Menu: Retro American Classics

This may have been your mother's dinner party menu, but that doesn't mean it's not hip. These classic dishes are as timeless as Elvis. So turn up the oldies and mix up some traditional cocktails; this is going to be a swell night.

See the RecipeMartyn Thompson

Cheese Straws

Serve these clever little appetizers instead of bread at lunchtime or for supper. See the Cheese Straws RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

Stuffed Potatoes

This recipe is from a book called American Regional Cookery, authored in 1932 by Sheila Hibben, a food writer for The New Yorker. Russet potatoes are the best for this dish because their cooked flesh is dry and fluffy when mashed and their sturdy skin crisps when baked. See the recipe for Stuffed Potatoes »Stefan Anderson
See the RecipeAndré Baranowski
See the RecipeMary Ellen Bartley
Chocolate cream pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout.Michael Kraus
Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Los Angeles's Brown Derby closed its doors long ago, but this classic salad, invented in 1937 by the restaurant's owner, Robert H. Cobb, lives on.André Baranowski
Russell Kaye