Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Mock Chicken Sandwich & Fluffernutter

I was brave for this menu as I was serving it to a family member fresh off the airplane! She's such a good sport, though, and as it turns out, Mock Chicken Sandwich is pretty amazing! Phew!

Here's the menu:

Mock Chicken Sandwich Filling on Whole Wheat Bread Peanut-Bacon Sandwich Filling on Enriched White Bread (Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Fluff on Oatmeal Bread) Cottage Cheese Fresh or Stewed Fruit Gingersnaps Lemonade (Made the syrup, but haven't tried the lemonade out yet!)

To make the Mock Chicken Sandwich filling I bought pork ribs, something I never cooked before. I'm just not that adventurous with meat, I guess... Anyway, I cooked one of the ribs in the pan, the rest I pan seared and finished off in the oven slathered with BBQ sauce, which my family was a big fan of. :-) I'm just glad they turned out! 
The next day I ground up the plain pork rib meat with the carrots, celery and mixed in the mayo and salt. It's so simple, but wow, what a yummy sandwich…

Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Corn Chowder, Liver Sandwich & Dried Fruit Sandwich

I finally got around to trying the first day of this month's menus! I had to take it in a few steps because it involved making some bread first before I could make the sandwiches themselves. So, here's the menu:

Corn Chowder Crackers
Dried Fruit Sandwich Filling on Graham Bread
Liver Spread on Oatmeal Wheat Bread
Celery Hearts 😧(I forgot to serve this!)
Wartime Cranberry Sauce

Besides forgetting to serve the celery, I did really well with this menu! I felt like something was missing, and the celery would have been the ticket. Oh well.

Once again, I served this lunchtime menu for dinner. I first made the graham bread. I was surprised that it was a quick bread! One thing I've learned from wartime cooking is that quick bread makes awesome sandwiches, plus, no kneading required! I've never used graham flour, but the texture is a little different from whole wheat flour; it's coarser which gives that distinct mouth-feel.  
Once that was in the oven, I made the dried fru…

Wartime Menu Challenge - May's Menus Are Here!

It's that time again! It's the first of a new month and time for some new WWII ration menus! I didn't get to cook as many meals as I wanted for April - just three. So, I'm hoping with the theme for May being lunch box menus, that I'll have a lot more opportunities to make more recipes! I shouldn't have any excuses either. There are so many ideas to choose from. The 1940s were such a wealth of sandwich filling ideas - some exciting, others more questionable... 
In fact, I was so excited about learning more about vintage sandwich making that I bought a 1950 sandwich cookbook. Ever heard of Sandwich Loaf? Yeah, that's the epitome of my sandwich goals right there! I'm going to have to get up the courage and just make it one of these days, preferably for a party where I get others to eat it too... It makes a lot, okay? haha!
Well, without further ado... the menus!
Download May's Menus Here

As always, please respect my hard work and if you'd like to s…

Wartime Menu Challenge: April - Hamburg Delicious

Here's the final menu for April before the new May menus post tomorrow!

I was looking forward to this one - Hamburg Delicious. No hiding behind a title here! The real test was to see if the recipe lived up to its name.

The menu:
Hamburg Delicious Kale & Salt Pork Bacon Hard Rolls Rye Bread Toast Golden Delight Sliced Sweet Onion Butter or Fortified Margarine Crisp Crackers

This meal required bacon and more bacon. I'll admit. I actually had salt pork on hand, but I've never used it before and didn't know how to use it or if it would be too greasy with the kale. So I just used up the rest of the bacon I had for the kale. Which is what prompted my son to bemoan the bacon's fate. Tough breaks, kid!
The Hamburg Delicious is essentially hamburgers dusted in flour and cooked in bacon fat with potatoes and onions. And it was pretty darn delicious! Definitely something I won't be making again if I care about my family's health. haha! The Kale and Bacon was yummy. …

Wartime Menu Challenge: April - Barbecue Cube Steak w/ Pennsylvania Dutch Spinach

I was excited to try out this wartime menu featuring Barbecue Cube Steak. Check out this menu and you'll see what I mean:

Barbecue Cube Steak on Toast Parsley Potatoes Mashed Potatoes w/ Parsley Pennsylvania Dutch Spinach Toasted Buns w/ Mustard Butter Corn Flake Macaroons

I've never prepared cube steak in my life and the recipe has you make your own barbecue sauce, which is cool. I can't remember the last time I made my own. So, this was a new experience for me all around! The Pennsylvania Dutch Spinach sounded interesting too. You toss fresh spinach leaves with a hot bacon dressing, then add sliced boiled eggs. I was happy to see the dessert was a cookie. Nice and easy, and I love the 40's takes on macaroons.
While I was excited to make this, it unfortunately resulted in some shed tears. Certain little people grumbled a bit too much, and when you work hard on a meal, that's just really disheartening! I'll admit that the steak was tough, which was mind boggling.…

Wartime Menu Challenge: April - Chicken Cutlets & Grapefruit Carrot Salad

Wow, I'm behind! I've got three meals to post about. It's been a busy few weeks. I can hardly believe April is almost over! Which means the May menus will be out soon. Yay!

Here's the menu:

Breaded Veal Cutlets Chicken Cutlets Grapefruit and Carrot Salad Creamed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Enriched White Bread/ Butter or Fortified Margarine Buttered Spinach Green Beans Economy Ice Cream
I think veal tastes really nice, but it's really expensive. I had chicken tenders on hand, so that's what I used for the cutlets. The chicken turned out well. I was pretty pleased about it! 
Because of a disgusting gelatin salad in the past, I altered the recipe for the Grapefruit and Carrot Salad. I omitted the vinegar and salt, and the salad turned out quite yummy! The base is lemon gelatin. The grapefruit and carrot together worked better than I thought. The salad disappeared over the next few days, so that was a good sign. It also confirmed that there is no place for vinegar and s…

Wartime Menu Challenge: April - Creamed Cooked Meat & Soya Cornbread

It's already April 9th, and I'm just now trying the first of April's menus! I decided rather last minute to make one for last night's dinner. That's not really a good thing, because I really need to plan ahead for meals. Luckily, I had everything on hand for one of the menus: Creamed Cooked Meat on Soya Cornbread. Here's the official menu:

Creamed Cooked Meat  (called for ground beef, but I only had ground pork on hand) Soya Cornbread Butter or Fortified Margarine Buttered Broccoli Grated Carrot Salad w/ French Dressing Stewed Rhubarb
As you can see, I did really well with this menu! I didn't have time to make dessert. Besides, my rhubarb just started sprouting up in the garden last week, so it's nowhere near harvesting, and I don't think my family would've eaten it... unless it was over vanilla ice cream or something.

The final verdict: My husband thought the meal was "okay", my son ate it without too much complaint, and my daughter at…

Wartime Menu Challenge: April's Menus are Here!

For those of you that followed along for March - thank you! There were a lot of possible menus to try for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The recipes provided were sparse, so I had to look up quite a few supplemental recipes. Something I learned about myself is that following a menu every single day was extremely difficult for me. I think I averaged two menus a week. I guess that's what happens when you and your family are set in your ways! Especially for breakfast. My kids ran straight for the cereal every morning. Some days that was nice because it was easy, but that undermined any ration menu intentions I had planned! Besides for some time I've been wanting to get back to more homemade and less processed foods. So, I decided to do something about it....

I've given my kids fair warning, and I've stopped buying cereal. Whatever Cheerios we have left I'm saving for our baby-turning-toddler. Unless the breakfast menu says ready-made cereal, we're sticking wit…

Wartime Menu Challenge: March - Lima Bean, Cheese, & Spiced Pork Casserole

I am so glad I had the ingredients for this wartime menu, because I had no clue what to make for dinner today!

With all the ration recipes I've tried, I have never once tried SPAM. I actually feel pretty silly about that. I've had this can of SPAM for a long time in anticipation of using it for one of my recipes, but always forgot about it. So, when I saw that this menu called for "spiced pork", my interpretation of that was SPAM, though I'm not sure if they were using it this early in the war for when the menu is from (1942).

For a first time trying it, I think this recipe was a good one. But first up, let me show you what today's menu was:

Lima Bean, Cheese, & Spiced Pork SPAM Casserole Cooked Greens Green Beans Baked Bananas Banana Drop Cookies Coffee/Tea or Milk
I was really skeptical when I was browning the SPAM to heat it up and maybe cook off some of the fat. It smelled funny - like the tuna fish of the ham world. There wasn't a recipe for this …

Wartime Menu Challenge: March - Stuffed Green Peppers & More!

I tried one of the last menus I'll be making from March's set of menus. I made a lunch menu and once again served it for supper. I served it with my son's herb garlic bread to supplement it. It was a simple meal, and a couple children revolted (the baby ate it. ha!), but it was filling and healthy. It was a great way of stretching meat.

Here's the official menu:

Baked Green Peppers stuffed w/ Bacon, Onion, & Rice Plum Kiss Pie Tea/Cocoa
And the menu with some modifications: Baked Green Peppers stuffed w/ Sausage, Onion, & Rice Strawberry Kiss Pie Water
I had a bunch of sausage patties no one was eating, so instead of going out and buying bacon, I used the sausage instead. The filling was quite tasty! I added some salt and pepper, but that was it. My husband later added some Asian sauce to some of the leftovers and he said it was really good that way too. haha! I'll be honest. For some reason, I don't do well with stuffed vegetables. It takes a lot for …