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Autumn Wartime: Week 10 - Sweet Potato Souffle

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This week's post is for Sweet Potato Souffle! It's from an fun article from the October 1943 issue of Farm Journal and Farmer's Wife magazine called "Ways to Use All That Food". This article makes reference to using the bounty of the autumn harvest. I could also apply to using up Thanksgiving leftovers. Using up Thanksgiving leftovers has probably been a thing since the beginning, and it will probably continue into the future! It's fun to see 1940s solutions.



Autumn Wartime: Week 9 - Nut Pie

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This week's post for Autumn Wartime Recipes and Food is Nut Pie. 
This month's issue of the modern Better Homes and Gardens magazine had a fabulous-looking pie on its cover of a pecan-looking pie, but using mixed nuts like cashews, peanuts, and almonds! Oh my, that idea was a revelation for me! 
So, now we can make the 1942 version from the Meta Givens Modern Family Cook Book. The recipe surprisingly doesn't have corn syrup, but then again some wartime published cookbooks tended to ignore that there was a war on. (Did you notice this pie has a meringue!!?!) If you make this pie for your holiday festivities, feel free to mix up your nuts! 😊

Autumn Wartime: Week 8 - Time and Sugar Savers

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NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Right now my word count stands at almost 17,000 words. Wow! 50,000 words seems so far away, but if I just keep plugging along, I'll get there eventually!


For this week's post in the series, I chose this neat article in the October 1942 issue of Farm Journal and Farmer's Wife  called "Time and Sugar Savers." The article emphasizes the time and sugar saving benefits of "semi-prepared puddings, gelatins, rennet custards, ice cream and cake mixes." Puddings,  flavored gelatins, and cake mixes came with sugar already in the mix, just like it does today, saving on the family's sugar ration. I think from this article we can begin to see the reliance on packaged, semi-prepared products in our culture. They'd been in existence before the war, but besides them being super convenient, the fact that they saved on sugar in wartime was, I'm sure, an extra boost in its popularity.



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Autumn Wartime: Week 7 - Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

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This weeks' Autumn Wartime recipe is for the very promising-sounding Sweet Potato Pecan Pie! With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving ahead, this recipe looks like just the ticket to get into the holiday spirit!

Happy November!

Update 11/10/17: I couldn't resist trying this pie in advance of the holidays. It was too good to pass up for later!  And, boy was it delicious! My entire family detests sweet potato, but they gobbled this pie up. That is a true testament to this recipe's excellence! (It also helped that we served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Mmmm....) I think next time I'll decrease the salt to 1/4 tsp. and instead of corn syrup, I'll use maple syrup. I was worried about it not having cinnamon or nutmeg, but I didn't notice the absence really. I might add a wee bit next time. Maybe a 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon. 
Oh, man I can't wait to make this again. You will have to give this one a try, my friends!