Posts

Showing posts from March, 2017

Ration Recipe: Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

Image
First of all, I have to say that this recipe is a winner! I know, it's another oatmeal cookie recipe. I love oatmeal though, so no regrets here. Haha!
I wanted to find a recipe my 7 year old daughter could help me with, and I found this intriguing one for Lemon Oatmeal Cookies in my August 1943 Westinghouse Health-for-Victory booklet.


The recipe is pretty much like any other oatmeal cookie recipe except that it replaces a bulk of the sugar with dark corn syrup. I didn't have dark corn syrup, so I used the rest of my British golden syrup and Karo light corn syrup. It worked out well. The other different thing, was the addition of lemon peel, of course!

The cookies baked up light and a lovely golden brown. Even my daughter mentioned how pretty they were.

I love how perfectly round so many of them turned out! And here's one on my new vintage jadeite saucer plate!

 And how did they taste? Absolutely lovely! When the cookies were warm, the lemon was very subtle, the oatmeal add…

Vintage Banana Tuesdays: Day 1 - Apricot Banana Toast

Image
I'm starting a new series here on the blog - Vintage Banana Tuesdays! I've been amassing a fun collection of vintage banana recipes that I can't resist sharing - from the familiar to the downright bizarre! So, join me every Tuesday as I reveal a new recipe, some of which I'll submit my family to trying. haha!

I hope you're ready for this crazy ride, because I sure am. Yippee!


Ration Recipe: Oatmeal Drop Cookies

Image
Another cookie recipe! Yeah, I've been on a cookie kick lately. Yesterday I wanted to make some kind of cookie recipe, but I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for. I half-heartedly chose Oatmeal Drop Cookies from The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given, ca. 1942.

Well, if I thought I had a regular oatmeal cookie recipe on my hands, I was totally wrong! This little recipe ticks all the boxes of a great ration recipe - low sugar, low fat, whole grains.

I thought it would be fun to compare the Oatmeal Drop Cookies to my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe from a modern Better Homes & Gardens cookbook:



First off, the 1942 version has you sift the flour twice which affects the texture of the cookies. They're not as close and chewy. You can tell that the rest of the preparation is very different from the modern one too. Once you cream the shortening and sugar together with the egg, you add the oats. I had to read that step twice, because I'd never had to do that before! 
A…

Ration Recipe: Shredded Wheat Macaroons

Image
I've really missed ration cooking, so late last night after the kids were in bed I dug up this little gem for Shredded Wheat Macaroons in my favorite wartime cookbook - Cooking on a Ration by Marjorie Mills. Doesn't that recipe just sound like so much fun? Or maybe ridiculously healthy and gross? Haha!

I wasn't expecting this one to taste very good. You know, maybe really branny and wholesome. But I wanted to try it anyway just because it sounded so weird and intriguing! 
Luckily, I had some shredded wheat taking up shelf space from when I made Armenian Dessert. I was so glad to finally get rid of that box! These macaroons cookies whip up very similar to regular coconut macaroons. For the 2 cups of Shredded Wheat Biscuits, I used 2 packages of three biscuits and it came to a little over 2 cups. For the nut meats I used pecans, which I think was perfect for this kind of cookie. Almonds would be too hard, and walnuts would be too strong-tasting. I ended up using an extra eg…