This week we’re going to eat like it’s 1955…or thereabouts. I spent a couple of hours this weekend looking through old cookbooks and family recipes. Let me just say – they ate some weird stuff back then. And they had a strange compulsion to put all manner of food stuffs in gelatin. Still, I think I’ve come up with a menu we can live with, for a week, anyway.
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Dee’s Menu – 1950s Style
Apparently folks in the 50s hadn’t developed much of a palate for herbs and spices. The recipe for spaghetti and meatballs in my 1950s-era Better Homes and Gardens cookbook relies solely on a single bay leaf to season the simple tomato sauce. I’ll have to tweak that a bit to our tastes.
- spaghetti and meatballs
- green beans in crumbs
- tossed green salad with oil and vinegar dressing
- garlic toast
- baked pork chops
- baked cauliflower topped with white sauce and cheese
- buttered corn
- baked apples
- chicken pot pie
- pineapple salad (will share recipe later)
I asked my mom the other day what sort of meals she grew up on. Both of her parents were incredible cooks and in fact, many of my cookbooks had belonged to them. My grandpa was a scuba diver and they spent most of their weekends on the beach near the Santa Monica pier. He then cooked his catches – my mom recalls complaining about having lobster “agaaiiin!”. Grandma loved to bake and tended to do more casseroles. Stuffed bell peppers was something she made often. And because no 1950s menu is complete without gelatin, I’m including her Cranberry Star Salad.
- stuffed bell peppers
- lettuce and tomato salad with homemade Thousand Island dressing
- Grandma’s Cranberry Star Salad (I’ll share the recipe soon)
- Swiss Steak
- scalloped potatoes
- buttered carrots
- peach and cottage cheese salad
- pineapple upside down cake
We’ve been invited to our daughter and son-in-law’s house for dinner. I’ll bring a dessert.
- pot roast
- mashed potatoes
- broccoli with Hollandaise sauce
- tossed green salad
- hot rolls
- leftover dessert (either pineapple upside down cake or chocolate cake)
This sounds like a LOT of cooking and a LOT of dirty pots and pans. I’ll report back on my impressions after the week is over. If you have a favorite vintage recipe I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment and a link if you have one.
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