Saturday, December 28, 2019

Vintage 1950s Food Candle Salad

Something special for the holidays

This was in my Cookbook for Children recipe book growing up. We made this every Sunday morning while my mother was busy making waffles. I made sure we had bananas left by Saturday night to make these candles.

Candle Salad

Place a leaf of lettuce on a plate
Put a round of pineapple on the lettuce
Cut a peeled banana in half and place it in the center of the pineapple. Balance it until it stands straight.
With a toothpick fasten a maraschino cherry on the end of the banana.
Fun and Enjoyable!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Vintage 1950s Food

Something Special for the holidays.

Swedish Meatballs had to be on the buffet table every holiday throughout the years. The meatballs were a huge hit and everyone loved them with the delicious sauce that is served with them.

Swedish Meatballs

1 lb chopped beef                                   1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs                         1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup milk                                                Fat
1 egg, well beaten                                  1 cup hot water
2 medium onions chopped                     1 Tbsp flour
2 tsp salt                                                 1 Tbsp cold water
                                           Cooked hot rice

Put the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Heat 2 tbsp fat in a large skillet. Form mixture into 1-inch balls using a teaspoon, drop into a skillet (a few at a time) to brown. Remove and keep in a warm place. Continue until all meatballs are browned. Use more fat if needed.

Add hot water to the drippings in skillet and bring to a boil. Blend flour with cold water. Stir into hot mixture, cook until thickened stirring constantly. Return meat to skillet. Cover, simmer for 30 minutes. Arrange hot cooked rice on a platter, pour meatballs and gravy over rice. Serves 6

Friday, December 13, 2019

Vintage 1959s Food

Hot Milk Sponge Cake

The 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book was a go-to recipe source for basic home baking.  It was produced when home cooks baked and cooked daily. This recipe is updated a bit.

Serves: 8
Cooking Time: 30 min
Cooking Vessel Size: 9-inch round cake pan

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla
fresh fruit and powdered sugar for serving

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray and line with a round of parchment paper.
Measure flour, baking powder, and salt into a sifter or sieve and sift together. Heat milk in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Drop the butter into the milk to melt it.
With an electric mixer on high, beat eggs 3 minutes until thick and lemon-colored. With machine running, gradually add sugar, then stir in the dry ingredients, mixing just until all dry particles are incorporated. Stir in hot milk-butter mixture and add vanilla until well blended.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until cake tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Remove pan to a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Serve garnished with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Note: for a healthy snack my neighbor used cottage cheese as frosting and added fruit on top.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Vintage 1950s Food

Something Special for the holidays

They're fun and so easy to make for scout meetings, open house, group functions, etc. for the holidays.

Puddin' Cookies
Mix well 3/4 cups Bisquick, 1 package instant pudding mix,( any flavor), 1/4 cup salad oil, 1 egg.
Form into small balls, flatten with hand on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees (mod) Makes 3 dozen.