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History in the Kitchen - WWII: Day 6

For Day 6 of the wartime cooking co-op class we learned about Dairy & Fats. We talked about how including dairy in the wartime diet was advocated a lot for the nutrition. If a family member didn't like drinking it, there were many other ways of getting their milk in like puddings and ice creams, and even including the recipe we tried! We also talked about the huge wartime contribution housewives had in saving their waste fats and selling to their local butcher. He in turn sold it to the munitions factories where the glycerin was extracted from the fat for explosives among many other useful wartime purposes.  Because butter was one of the fats rationed, margarine was a popular substitute, so I chose a recipe that used both milk and margarine - Lemon Shortcakes! These were absolutely delicious, and both of my classes enjoyed them immensely. I mean, just look at them. How could you not love eating that?? The lemon adds a delightful note to the shortcakes, and I even

History in the Kitchen: WWII - Day 4

For Day 4 of the homeschool co-op class I'm teaching, we learned about the importance of meat in wartime and why it was so scarce. We made the delicious Hot Ham Rolls, a variation of the Beef Biscuit Rolls I made before. It came from a sweet, tiny cookbook called 120 Wartime Meat Recipes . I really loved it, and so did most everyone in my class! It weirded a few of them out that it looked  so  much like cinnamon rolls when they came out of the oven and we smothered it in a white sauce. And it really does! At home, I made it again for supper and made a cheese sauce by adding shredded cheddar cheese to the white sauce. It was a delicious variation! Biscuit dough rolled flat, ground ham mixture spread all over and then it's all rolled up. I like to slice rolls like this with dental floss! It's nice and strong and never breaks. Ready in the pan. They're so pink and pretty! Out of the oven and garnished with parsley. This is a photo of the one I mad

History in the Kitchen: WWII - Day 5

I'm a bit behind on these posts about my wartime cooking class for homeschool co-op, but I'm getting tons written on the first draft for my second WWII book, so that's exciting! It's looking very promising for winning  Camp NaNoWriMo !  Ok, so for the 5th class we made two things - a main dish called Wiener Scallop and the infamous drink, Mint Tinkle, which I've posted about before on my blog.  The Wiener Scallop recipe comes from an awesome wartime cookbook geared towards teenagers called  Look Who's Cookin' .  The Wiener Scallop consisted of scalloped potatoes and hot dogs with a milk sauce sprinkled with cheese. It was fairly good! The students liked it, which is always a good sign, and it was very easy to make. And finally,  Mint Tinkle ! The first class got the full force of peppermint in their drinks and it was a bit much for all of us. It wasn't until lunch time that my son reminded me that we cut the mint in half. I f


You might have noticed a little change... I've been wanting to spiff up my blog for awhile and finally got around to it. The layout hasn't changed at all, so you can find everything right where it was before. Just the look has been updated with a lovely pic of my vintage jar shelf in my kitchen. I just love the cheery colors and cool textures of vintage glass, don't you?

The Diary of Mrs. X: Installment 3

It's time for the next installment from Mrs. X's diary. I love all the little household things she mentions. Some worries and headaches never really change! Sunday, January 28, 1945 C. worked in yard all day. I worked in house till 2 & then in veg. gardens till late. Saved more spinach, lettuce Monday, January 29, 1945 Family wash. Drain clogged up just as I finished. Wednesday, January 31, 1945 Drizzled all day. Spoiled dry January record. Painted hand lotion bottle for Mary. Took things to Nichols’. Paid auto club for licenses. G. S. meeting – Valentine’s. Thursday, February 1, 1945 Cut spinach. [? Looks like Spanish, but that doesn’t make sense…] Worked on G. S. finance records. To Cheryl’s Brownie meeting. Worked late on G. S. reports. C. late – 1 a.m. These are a lot of little entries but they say quite a bit! Working in their vegetable garden, troubles with the plumbing - again, paying for auto club licenses, and G.S. (meaning Girl Scouts) mee