Wartime Menu Challenge: July's Menus are Here!

Aah! The season of berries! 
Due to crazy kitchen renovations and the stress that comes with all of that, I managed just the one measly recipe from all of June's menus. SIGH. So, June was a bust. I did manage to can 15 quarts of cherry pie filling though... Go figure that! But it is cherry season, and once those cherries are picked, you kind of have to do something about them. haha!

Oh well, on to July. July is all about breakfast menus, so that should make things loads easier! Included is a bonus menu for a 4th of July dinner! Happy Birthday, America!

Download July's Menus Here

Wartime Menu Challenge: June - Cherry Cobbler

I was finally able to try a recipe from June's menus!  Don't worry. We didn't have Cherry Cobbler for a meal. haha! I consider this quite an accomplishment among all the craziness that is home remodeling. Here was the whole menu:
Main Course Salad Cream of Wheat Rolls Cherry Cobbler
Sigh. It's not like this month's menus are even that intense, but since we're remodeling the kitchen which is where I spend most of my time, it's very hard for me to recover from the chaos. Not to mention that we had to take my Hoosier out so we could put in countertops and cupboards where the Hoosier used to sit. The Hoosier held all of my baking stuff and it's been a nightmare trying to hunt down just basic ingredients. Gratefully, we put stuff back in the new cupboards, so I can get started on baking again. But it won't be the same without my Hoosier. 😥 sniff.
Anyway, because it's cherry season, I knew I had to at least make this Cherry Cobbler! Cherry Cobbler is …

Crickets... and a Museum Trip!

It's been a bit quiet around here, because I haven't been able to do ANY ration cooking. We've been in basics mode because we're remodeling our kitchen. My heart is crying right now from not being able to cook and bake like I want to! All this is temporary, I know, but it doesn't make it any easier. We're getting close to the end, and my husband is working so hard to get it all done. He's such a champ!!

Since the house is a little bit chaotic as a result of the work, I've been taking the kids out and about. We've been to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum when my husband's mom was in town, the Hagerstown City Park just the other day (which has oodles of ducks and geese as well as a swan with lovely waterways), and various parks and play dates. Oh, and we've been around looking at houses, since we're hoping to sell soon. Today, we looked at a lovely 1930s brick home smack in the middle of cropland. The views were gorgeous a…

Wartime Menu Challenge: It's Time for June's Menus!

Wow, where did May go?? Because of construction in our kitchen, I didn't get as many of May's recipes made, which makes me sad. I think sandwich recipes are some of the most fun vintage recipes to try!

June's menus are a bit on the lighter side. They feature luncheon menus from The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book from 1944. This cookbook doesn't even mention rationing even with its wartime publication date, but I do like how this cookbook is laid out and it keeps to the seasonal cooking.

The featured menu is for the June bride! That's a fun one. If you'd like to share these menus, and I hope you do, please share the link for this blog post. Thank you and enjoy!

Get June's Menus Here!

Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Lemon Molasses Cupcakes

May didn't turn out like I expected. Midway through the month, my husband's mom flew in to lend a hand for two weeks, and we ripped out our kitchen! It's been needing it for a long time, and now that we're planning on selling our house we're finally getting around to it. Isn't that always the way? Sigh.
Well, packing up a kitchen to make way for the crowbar doesn't exactly make it easy to do any fancy cooking, or any cooking for that matter. This was really frustrating, but I guess it was to be expected. Last Sunday was a lull in the construction storm, so I took the opportunity to haul out my flour, spices, and muffin tins to make one last recipe from May's menus before June arrived. I am so glad I picked this recipe, because it is the bomb! 

 Lemon Molasses Cupcakes.
The wartime baking method comes into play with using only a 1/2 cup sugar and the other 1/2 cup sweetener coming from the molasses. They don't really scream "try me!" unles…

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

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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.…