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30 Charming Old Fashioned Recipes

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Updated May 22, 2017
30 Charming Old Fashioned Recipes

There's nothing quite like old fashioned recipes to get you excited about sitting down to dinner. These comforting dishes might be staples in our homes and are likely to evoke memories from our childhood. From days spent with our moms in the kitchen to nights sitting down to the table with the whole family, food-centered nostalgia is a powerful thing. So much quality time is spent over delicious meals in fact, that we wanted to share some old fashioned recipes we remember fondly. We've gathered 30 vintage recipes that have been the cornerstone of so many American dinner tables. With these old-fashioned classics, we hope you'll be able to recreate some of the nostalgia you remember from your youth and recreate that for your family. Take a stroll down memory lane, indulge in some comfort food, and introduce an old favorite to your family.

And to start, take a look at our test kitchen recipe for ​Grandma's Old Fashioned Aspic:

Old Fashioned Dinner Recipes

Mom's Best Tuna Melt Casserole

These old fashioned dinner recipes will bring back those memories of what it was like gathering around the dinner table as a child. From classic recipes, Mom used to make like tuna casserole and meatloaf to recipes you might remember from the diner, like chicken fried chicken and Salisbury steak, these old-fashioned favorites are bound to please.

Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

Old-Fashioned Magic Cake

What's better than delicious old fashioned desserts? We can't think of much. Pound cake, cookies, pie, and cookie bars... the treats below are things you might remember seeing in your grandmother's cookbook. Mom may have been passed a few of these vintage recipes over the years, and now it's your turn. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk and get ready to take a trip down memory lane with these great desserts.

Other Classic Vintage Recipes

Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato Salad

What do sour cream doughnuts have in common with chicken pot pie? Not a lot, thankfully! But they are both delicious old fashioned recipes and they can both be found in the list below that includes a few more of our favorite classic vintage recipes. We just couldn't leave these old time favorites off the list, so we hope you enjoy!

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My mother always made apple strudel from scratch. It turned out perfectly every time and was sprinkled with icing sugar. Sometimes mom would add a dollop of whipping cream and it would all just melt in your mouth.

My Grandpa would make me peanut butter honey sandwiches on homemade white bread. The sandwiches were so thick I could barely open my mouth wide enough to eat them.

My gran's yeasted maple bars and donuts. Oh my. She made huge batches after someone harvested a hog (yes ladies, she rendered pig fat to fry the donuts in and it was a stinky project.) bars, donuts and donut holes covered our counters and tables, proofing before frying. She topped the bars with maple frosting and the donuts with chocolate frosting or powdered sugar. Some of them she froze for use later and would top them after they defrosted. And uh yes I considered fresh maple bars a wonderful Meal! And yes, I was a chubby kid!!

I will never forget my mom's soup. She used to start it when winter was on its way. We used to call it stone soup, after the legend of the traveler who got people to donate ingredients for him to make some soup when he had nothing but a stone and in the end he shared it with everybody. It was a soup that was most definitely shared. My mom's office was at our home and her staff used to come in daily then go about their chores. They would always pop into the kitchen for a cup of that soup before going on their way. My mom's soup was an everlasting pot on the stove and she just kept adding to it. If there was ever anything left over from a meal into the pot it went. The Soup tasted better and better as the days passed and we continued to add to it. Now my mom is a retired pensioner but she is still making that soup except now it is made in the slow cooker. I have the recipe and I will be posting it soon. Watch this space!

Every winter my Mom made a delicious sweet and sour stuffed cabbage. I learned the recipe from her and made it for my family. After Mom died, I would invite him for dinner and send him home with what remained. The year after he died, l made it for my family and as I wrapped up the remains and burst into tears as memories flooded in.

My favorite dish as a child was my mom's goulash. It's the only dish that I can't make like she did.

It would have to be my mom's homemade potato soup, for the life of me I can't make it come out the same

Home made from scratch, chicken pot pies my Mom would make on cold winter days growing up in Upstate NY when I would go home for lunch, since my school was very close to m house.

Eating dinner at my Grandmother's house after church o Sunday. My favorite part of the meal was her homemade yellow cake with homemade chocolate candy icing.

I used to stay overnight at my Grandma's and she would let us have Eggo waffles with piles of powdered sugar! Waffles still make me think of her.

My fondest food memory is Thanksgiving when I was small. My mother was cooking the turkey of course, but my German Grandma and Grandpa both helped. They made a German dish called "Filtzel" which my father absolutely LOVED. The "Filtzel" called for chopped potato and bacon (not masked) plus parsley and raw egg. I have never found any recipe in print but I have an old card that my Aunt developed from her memory. But I can still see Grandpa chopping the potatoes in a big wooden bowl with a circular chopper.

Funeral potatoes. My mom would only make them for family gatherings or holiday parties. I was of the opinion that they should be made on a weekly basis. Unfortunately I did not win that fight.

My grandma always made angel food cake with peanut butter frosting. The cake was light as air. It was incredible! Now I think of her every time I see that cake.

My very best food memory is of a few different time when my Grandpa picked me up from middle school, with fresh-baked, warm chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk in the car for me to have as an after-school snack on my way to a play rehearsal. None of my family members seem to know what chocolate chip cookie recipe my grandpa used, but they were definitely the best ever!

My family's version of a German pancake. It was our go-to weekend breakfast. It was the first recipe I ever learned and it's still the only one I have completely memorized.

My dad used to work in an Italian restaurant growing up, so he took all of those cooking skills he learned and incorporated them into our regular food regimen. With that in mind, I developed an interesting palate pretty early on. Even though I was a wee one, I had the spirit and cravings of a middle-aged Italian guy. I loved linguine and clam sauce. LOVED. IT. Unfortunately, my mom hated it, so I'd have to wait for those days when my mom was out of town visiting our aunt who lives in Florida. When she left, I'd be swimming in linguine and clam sauce. Oh man.

I remember going to Disney World when I was in kindergarten. My parents bought a few sticks of rock candy for us to try for the first time. It rocked!

My fondest food memories are usually when my sister and I try to make something and then over-complicate it and then fail. One time we decided to make a smoothie. But we started adding so many things to it that it turned a disgusting green color and it looked like steam was coming out of it. We ended up putting the blender outside because it smelled so bad.

This is a fantastic go-to link for classic recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. There is nothing like a classic tummy warming shepherd's pie to make your family (and yourself) very happy! I highly recommend that one. Magic Cake is a really fun one to try, especially if you have little ones that like to cook. That will think that it's so fun seeing how the layers separate as the cake cooks, although I would recommend adding a touch of lemon juice as a stabalizer, so the layers separate properly. The goulash is a nice one on a cool fall or winter day that will warm you up nicely. It's definitely worth trying out these delicious classics.

When I clicked on the link to come to the site I thought this link for 325 charming Old-Fashioned recipes and 19 Vintage Recipes were going to be eBooks. Instead they were separate recipes and I was really disappointed.

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