Vintage ideas for your next special occasion

The story begins at an estate sale. I was in the kitchen of a turn-of-the-century house here on Cape Cod, checking the selection of outdated, kitschy cookbooks. I found a 9×12 booklet, Knox On-Camera Recipes, published in 1962. The food stylist in me grabbed it. The recipes are old-fashioned and fun, and many have charm.

We are all looking for ideas to brighten this unusual holiday season. Let’s have fun with our food. I will be posting some of these recipes on my blog, along with suggestions. Looking to the past, we can make some of these recipes instead of our old standbys for holiday dining and entertaining. The blog will include appetizers, salads, and many dishes to accompany the main meal. All the food can be made ahead of time. They are easy and foolproof. Here is an opportunity to add a colorful, “picture-perfect” presentation to your table.

Recipes and images from Knox On-Camera Recipes, copyright © 1962. Used with permission of Kraft Foods. For more recipes visit

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