Category Archives: Vintage

Vintage Corning Ware Piggy Banks

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After searching for over a year, I have finally found a set of the Corningware piggy banks.  Produced by Corning Glass Works in the 1980’s, these rare banks were made available to Corningware employees for purchase.  I do not know what the employees paid for these banks when they were released, but these are a highly collectable item by Corningware collectors today which fetch prices of $50 or more per bank.  These banks are very small about 7″ across, but a must have for a serious Corningware collector.  If you should ever come across one of these in a thrift store or yard sale- GRAB IT.  These are extremely hard to find.

 

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Vintage Recipe 1977: Better Homes and Gardens- Sukiyaki

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Sukiyaki.  I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever had it.  I love all types of Asian inspired foods,  so I’m not sure how or why I missed this.  I do love Sukiyaki the cover song in 1980 by The Taste Of Honey, but let me get back on track.

This recipe is featured in the Better Homes and Garden- Oriental cookbook circa 1977.

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Here’s the actual recipe from the cookbook.

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Ok… Let’s have some fun!  I’m going to start by partially freezing the top round steak. I’m thinking 30 minutes to 1 hour should be good.

While freezing the meat I chopped all the vegetables.

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After 40 minutes meat is frozen enough to cut.  Lets start cooking!

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Beef bouillon, sugar and soy sauce….done!

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Sautéed bok choy, green onion and celery….done!

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Next sautéed tofu, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Combined all vegetables and meat and poured in sauce and cooked for 2 minutes.  Served with rice.

The Verdict:

The good:  Crunchy vegetables, tender meat, good with rice, good basic seasoning.

The bad: Needs additional seasoning to enhance flavors, not very authentic.

Total rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enjoy!

 

Vintage Recipe: Better Homes And Gardens- Chicken Croquettes

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A great suggestion was given to me by my friend Brian, he stated that I should start featuring recipes from the vintage cookbooks that I’m starting to collect.  (Duh…. Why didn’t I think of that?!?!). So, here’s my first one.  Chicken Croquettes!  While I was visiting Pennsylvania, my sister and her husband took me to a local diner that served chicken croquettes.  I was telling her, I haven’t croquettes in probably 20 years- no joke!  So I ordered them, they were juicy and crunchy and what I remembered.  So, I thought selecting this recipe would be a fun way to start. This recipe is from The Better Homes and Gardens series book titled, “Chicken and Turkey Cookbook” from 1976.

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These are oven baked croquettes, so they will be a little healthier and less messy.  I am going to try to stay as close to the original recipe, making small changes as needed.  I never made croquettes or made anything from this cookbook… So hold on…here we go!

Here’s the complete recipe from the book:

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I had some chicken legs, thighs and a breast.  I removed the meat from the bones and put in a food processor and made my own ground chicken. It’s about two cups.

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I melted the butter, added the flour and mixed in the milk, chicken broth and brought to a boil.imageNext I added the ground chicken, parsley, rosemary and salt and mixed well. (Lawdy!!! This isn’t pretty….. atleast it smells good)

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I covered and placed in the fridge to “chill for several hours”. Next we move onto making the croquettes.  I’m struggling with the instructions here as my gut is telling me that this is going to be a mess.  I understand we need to make breadcrumbs, but cutting them into 1/2″ cubes?!!?  I’m picturing rolling these things in that boxed cubed stuffing mix and they’re going to come out looking like some target that should be shot at in a 1980’s video game.  I can’t do cubes- I just can’t- we’re doing breadcrumbs.

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Now to make the cranberry-claret sauce.  I will admit I have no clue what the heck claret is.  So- off to Google I go.  (I guess I should have stayed in the vintage era and pulled out a  Encyclopedia Brittanica-nah I’m good.)

According to Wikipedia, Claret is a red wine from the region of Bordeaux, France.  I’m certainly not heading out to pick up a Bordeaux after all we’re using canned cranberry sauce for goodness sake- so red wine it is!

I mixed the cranberry sauce with the red wine and slowly heated.  (reserving a glass of red wine for the chef.)

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I also included a “Corn in Tomato Cup” salad in the picture and rice pilaf.  The corn in tomato cups recipe is from the the Better Homes and Gardens- Lunches and Brunches cookbook.  This recipe makes 8 tomato cups, but I think one will be sufficient.  If you’re interested in this salad recipe, please reply to this post and I’ll provide it to you.

The Verdict:

The Good: The taste is actually pretty good, the cranberry claret sauce works well with the croquette.  The corn in a tomato cup although odd in appearance is actually tasty.

The Bad:  I was hoping for more of a rounded croquette, this reminds me of a crab cake.  Maybe the bread cubes might have made a difference, but I don’t think so.  Presentation leaves much to be desired. 30 minutes is not enough time to cook or brown the croquettes- minimum 45+.

The Ugly:  Very mushy when rolling the croquettes in the breadcrumbs  I gave up using the egg after the first few as it was too mushy.  It’s like rolling paper mache into a ball.  Thank goodness I saved a glass of “claret” for the chef.

This could be a good recipe with a few more modifications.  Will I try it again- possibly.

Enjoy!

 

Vintage Three Shade Brass Tension Lamp

Hello all!  Sorry for the lack of posts, I was out of town visiting family and just got back.  I wanted to share with you a find that came from my mom’s house in Pennsylvania. This vintage three shade brass tension light was in my parents living room ever since I was a child.  (I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t purchased in the early 1950’s.)  I asked my mom for more details about the lamp and all she remembers is buying it from the local furniture store Fisher’s Furniture. This lamp was placed in the attic in the middle 1980’s where it sat ever since.  This past weekend, I managed to climb up there and found it in decent shape.  I packed it up and brought it back to Las Vegas, gave it a good cleaning and brought it back to life.  I’m going to try to find some information about the history of it.  The lamp switch allows you to turn on individual lamps and brings back a lot of fond memories. I’m happy that it remained intact and surprisingly had only minor wear and tear damage after all these years.  I plan on enjoying it for many years to come.

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Jasco Spice Of Life Warming Tray

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Jasco Spice of Life Warming Tray

Today’s find uncovers an original Jasco Spice of Life warming tray.  (Another accessory piece to enhance the Corningware Spice of Life line)

Jasco manufactured many different styles of warming trays in the late 70’s.  Some warming trays were simulated wood grain, atomic, geometric and floral patterns and many resembled pieces from the Corningware series.  Some trays only had one warmer while others could have three.  These warming trays were a big hit back in the day for entertaining as you could bring out your dish from the oven (or your coffee or tea), place it on the warming tray it and would stay warm for the duration of the dinner or party.  The tray itself was only around 35watts, so you don’t have to worry about things boiling over.  These trays bring back lots of memories and I’m sure you remember someone in your family that had one.

This warming tray was found at the local Goodwill for $2.99 and was tested and it does indeed work.  Current online retail prices for these warming trays are between $20-$40.  I can’t wait to pull this beauty out for my next retro party.

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George Nelson- Wooden Pixels Wallclock

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Some days after scouring through the thrift stores you leave feeling discouraged, but other times you happen to come across an item that makes it all worth while.  Yesterday, I was browsing one of my local Savers stores.  While walking through the isle that usually holds pots and pans, I noticed something that was certainly out of place- this awesome wooden pixels clock!

The clock was created by George Nelson (1908-1986). George was one of the founders of what we know as American Modernism and designed many classic iconic furniture, lamps and accessory pieces of the 20th century.  His accomplishments included being the director of the well known Herman Miller furniture company and his own company George Nelson Associates, Inc.

This amazing clock was purchased for $16.00 and easily retails online between $75.00-$125.00  It’s classic mid-century design is nostalgic and fits well in many design schemes.

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If you’d like more information on George Nelson, please visit the link below.

Source:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Nelson_%28designer%29

 

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Vintage Items That Are HOT And Worth More Than You Think!

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Hello all!  I wanted to pass along to you some items that shouldn’t be passed up if you’re really interested in starting a collection, adding to your collection or just want to flip some items online.  When you’re driving by that Thrift Store, passing that Garage Sale sign or antique store,  take a moment to stop by- it could certainly be worth your while.

Below are some of the hottest vintage items that have been confirmed online (some are also my predictions for the future) that are becoming hugely popular and collectible:

80’s memorabilia– these include vintage tee shirts, Atari games, cartridges, music posters, action figures and Swatch watches. Vintage Star Wars memorabilia is off the charts popular now.

Ceramic Christmas trees– HUGELY collectible!  Do a search on EBay and you will be surprised to see that these are going for $200-$300 per tree.

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Vintage Hallmark Ornaments 1970’s through early 2000’s.  This is another category online where the prices are through the roof.

Vintage concert tee shirts

Corningware, Pyrex, Tupperware, Melamine and vintage Farberware cookware-  Yes, it’s true you may go to your local thrift store and come across these items, but they are becoming harder and harder to collect.  (Especially if they are in good condition with all the original pieces) People are paying big bucks for the rare pieces.

Vintage Cookbooks 1950’s-1980’s – it is very easy now to pop online and quickly find your favorite recipe.  As we continue to rely on digital media, these classic books are going to be harder and harder to find.

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Vintage electronic equipment– radios, stereos receivers, TV, CB radios, clocks

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Boardgames- This is another hugely popular item online especially the games from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Vintage globes

Vintage Olympic and airline posters

Some tips to keep in mind while browsing, collecting and selling:

1.  Condition- make sure it’s in pristine condition.  Nobody wants a messed up Tupperware bowl or original board game that is missing the pieces.

2.  Do your research and check the stamps and markings on the item and find out as much history as you can.

3.  Find like minded people that share your interest in what you collect.  These are great resources to bounce off information, get suggestions or be on the lookout for you.  Nowadays you can find them within minutes online.

4. Be fair in your purchase price and with your selling price.  Everyone is entitled to make a profit- but it’s not fair to be gouged or take advantage of someone.

Any of the above items would be a great start if you’re interested in starting a collection. Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll be happy you did!

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