Forget broccoli-topped pizza and carrot sticks with yogurt dip. Recipes from the Easy-to-Cook Book from 1967 (Grosset & Dunlap) unabashedly rely on frozen vegetables, canned fruits, bacon, and butter. Nutritionists in 2015 might insist on unprocessed foods, but the playfulness of Funny Bunny Salad (pictured) or Orange on Orange Gelatin (orange Jell-O mixed with mandarin oranges) appeals in any era. To round out my meal, I made Peanut Butter and Nutty Honey spread for sandwiches. All I needed was a half-pint of chocolate milk and a straw to blow bubbles in it to feel like a kid again.
Peanut Butter and Nutty Honey (1967)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons chopped nuts (I used pecans)
2 tablespoons honey
4 slices bread
- Mix everything except the bread together in a small mixing bowl.
- Spread on bread and cut in halves or fourths.
Funny Bunny Salad (1967)
4 canned pear halves
Whole cloves (I used peppercorns)
4 large marshmallows
- Arrange lettuce leaves on a salad plate.
- Place pear halves on lettuce, flat side down.
- Slice bananas lengthwise and then crosswise, and place them at the small end of pear for the bunnies’ ears.
- Make the eyes and mouths with the cloves and the tails with the marshmallows.