweet pickles

Put this thru food grinder, add mayonnaise

2 T. Sugar
1 T. Flour
1 T. Butter
1 Egg
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1/4 Cup Water
Lunch Box Sandwich Recipes
I am a treasure hunter.  I hunt, collect, display, and even sell a few treasured finds.  
One day, many years ago, at a local estate auction, I noticed a little tin recipe box
sitting atop a box lot, surrounded by a bunch of vintage tablecloths.  I was outbid on
the tablecloths but manage to win the box lot with the tin recipe box.  I was
immediately hooked on a new collection…..vintage recipes.   

Like little treasured pieces of my mother’s past, they made me feel sentimental
and mushy.
I don’t cook, but it seemed such a shame to toss these recipes which were so
dear to someone at one time and the more I thought about it, the sadder it made me.  
Treasured recipes belonging to countless women were being overlooked, ignored,
and tossed aside by us!  Over the years, as I went to more auctions, I seemed to be
the only one interested in handwritten recipes.  Soon I had a closet full of recipe

Fortunately, I discovered blogs.  Now I can share my ever growing collection of old
fashion recipes with everyone.

I sure hope you enjoy them.  Most of these come from the 1950’s, 60’s, and
70’s, when we were all celebrating life with the great American cookouts and
All were found handwritten or typed on recipe cards.

Every year, I would get a new lunch box with my favorite TV character or TV show.  
What lunch box you carried was always a big deal. As to what my sister and I did
with our lunch boxes, I will never know.  What I wouldn't give for them now.  I only
managed to find this one vintage lunch box, which is pictured on this page.  I think,
since our house was full of girls, dad must have brought this one home.  It was
discovered in the attic, where all old things go to hide.

When I was a kid, my mom use to get up every morning, fix my lunch, pack it in a
metal lunch box, and shoo me out the door.  Off to the bus stop I would go, swinging
my lunch box, without a care in the world.  Mom packed the best lunches, that little
carton of milk,
a baggie full of chips, a pleated baggie sandwich, and a pickle.  Lunch was great.
Tangy Ham Spread

1 cup ground cooked ham
2 teaspoons horseradish
1 teaspoon instant minced onion
1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley.
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper
Dash pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Mix until combined.  Refrigerate several hours before serving so everything
can mix.
Delicious with corn chips.  Makes 1 1/4 cups.
My sister was in love with Bobby
Sherman, this is her actual lunch box from
junior high school.

Go -  Smith Junior High School, located in
Chillicothe, Ohio circa 1968 or 69..

Who was your favorite?
Cheese Spread
Found in my grandmother's recipe box.  She dated this recipe, December 1965
2 packages old English cheese
2 eggs
2 cans Pimentos (ground)
2/3 cups ground sweet pickles
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon mustard
Mayonnaise to suit (about 1.2 cup)
Melt cheese in double boiler, beat eggs, grind Pimentos and pickles, mix eggs,
pimentos, sugar and salt to cheese.  Cook in double boiler stirring constantly for
about 20 minutes (or until thickens)
Let cool and add mayonnaise and mustard after cooled.  The mayonnaise depends
upon thickness desired.  Keeps in refrigerator for weeks.  Clarissa's
She did not say when to add the pickles, but I am assuming it would be at the same
time as the pimentos.
Read, "The Story of the Missing Cookie Jar"
by PenVampyre.  A delightful little Christmas
story with mouthwatering warm tasty recipes
for the most wonderful time of the year!  

Read "
Santa and the Magic Key", plus recipes
for your holidays.  A story by PenVampyre

Read "Easter and Where NOT to Hide Eggs"  
Memories of Easters past and a few vintage

Logan's Halloween Story -The
original story
won first place
in sixth-eighth grade division
of Southeastern Middle School, 2005 by
Logan Lyon

Food and Genealogy.  A story By Robin L.
Our lives, our families, our very
history's are defined by the foods
we eat.

Family Reunion Recipes.
"The Fourth of July and Other Disasters"
(With Apologies to Jean Shepherd)
By Robin L. Wallace

A short story by Suellen Fry.  
Memories of
my father and his version of
Kickapoojoyjuice.Memorial Day Recipes - "For
me, Memorial Day was the day when we went
out where relatives were buried in the tiny,
local cemeteries and thoroughly cleaned up
each gravesite, carrying away branches that
may have fallen in the winter.................."

Grandma Irwin's Story of Courage and Swit
Tater Biskits Recipe.

Homemade Remedies Recipes - Recipes our
grandparents used from a poultice, mustard
plasters, gargles and paste.

Thanksgiving Day recipes and story from the

College Foods and Other Mistakes I have
I found this at a Volunteers of
America Thrift shop in 2005 or
This lunch box, was my
cousins.  Lucky guy saved it all
thee years.
My sister was crazy about Bobby
Sherman, but I was crazy about the
Monkees, every single one of them,
mind you....
Vintage meat grinder made of metal.
Helen S. Baloney Spread Recipe

The following is my mother's recipe for
baloney spread.
Resturante over the highway.
Here we are on vacation.  Going out west in 1962, mom stopped for lunch at a restaurant that was built over the highway.  It was so cool to watch the big
semi's drive right under us.  Although I remember the restaurant, cars and swirling trucks, I don't remember the name of the state or the name of the
restaurant.  It is probably a McDonalds or something now.  If so........sigh......why?!  (Yes, Lisa Roberts just emailed - it's a McDonalds in Vinita, Oklahoma.
YUCK! - Hi Lisa! I'm waving to you! -:)

I just got to thinkin, when they destroy a place that holds your memories, they destroy a little piece of you.  My dad is 92 and when we go somewhere, he will
say - that's where me and your mom did this or I use to work there when I was a kid.  Now those places are gone.

My dad was born in 1915 and when the great depression began in 1930, he was only 15. He's told me endless stories of crossing the whole country traveling
railcar, bumming rides, panhandling in Chicago, working the riverboats in New Orleans. Traveling through the dust bowl states, marveling at Yellowstone
National Park, sleeping in the deserts and visiting other fantastic places.

My father watched street after street being changed from gas lighting to electric in Washington D.C. Night after night he witnessed progress moving forward,
illuminating the night, till it swept over head and passed him into a new era.

He lived through WW2 during the 40's, the suburban life style
of the 50's, witnessed the frantic 60's and 70's.  Enjoyed the 80's.  Lost his wife in the 90's and is now tiptoeing through beginnings of this century.  When
they destroy the places that holds your memories, part of you is destroyed too.

Take lots of photos is all I can say. Below is a photo of my
dad taken during the 70's on the street in front of our house in the Manor.
My mom's easy tuna salad
1 large can of a good brand name tuna
1/2 medium onion - chopped
1 good size celery stick - chopped
A couple large spoonfuls of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

Two boiled eggs - chopped (I use only eggs from my sister's chickens - feed organic
feed and they are free range.)

Another rather large spoonful of Sechler's Diced Sweet Salad Pickles (I like these
pickles because they are not made with corn syrup, plus there aren't a ton of
ingrediences I can't pronounce.  I don't care what they say, you can tell the difference)

After adding a little 1/4 teaspoon celery salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper,  and a little
paprika if you like.

Best if left overnight in the fridge.  This way all the taste have time to merge together.

Just remember when preparing foods, the ingredients you use will change the taste.  
Never, ever go cheap on ingredients for recipes.
Maurice Stone Chillicothe Ohio
That's  her, Harriet C., my grandmother digging in her garden, with me by her side.  She had a rain barrel
right around that corner.  A real oak wood barrel with a nice oak top. A little granite pan sat on top for use
in watering..  Rain would run down her gutter spout and into the barrel.  My grandma said rain water made
plants sing!  My mom taught me to sing ItsyBitsy Spider, one day, beside that old rain barrel.

By the way, my grandmother didn't have indoor plumbing, she had an outhouse down the tow path.  And I
think we have it rough!

This is her recipe for Bologna Salad, sometimes my mom used ham instead of bologna.  I love when
my mom made this bologna salad.  It was the best.

Use for Bologna and Ham Salad
Best for Bologna
Decade of the 1960's in Chillicothe, Ohio, but then I can't say how old the recipe was when my mom taught
it to me.

2 Whole Eggs
2 Egg Whites - Beat Well
1 Tablespoons Good White Sugar
1 Tablespoons Churned Butter
1 Tablespoons Good Apple Cider Vinegar - possibly 1/2 more
2 Tablespoons Water

Cook on stove at medium temperature until thick, Stir constantly until thick.  Add 2 tablespoons or more
Mayo, mix.  Put in fridge.

Grind up a pound or more of bologna, a jar of primtoes, and as many sweet pickles as you like..  Mix this
with the above salad dressing.
Homemade Bologna Salad
The Lunch Box in the 1930's
The lunch carried from home requires thought in planning so that it will be satisfying, nutritious and appetizing.  The container used plays a large part in
keeping the lunch in good condition.  The lunch box should be dust-proof, well ventilated and easily washed.  Metal boxes have these advantages, and when
collapsible they are easy to carry home.  Some are arranged in compartments and are equipped with thermos bottles.  Baskets are not easily cleaned and
unless the food is well wrapped, it dries out quickly.    Fiber boxes are cheap, but they are absorbent and therefore hard to keep clean.  Wax paper, paper
napkins, paper plates and containers, paper or collapsible metal cups, thermos bottles and seal tight jars all aid in preparing lunches. The container should be
lined with a paper napkin and each article wrapped separately in waxed paper, and placed in the order in which the food will be eaten.  Articles should be
packed compactly so that the food cannot be shaken about.
The lunch box menu should be planned to include a substantial food, a juicy fruit or vegetable, a simple dessert and a beverage.
Sandwiches, which are usually included, should be made from day-old bread, which may be graham, whole-wheat, rye, rolls, or white bread.  In cutting the
bread, arrange, the slices so that they will fit together.  Cream the butter or butter substitute until soft enough to spread easily.   The butter tends to prevent a
soft filling from making the bread soggy.
A reader wrote ............

I was looking at your site because of the old bullwinkle lunchbox you had on there, and I inadvertently saw the
picture that was taken in the early 60 of the McDonalds that was built over the highway.  I saw where you said
you didn't remember where it was.

I think I know where this particular McDonalds is.  If I am correct it is right outside of Vinita, Oklahoma about 1/4
way between Joplin, Mo. and Tulsa, Oklahoma on Interstate 44 (Will Rogers Turnpike between Joplin & Tulsa).  
Its the only McDonalds that I'm aware of that was built over a highway.

Just thought if you hadn't figured out where this McDonalds was, it might be something neat to pass on to you
where it was located at.

Hope this helped you,
Dave Schlesing
Joplin, Mo."
Vintage Lunch Box Spreads
My dad and my sister, I think.  Circa
1950's.  I see a Caulk Ware Squirrel Bank
sitting on the floor by  a vintage jukebox
record player.  Funny how memories
work, I remember the Caulk Ware
Squirrel Bank, but nothing else.

She made this spread with an old meat grinder, pictured above.  I remember standing there
watching her every move, fascinated by the grinding process.

It was like magic, all the pickles, pimento's and baloney grinding down with the swirl of a
twisting handle.  Not to mention that I loved, LOVED this spread.  So I watched every
move she made and remember these days fondly.  

First she would grind bread through the grinder, this was to clean any rust or residue from
the parts.

Now, about 1 pound of baloney - She used the long rolled kind.  Baloney hunks disappear
into the grinder, only to reappear at the other end falling to the big bowl beneath, next came
pickles, whole sweet pickles straight from a jar.  Into the grinder they went.  Now, a little
can of whole pimentos.  These were squishy, juicy and mom's hand would be covered with
red juice running everywhere.  I remember this so a mess.

Setting the above mixture aside, in a little sauce pan she would mix:
1 beaten egg, about 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoon's vinegar, about 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoon's water and
a teaspoon or so of butter.  Cooked till thick on low heat, stirring all the time.  As soon as it
would thicken up she would pour this mixture over the baloney-pickle-pimento combo, add
a couple spoonfuls of Miracle Whip and stir it all together.  

Sometimes I couldn't wait for the spread to cool and I wanted a sandwich right then, but
she shooed me outside till the baloney spread chilled overnight.

We would eat sandwiches for a week.  I loved this stuff and make it yet today.
Try this recipe at least once, you are going to love it!