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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!
If ever there was a myth about history it would be this: Things were dirt cheap back then.
Were they really?
And this is where I rub my hands together and cackle with geeky glee. Just like we shouldn't judge our ancestors solely based on current standards and social norms, we shouldn't judge prices of yesteryear by today's dollar value.
I'll give you some examples.
(And don't worry. I'm not going to get super technical or get all crazy on the math, because Math is not my strongest subject. I'll fully admit I got my math-savvy husband to help me remember the equations I learned from my college economics class.)
I was looking in one of my Health-for-Victory meal planning guide from 1943. They stated that if you followed their meal plan, you could expect to spend between $14 - $16 a week on groceries. You're probably thinking, WOW! I'd love to pay $14/week for groceries! But what's the value of 1943's $14 in our current year of 2015?
Sadly, we've reached the end of this celebration of vintage maple recipes! I had really wanted to try out a lot more of them than just one or two recipes, but such is life! I loved putting it together, because doing this kind of a series forces me to hunt through my vintage cookbook collection and pull out recipe ideas I never would've thought to look for before. I want my collection to be put to good use, and being able to share all this vintage food goodness with you is a wonderful way to do it.
For the finale, I thought I'd pull out the rest of all the amazing maple recipes I've found in just the past couple weeks! Here are the recipes we've got in store:
- Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies - wartime version sweetened with honey and maple syrup!
- Maple Sugar Cookies
- Maple Fluff
- Maple Nut Refrigerator Cake (Ooh! Exciting!)
- Maple Sirup Cupcakes (original spelling)
- Maple Sugar Pie
- Maple Candy
- and the one I'm really excited about... Log Cabin Upsi…
Today's the last day of August when my challenge comes to an end. Having our house on the market really makes everything in life more complicated. Life sure threw me some curve balls during this challenge, making this a challenge for me in every sense of the word!
For the very last menu, I tried what I felt was quite the doozy - Navy Bean and Peanut Butter Soup. This one was a little scary, folks. Beans and peanut butter. It's just something to give one pause, you know? Which is why I went for it. hahaha!
Here's the original menu:
Navy Bean and Peanut Butter Soup Crackers Chopped Meat and Vegetable Sandwiches
Canned Salmon Salad Sandwich Apple Turnover
Oatmeal Cookies (from a different menu in August)
I added an apple after I took pictures, because I didn't think I'd adequately kept the nutrition of the original menu. I made the oatmeal cookies from a different August menu, so I decided to use them in this meal, though, believe me, I would have much prefe…