Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1960’s

stuffed celery with Greek yogurt and cherry tomatoes on a serving board

Life in the 1960’s in America

Welcome to America in the 1960’s, baby! We’ve jumped into the time-traveling VW hippie van and landed in the sixties. While the fifties were inundated with processed and canned foods after the war ended, the 1960’s saw a revival of unprocessed foods along with co-ops, vegetarian diets and DIY peanut butter. It was almost like a blast from the past from the 1940’s, when food was natural and even grown at home in Victory Gardens during World War II. In the sixties, people used food as a form of activism to express their feelings towards many issues. The Civil Rights Movement, fear of nuclear war, the ongoing Vietnam war, and other government policies were just a few. So, let’s learn a bit about the history and life during that time while cooking vintage recipes from the 1960’s!

Cocktail Party Food in the 1960’s – Cheese Fondue

Fondue was a major craze in the 1960’s. It was a great dish to serve at your cocktail party alongside your booze and hors d’oeuvres. And I don’t know why it took so long to gain immense popularity in the U.S. because this stuff is amazing!! Switzerland has been making fondue for ages. All you need is to find yourself a little stale bread, some moldy cheese and BAM you got yourself an indulgent snack! Of course, you don’t have to use moldy cheese, but that’s just how I envision they invented this masterpiece somewhere in the Alps. I personally love dunking sourdough bread, spicy sausage and apple chunks into cheese fondue.
The recipe for this fondue was based on the instructions on the back of the cheese package.

More Cocktail Party Food in the 1960’s – Stuffed Celery

If you watch any movie set in the 1960’s in America, you’ll probably find people with a cigarette in one hand and a drink with a heavy-handed pour of liquor in the other hand. The popular cocktail parties of the sixties actually got their start back in the 1920’s speakeasies. You saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, right? Or maybe Great Gatsby? Anyways, the spirit of these parties lived through the decades and became wildly popular again in the sixties. Hard-working parents would send their kids off to bed and break out the martini glasses and finger food!
I found the inspiration this party food on Pinterest.

Dinner in the 1960’s – Chicken a la King

Okay, I know this dish doesn’t scream food activism, since it’s full of chicken and cream sauce and served with bread. BUT this 1960’s recipe has sherry in it, so the adults probably enjoyed this more. I changed the recipe a bit to suite my modern palate, by forgoing the sherry (I just added a splash of apple cider vinegar) and replacing the sour cream with dairy free plain Greek yogurt. And YOU GUYS! This chicken a la king is amazing! It’s creamy and savory and so deliciously comforting! I served it with the remaining baguette leftover from the fondue (see above). It’s not hippie-vegan-flower-power food, but it is nourishing and scrumptious. I’d highly recommend this dish, and you can find the recipe that I (sort of) followed here.

Thanks for following along in our journey through the decades as we were cooking vintage recipes from the 1960’s! Stay tuned for the next decade as we move and groove our way into the 1970’s with political scandal and hamburger helper!
Does your family have any vintage or family-heirloom recipes that have been passed down?

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

33 thoughts on “Cooking Vintage Recipes from the 1960’s

  1. I grew up eating stuffed celery. Usually my mom would make them with peanut butter and raisins aka. “Ants on a log.” She’s also a fan of finger foods/cocktail appetizers. I’ve had fondue before and it was amazing. I would definitely eat it again! (My 13th birthday party was a fondue party!) I haven’t had chicken a la king and haven’t actually heard of this dish prior to reading your blog post.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      That sounds like a much tastier way to eat celery!!
      A fondue bday party sounds so fun! I am seriously now considering to have that as my next birthday party!
      Thank you for sharing!

      1. My mom rented the fondue equipment because we ended up having 3 different kinds of fondue and 13 guests (makes sense for a 13th birthday). This was many many years ago and I still think that a fondue party would be a fabulous idea!

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          That is so smart to rent it! Especially to be able to have multiple for different kinds of fondue! Alright, if I ever host a party, it’s definitely going to be a fondue party

  2. Sarah Davis – United States – I planning the next chapter of my life. I’m not exactly sure how it will be written, but I want it to include lots of yoga, paddle boarding, friends, family, dogs, travel and long trail rides on my horse.
    Sarah Davis says:

    Loving your vintage research.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!! I love research projects, and I’m already thinking of ideas for future ones

      1. Sarah Davis – United States – I planning the next chapter of my life. I’m not exactly sure how it will be written, but I want it to include lots of yoga, paddle boarding, friends, family, dogs, travel and long trail rides on my horse.
        Sarah Davis says:

        Good! I am here for it. I found a recipe for healthier Ambrosia (a previous post) and I am going to make myself some now that summer has arrived!

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Ooh where did you find the recipe? Because I love the idea of ambrosia salad but I just kept picking out the soggy marshmallows

  3. Adventures Of An Anglaise – I am an English twenty-something and lifelong Francophile who is finally fulfilling her fantasy of living 'la vie parisienne'. I love books, theatre, film and music, and usually have multiple unfinished creative projects knocking around my apartment at any given time. When asked about my hobbies by an employer a couple of years ago, caught off-guard, my response was "food". Goes to show that the answer you haven't thought about is probably the most honest one you can give.
    Adventures Of An Anglaise says:

    I really enjoyed this post, great mix of food and history Swiss fondue is literally one of my allll time favourite meals – I love how fun / sociable it is, as well as being completely delicious!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Isn’t fondue the best!? It’s so cozy and super fun to share Have you ever tried chocolate fondue with fruit? Sooo goood!

      1. Adventures Of An Anglaise – I am an English twenty-something and lifelong Francophile who is finally fulfilling her fantasy of living 'la vie parisienne'. I love books, theatre, film and music, and usually have multiple unfinished creative projects knocking around my apartment at any given time. When asked about my hobbies by an employer a couple of years ago, caught off-guard, my response was "food". Goes to show that the answer you haven't thought about is probably the most honest one you can give.
        Adventures Of An Anglaise says:

        Oh yes!! I actually had a couple of birthday parties centred around chocolate fondue as a kid/early teen – Santa brought a little pink fondue set one year and I thought I was the BUSINESS.

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Haha! Santa came in clutch that year!!!

  4. Markus + Micah – We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.
    Markus + Micah says:

    The food looks amazing but I am more grateful for the history lesson. Thank you! I find it cool that people in this period returned to unprocessed food. Markus told me a little about this, how his grandparents filled their yard with fruiting trees post-war. And food activism is also a nice concept. I could see how it could work out.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      It was surprisingly to learn that there’s this back-and-forth where companies innovate new processed food to make life easier which some people embrace, but then there’s also push-back from people who don’t want chemicals in their food. Which is still ongoing today!

  5. I love celery with PB and raisins. I have always wanted to try fondue. It looks amazing and so cheese! All of the recipes look amazing. Especially the chicken

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      TRY FONDUE AS SOON AS YOU CAN!! and then let me know how much you love it haha because it’s so good!!

      1. I definitely will! I have to find a restaurant if not I’ll have to make your recipe! I love cheese everything. I will definitely let you know! thank you

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          There’s a popular restaurant here in Oregon called the Melting Pot and they serve three courses of fondue – cheese, soup (like hot pot) and then chocolate! It’s a bit high end but totally fun for a special celebration!

          1. I just looked up the restaurant. There is one location not to far from me! I will have to do date night there. The menu looks amazing! Thank you it will be worth it!

            1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
              strawberryandcream says:

              Omg that’s awesome!! Let me know how it goes!!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you, I really appreciate it!!

  6. Having been born in 1960 I am a true product of this generation. I remember it all so well. Celery sticks with cream cheese and peanut butter were a favorite snack. We had the fondue pot in the cupboard above the refrigerator we used during the holidays. I’m sure for our fondue used stale Wonder Bread and the cheese was most likely moldy. Love your “History through food” postings.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Haha! That’s funny! Did your parents host or go to cocktail parties while you were a kid? Stale wonder bread, that’s funny because does wonder bread ever go stale??

  7. Your writing is so, SO much fun!! Your wording, your pace, your ideas and this subject all had me, uh, relishing (sorry!) this delightful post. I’d go whip up some chicken a la king for an early breakfast right now if I weren’t in the ZONE with my no-cream-no-bread-lose-weight-now diet. Celery is in the plan, though ~ I can definitely make something work here! 🙂 Thank you for starting my day off with a smile.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      That is so sweet, thank you so much for your kind words!!!
      What is your go-to snack on your diet right now?

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Haha! Wouldn’t that be cool if we could ACTUALLY time travel!?

  8. I love this! I bet they were done with canned food by that point!
    I’m currently working on a novel set in the 1950s and I’m having a blast doing the research on what they ate and listened to. Seeing this not only prepares me for the part of the story set in the 1960s but also makes me want to get started on dinner!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      That’s so exciting that you’re working in a full novel! I did listen to 50s music while making these dishes to really get in the mood 🙂 Music was so good back then!! Best of luck in your novel!

      1. Thank you. I’m glad you had fun in the process!

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Most definitely! I want to explore decades even further back like maybe in the 1800s and 1700s

what do you think? :)