Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day 25: Sweet Potato Stuffing

The season of stuffings and dressings is coming. Hooray! It's one of my favorite holiday foods. So, I was quite fascinated by today's post which is a surprisingly simple one - Sweet Potato Stuffing from The New American Cook Book, ca. 1942! (Stuffing is for stuffing the turkey, dressing is if you put it on the side.)

I grew up on Northern cornbread dressing, while my husband grew up on Stove Top, a classic American flavor of its own. So, when Thanksgiving time rolls around, I put both kinds on the table, because it just wouldn't be the same without each of our family's traditions. (Though, I found a delicious recipe that's similar in taste to Stove Top, but I can make it from scratch.) That makes for a lot of dressing!

I'm curious about this one though. Sweet potato as the base... which would make it a sweeter version I'm guessing? I like the option of adding ground sausage to the stuffing too. Maybe I try this one for Christmas! :-)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 24: Vegetable Cookies

Only 7 days left in my series! Day 24 is this interesting recipe for Vegetable Cookies from The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, published in 1944. When I first saw the recipe title, I thought it would just have carrots or something. Nope! These are true vegetable cookies with tomato juice, grated carrot and cooked spinach! These would be really interesting to try, and I'm sure you could make other veggie substitutions depending on what your harvest has brought. Be warned if you try it though - this recipe makes 6 dozen cookies!

Vegetable Cookies
Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, ca. 1944

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day 23: October Food Calendar ca. 1942

October Food Calendar
Woman's Home Companion, 1942
For today's post, here is another Woman's Home Companion October Food Calendar, this time from 1942! In this issue, we are definitely in the swing of wartime, though only sugar is rationed at this point, with coffee just around the corner in November. 

Don't you just love the photo of the USO girls with the soldiers out for a hayride?

A lot of the food suggestions are interesting, but Day 22/29 is a classic 1940s odd sandwich filling one - pineapple mixed with peanut butter and mayo. I grew up eating peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches (yum!), so peanut butter and mayo isn't too big of a stretch for me. But adding the pineapple? I don't know... haha!

I took some close-ups so you could read the individual days. Sorry if some are still a little blurry.

 Here's a close-up of Halloween. Pretty classic food fun, I'd say! :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Day 22: Cranberry Nogg... and More!

Oh boy! Today's post is so fun! So, if you remember, Day 15 was this Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce ad. See that recipe book they advertise in the lower right corner? Well, on a whim, I looked it up on ebay, and someone had a copy for sale at a totally decent price! So, I ordered it. Yay!

 Here it is! A recipe book chock full of Cape Cod cranberry recipes straight form 1941. Is it weird that I get excited about stuff like this?? haha! Seriously, though, this book blows my mind. They do stuff with cranberry sauce that no one these days would even think of dreaming up. So, because I'm so stinkin' excited about it, I'm posting five recipes today. Lucky you! :-D
Ocean Spray Recipe Book
Cape Cod's Famous Cranberry Recipes, ca. 1941
 You open the cover, and are hit with this gorgeous picture of the Ocean Spray line of cranberry products. Look at those incredible reds! This book is in great shape to still have color like this. (The seller said they found it in their parents' closet. No sunlight = no fading!)

There are lots of fun, interesting, and bizarre recipes to be found within, but I'm just posting the ones that struck me. Like this fun picture featuring the many shapes you can cut with cookie cutters from slices of the famous (but new at the time) "cranberry log".  

Here's a close-up of the Halloween one, because it's October! Isn't the artwork cute?

Here come the recipes. Take a look at Cranberry Nogg - "a meal in a glass!". At first glance, I'd say No Way!, but the more I think about it.. the more I'm inclined to give it a try! I mean, cream and cranberry sauce actually go well together. So why not eggs and milk??? haha! (I know, you're shaking your head in disgusted disbelief, right?)

Below that is Cranberry Shake - "a delicious between-meal beverage" that children love! Hmm...
Excuse my thumb...

I like the picture of this little girl. And the recipe for Cranberry Molasses Cookies where you press a cube of the jelled cranberry sauce into the middle of each cookie. Interesting!

Cranberry Frappe is a maybe with the cranberry juice cocktail and vanilla ice cream. I can see it. 
What I truly love the most, is this recipe for Cranberry Gingerbread. You make the gingerbread... but THEN you fold cubes of the Jellied Cranberry Sauce into the batter and then bake it, "like you would raisins!" Of course! haha! My brain just says "Wha-??" and "Why?" and "That is so bizarre, but I want to try it!" Who would think to do something like that? haha! Man, this stuff is so fun. I can't get enough of it.

I hope you enjoyed these fun 1941 cranberry recipes. I dare you to try one! ;-) Which one would you consider?

P.S. I didn't even bother posting the Fish Salad Ring recipe - jellied cranberry sauce with shredded cabbage in a ring with flaked fish and mayo in the center. Just, no, people. NO.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 21: Apple Cider Tang

I've only got 10 days left in the series, and I still have a lot of fun things to share! Today, I'm posting about an interesting Jell-O ad from the November 1942 edition of the Ladies Home Journal. It features Kate Smith, a famous singer from that time, who did a lot of food endorsements. I have a breakfast cookbook that features Ms. Smith and Post products like Shredded Wheat and Grape Nuts.

I got a close-up shot so you can read the text, because these ads are just so entertaining to read!

There are quite a few really cool things about this ad, so let's get going!

First, the name for this recipe, Apple Cider Tang, is just fun. Right away it makes me want to eat it. Second, it calls for lemon or cola flavored Jell-O. Yep, you read that right. Cola! The ad states that "Cola is Jell-O's newest flavor - and it has all the snap and tang you love!" Sadly, though, it's not available on the West Coast. haha!

Man, cola flavor. What have we been missing? Seriously, people, the Jell-O company has been holding back on us!

Anyway, I really can't even begin to imagine what cola or lemon mixed with apple cider would taste like, but this Jell-O mold looks promising with only apples in it. I mean, it's a pretty simple recipe and the ingredients don't sound gross like so many of those gelatin molds do from the 1940s. Apple cider in Jell-O actually sounds pretty awesome. Maybe I could use plain gelatin and use cola as the liquid... I think that might work! I really have to try this one. It is just too awesome not to. (And notice it says sweet cider, not hard cider. haha!)

Here's the recipe with a cute picture:

Apple Cider Tang
Ladies Home Journal, November 1942
 Wait! Hold it! I just did a search on Jell-O flavors and found this blog with a list and cola is on it along with a lot of other interesting ones. But then I went to Jell-O's website and cola is not one of their current flavors. Even Wikipedia says the cola flavor has been discontinued. Oh well! Either I improvise or just stick with boring ol' lemon. I'll get back to you on this!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 20: Cranberry Mince Meat

Today's post for Day 20 in my series "A Month of Autumn Wartime Recipes & Food" is exciting! I came across this recipe for Cranberry Mince Meat in my Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, ca. 1944.

I really like mincemeat, especially around Christmas time. I've only ever had the version without meat and from a jar. It's so sad! I really need to make my own one of these days. I guess it's just hard finding all the candied fruits without any crazy dyes or high fructose corn syrup and stuff in them.

Anyway, when I saw this recipe, I was intrigued, because I've never seen a variation that used cranberries! This version is also interesting, because it doesn't call for any fat like suet (which is kidney fat and not the same as lard), and none of the fruit is candied. It doesn't look like you cook the whole thing either, just the cranberries. Odd! It reminds me almost of a relish. The seeded raisins would give it an interesting crunch too!

This is definitely worth a try, I think, and it's a very different alternative to regular cranberry sauce. I wonder what you're supposed to do with it, though. Eat is as a side or use it as a garnish? Make it into little tarts like you can with regular mincemeat? I guess it's up to you!

Cranberry Mince Meat
Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, ca. 1944

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 19: Skillet Apple Cake

For Day 19, I'm posting the full Crisco ad from the November 1944 issue of Ladies Home Journal. Back on Day 12, I posted about the Fried Stuffed Eggplant, and now I wanted to feature the Skillet Apple Cake. Doesn't Skillet Apple Cake sound super yummy?

Crisco Ad
Ladies Home Journal, November 1944
1940s ads like to talk - a lot. They offer full explanations about why their product is the best. It's a very different tack than the advertising used today, but I can tell you that it's still pretty effective. If anything, many of the ads are endearing and humorous, besides just being downright cool with 1940s vintage. I loved the little illustration showing the woman carrying in the apple harvest with autumn leaves blowing in the air. Apples picked in October and November are the best!

And now for the recipe! The cake looks a little like pineapple upside-down cake, which it is essentially, the only difference being the fruit. I'm sure it's a very tasty variation, and one that is perfect to try for autumn! (If you do try it, be sure to use a cast iron or other oven-proof skillet!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 18: Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Today's post features a Knox Gelatine ad from the November 1942 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

'Tis the season for pumpkin pie, and a Pumpkin Chiffon Pie sounds delicious! I know I've heard of a pumpkin chiffon pie before, but what struck me about this recipe is that you cook the filling like a proper custard. I've never used a recipe that required me to cook my pumpkin pie filling on the stove, but think of the energy it saves - an important factor during the war. And once you cook it over the stove-top, you pour it into your baked pie crust and chill it. Very interesting! I can only imagine what a chiffon-y pumpkin filling would taste like, and I'd be willing to try this one!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Ladies Home Journal, November 1942

Here's a close-up from the ad about how to cut butter bills - by mixing your "good" butter with milk, water, and Knox Gelatine to double your amount of butter. I've tried this recipe before. It really does double your butter, but it also gives it an... interesting texture. But in wartime, stretching that butter ration was important!

Here's the little blurb about the pie. Yum!

 And, finally, the recipe! Notice, they suggest other options for sugar, because using 1 cup is a lot!

What do you think? Would you try this one?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 17: Pabst Blue Ribbon Ad

Today's post in my series is a jolly, festive one for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer from the October 1942 Woman's Home Companion. What's interesting, is that there aren't a ton of Halloween-themed advertisements in these October issues of women's magazines from the '40s. There are a few here and there, and you're lucky if you get an article about Halloween, so I felt I'd struck gold with this one. I hunted down this issue of Woman's Home Companion in particular, because it had an article about throwing a Halloween party, which I'll be posting later in the series as we get closer to the 31st. It's pretty awesome! :-D

Pabst Blue Ribbon Ad
Woman's Home Companion, October 1942
Right away, the eye is drawn to that awesome pumpkin cooler. I'm not a beer drinker myself, so I figure any beverage of choice in a bottle could be substituted. I'm a fan of root beer myself! (And when I say fan - let's just say that for one of birthdays in recent years, I had a root beer tasting party where we tried 21 different kinds of root beer. That was a lot of fun, and my father-in-law is just as keen on root beer as me, so it was pretty exciting for us both! haha!)

Here's a close-up of the instructions for the pumpkin cooler, because I just know you want to make one of these! 

The menu is just as important as the decorations. Interesting variety, wouldn't you say?

And here are the two recipes they include in the ad - Witch's Bean Pot and Harvest Festival Salad. That salad sounds a bit spicy with the raw onions and the radish! I wouldn't mind trying those beans, though. Yum!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 16: Autumn Leaf Wafers

photo by me!
One of my favorite resources for studying ration recipes has been the wartime editions of menu cook books. They have a menu for every day of the year, broken up by weeks, and they even give you shopping lists, sometimes special holiday menus, like the Hallowe'en menu from Day 1 of this series. The menus are very detailed, and you don't have to do much thinking on your own about what to make! Very convenient!

I have two of these menu cook books - The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given and The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book edited by Alice Bradley.

Today's series'  post is for some delightful-sounding cookies called Autumn Leaf Wafers. They come from the Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book published in 1944. This edition is interesting as they've updated an earlier version for wartime and include a warning in the section entitled "Wartime Cookery." They warn the homemaker that because of rationing, not all of the menu recipes will feasible and that substitutions will have to be made:

I find this fascinating - that though rationing was in full swing, they didn't really modify any of the menus or recipes and charged the homemaker with making the necessary changes. This is an opposite tack that most commercial rationing books/booklets took whose main aim was to make things easier on the housewife. Still, the fact that all the menus for the entire year were planned, taking seasonal availability into consideration, does make this cookbook a valuable kitchen resource.

Here's the recipe for the Autumn Leaf Wafers. I love that they have you use actual leaves as the templates for the cookies and even draw the veins in. So much fun! I wonder how they taste...

Autumn Leaf Wafers with Orange Confectioners Frosting
The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book, ca. 1944