Retro Night

I have started a fun little tradition for our weeks, and that would be Retro Night. I am super excited about this is since I have made it my mission to cook my way through the vintage recipes that have been given to me from both sides of my family.  But instead of cooking them exactly, I try to change the recipe to fit my family now.  Sometimes, the recipe does fit, ad I will keep it, but for the most part all the processed foods used in the fifties do not fit my family, especially with all our food allergies.

So we will start with the Sloppy Joes.  We all know and love Sloppy Joes, but really the 1950’s version can be kind of bland. This is the recipe that I had:

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons butter

1 pound ground beef

1 can condensed tomato-rice soup

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon of steak sauce

1 tablespoon of prepared mustard

4 drops of tobacco sauce

Sautee the onion in butter, add ground beef.  After the ground beef is browned add all of the ingredients and when it gets bubbly, cook for 15 minutes.

Here is mine:


2 packages of hot Italian sausage removed from the casings.

2 cans of fresh tomato sauce.  You can use store bought as well, but we can our own sauce in the summer.

3 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon season salt

1/2 tablespoon celery salt

salt and pepper to taste

as much tobacco as you want

Place sausage, which has been removed from casing in a cast iron skillet.  Use spatula to ground in the skillet.  While the sausage is cooking, place in mixing bowl the tomato sauce and all of the seasonings.  Whisk together and taste and adjust to your liking.  When the sausage is done, drain any excess grease, then pour tomato mixture over sausage.  Let simmer for 30-40 minutes for all the flavors to combine.

Serving suggestions:  place on an open face piece of sour dough bread and serve with a creamy Hivarti chees.  Of course you can use whatever bread and cheeses you have, but we used this pairng and it was fantastic!

Side dishes that were served were retro as well.  Olive stuffed deviled eggs, which two of my children loved, and buttered mixed veggies.  Which I can give you both of these recipes if requested.


Tonight, we are back to normal food, yummy pork loin with twice baked potatoes and broccoli with garlic.

Nothing wrong with a little adventure!



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