August 3rd, 2011
05:20 PM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing, as is the Reader Challenge.

When folks are using sidewalks as griddles and baking biscuits in their cars, you know you've got a heat wave on your (sweaty) hands. Take a tip from the folks at Knox who published "Dainty Desserts for Dainty People" way back in 1915. They didn't need any newfangled plug-in freezers or schmancy ice cream gizmos to keep cool in the middle of a blistering summer - just a block of ice in a chest, or crushed ice mixed with rock salt.

Where'd the ice come from without a home freezer? Let's not get too hung up on the details (a strapping delivery gent would come around with a wagon full of blocks and some tongs) when there are brains to be frozen and tongues to be tantalized.

Here's your assignment, should you choose to accept it.
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Vintage Cookbook Vault: A "stripper housewife" brings the giggles and jiggles
March 7th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Shake that aspic!

We're always thoroughly delighted when readers take us up on our vintage recipe challenges. Y'all came through with the Frank and Corn Crown. While the Aspic supper salad challenge garnered fewer entries, boy did they stand out.

Meet The Stripper Housewife a.k.a. burlesque performer Peekaboo Pointe. Not only is she the "Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West," - she's not afraid of a little bit of cold beef tongue.
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Vintage Cookbook Vault: Aspic supper salad challenge
February 28th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Y'all know we appreciate the absolute beans out of you, right? When we posted the Frank and Corn Crown recipe, along with a tossed gauntlet to document your efforts at home, we were downright giddy when reader Sarah picked it up - and deftly so.

Giddy turned to gobsmacked when we realized that she wasn't the only one. So – as long as we can keep finding fun, festive vintage recipes, once a week we'll post one and double-dog-dare our readers to blog about their efforts - with snapshots of the final product. Leave a link in the comments and we'll show 'em off.
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Vintage Cookbook Vault: Double dog dare part deux
February 25th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Remember aaallll the way back to a few weeks ago when we posted a righteous recipe for a Frank and Corn Crown from the 1965 Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book, and Sarah of all.of.my.dirty.little.secrets took up our challenge to craft one of her own at home?
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Vintage Cookbook Vault: Double dog dare
February 12th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Remember all the way back to yesterday when I posted the super fancy recipe for Better Homes & Garden's Frank & Corn Crown and double dog dared readers to make one at home? It's like I used The Secret because it came true almost immediately!

Reader Sarah of all.of.my.dirty.little.secrets busted out her pearls, potholders and festive retro apron to whip up one of her own. Pop on over to Sarah's Tumblr to witness the magic for yourself.



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