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Wartime Menu Challenge: April - Hamburg Delicious

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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…