5 Recipes that can be Stepped up with a Simple, Vintage Tip

Ever wonder why your grandmother’s food tastes so damn good?? Here are some vintage tips for classic recipes to have your dinner table ooo-ing and aaaah-ing!

Scrambled eggs – easy enough, right? Absolutely. But there’s one thing you can do to make your scrambled eggs creamy and even more delicious…add some water. That’s right. After you crack the eggs in a bowl, put a tablespoon of water into the eggs (1 tablespoon for every 3 or 4 eggs), and beat. Then cook on low/medium heat, stirring often, until they get to your desired doneness. Mmmmm ::salivating:: 

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Fried chicken – a classic dish. It can go so right…or so wrong. For amazingly vintage fried chicken: Corn Flakes. Say whaaaaat?? Put flour, seasoning, and crushed corn flakes into a big bowl. Dip your chicken in milk (or buttermilk) that has a beaten egg in it. Then dredge the chicken into the flour mixture. Do this twice. Then fry the oil on medium to medium high heat until golden brown, crispy, and delicious. ::serve up with some mashed potatoes and green beans…which brings us to our next recipe: 

Mashed potatoes – boil potatoes, strain, mash with some butter and milk, the end, right? Oh, no ma’am! Peel the potatoes, boil them till fork tender, then the secret to the mashing: cream cheese. Yes, yes, yes! Add half a block of cream cheese (at room temp), half a stick of butter (softened), some milk (warmed), salt and pepper…then mash those suckers to a beautiful pot of mashed potatoes!

Tuna salad – most people think tuna salad simply consists of tuna, onion, relish, and mayo. That’s all fine and good…but take a hint from my wonderfully 1940’s grandmother, and make some exceptional tuna salad for your next picnic: add chopped up boiled eggs. Boil some eggs, finely chop them (whites and yolks), and toss those suckers in the tuna salad. I promise you, you’ll never go back!

Green beans – what could be easier than opening a can of green beans, throwing them in a pot, and heating them up? Nothing, actually. But, if you want amazing green beans that taste of nostalgia and love, you have to add…drum roll please…bacon! Everything is better with bacon, and green beans are no exception. Use kitchen scissors and cut up 2 or 3 strips of bacon. Fry them up in a pot until they start getting brown and releasing bacon grease. Dump in 2 or 3 cans of green beans (draining 1 can). Pot a lid on the pot and cook on low until the rest of the meal is ready. That delicious bacon flavor will radiate through the green beans! 

What retro recipe enhancers do you have?? Let’s talk!

Xoxo

Maunalee

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