Chicken with Almond Rice / Kylling med Mandelris

A dinner recipe found in “The Treasury of The
Worlds Best Almond Recipes” published by
Blue Diamond Almonds Brand in 1963

Chicken with Almond Rice / Kylling med Mandelris

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Strawberry Cheese Treat / Jordbær- og Ostedessert

A dessert ricipefound on an add for ANN PAGE preserves
published in LIFE magazine April 14th 1961
Strawberry Cheese Treat / Jordbær- og Ostedessert

Leave it to ANN PAGE preserves to guarantee
a festive flavour!

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Frikadelles with Tomato Sauce / Frikadeller med Tomatsaus

A dinner recipe from a special issue of “Husmorens Kokebok” (The Housewife’s Cook Book) published in 1963
Frikadelles with Tomato Sauce / Frikadeller med Tomatsaus

This dish is typical of the dinners here in Norway in the early sixties.
Even the dinnerware and tablecloth are typical for the sixties – Ted

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High-Protein Dinner in a Salad Bowl / En høyproteinmiddag i en Salatbolle

A salad dinner recipe from an ad published in
LIFE magazine June 23 1961
High-Protein Dinner in a Salad Bowl / En høyproteinmiddag i en Salatbolle

Star-Kist Tuna advertised heavily in LIFE magazine all through the 1960s. Here’s a post based on one of these ads – Ted

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No-Bake Whipped Angle Food Pie / Bakefri Smulepai

A no-bake pie recipe found on an ad for Carnation Evaporated Milk published in a July 1963 issue of LIFE magazine
No-Bake Whipped Angle Food Pie / Bakefri Smulepai

NEW! The pie you can ‘bake on ice’
Lemony-luscious! No cooking, no hot oven!

The secret is Carnation
the milk that whips like cream – at 1/2 the cost.

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Cooky Sundae Pie / Iskrempai

A recipe from an ad for Gold Medal Flour published
in the 1960 June edition of LIFE magazine
Cooky Sundae Pie / Iskrempai

Betty Crocker’s recipes and her flour – Gold Medal – give youan extra meaure of confidence … they’re both “kitchen tested” just for you!

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Peanut Butter Cookies / Peanøttsmørkaker

A cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favourites”
published by the Tested Recipe Institute in 1960

Peanut Butter Cookies / Peanøttsmørkaker

Peanut butter, raisins and oats should give these cookies the perfect
chewiness. Just the thing with a glass of lemonade for the children of the Norwegian post-war baby boom which I was a part back in 1960
when this book was published. Little Ted was 7 back then.

Winking smile

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Fillet à la Oscar / Filet à la Oscar

A classic Swedish party dish found in a special edition of “Husmorens Kokebok” (the Houswife’s Cookbook)
utgitt av Norsk Kunstforlag i 1963
Fillet à la Oscar / Filet à la Oscar

This is a typical Scandinavian party dish from the early sixties that comes highly recommended even today.

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Molasses Walnut Cookies / Småkaker med Mørk Sirup og Valnøtter

A cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites”
published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960

Molasses Walnut Cookies / Småkaker med Mørk Sirup og Valnøtter

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Almond Beef Hawaiian / Biff med Mandler Som På Hawaii

A spicy dinner recipe found in “The Treasury of
The Worlds Best Almond Recipes” published by
Blue Diamond Almonds Brand in 1963

Almond Beef Hawaiian / Biff med Mandler Som På Hawaii

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Jelly Filled Sugar Cookies / Gelefylte Småkaker

A cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favourites” published
by the Tested Recipe Institute in 1960
Jelly Filled Sugar Cookies / Gelefylte Småkaker

From the cover: Delicious cookies to serve for dessert – At parties – For Snacks – To pack in lunch boxes.

The fifties and early sixties was a great decade for us kids. No wholemeal bread or raw carrots in the lunch box, just cookies. Our parents had just been through WWII and they wanted the best for us. Cookies were scarce on the ground in the first part of the forties, at least here in Norway due to rationing on most goods, so the post-war baby boom which I was a part of were not denied the sweet stuff.

Ted
Winking smile

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Youth Parties Anno 1969 / Ungdomsselskaper Anno 1969

A youth party suggestion with menu and recipes found in
“Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests)
published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969

Youth Parties Anno 1969 / Ungdomsselskaper Anno 1969

I found working with the last post so entertaining that I just had to do another post from the same book although both are more more work than most posts. Because if you think arranging a party for your young ones would provide less problems than serving crabs to a couple of friends you are absolutely mistaken.

The set of worries maybe different, but the chance of ending with egg on your face was indeed present. And all the worries about what would happen to your furniture and floors came on top of that.


I was sixteen in 1969 and I must admit that the parties I went to back then were home-alone-parties that didn’t have the slightest likeness to the parties described in this book. If not totally Sex Drugs & Rock’n’Roll we were close enough.

Ted
Winking smile

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A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

A party suggestion with menu and recipes found in
“Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests)
published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969

A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

“Vi skal ha gjester” is not a cook book in the normal sense of the word, it is a book on hosting parties at home with menu suggestions and recipes.

And have times changed in the nearly fifty years since this book was written. How anyone dared to invite even their closest friend for dinner after having read in this book what it would take to make it a successfull evening I can’t imagine. What table cloth, what sort of flower arrangement and what sort of candles to use for what sort of  evening was the least of the problems you had to tackle.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those were hard times visitors. A time full of etiquette pitfalls and embarrasing situations. With a variety of blunders that could as we would say here in Norway, leave you standing with your ass bared.

Ted
Winking smile

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White Batter Bread / Loff Bakt Med Røre

A bread recipe found in “The Fleischmann Treasury
of Yeast Baking” published in 1962

White Batter Bread / Loff Bakt Med Røre

I know white bread is not considered the healthiest of pastries, but you got to admit it tastes great. A fresh cup of Assam and a decent blue cheese on fresh white bread. That’s a little piece of everyday magic, if you ask me – Ted  😉

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Fruit Bars / Frukt Ruter

A fruit cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites”
published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960

Fruit Bars / Frukt Ruter

Bake quick and comforting fruit bars with a just few simple ingredients. A delicious flashback from those carefree first pre-WWII decades. They’re the perfect treats to serve for everything from Sunday dessert to summer picnics and celebrations of any kind.

As Contry Joe & the Fish once sang; Bring Back The Sixties, Man 😉

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