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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 carry-in-dinners.
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
Jar" by PenVampyre.  A
delightful little Christmas story with
mouthwatering warm tasty recipes
for the most wonderful time of the

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

Read "Easter and Where NOT to Hide
Memories of Easters past and
few vintage recipes.

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. Wallace.  
Our lives, our
families, our
very history's are
defined by the foods
we eat.

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

A short story by Suellen Fry.  
Memories of my father and his
version of
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 past.

College Foods and Other Mistakes I
have Eaten.
I found this at a Volunteers
of America Thrift shop in
2005 or so.
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 by
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

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

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

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!