All the Amazing Retro Dishes from the Astronaut Wives Club
APRICOT JELL-O MOLD WITH PECANS
Marshall admits she's spent her whole life obsessing over vintage cookbooks – or in her words, "unintentionally conducting advanced research for a project [she] never knew she'd have," Marshall tells PEOPLE.a
BLUE JELLO COTTAGE CHEESE MOLD
a"Joys of Jell-O was my gateway drug," Marshall says, of her retro cookbook obsession.
CROWN ROAST OF FRANKFURTERS
"In my mind, each lady had a different 'food character,'" Marshall says. "They would cook different things." Part of prepping each dish – including this extravagant "crown roast," tied up with twine – involved getting into the mental space of each character.
"I love Jell-O salad," Marshall says. Especially when they're glammed up with a border of sliced hot dogs and chunks of cheese.
BEEFARONI WITH GARNISH
Cheese triangles and pimento olives make the garnish for this festive dish. "Everything for the show was a casserole, or a cheese ball, or a big plate," Marshall says. Unfortunately, 90% of the food she made was inedible, as it had to sit under hot lights for hours during filming.
"As a savory person, I loved the cheese balls … or anything that was clever with a hot dog." Same.
GREEN JELL-O MOLD WITH MARSHMALLOWS
Marshall relishes making (and eating) Jell-O salad mixed with whipped cream – the smooth, creamy mouthfeel is irresistible. Of course, she had to double the amount of gelatin she used: "I had to make Jell-O that could stand up for hours."
This recipe hailed from her "gateway" vintage cookbook, The Joys of Jell-O, and has strawberries suspended inside Jell-O, spread across crunchy pretzels.a
DEVILED EGGS WITH TURMERIC AND BLACK OLIVES
"When I knew someone would actually be eating a dish for a scene – as opposed to "play eating", which is common during filming – she'd make extra. People nibbled on her deviled eggs more than anything else. "Who doesn't like a deviled egg?"
This recipe came from Bon Appétit's Christmas issue from 1974.a