November 25, 2014

Vintage Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Jewelry and Accessories Lovers

Ho-ho-holly and ivy, can you believe that we're precisely one month away from Christmas? That we are and with such a milestone countdown date being reached, it's time to kick your Christmas shopping and gift giving into high gear.

As such, my sweet friend, it means that it's time (yay!!!) for another fabulously fun and festive edition of Chronically Vintage's annual Vintage Holiday Shopping Guide. Past entries featured gifts for travel lovers, gifts for children, gifts for home decor lovers, and vintage stocking stuffers ideas.

Just as I selected last year's travel theme based on an important aspect of my own life (that, in September 2013, I took my first vacation in several years), so too have I opted to base the theme of 2014's Vintage Holiday Gift Guide on an exciting new part of my life this year: opening my Etsy shop last May.

While you will definitely find a few items from the shop highlighted amongst the twenty-five entries in today's post, it is more the theme of what my store started out (and continues to, though other categories such as vintage clothing, hats, and ephemera have joined the team there in the months since May) selling: jewelry and accessories (including vintage gloves and hats) that are at the heart of this holiday gift giving idea filled post.

Like many people, I'm a huge fan of vintage jewelry and accessories. I almost never wear an ensemble - even when I'm taking Annie to the dog park - that doesn't include at least a couple of outfit "extras", which really, I adamantly believe, are integral to the success of most looks. Jewelry and accessories tie an outfit together. They can be subtle notes or bold expressions. They speak volumes about your tastes in fashion, are instant conversation starters, breath new life in tried and true outfits, can serve as the jumping off point for a whole ensemble itself, and are so easy to collect, wear and adore. Plus, most also have the added bonus of working still no matter if your size changes over the years, something that can rarely be said of most garments.

There are countless types and styles of vintage jewelry and accessories, and one post could never encompass all of them, but that isn't the point of today's festive entry. No, instead it is here to provide you with ideas spanning from the sophisticated to the adorable to the practical, all of which will appeal to a wide range of vintage and non-vintage jewelry and accessory lovers alike. As  always, I've kept an eye on budgeting here. The sky is the limit when it comes to what items in this vast category can cost (Cartier panther ring, Hermes scarf, Charlotte Olympia clutch, or Patek Philippe watch, anyone?), and while Christmas can be a time to be generous, it shouldn't break the bank for you, or anyone else, in the slightest.

In fact, as appealing as a mere list of gorgeous pieces of jewelry and great accessories would be, amongst such items in today's post, I've intentionally tried to source unique storage, cleaning and maintance, and display options that are the sort of thing any fashionista or collector is bound to adore and get practical use out of.

These ideas are very handy if you have to be pondering what to get your Vintage Secret Santa holiday gift exchange partner (note: I'll be starting to email out matches for this fabulously fun present swap today, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for my email), especially if you happen to know that they're a fan of old school jewelry and accessories (and really, who amongst us isn't?).

Grab a mug of your favourite roasty-toasty holiday beverage, a Christmas cookie or two, and a pen and paper (or note taking app) and get ready to add some great ideas to your holiday gift giving list this year - as well, perhaps, as your own Christmas wishlist! :)

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1. Give the gift of Bakelite this holiday season in in a vibrant, beautiful hue that Santa himself would most definitely approve of. Solid crimson coloured and tested to be absolutely genuine, this beautiful vintage red Bakelite Bangle is just the thing to go with holiday outfits all season long, whether worn alone or as part of a daily stack. It's cheerful, classic and super Charismas appropriate. $34.00 from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

2. If like me, you go gaga for elegant shabby or glam chic decor, than this beautiful metal jewelry or coat rack is for your. Featuring five hooks and available in a wide range of colours, this timelessly lovely storage rack is ideal for everything from necklaces to scarves, belts to bracelets. $27.00 from Willow Grace.

3. A rare and immensely beautiful piece, this art deco era 1930s/1940s pave set clear rhinestone and silver tone metal vintage menorah brooch is truly the perfect Hanukkah (or Bat Mitzvah) gift for anyone on your list this holiday season. $44.00 from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

4. Make a beloved friend or relative’s holiday season extra fashionable with this awesome, and very beautiful, vintage style Winterwood Mini Top Hat that is handmade by Australian milliner Tanith Rowan. Her products are (I have the honour of owning one, so I can speak first hand here) superbly well crafted, highly detailed, and so very stylish! $85.00 from Tanith Rowan Designs.

5. What would a holiday gift guide full of vintage jewelry and accessories be without a super festive offering like this swoon-worthily lovely (and very well priced) 1950s green sparkle lucite Christmas tree earrings be? $11.00 from Sanne's Vintage Jools.

6. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful elements of the holiday season is making and/or purchasing homemade gifts to give and when they come from fellow members of our vintage loving community, this act becomes all the sweeter! If you're hunting for some seriously charming, affordable and entirely mid-century approved brooches, snoods, hair accessories and similar offerings, be sure to check out fellow vintage blogger Brittany's Etsy shop, Wacky Tuna Vintage, where she sells all kinds of great handmade accessories like the uber cute 1950s inspired blue chenille brooch shown here (which is a very wallet friendly $13.00)

7. Earrings are one of those fabulous accessories that most women adore and wear often (be they for pierced or non-pierced ears), yet housing them can be quite the quandary, especially as a person's collection grows. Enter one of the loveliest earring storage ideas I've ever come across: the Little Book of Earrings, which has multiple pages to efficiently wrangle dozens of different pairs of earrings into one spot. $36.99 for a large sized earring book from Amazon.

8. Cinch belts are a staple ingredient in nailing all kinds of great mid-century looks, yet finding genuine vintage ones from the era can be tricky. Fear not, Blue Velvet Vintage has come to the rescue and offers several different colours of vintage style stretch belts that any yesteryear fashion fan is sure to adore and wear often, all for just $12.99 each.

9. If you're looking to give a gift that is both deeply beautiful and immensely practical at the same time, than these enchantingly romantic 1940s reproduction hand knit gloves are just the ticket. They're expertly crafted, sweetly feminine, and perfect for the whole year 'round. $25.44 from Miss Beta Knits.

10. I'll never, so long as I live, fully get why detachable collars fell out of vogue. They're affordable, stylish and tons of fun, while - most importantly - giving you the ability to make one dress or blouse look like multiple garments. One of my favourite sources for vintage inspired detachable collars is Etsy shop Contrapunt, which is based out of Spain. They offer lots of great options on the detachable collar front, such as this nautical ensemble perfect navy blue and white rickrack sailor collar for $22.00.

11. Whether you're shopping for a vintage jewelry newbie or a long standing collector, Judith Miller's Costume Jewelry is a gorgeous, photo filled look at the some of the most popular styles and brands of the twentieth century. I own (an earlier edition of) this stellar vintage jewelry tome myself and it be my top choice to give, if I was shopping for someone else who also enjoyed books on the subject. $17.61 from Amazon.

12. This holiday season, bows don't have to just be on your gifts, they can also be on the ears of one of the lucky recipients on your holiday gift list care of this fabulously fun pair of vintage gold tone bow hoop earrings, that act as a celebratory note to any ensemble the whole year through. $14.00 from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

13. If you've got jewelry fans on your holiday shopping list who love to travel, then the thoughtful gift of a jewelry roll like these lush, subtly belle époque looking beaded velvet beauties is sure to be a hugely appreciated present. $36.18 from Plum and Ivory.

14. A vintage or vintage reproduction (as is the case with this marvelous offering) lady tie is something that's been on my fashion wishlist for an age and a half now. Perhaps this year will be the one when Santa finally gets my memo. :D If you'd like to delight the vintage lover in your life with one of these great mid-century accessories, then pop on by Flapper's Girl's store and check out the lovely selection of handmade lady ties she has available, such as this Christmas perfect green and white polka dot version with lace heart appliqués. $22.00 from Flapper Girl.

15. Know a vintage lady who is planning a winter woodland wedding? How about a lover of nature, deer or wildlife in general? Than this fabulously elegant and charmingly lovely 1940s/1950s Melissa buck and faux bois vintage compact is for them. It is in stellar shape and comes complete with its original powder puff. $45.00 from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

16. If like me, you or your gift recipient has highly sensitive skin and/or prefers all-natural products, then Sparkle Bright's jewelry cleaning products are for yourself or them! Made from all-natural, non-toxic, non-corrosive, and biodegradable ingredients, this company's range of products is just what any jewelry fan needs to keep their skin, the environment and their jewelry all very happy. I'm personally a big fan of their All-In-One Jewelry Cleaner Kit, which includes six great products and a lovely carrying/tote bag, which sells for $37.95.

17. You've heard me speak highly of The Best Vintage Clothing in multiple posts over the years, but did you know that this leading independent vintage seller also has a fabulous Etsy shop? It's true, they do, and they've been upping their inventory game there this year with gorgeous old school offerings like this Christmas or New Year's Eve party perfect beaded gold 1920s Whiting and Davis evening bag that any fashion lover is sure to go weak in the knees for. $75.00 from Best Vintage Ever.

18. Perhaps it's just me, but I always associated monogrammed items like these sophisticatedly beautiful personalized metal purse hooks with the holiday season (I think it goes back to all their monogram-able items that appeared in the Sears Wish Book when I was a little girl). $13.98 from Gifts For You Now.

19. The gift wrapping is practically done for you when you give one lucky recipient on your holiday shopping checklist this wonderful pair of vintage deadstock stockings from (sadly now defunct) Canadian department store, Woodward's, which come in their original packaging. $18.00 (for both pairs and packaging) from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

20. Even if the vintage glove fan in your life's collection exceeds what can be housed in one small receptacle, a timelessly beautiful antique wooden glove box like this carved version is still a fabulous decor piece that can be used to house a few particularly favourite and/or most frequently worn pairs. $24.00 from Ryoko's Vintages.

21. If ever there was a time of the year when we need the reminder that's front and center on this beautiful illustration by talented artist Lorena Balea-Raitz, the Christmas season is it. Featuring two of any stylish lady's favourite accessories, a tube of fire engine red lipstick and a classic pair of sunnies, this great print is just the thing to jazz up any wall - very much including one's closet, if so desired. $26.71 for a 5.8" x 8.3" print (larger sized available) from Lorena's Ink Designs.

22. Few items are more traditional or tied to Christmas than a beautiful wreath, be it in real pine, faux greenery or even jewelry form, as in the case of this timelessly pretty vintage rhinestone wreath brooch. $15.00 from Red Garnet Vintage.

23. Unlike quite a few books on the subject that have been penned over the years, The Bakelite Collection by Matthew L. Burkholz and John Hylton is still in publication. I don't own a copy yet myself, but it's very high up on my reading wish list and from what I've heard from other Bakelite fans, it's one of the best titles on the topic of vintage Bakelite jewelry around. $53.96 from Amazon.

24. Paging all art deco lovers and their friends, this show-stoppingly gorgeous, winter hued c. 1930s rhinestone, blue glass stone, and silver or rhodium plated bracelet is for you. Stunning as the day is long, perfect for all kinds of holiday seasons parties and year round glamorous wear, this is the kind of vintage verging on antique piece of jewelry that becomes an instant family heirloom and unendingly beloved treasure for any old school bracelet fan. $105.00 from Chronically Vintage on Etsy.

25. If you want to ensure your place on someone special's "nice list" for a lonnnngggg time to come, then a pair of these vintage inspired, seriously awesome leather and fur fur trimmed Alpine winter booties from Miss L Fire is sure to the trick. Available in modern ladies sizes 36 to 41, and in four colours/colour combos. $210.00 from Miss L Fire.

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Accessories and jewelry make for a perfect gift for someone who may just be starting out on their journey into vintage, every bit as much as for the wearer/collector who has been enjoying such items for years or decades already. Many styles - such as pearl jewelry, black patent purses, and solid coloured scarves, for example - are eternally classic and will find favour with folks who rarely, if ever, wear vintage as much as with those that live for it.

Though this post does focus mostly on items for women, this category is not restricted to us gals in the slightest. Vintage jewelry and accessories spanning the spectrum from cuff links to bow ties, hats to rings and and of course that most classic of Christmas present for Pop, ties, are all excellent choices for the chap in your life. Some of the sources in today's post stock items that geared to towards the Kris Kringles in your life, and on your holiday shopping list, as much as they are to the Mrs. Clauses out there, so be sure to click through on the links to find out what (some) of them have in that department.

Rarely does a holiday season roll by where I'm not hoping that I'll find a specific vintage accessory or piece of jewelry that I've been eyeing in my stocking and by the same token, I truly adore it when my friends and family send surprise vintage gifts my way. The same is apt to ring true for the vintage fans in your life, too, and I wholeheartedly hope that today's Vintage Holiday Shopping Guide post will help you find the ideal gift for every vintage jewelry and accessory fan on your list.

Which of these items would you most like to find under the Christmas tree or in the glow of the menorah this holiday season?

November 23, 2014

Flickr Favourites: November 23, 2014

{McCall's February 1947 ~ SaltyCotton}

{Lost ~ Vibeke Sonntag}

{J.Paul & sons Mannequin Parade 1949 ~ Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums}

{Hotpoint Customline ad ~ tikitacky}

{Pink and black from McCall's, December 1952 ~ Page}

{Ukiah's palace hotel (desaturated) ~ Jane Marie Cleveland}

{The Redhead in Pink! ~ Lucy Fan}

{Untitled ~ Kitten Lover}

{Hedy Lamarr on the cover of Photoplay, May 1944 ~ Silverbluestar}

{Inside a Pink Poinsettia ~ Janine Russell}

{All images above are from Flickr. To learn more about a specific image, please click on its title to be taken to its respective Flickr page.}

A month and two days are all that separate us from Christmas at this point in time. For my dear US friends south of the 49th however, first there is the joyous event that is Thanksgiving this coming Thursday. A day of feasting, family, and football. Here in Canada, we celebrate our Thanksgiving Day in the first half of October (on the second Monday of that month), so we have to wait the aforementioned thirty-two days before we can indulge a scrumptious holiday turkey meal again.

Festive preparations are already underway for many however, as we shop for gifts, mail cards, hang decorations, attend holiday parties and plays, go hunting for a tree, festoon our homes with glowing lights and brace ourselves for the oh-so-long months of winter that lay ahead.

As vibrancy drains from the outside world once more, I'm in the mood for one of my favourite colour pairings, grey and pink (two hues that are often seen in November’s earthy palette), so I shone the spotlight on them with today's selection of Flickr images.

November blew in on an arctic-y wind here in Penticton, with temperatures several degrees below the season norm most days, and as such fall - my absolute favourite season - ended even more quickly this year (effectively, I kid you not, on Halloween night). In turn winter will feel all the more lengthy as a result – because, let's face it, the likelihood of an early spring here in Canada is next to nil.

The same rang true for many across the world and if one thing can be said in favour early snowflakes, icicles, and retreating mercury, its' that a premature winter does really help put you in the mood to welcome and celebrate Christmas and the other fabulous holidays that last few weeks of the year house.

First though, I hope that all of my US friends have a marvelous Thanksgiving this coming week and that we each get at least a week or two more of autumn's serenity (even if its weather has long vanished) to recharge our batteries with before hopping (Santa hat adorned) head first in the Christmas season.

Speaking of which, if you haven't done so already, please don't forget to signup for (and share about) Chronically Vintage's first annual Vintage Secret Santa. There are two more days to do, then I'll begin sending out everyone's gift exchange matches via email (if you haven't received your match by the 30th of November, please let me know). Things are going awesomely on the #vintagesecretsanta front, with about 200 people having signed already.

This is really going to be such a fun, fabulously festive way to further delight in the merriment and generosity of the season for everyone involved and I sincerely appreciate how many of you are taking part in it!

November 20, 2014

Adventures in vintage advertising: Heinz Ketchup

Like most of us, there are certain brands that I have always been especially fond of. Often they stir up a sense of nostalgia and bring many a childhood memory rushing to the surface. Case in point - and the subject of today's edition of Adventures in vintage advertising - Heinz Ketchup.

As a youngster, this was my very favourite store bought condiment to slather on anything from grilled cheese sandwiches to - much to my paternal grandma's horror – roast Christmas turkey. Though I still love pan fried sandwiches dipped gingerly into ketchup, I don't usually dunk the contents of my Christmas dinner into it any longer. Fun as that it may be, my have tastes evolved, as most people’s do as they age.

Still to this day, and in spite of the many different serious chronic illnesses (and food allergies) that I have to eat around/for, I can still enjoy a little bit of ketchup whenever I please, which is more than I can say for most store bought condiments and sauces.

Heinz ketch is iconic. Whether in the traditional glass bottle (you know the one - it either held onto its contents for dear life, despite thumping vigorously on the bottle, or quickly released half of its contents in one quick plop when turned upside) or the modern plastic squeeze bottles, it's safe to say that just about everyone, at least in the Western World, is familiar with this classic, zingy tomato based condiment.

{Looks like someone was predicting Costco sized bottles of Heinz ketchup before their was such thing as Warehouse grocery stores! I joke, of course, but this ad is an interesting bit of foreshadowing in regards to how big many packages, tins and bottles of food would quickly grow in the decades that followed it.}

Before we look at the lengthy and illustrious life of Heinz's classic offering however, it's worth briefly delving into the history of ketchup itself.

These days most people think of ketchup as being made primarily from tomatoes (and less commonly, mushrooms, bananas, walnuts, or beets, the latter being a great alternative for those who may not be able to eat, or don't like the taste of, tomatoes), but one very likely origin story says that this condiment - which is also known as catsup - started life centuries ago in China as a sauce made from pickled fish and various spices that was called kôe-chiap or kê-chiap.

A popular condiment, it's usage spread throughout Asia, including to Malaysia, where it found favour with the British explorers and colonists who were there at the time. The Indonesian-Malay word for this popular sauce was kecap, from which the anglicized ketchup would evolve.

Various types of ketchup have appeared in the years since those early pickled fish sauce versions, with mushroom ketchup being especially popular during the 1700s. One of (if not "the") first known written recipes for tomato ketchup appeared in 1801, later appearing in an American cookbook by Sandy Anderson called Sugar House Book. In fact, the bulk of early tomato ketchup recipes were American, with earlier forms of the sauce having come across the Atlantic with British colonists.

Though Heinz was not the first company or individual to sell prepared ketchup, they did get their foot in the door very early on,  launching their tasty offering in 1876. It has remained in production ever since and to this day Heinz holds the majority of the market share in most countries when it comes to commercially produced ketchup. The Heinz recipe would get some ongoing tweaking in its early days, becoming closer to the thick, subtly sweet form that we know today in the early years of the twentieth century.

By the mid-1930s, Heinz had even developed its own strains of tomatoes, engineered to grow varieties of tomatoes that were especially well suited to making ketchup. Three decades later, in 1968, Heinz would became the first company to start selling their ketchup in small, individual sized fast food style foil packets.

Another decade and a half later (and just a year before I was born), in 1983 Heinz brought the first plastic squeeze bottle for their product (earlier generic picnic style plastic squeeze bottles that one could decant store bought ketchup in glass jars into had been available since at least the 1950s) to the market and though some, especially restaurant owners, are still keen on glass jars, it didn't take long for plastic squeeze bottles to dominate in the arena of ketchup bottle popularity.

{A B&W photograph showing examples of some of the earliest styles of Heinz ketchup bottles.}

Right from the very beginning in 1876, Heinz packaged their ketchup in clear glass (later plastic) bottles to indicate the purity and quality of their product. This might not seem like a huge selling point today, but back during the Victorian era and early twentieth century, adulteration and inferior (sometimes even dangerous) quality premade foods were serious problem for consumers everywhere. By opting for a clear bottle, Heinz was stating matter-of-factly that they had nothing to hide and that they stood behind the quality of their products.

While Heinz is by no means the only ketchup manufacturer in the world (Hunts, another longstanding producer, is another popular brand, especially in America), they are definitely the most famous and beloved in many countries. Though I've known - and still know - some folks who say they prefer other brands (in some cases including in-house store brands like Safeway or Western Family), for me Heinz is, and has always been, my first choice when it comes to tomato ketchup and because I adore it so much, I wanted to shine the spotlight on it here today.

As Heinz was a very popular brand from the later decades of the 19th century onward, they were prolific marketers, advertising frequently in various publications, on billboards, through in store displays and elsewhere. This resulted in no shortage of ads, some more memorable than others of course, that we're still fortunate to have with us to this day. In the celebration of the scrumptious tradition of Heinz ketchup's place at the dinner (and breakfast, lunch and midnight snack) table, I've rounded up a selection of 18 different vintage Heinz ketchup ads from the 1900s to early 1960s that are sure to stir feelings of nostalgia and tap into your love of old school adverting alike.

{Phew, good to know! :D Jokes aside, the use of very dangerous chemicals and preservatives was a genuine problem in the early decades of manufactured food production and Heinz led the way on the ketchup front by doing away with it in the early 1900s. This informative ad dates from 1909.}

{Though it started out slightly different shaped, by the 1910s, Heinz's ketchup bottle had established such a classic shape that it could pass for a modern offering on today's grocery store shelves.}

{From very early on, Heinz adds have been vibrant and colourful, foreshadowing perhaps the fun, cheerful foods that ketchup would be/is so often partnered with.}

{Like many food brands, Heinz has long history of including recipes in its adds, such as this hearty 1920s dish of Carolina Meat Pie.}

{Whether this early 1930s Heinz ad was just trying to be cute, appeal to mothers, or really knew their audience, the brand's delicious red sauce has been a big hit with kids from the get-go.}

{If all it takes to achieve to achieve that goal is a bottle of ketchup, you may have the easiest marriage ever! :D}

{"Every woman's magic wand!" proclaimed this 1930s Heinz ketchup ad of its star player's ability to add pep and flavour to any dish a woman could cook up for her family.}

{The notion that a bottle of Heinz ketchup made for a happy, contented hubby was a common theme amongst the company's many ads throughout the 1930s.}

{As the 20th century rolled onward, Heinz's popularity continues to soar and spread even further afield, as this 1935 ad illustrates by pointing out that their ketchup has already become a firm favourite in 110 countries.}

{Heinz rang in the 1938 New Year by proclaiming Season's Best and the best seasonings to one all!}

{A year later in 1939, Heinz called on memories of the past, back when families had to make ketchup at home by hand, and a charming illustration to help sell their already best selling tomato condiment.}

{Heinz was by no means alone in the mid-twentieth century by attempting to appeal to female customers by assuring them of their husband's happiness if they purchased the product in question, but it was a particularly common theme for the brand who continued to do it into the 1940s, as with this cute Valentine's Day ad, and beyond.}

{Sliced white bread gets the royal treatment from Heinz in this 1940s ketchup ad featuring recipes for five delicious new ways to serve chopped mint (hint, hint, they all involve ketchup! :D).}

{That's quite the claim indeed (though, really, who's arguing - their ketchup is marvelous and certainly highly valued by countless customers), but it's one that Heinz had no qualms with making back in 1950. One can't help but wonder what company might be so bold as to say the same today?}

{Certainly part of the appeal of Heinz ketchup has long been the fact that it was a food that you could find almost anywhere you went, not just in your own kitchen, but when dinning on the go as well. I firmly believe this has been an important part of the brand's longevity and stronghold on their market.}

{Holy mid-century cooking, Batman!!! :D The award winning recipes in this 1957 ad for Heinz ketchup might not be for everyone (then or now), but they do certainly sing with the quirky culinary spirit of the era.}

{Though some ketchup fans may argue differently, this statement has always rung true for me. I love Heinz's taste and how, to my taste buds, it has the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.}

{Like countless brands in many fields during the 1950s and 60s, Heinz cashed in on the popularity of the day for the exciting space race (and airline travel) that was underway when they wrote the copy for this 1950s advert.}

{You and Heinz put 2.5 pounds of tomatoes on the table to enjoy at every meal boasted this vividly red ketchup dating to, or right around, the early 1960s. I wonder what the weight in today’s hefty 1.5 liter plastic bottles would be?}

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Okay, at the risk of sounding terribly cliché, I really am in the mood for ketchup now! Here is Canada, one of the key foods that we use this robust tomato condiment on is Kraft Dinner macaroni and cheese, as well as mac and cheese in general, be it store bought or homemade. Like most countries we also use it on French fries, onion rings, hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken nuggets/fingers, plus oodles of other dishes.

There's no shortage to the ways one can ultize ketchup, whether as a dipping sauce, condiment or ingredient in a dish itself (such as bbq ribs or pasta sauce). Here in my home and native land of Canada, we also have a long standing tradition of making a ketchup cake - which, much like tomato soup cakes, I promise you, you can't taste the ketchup in once it's baked.

Tomato ketchup is, and has long been, a fun, classic, readily available, generally inexpensive condiment. It's uses are endless and its sweet, subtle vinegar-y, pleasantly spiced tomato flavour has continued to appeal to generation after generation for many decades now (and in the case of Heinz's offering in particular, for 139 years), just as I suspect it always will.

So while I may no longer bat my little eyelashes and politely ask (re: beg) my grandma to have ketchup with my Thanksgiving dinner, I still adore and use it often. And on that note, I'm thinking that I'll whip up a turkey meatloaf tonight, with ketchup used as both an ingredient and topping (along with sharp cheddar cheese). Hey, one's tastes might evolve as they grow up, but that doesn't mean they have to change entirely! :D