This cookbook, Patio Daddy-O, is sort of on topic with my “Vintage Cookbooks” theme… and it sort of isn’t.The cookbook was published in 1996, so it definitely isn’t vintage. It isn’t even “classic” yet. However, the recipes it contains are vintage! Well, sort of. The book is described as having “’50’s Recipes with a ’90’s Twist.”
This seems to translate into recipes that have a retro vibe, and celebrate families eating together as well as entertaining and partying with friends. One distinct difference this book has over vintage cookbooks is that the recipes are full of flavor, but reasonable in terms of fat and sugar. Another difference is that the recipes aren’t scary! No Jell-O molds here, thank heavens. It’s a great little cookbook that honors that era, and I just had to share it with you!
The book contains recipes for grilling, sandwiches, drinks, sides, and desserts. A few of the recipes have keen, 50’s-style names too, which is something that today’s recipes just don’t do anymore. Modern recipes have names that spell out almost every ingredient included in them, and for the most part this cookbook follows that trend too. But it also has Spo-Dee-O-Dee Chips, Dragonbreath Corn-on-the-Cob, and Garden Grinders-A-Go-Go. (I may just start adding “a-go-go” to every recipe I create from here on out. So hip!)
Another nice feature of Patio Daddy-O are the illustrations, images from old cookbooks or advertisements, and shots of some retro tablecloths and aprons.
(Including this questionable apron of a scantily clad woman who resembles Gina Davis, carrying a tray of drinks and bosom!)
Here is the recipe for Uncle Bob’s Peanut Butter Sandwich with Texas Sweets. The Texas Sweets are sweet onions. I know, I know… weird, but wait! The intro to the recipe says right from the start, “Sure, it sounds weird, but the combination of peanut butter, mayo, lettuce, and thinly sliced sweet onions creates something like an Indonesian satay sandwich.”
And because this is a revamped 50’s recipe, it does not call for buttering the bread first, or for sinking the whole thing inside of lime Jell-O.
Uncle Bob’s Peanut Butter Sandwich with Texas Sweets
This recipe is from the Patio Daddy-O Cookbook. The ingredients and directions below are listed and formatted as they are in the cookbook.
- 3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon good-quality mayonnaise
- 1 ultra-thin slice of Texas Sweet or other sweet onion
- 1 lettuce leaf
- 2 slices firm, white bread
- Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter, the other slice with mayonnaise, and sandwich with the lettuce and onion. Cut in half to serve. Makes 1 sandwich.