Showing posts from July, 2017

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 18 - Banana Donuts

Whoever thought of this recipe is a genius. Don't Banana Donuts just make the most sense ever?!

This recipe comes from my fun, new cookbook, " to serve them", ca. 1941. I'm seriously making these babies. I'd be crazy not to. Mmm.... banana donuts!

And remember those cute illustrations I mentioned? Take a look at this banana guy smoking a cigar. He's blowing smoke donuts! Get it? Eh, eh? haha! There are all kinds of corny things like this in this cookbook. I love it!

Modern Changes in Museums

I've been thinking about museums lately and how they're changing and adapting to "keep up with the times", which is funny if you think about it, because they seek to preserve a past and to connect people to that past. I wanted to share a few blog posts/articles I've been hanging on to that have some great thoughts on historical sites and living history.

First up, my good friend Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings, wrote a fascinating post about the dilemma historical sites face when it has a long history - what time period do they focus on to portray? One of them? All of them? You can read about it here. I like how the museum I used to work for took on this problem - they made a 1836 village, and then on a different part of the property they built an 1886 section and they kept expanding from there. You can "transport" to different years, learning about the area through time. This doesn't completely solve the problem of older sites such as castles, like M…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 17 - Banana Meat Loaf

I am so excited to show you this new banana cookbook I acquired recently entitled Bananas...How to Serve Them, ca. 1941!

The illustrations are adorably amusing, and I'll show them in future posts. In addition, there are a ton of fabulous recipes, including today's very interesting recipe for Banana Meatloaf. I actually ran across a mention of it on another blog and knew I had to hunt down this cookbook just for this recipe alone.

So... are you brave enough to try this one? I'm still considering it. Once I make it for dinner, it's a commitment, you know? We have to eat it. 😨

Hmm... I imagine it actually might make the meatloaf quite moist.

Well, here's the recipe! Give it a go if you dare!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 16 - Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise

I'm posting later than I wanted, but I actually tried this week's vintage banana recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise! It comes from my cookbook "This Way to the Banana Salad Bazaar", ca. late 1930s-early 1940s.

I bet you've already wrinkled your nose in distaste at the recipe, right? I mean, who in their right mind would eat a weird combination like that?!

Well... I would! I've mentioned before that I grew up eating peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches, so this recipe seemed totally reasonable to me. haha! I really think people today underestimate how flexible mayo is in recipes and this one is no exception.

This recipe is super easy. Mash the bananas, stir in the pb and the mayo. Done!

Yes, I agree it turned out to be a weird, unappetizing color.

But, in a sandwich it was pretty good! The banana flavor was mostly covered up by the peanut butter, but it did give the spread more body. The peanut butter was made creamy with a slight tang from the …

Author Highlight: P. G. Wodehouse

It's been ages since I've done an author highlight! I've been thinking about P.G. Wodehouse lately and thought he'd be an excellent candidate. He's slightly more famous than some of the other obscure authors I'll highlight on here, but enough of my friends have said they've never heard of him or Jeeves & Wooster that I felt justified in highlighting this brilliant writer.
I admit that I didn't know much about the British author, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (pronounced "Woodhouse") or his life. He was born in 1881 in England. Wodehouse's life was quiet in the beginning. After graduating from school, he worked in a bank, which he disliked, so he turned to writing in his spare time. His first book was published in 1902, and he went on to publish many more books and scripts. 
Later, during WII, his life became quite tumultuous, where because of some misunderstandings over some comedic radio broadcasts to America (who had yet to enter t…

Vintage Recipe: Strawberry Coffee Cake

When we were in the throes of strawberry season, I turned to my vintage cookbooks for strawberry inspiration and came across this yummy one for Strawberry Coffee Cake. Coffee Cake is one of my favorites, but I've never had a strawberry variety! It turned out very delicious! Strawberries are always refreshing and this cake was no exception. I may have doubled the topping recipe because that's my favorite part... 😁

I forgot to write down which cookbook this came from, but it looks like it might be from one of my 1940s pamphlet cookbooks. Anyway, I do hope you'll try this one. It's tasty!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 15 - Cranberry and Banana Shortcakes

We just got back from a fun and wonderful (but exhausting!) week-long vacation and I am ready to get back to some normalcy. I was able to post this week's recipe early on Instagram, so here it is on my blog!

Today's recipe sounds intriguing and yummy: Cranberry and Banana Shortcakes. This is another recipe from the fun Royal Cook Book, ca. 1940. I would give this one a fair try. What do you think?