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September 21, 2011

Rosy Tuna Ring – A Mid-Century Recipe Test

By RetroRuth

Guess what??? It’s another tuna recipe on the Mid-Century Menu !!! Are you excited? Are you pumped? Are you retching with glee???

Well…maybe you are just retching. Going over all these pictures, I am getting a little gaggy myself.

Anyway, this is another submission for our recent contest, “Let’s Sing A Tune To Tuna”, which was a rousing success. And actually somewhat of a surprise.  When we started getting recipes, I thought all of them would be terrible. The recipes just looked horrific, and everyone here was making little gasping sounds of terror every time I opened a new email submission. (Okay, I was the one gasping with terror. I think the cats were actually just purring.) But as we started making them, weird things started happening. It turned out that a lot of mid-century tuna recipes weren’t really that bad.

I know, I was shocked too.

So, I will have a bunch of tuna recipes to show you that we tested, and found to be actually edible. Some were even just shy of being “tasty”.

The first of these “somewhat less than tasty” recipes comes from our friend Eartha Kitsch (author of Ranch Dressing With Eartha Kitsch and previous winner of our Worst Recipe Contest), who sent us this fun thing:



Hey Ruth,

Has anyone entered this recipe yet? If not, I’d like to enter
it. I love that it is a mold. Always pretty and interesting.
The Tuna Ring is from "Better Homes & Gardens – Lunches and Brunches"
from 1963. Sorry for the wonky photo of the glorious Tuna Ring. They
put the illustration right in the fold of the book.



Oh man, Eartha, you can really pick ‘em! I have to admit. I was terrified of this one. Just terrified.  I thought it was all going to end in gagging and tears and then maybe some more gagging. After all, that is what happened last time Eartha sent us something. Though, that might have just been the trauma talking. This one was a significant improvement in that it contained no disgusting and floppy animal tongues. Which is always an improvement.

Speaking of improvement, I have been trying to think of a way to raise the intellectual level of this blog*.

*totally a lie 

In that vein, instead of boring descriptions of the pictures, I am going to be using literary quotes to enlighten us and to help us to ascend to the next level of higher functioning.

Plus, I’m too tired right now to think of more funny stuff*.

*75% true

So, as Homer Simpson would say:

All right, brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me – so let’s just do this and I’ll get back to killing you with beer


He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast in his heart.
– C. S. Lewis


My greatest strength is… common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate.

~ Katharine Hepburn


One thing should be noted: Directions in many old books assumed that a cook knew how to mix ingredients, what size pan to use, at what temperature and how long different foods should be baked/cooked.

~ Sue Gates


I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.

~ Rodney Dangerfield


And yeah, Jim, this is the time to stop putting Dwight’s personal effects into Jell-O

Michael, The Office


And then, much, much later came the extraordinary concept of  coleslaw and Jell-O in a fish mold. What the @#&% is the matter with somebody when they think:  “Whoo! That’ll be appetizing!” How drunk would you had to have been? “What the #$%^’s left? I feel like eatin’ some more. Oh, that yellow Jell-O and that coleslaw in the fish mold, that’s gonna make my day! I’m smacking my lips just thinking about it.”

Lewis Black

How’s that?  Feel enlightened? Sort of?

Well, I tried.

But this should make you feel better:


Yeah. That’s right. I made a gif of Tom tasting this crazy rosy tuna thing. That way you can feel like you are right here with us, watching Tom be brave and choke down the first bite. Yum!

The Verdict: Strange. Not horrible, but not great either.  It basically tasted like tuna salad. You honestly couldn’t even taste the tomato soup, which was a shocker for me and also an enormous relief. In the end, we spread it on slices of toast and gulped it down.



Thanks for sending in a fun recipe Eartha. It was chilling and thrilling AND it was good.

You are forgiven for the tongue incident.

For reals.

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6 Responses to Rosy Tuna Ring – A Mid-Century Recipe Test

  1. Andrea Reply

    September 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    OMG Ruth, I love the literary quotes, LOL! I think I was too distracted by them to gag over the recipe – well, almost, until I got to the finished product!

  2. Barbara Reply

    September 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I refuse to eat anything that looks like vomit.
    In a mold.
    Tuna and bell peppers. GAK!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    September 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Yay! Eartha!!! I was worried this would some how involve tongues! 😉

    Ruth, I’m glad this turned out tasting ok, the picture makes it look, well, REALLY inedible! 🙂

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    September 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Ha! Glad you like them, Andrea!I have been waiting to use that Lewis Black one for a long time. It is from one of his comedy albums, and I just about died the first time I heard it. It is totally perfect for the Mid-Century Menu!

    Barbara – I know, right?? I thought for sure this thing was going to be the most disgusting ever, and was totally shocked when it tasted okay. I mean, really shocked. Who knew?

    Sara – It looks really disgusting, doesn’t it? Bleh!

  5. sablemable Reply

    September 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    And to think I was going to fix tuna noodle casserole tonight. Not!

    The gif turned out great, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth! LOL, Tom-Tom in motion!

  6. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    September 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Whooooo…my goodness. It just looks so…fleshy? I’m glad that it somehow made the Tongue Incident forgotten though. That’s totally worth it for me! I’ll never forget that photo of that look on your face after you tasted it and spit it out. I am really surprised that something that looks this vile can taste good.

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