A vintage spread.

Image scanned from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book.

Still planning the menu for our upcoming retro party.  

We've asked everyone to bring their favorite classic dish, with a modern twist... Tossing formality to the wind, and celebrating a simpler time - a time of Cadillacs & ranch houses, typewriters & record players, pin-ups & ponytails.

I'm getting a kick outta rummaging through this cook book, but keeping it simple is proving to be quite a challenge.  Really.  The ideas are just endless.  Pigs in blankets... Deviled eggs De luxe... Meat balls - Meat loaves - Meat pies... Casseroles... Cocktails... Canapés.  Clearly not a calorie/carb-counting generation.  Rather, a meat-lover's delight.

Another cook book- The Comfort Table, by Katie Lee, gave me some great ideas.  There's an entire "retro cocktail party menu" included- classic dishes with a modern twist... and right on point with Betty's original.  Just like most of her recipes, they're simple & no-fuss, with a tad of flair.

Image scanned from The Comfort Table cook book.

I did a little recipe testing last night... Meatloaf Sliders & Oven-Fried Chicken Satay.  And because I am counting carbs & calories, I appreciated her suggestions on slimming a couple of these menu items down.

Both were very tasty, but only the sliders will make their way onto the menu.  The chicken strips "satay" were simple (but a little time consuming, as each are coated with Dijon), crispy, and flavorful, but I'd like to go a little less on the modern, and more on the classic... Maybe another recipe in her menu- a more fattening option, of course- the Sausage Balls??  Looks like I have more "experimenting" to do.

If you'd like to do a little tasting yourself, here's the recipe for the sliders...

{This is the version in the cook book.  For the lightened up version- as well as the Oven-Fried Chicken Satay (titled "Faux-Fried Chicken" in this article), click the "suggestions" link above.}


  1. i can't wait to see what you end up doing! i think that idea is so fun!

    i can't say i'm a meatloaf fan - but if you make sausage balls - i'm in love. :)

  2. I cannot wait to see what you end up making, Torrie! The meat loaf sliders sound (and look) amazing. And Sausage Balls??? YUM. Good luck with the planning!

  3. Those meatloaf sliders really do look good - I actually just made a new recipe for turkey meatloaf the other day! And the chicken (strips) satay might make it onto my menu for next week...

  4. That is a fun idea. Do you think anyone will bring aspic? Has anyone eaten aspic in the last 30 years? I'm so intrigued by it. . . yet never motivated to actually try making it. :)


  5. @The Suburb Experiment Let’s hope not. Not quite sure I want to go that classic. =)

  6. Love Betty Crocker - she was a staple in New Zealand and her box cakes were the ultimate in luxury when we were kids....


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