Recipe Box, Back to the 70s


Have you noticed a resurgence of retro recipes lately…you know things that were the rage back in the 70’s like jello salad, crepes, deviled eggs, and tater tots…

I recently read a mystery series called the Country Club Murders, which was set in the 70’s


at the Masters

When I started the first book, I didn’t realize it wasn’t set in current time,  so it threw me off a little…

“Why is the author referencing Nixon, I wondered, and why is the phone on the wall with a long coiled cord?

“Wait, there’s not even an answering machine?

Where are the cell phones, computers, and the internet???

Ladies are lunching and playing bridge, not bunco…

People dress up to go shopping, ladies have their hair “done, ” and everyone is drinking scotch neat and has impeccable manners???

It was almost as good as Mad Men!!

I read the 3 book series in 3 days! Fabulous fun, you can check it out here and see other chick lit authors and books at Club Hen House

My 70’s reminiscing began the other day when I made a Manly version of the classic Quiche Lorraine


ham quiche with corn, asparagus and bacon


And then I made Tater Crabs, homemade tater tots that turned out looking like crabs



tater crabs

Then I remembered the Strawberries & Cream Pretzel Salad I made this spring that was so popular, very 70s!


strawberry pretzel salad


Cocktail parties during the 70’s often featured Rumaki, chicken livers or water chestnuts wrapped in bacon

This is a modern spin on it,  Deconstructed Hawaiian Pizza, bacon wrapped pineapple served with garlic Parmesan pizza crust


bacon wrapped pineapple


Green Goddess salad dressing was all the rage and salad bars popped up everywhere

A Green Goddess Salad Bar is a fun and easy summer meal for family or guests


green goddess dressing

Sandwich loaves were served at luncheons, traditionally made with salmon mousse, tuna or egg salad

I made my Mini Smorgastorta with 2 of my favorites, pimento cheese and chicken salad, topped with a bacon rose


mini smorgastorta

Crepes, Manicotti, and Cannelloni were so chic

This  California Cannelloni is a twist on traditional cannelloni,  filled with chicken, mushrooms and bacon in a creamy sauce and  flour tortillas instead of pasta


California Cannelloni

Lighten up traditional Italian red sauced manicotti with Chicken, Spinach and Apple Manicotti




I bet the restaurant goers of the 70’s would have been surprised to see Butternut Squash and Spinach Cannelloni with Brown Butter & Sage  on the menu!

Fresh lasagna sheets are used like crepes to roll the filling,  so much easier than stuffing pasta tubes


butternut squash cannelloni


Tuna Casseroles were family favorites for weeknight dinners, traditionally made with canned tuna, cream soup, celery and noodles

Chicken and Mushroom Tetrazzini, is an elegant version, and an easy weeknight dinner

It’s made with a homemade cream sauce of chicken broth and half and half instead of canned cream soup


chicken tetrazzini

Bundt cakes were very in, and the bundt pans were a most requested wedding gift

A popular 70’s cocktail inspired a Harvey Wallbanger cake made with vodka, orange juice and galliano


Bailey's glazed pound cake

This version,  Baileys Irish Creme Cake, is made with Bailey’s Irish Creme liqueur

Bundt pans are so versatile, you can make all kinds of breads with them too, like Sticky Bun Biscuit Wreath


Sticky Bun Biscuit Wreath 4


So take a trip back in time and get your 70’s on!

What is your favorite retro recipe?

Wouldn’t it be fun to throw a pot luck and ask everyone to don some bellbottoms and  bring their favorite retro dish?


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

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25 Responses to “Recipe Box, Back to the 70s”
  1. Jodi says:

    Oh such yummy classics! Like us – right Jenna? 🙂 <3

  2. Jenna, the round-up of classic recipes brings back the memories! The book series sounds very interesting! Happy Thursday!

  3. I love thinking about the good times in the seventies! I got married and had my children then.
    My mother was the congealed salad queen.
    Thanks for taking me back.
    The books sound interesting.

  4. Mary says:

    Jenna, Did you see Southern Living Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue? They did highlights of recipes from the years, some of the early 60s ones were doozies! I have to say I never saw the appeal of a lot of the congealed salads from the early 70s, especially Tomato Aspic…*shudder*…but I am a fan of the 7 Layered Salad. 🙂

  5. Lynn says:

    I still want to try tetrazinni:@)

  6. Emily says:

    Wow, I love your blast from the past Jenna! I loved most of these dishes and recipe, Green Goddess I haven’t seen since the 70″s. Sounds like you found the perfect summer reads too. Oh Jenna, nothing compares to Madd Men! Oh yum………

  7. Stacey says:

    Yes it’s so true that we associate certain recipes with time periods. I grew up in the 70s. I remember lots of pears with cottage cheese..I thought it was disgusting. We had Patio frozen dinners..remember those? How about layered salad, and nine bean salad, and liver. Ugh!!!

    Thank you for sharing with TOHOT, Jenna. Hey I would love it if you would send me your email asap. When I get messages from you they are No Reply Blogger messages. 🙂

  8. Rhonda says:

    Never thought of the trends of foods, but I guess you’re right about the 70’s reemerging! Love the bacon rose on top of the pimento cheese! What super cute and tasty idea! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    These are the dishes I grew up on! Cream of Anything soup is a winner anytime, and the book sounds like fun!

  10. Ellen Shook says:

    These foods all still sound pretty good to me! Rumaki used to be the “go-to” for all the parties. I still like a good quiche, and James Beard’s Tetrazinni was the “it” dinner party dish. Maybe we should have a Retro Pot-Luck. I’ll make the Harvey Wallbangers!

  11. Karen says:

    As they say “what is old is new again”. What a fun post, I was just thinking about green goddess dressing a couple of weeks ago.

  12. Yum these are great recipes, even if they are from the 70’s…I was in high school in the 70’s, so I guess it is time to indulge myself and try some of these myself! Thanks, as always for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  13. JESS44903 says:

    Wow…all of these sound so tasty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. chinamom3078 says:

    We still have what are now called classics. Guess they hang around because they are so good! Haven’t heard of green godess dressing though in years! Linda

  15. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I love your Recipe Box back to the 70’s so much fun! I am fond of all the jello salads. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  16. Sandra Garth says:

    My kids always tease me about how “70’s” I am. Love these recipes!

  17. Kitty says:

    That was a fun read, Jenna! It would be such fun to have a retro party. We used to love fondue, which was a big hit!

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