22 March 2010

Regrettable foods in action

I've been going through my grandma's old recipe boxes, and wow. Wow. The following are all clipped from newspapers or magazines, and as Grandma never served them to us, I can't help wondering if she saved them just to have a good laugh on hand when she needed it. This is how it happened, Mr. Lileks. I am very curious about the Apple Float, but not curious enough to risk any perfectly good applesauce and eggs on it, so if anyone tries it please report back.

Lima Bean Loaf

2 c. cooked lima beans
1 c. whole wheat bread crumbs
2 T melted butter
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped nuts or nut meal
1/2 c. milk or cream
2 beaten eggs
Vegetized* salt to season

Mix all ingredients well together and place in buttered loaf pan and bake in moderate oven. Baste with melted butter.


Carrot Ring

Cook 2 pounds carrots, drain, and put through meat grinder or mash well. Add 1/4 cup butter and salt and pepper to taste. Place in greased 1-quart ring mold, set mold in pan of hot water until ready to serve. Turn out on hot platter and fill center with cooked dressed spinach, peas, or lima beans. Yield: 6 servings. Note: Add one tablespoon onion juice to ground carrots, if desired.

Apple Float for an Emergency Dessert.

The telephone has rung--you are to have guests for dinner--and your previously planned dessert was just applesauce! It's hardly "dressy" enough for those particular people, and besides, there is barely enough to serve the family without any company. You have but little time. What's to be done? Eggs are generally available. Make an apple float, suggests the bureau of home economics, out of two cups of applesauce and four egg whites. Here's how:

2 cups thick applesauce
2 egg whites

Sweeten the applesauce to taste while hot, add a litle (sic) salt, and set away to cool. Beat the egg whites very stiff, and fold the cold applesauce into them. If desired, add two or three teaspoons of lemon juice, or sprinkle a little nutmeg or cinnamon on top.


Gauntlets said...

Someone just gave me The Blender Way to Better Cooking. It's filled with terrible ideas and gut-wrenching photos. Very Lileksesque. I wonder if he'd take it off my hands . . .

Liz said...

I'm going to buy "Mommy knows worst" for my cousin on the occasion of her first baby.

ekg said...

Oh. My.

This morning my nearly 4yo boy asked why we don't eat raccoon. Kind of the same idea, I suppose.

HappyFox said...

Mmmph - wish I'd read this BEFORE breakfast.

Gauntlets said...

Mommy Knows Worst ranks as one of the best baby presents I've ever received. Good choice. :D

Rebekah said...

ekg, varmint eating is fairly common around here, and I've had several people tell me that coon is real good.

Elephantschild said...

Have you run across the blog of 70s era Weight Watcher's recipes?

Gotta dig that up... they're so uncommonly revolting, they'll make you toss your cookies just looking at the pictures.

Rebekah said...

Recalling the things on which a dieter in my life attempted to subsist in the 80s, this does not surprise me. :P

Elephantschild said...

Found them:

(Warning: do not click on link if under 12 weeks pregnanant.)