Category Archives: Nostalgic Eats

Time Travel To McDonald’s In 1989 With This Home Video!

Motley Crue/ Metallica shirts, conversations about Bill and Ted, and Ducktales McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys.

This home video is a nostalgic treasure of our time and generation so grab a seat and get an eyeball full of marvelous mullets and styrofoam plates of Hotcakes.

Recorded by a pair of friends in Huntsville, Alabama in 1989, future YouTubers Eric and Darrell grabbed a handheld recorder and documented a morning visit to their local McDonald’s for some Hotcakes and unbeknownst to them at the time, a trip down nostalgic fuzzies memory lane as we’re shuffled through a time capsule of what we remember what the fast food giant to be to us old fucks.

That brown board menu lives rent-free in my head at all times.

From the excitement of the driveway of heading out to what was at the time, the peak of our food pyramid’s golden arches (you know that 10-year-old feeling I’m talking about), passing by an old Sam’s Club, and the view of the old faithful McDonald’s play area from the highway, the video takes us back to a simpler time of when those warm apple pies cost a mere 28 cents and Ronald McDonald was plastered all over the inside of the walls.

Can we also take a minute to appreciate these glorious translites?


I honestly don’t even remember a country McChicken Sandwich but here we are: the evidence slaps me right in the face.

We gotta give a huge shout-out to Eric’s mom for being a good sport and that she’s almost finished watching JAWS, as per her conversation with the boys on the way home. However, I have to intervene here: While Bill and Ted are indeed excellent, Eric is right mom- EVIL DEAD 2 rules and still does.

It may have seemed boldly weird at the time for a couple of kids recording such an experience, but as time rolls on more of these videos seem to be popping up on the internet, like this Toy “R” Us home movie walkthrough. And I’m sure as shit glad they did.

I’m all for spreading the love so be sure to check out their other home videos and their revisit to that SAME McDonald’s as adults! They are indeed, doing the Nostalgic God’s work for us.

Nightmare Nostalgia Presents Nan’s Famous Italian Christmas Soup Recipe!

Fun fact: I actually started writing this out to put on the website a year ago, but stopped short because my shitty committee told me that no one could possibly care about this. However, here and today, I know at least one person that cares: ME; and eh, maybe someone else looking for an easy and DELICIOUS soup recipe that my Grandmother (Nan) concocted and served for both Thanksgiving and Christmas as appetizers to our ridiculous ten-course Italian holiday feasts. Italians go overboard with the food almost all the time, but get REAL EXTRA during the festive time of year. I’m ok with it, as long it includes Nan’s Famous Italian Christmas Soup! Ok, and some Clams Oreganata to boot. Maybe if you guys are interested I’ll get the secret special recipe from my Dad, because no one, and I mean, NO ONE makes a meaner Oreganata than my Pops.

I’ve been eating this soup every holiday season since I’m able to remember and after my Nan passed away in 2017, I kept the tradition going with my own family and children to make a point to serve this dish at every holiday meal together. As a teen, I lived with my Grandma for a few years and during that time she gave me Italian cooking 101 lessons as this is what she basically lived for. Coming up on the five-year anniversary of her passing, I figured I’d take it a step further and honor her right here on Nightmare Nostalgia. Christmas meant the world to her, and so did this soup that pretty much ANYONE I serve to immediately asks for the recipe. So unless your taste buds are seriously malfunctioning, I can guarantee this will be a dish you’ll not only put into your holiday feast bracket but stick in rotation on a regular basis during the Winter season.

Ok, let’s get to it, I’ve rambled enough!

This is what you’ll need: Serves 4-5 People

  • Two boxes of (preferably) Swanson Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cups of Orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsps of Better Than Boullion (You can use 2 Chicken Bouillon cubes as well but I think the BTB paste gives it more of a kick)
  • 3 Eggs
  • Shredded Parmesan and Romano cheese
  • Salt, Pepper, and Butter for cooking

Cooking Instructions:

Drop the broth and Better Than Bouillon into a large soup pot and bring slowly to a boil over medium-high heat.

While broth is heating up, grab a frying pan, throw in some butter and get those eggs ready for scrambling!

Midway through scrambling, add a heap of Parm/Romano cheese. I don’t really have any measurements for this. Add as much or as little as you like, but I always so the more the merrier! Mix and scramble together until done and set aside.

Once the broth is boiling, add the orzo pasta and cook over medium heat. Once the orzo pasta is almost done, add the eggs into the pot and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to separate the eggs in the broth so it looks all pretty and dispersed for portions. Add more cheese to the pot for taste.

Simmer all together for about 15 minutes and that’s it! Get ready to devour. As stated this is great as a starter course for the holidays or hell, all by itself. This dish can be very filling so keep that in mind when serving at a holiday dinner. Other than that, I like to make it on a cold, Winter night alongside the King of sammiches, the Grilled Cheese.

Enjoy and hey if you make it, let me know in the comments your thoughts! Happy Holidays!

Nightmare Nostalgia’s Sparkling Ecto-Cooler Recipe!

Nightmare Nostalgia's Sparkling Ecto-Cooler Recipe For The Holidays!

The holidays are upon us and so are the twenty pounds it brings along with it via all the tasty treats we prepare and stuff our pie holes in to celebrate. So why not make it count with a nostalgic treat that I concocted myself to bring a little extra flair to the holiday spread table! It’s easy, tasty, and sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving or Christmas get-together; and I’m sharing it with you guys today! The ever-so-wonderful Sparkling Ecto-Cooler Drink Recipe!

Grant it, there are a TON of copycat Ecto Cooler recipes out there. However, none are quite like this and I tweaked it with my own flair to give it a little extra punch especially if you, like myself, like a bit of fizzy in your beverage. So here’s what you’re gonna need to make this nostalgic nectar of the Gods:


After mixing both juices, sugar, lemonade, and Tang mix, grab a water bottle and slowly pour to dilute it some to your own desired taste. Drop in a few splashes of green food coloring and presto- a holiday drink fit for the most gluttonous of ghosts! Bonus points if you have a McDonald’s Batman mug from the 90s’ to serve it in.

If you want to get saucy, add a shot of Vodka to really get into that holiday spirit. Enjoy my nostalgic nuggets! Let me know in the comments if you used this recipe and tell me what you think!