Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash

 

The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal.

Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Tuna Noodle Casserole for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Tuna Noodle Casserole

 

 

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

 

Van Camp’s once produced Spanish Rice in cans.

Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version.

Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner

served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Spanish Rice for the Instant Pot

 

 Traditional Spanish Rice 

 

 

 

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash

 

Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy.

Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Smothered Pork Chops

 

 

 

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash

 

The Romans weren’t the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies.

Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C.

Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the meal-in-a-pastry is unparalleled comfort!

 

Recipe Selection

 

Chicken Pot Pie for the Instant Pot

 

 Traditional Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash

 

An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire.

The standard still holds today – and will never go out of style!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Salisbury Steak for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Salisbury Steak

 

 

 

Steaks Are Always In Style

 

Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!

 

Here’s a look at restaurants we’ve loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time and again.

 

This is the kind of place you take the people you want to impress, like your boss on his birthday. And your in-laws when they come to visit. Where you celebrate great moments, like a new baby in the family. And your wedding anniversary. Don’t forget your best friend’s job promotion. Even more, Dad’s retirement. 

 

There’s a place for everyone at the table.

 

Old-School Steakhouse Turns 70:

It was a great thing. You could pull up outside and they would bring a steak dinner to the car with a cocktail and hang it on your window. 

 

Blow-Up Bop’Ems

    There was a style for every kid: Bamm-Bamm, Bozo the Clown, Fred Flintstone, Popeye, Scooby-Doo, Flipper (the Dolphin), Huckleberry Hound, Bullwinkle, Batman, Frosty the Snowman, Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Gumby & Pokey, King Kong, Snoopy,...

One Cool Cat

  Everything he touched turned to gold.   Bobby Troup composed, Get Your Kicks on Route 66, famously recorded by multiple artists beginning with Nat King Cole. The song was inspired by a 10-day, cross-country drive taken by Bobby and his first wife, Cynthia....

Time-Out for Tenderness

 Photo by Robert Eklund on Unsplash Children and their pets create bonds, strong and true. Wherever a pet can be added to the family, daily affection and relationships enjoyed by all can be worth the effort required.   Top 10 Reasons   Warmer weather and sunshine...

A Town Once Famous

Pontoon Boat Sunset by Rob Lee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lake Wobegon is a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor. And while he authored several books from 1981-2014, his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion was his claim to fame.   Anyone born from,...

Hello, Operator?

Photo by R.D. Smith on Unsplash  100 Years of "Ma Bell"   Do you ever miss the feeling of cradling a Western Electric Bell telephone in your hand, holding the handset up to your ear, listening to the voice of your loved one on the other end?   And, how about...

The Joy of Life

French Countryside by Funky Tee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The spark that gives us vigor to live in the present moment with a sense of joy is known by the French as Joie de Vivre.   Magazine About the Joy of Living   Melancholy music suspends us in time,...

Rewinding a Fashion Statement

St. John gold Chain Belt by leyla.a is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 A recent trend uses a popular wardrobe accessory in a novel way: the chain belt draped over women's swimwear as jewelry.   Laws of nature dictate summer sunshine warms metal quickly. You decide....

Summertime Strawberry Splendor

"Strawberries" by ewan traveler is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Realistic aromas can waft from vivid strawberry photographs. Peer for mere seconds before your mouth waters and senses rise with a pleasing dopamine rush!   An absolute favorite memory of my youngest...

Zany Xanadu

Vintage Ad #1,868: Xanadu! by jbcurio is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 The most dazzling romantic musical fantasy in years!   Within the film are time travel scenes of the most unlikely culture contrasts seen on the big screen (like the big band era vs. disco -...

For Good Measure

Every tool bench has a tape measure of some kind. Each dressmaker or seamstress has one as well. They're obviously useful collectibles even today.   Luckily, I spent a lot of fun times playing with these as a child when the adults were too busy to care!    ...

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...