The Crazy Suburban Mom: Being a Dip and Giving it Away on Retro Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Being a Dip and Giving it Away on Retro Tuesday...

I recently did a post about my love of community cookbooks because Mongo gave me her collection.

 We are having crazy fun going through  them on week-ends.   Since she's had to gave up her apartment and gave me have her furniture, you know what - She comes here and sits in her favorite recliner and it's...   I don't know.  Really nice.

(Sorry about the bad cell phone picture of)

Mongo in her recliner with her cookbooks

Once a week we spring her from the acute care facility to eat some fun food.  Not that her normal diet there isn't fun.   Okay, I lied.  It's not.

She likes a good egg roll or a piece of pizza.   Sometimes a roast beef sandwich.  A few weeks ago I made her Onion Dip and veggies  because  she hadn't had it in ages and used to serve that when she entertained.


I looked up the history of the dip  and found it was invented by an "anonymous California cook" in 1954 and became so popular that it's been on every Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Package since 1958.

And yep it is, I looked.

We spent the afternoon dipping, reading and I realized that dip wasn't the only thing with Lipton onion soup.  Far from it; there wasn't a cookbook without it and her cookbooks date from the 50's to the 90's.

Some recipes are simple...

rice special

....but for perspective this cookbook dates from the mid-fifties.  Most kitchens at the time had few conveniences and most women still did from-scratch cooking.  People didn't do take-out dinners, dried soups were pretty new,  there were certainly no microwave ovens.

Mongo didn't have  central air for another 15 years, I asked, so a recipe like this would have been a wonder.

Going through the cookbooks it seemed to me..


you couldn't swing...


a beef brisket into the oven...


without a packet...


of onion soup ...


Although one of my favorite chicken recipes uses it too.


That's not the exact recipe I use.   I posted mine on  The Family Dish

I call it Baked Polynesian Waikiki and Sometimes Russian Chicken, it makes sense if you read the recipe.


So guys, I know you all love community cookbooks and I bet you have your own favorite recipes.

See this?


The Family Dish has a cookbook and I'd love to give you one and I'm throwing in a Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix because I'd love to hear what you make with it.

To enter just leave me a comment, one per person please.  Ginger will monitor the giveaway to sniff out all double comments. 


Tell me what you'll make with the Onion Soup Mix but of course you may not know until you get the cookbook so you don't have to leave me a recipe.  

You can also tell me what your favorite thing about New Jersey is...

Or just say Hi! to Ginger, she likes that.

The giveaway will end on August 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm Eastern time by random drawing.  US only, 18 years or older.   *LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS - IF I CAN'T CONTACT YOU ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AUGUST 12 AND C'MON - WHAT A BUMMER*

This giveaway is sponsored by The Family Dish Program but was made possible because Mongo and generations of woman like her shared their best loved and most requested family recipes. 
 This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in Unilever's Family Dish Program.  For more great ideas go to The Family Dish.

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Babes Mami 7/27/10, 11:03 AM  

Hi Ginger! Your mommy is CRAZY! ;]

Leigh 7/27/10, 12:57 PM  

Chicken with apricot preserves is yummy - but it's also great on pork, especially mixed with a packet of onion soup, it's one of my family's favorites!

re'New 7/27/10, 1:22 PM  

Just the other day I put a round steak in the crockpot with a pack of onion soup mix and slowcrocked it until that meat just shredded on its own.! Lotsa juice that sucked right into the meat when I shredded it. Yummy on buns with ketchup or bbq sauce!

lee 7/27/10, 5:46 PM  

my husband makes a great meatloaf with onion soup mix.

for bonus credit, the best thing about new jersey is bon jovi!

catch me at cobalt.bluecocktail (@t) gmail d0t com!

good giveaway, great hostess and wonderful mongo!

p.s. has your mongo ever heard of prince mongo?

peacechaser 7/27/10, 6:05 PM  

Hi Ginger-choose me!

Anonymous,  7/27/10, 8:07 PM  

Oh yeah - the best meatloaf in the world is the one on the package of Lipton onion soup mix! A "secret" I learned some 50 years ago from Richard Youngberg's mother! I like to use 2/3 beef and 1/3 lamb - a very rich meatloaf. If it weren't so hot I would put one of those puppies together right now BUT I am out of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix...I'll be happy to use the one you have tho...It's all good.

Yes, and "Hi!" to Ginger...

Maureen 7/27/10, 9:12 PM  

The Baked Polynesian Waikiki looks yummy! It's nice that you get to have Mongo (is that really her name?) visit.

Vonlipi 7/28/10, 7:18 AM  

I love onion soup mix! Of course I make some dip with fat free sour cream. I used it with a brisket too.

I will probably try it with rice (not the minute stuff I can't stand it)

The Waikiki chicken looks fab, I'll put it on my to try list.

So nice you spring Mongo free and feed her real food. Enjoy every minute of it. We used to do that with my MIL until she got too sick and agitated.

Patsyk 7/28/10, 8:29 AM  

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I love finding other NJ bloggers!

You are so lucky to have been given that collection of cookbooks and to have those recipe cards! I've been trying to collect recipes from my mom every time we visit.

life + kitchen 7/28/10, 9:01 AM  

I love this! My family didn't cook much so I don't really have the cool recipes handed down like you do. I'm jealous! Love your blog!

Jean at The Delightful Repast,  7/28/10, 9:22 AM  

Tracy, I haven't had a package of onion soup around the house for about 10 years. (Not that there's anything wrong with it!) I had some friends over for the Super Bowl (I didn't watch it myself!), and it's my understanding that the dip is crucial to the success of that sort of occasion. I rather enjoyed the dip. It's one of those things it's hard to stop eating!

Jean at The Delightful Repast 7/28/10, 9:29 AM  

Forgot to mention--I love the photo of Ginger! I would never have thought to crop a shot like that.

Lynette 7/28/10, 9:50 AM  

First off, Hello Ginger...yeah good puppy. Come here and get a good ol ear rub. Yeahhhhhhhh!

Ok, now second.....I love you Tracy. Why? Well cause you make me happy. You can read a lil about yourself over at:

Next? Cookbooks...yeah I am here girl. You betcha! My mom loves the dip with the french onion soup mix. Me, not so much...why? Well chips get stuck in my teeth and what is dip with out chips? But I have used Lipton's Vegetable soup mix to flavor matzo ball soup. That is my favorite!

So I will not highjack your comments any longer....but have to continue to smile with you.....Happy day!

Lois 7/28/10, 11:21 AM  

Love your blog. I have been making Pepper Steak with onion soup since the 1960's and we still love the recipe.

Window On The Prairie 7/28/10, 3:28 PM  

Onion dip and pot roast are the only foods I've ever made with onion soup mix.

Ann 7/28/10, 5:04 PM  

I'm so happy you left me a comment at Madelines Memories. I love your sense of humor! My mother made that rice recipe but I don't have any recipes with onion soup mix, so my collie Lady says hi to Ginger.

dddiva 7/30/10, 8:56 AM  

Hehe I had to comment and say Hi to Ginger-

Okay we mix the onion soup mix with cream of mushroom soup and put it over a roast with baby potatoes and baby carrots and (frozen, who's gonna take the time to peel) pearl onions and toss it in the crock for a really yum gravy. Yes, it is one of my healthier meals. :P

Best thing about NJ- so many- the beaches, the proximity to NYC, the music (the boss and Bon Jovi) and the very very very best is the sweet corn and tomatoes you can buy on every other corner driving through the backroads. That was one of my fave summer dinners when I lived there.

I've heard the tomatoes don't taste as well anywhere else (and that part I can verify) due to the pollution and crap, but, whatever, they just don't make them like that in any other place.

JoeyfromSC 8/5/10, 2:37 PM  

haha, ginger is cute! hey ginger:)

I LOVE cookbooks and cooking with Lipton Onion soupmix..I usually make the dip with sourcream and the mix..I use it for burgers also! Yum! Now I'm hungry lol

Thank you for the chance to win!


*Haha @ Ginger sniffing out the double comments!

Theres just life 8/6/10, 2:31 AM  

You reminded me of a recipe I use to make a lot. Hawaiian chicken. It used 1 large bell pepper chopped 1 can of crushed pineapple and 1 package of onion soup, Mix that together pour it over chicken pieces in a foil lined pan with enough foil left over to fold over mixture and seal. Put it in the oven and cook. It was great over rice.
Now I want chicken...

~Shelley~ 8/6/10, 3:43 PM  

LOVE cookbooks! And I always use the Liption Beefy Onion mix when I make a roast beef in the crock pot! YUM!!

mdlangmead at gmail dot com

Stacey 8/7/10, 9:25 AM  

I'd love to win the cookbook. Me and my kids have been trying to find a bunch of new recipes so that we're not eating the same thing every week/month.. Thanks!!

Anonymous,  8/7/10, 2:31 PM  

Ye gads - I didn't leave an email address in my comment above - I can be reached at

Judy B,  8/8/10, 11:49 AM  

I've secretly been waiting for the cooler weather to return, just so I can break out the crockpot. I think it was only last year that I tried anything with the onion mix, and would like to do more.

judychrz at

Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. 8/8/10, 7:41 PM  

I throw a pot roast in the slow cooker with a packet of onion soup and enough water to cover and cook all day. Really good.

My dogs say hello to Ginger.

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