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16 Old-Fashioned Recipes Through The Decades

By: The Editors of
Updated May 02, 2021
Old-Fashioned Recipes Through The Decades

We love old-fashioned recipes for so many reasons. They’re often simple, comforting and timelessly delicious. Today we’re breaking down our favorite old-fashioned recipes by decades! Certain decades were defined by specific food trends, so we’re collecting all the classics from the ’20s, all the way through the 1970s. From Great Depression recipes during the 1930s and ’40s, to retro cakes from the ’60s and ’70s, these old-fashioned recipes for dinner, dessert and appetizers will surely bring back some memories.

Browse this list of old-fashioned recipes through the decades, and be sure to comment below with the recipes that come to mind when you think of certain decades! Plus, don’t miss this list of 13 Fabulous Sweet and Savory Fondue Recipes, Plus 7 More Party Food Ideas.

1920s Recipes

The prohibition-era was all about getting creative in the kitchen with Jell-O molds, fruit cocktails, and pineapple upside-down cake! From fancy Great Gatsby dining, to everyday home cooking, you may only recognize a few of the popular recipes from the 1920s. Here are a few old-fashioned recipes that have withstood the test of time and are still common today.

  • Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Pineapple upside down cake was a popular dessert in the ’20s, and making in in a skillet produces one of the best versions of the cake.

  • Must Have Classic Deviled Eggs

    When it comes to old-fashioned recipes, deviled eggs are a classic. This easy recipe for deviled eggs is just like the one grandma used to make!

  • Pink Stuff Recipe

    A classic Jell-O mold recipe that looks festive and actually tastes great

1930s Recipes

During the Depression Era, family cooking was all about budget-friendly eats. These recipes from the 1930s are classic Depression era recipes that can be re-made today!

1940s Recipes

The 1940s were also all about making-do with less – which meant eggless cakes, meatless meals, and more.

  • 1940s Lazy Daisy Cake

    A classic coconut cake that’s super easy to make for when you’re feeling lazy.

  • Party Cheese Ball

    This recipe first appeared in the 1940s and continued to be popular throughout the 50s and 60s!

  • Ultimate Crazy Wacky Cake

    A deliciously moist cake that can be made without using eggs, milk, butter, or bowls.

1950s Recipes

The 1950s were all about elegant entertaining at dinner parties and simple, belly-filling meals at home during the week!

1960s Recipes

In the 1960s, foods like the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, kiwi fruits, and the space-age drink Tang came into popularity. These old-fashioned recipes from the 1960s are definitely still familiar to us today.

1970s Recipes

The retro recipes of the 1970s were a mix of classics from the 1960s, along with a few new food trends. There was more of an emphasis of fresh fruit in the ’70s.

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Retro Recipes from the ‘50s and ‘60s

Critics are raving about cookbook author and Cutthroat Kitchen star Addie Gundry’s new cookbook Retro Recipes from the ‘50s and ‘60s!

“It takes a genuine senior citizen to recall popular foods from the 1950s and ’60s. But baby boomers’ offspring no doubt will have relished many of the recipes Gundry has collected…Most recipes are a breeze to concoct from pantry staples, but even Gundry’s simplified beef Wellington has its place for celebratory dinners.” —Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

“This collection of popular recipes from the 1950s and ’60s contains what you might expect to find in a cookbook from the time or written on weathered index cards in grandma’s recipe box…Gundry has made it easy for theme-party planners to find the necessary recipes all in one place.” —Publishers Weekly

From 1950’s casseroles and elegant hors d’oevres to more modern, adventurous dishes, this collection of vintage recipes is sure to inspire any home cook.  Available NOW on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble!

What are your favorite foods from each decade?

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