Vintage Recipes For Turkey Round-Up and Caramel Star Blondies

Following are a couple of recipes from my mother's old metal recipe box. I love vintage recipes and received a treasure trove of them at her death. These older recipes are quick, simple, tasty, and very economical. Turkey Round-Up is a simple turkey casserole, excellent for using leftover turkey (or chicken). With the current increases in grocery prices, ways to use leftovers are very important to many families. Caramel Star Brownies is a recipe from a Brach's candies advertisement that I found in mom's recipe box.


This is another recipe my mother got years ago from The Workbasket magazine. This little homemaker's magazine featured recipes sent in by readers. It also featured knitting and crocheting patterns. It was a very important little magazine especially for many rural homemakers.

2 cups diced cooked turkey
1 cup frozen peas, cooked
1/2 cup diced celery, cooked
1 can cream of chicken soup
Chinese noodles

Combine all ingredients, except noodles, together in a bowl. Pour into a greased casserole dish, top with noodles and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.


This is a recipe from an old BRACHS Stars candy advertisement. This recipe brings back happy memories for me. I grew up in a rural area outside a small town in Southern Indiana. I have fond memories of going "into town" on Saturday's for our weekly family shopping trip. There was a little candy store on the corner down by the railroad tracks. My mother would take me in there where she would get some bridge mix for herself and allow me to get a few Brach's Chocolate Stars in a little white bag. What a treat that was!

14-oz Brach's Milk-Maid Caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped nuts
12-oz bag Brach's Chocolate Stars

Melt caramel and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk over medium heat. Let stand. In seperate bowl, chop Chocolate Stars. In another bowl, combine cake mix, margarine, milk and nuts. Grease 9x13 pan. Spread half of dough in bottom of pan and bake at 350 degrees for six minutes. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle chopped Chocolate Stars over crust. Pour caramel mixture over the layer of Stars. Spread remaining dough over the top. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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