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Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Lemon Molasses Cupcakes

May didn't turn out like I expected. Midway through the month, my husband's mom flew in to lend a hand for two weeks, and we ripped out our kitchen! It's been needing it for a long time, and now that we're planning on selling our house we're finally getting around to it. Isn't that always the way? Sigh. Well, packing up a kitchen to make way for the crowbar doesn't exactly make it easy to do any fancy cooking, or any cooking for that matter. This was really frustrating, but I guess it was to be expected. Last Sunday was a lull in the construction storm, so I took the opportunity to haul out my flour, spices, and muffin tins to make one last recipe from May's menus before June arrived. I am so  glad I picked this recipe, because it is the bomb!   Lemon Molasses Cupcakes. The wartime baking method comes into play with using only a 1/2 cup sugar and the other 1/2 cup sweetener coming from the molasses. They don't really scream "t

Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Mock Chicken Sandwich & Fluffernutter

I was brave for this menu as I was serving it to a family member fresh off the airplane! She's such a good sport, though, and as it turns out, Mock Chicken Sandwich is pretty amazing! Phew! Here's the menu: Mock Chicken Sandwich Filling on Whole Wheat Bread Peanut-Bacon Sandwich Filling on Enriched White Bread (Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Fluff on Oatmeal Bread) Cottage Cheese Fresh or Stewed Fruit Gingersnaps Lemonade  (Made the syrup, but haven't tried the lemonade out yet!) To make the Mock Chicken Sandwich filling I bought pork ribs, something I never cooked before. I'm just not that adventurous with meat, I guess... Anyway, I cooked one of the ribs in the pan, the rest I pan seared and finished off in the oven slathered with BBQ sauce, which my family was a big fan of. :-) I'm just glad they turned out!  The next day I ground up the plain pork rib meat with the carrots, celery and mixed in the mayo, chow chow, and salt. It

Wartime Menu Challenge: May - Corn Chowder, Liver Sandwich & Dried Fruit Sandwich

I finally got around to trying the first day of this month's menus! I had to take it in a few steps because it involved making some bread first before I could make the sandwiches themselves. So, here's the menu: Corn Chowder Crackers Dried Fruit Sandwich Filling on Graham Bread Liver Spread on Oatmeal  Wheat Bread Celery Hearts  😧(I forgot to serve this!) Wartime Cranberry Sauce Besides forgetting to serve the celery, I did really well with this menu! I felt like something was missing, and the celery would have been the ticket. Oh well. Once again, I served this lunchtime menu for dinner. I first made the graham bread. I was surprised that it was a quick bread! One thing I've learned from wartime cooking is that quick bread makes awesome sandwiches, plus, no kneading required! I've never used graham flour, but the texture is a little different from whole wheat flour; it's coarser which gives that distinct mouth-feel.   Once that was in

Wartime Menu Challenge - May's Menus Are Here!

It's that time again! It's the first of a new month and time for some new WWII ration menus! I didn't get to cook as many meals as I wanted for April - just three. So, I'm hoping with the theme for May being lunch box menus, that I'll have a lot more opportunities to make more recipes! I shouldn't have any excuses either. There are so many ideas to choose from. The 1940s were such a wealth of sandwich filling ideas - some exciting, others more questionable...  In fact, I was so excited about learning more about vintage sandwich making that I bought a 1950 sandwich cookbook. Ever heard of Sandwich Loaf? Yeah, that's the epitome of my sandwich goals right there! I'm going to have to get up the courage and just make it one of these days, preferably for a party where I get others to eat it too... It makes a lot, okay? haha! Well, without further ado... the menus! Download May's Menus Here (The menus are no longer available here, but mo