Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A Handy Kitchen Guide from the Gas Company, circa 1950
With chapter titles like "Cooking is Like Dancing," "Blue Ribbon Broiling," "Roasts to Boast Of," and "Let's Entertain At Home!" this little primer is full of helpful advice for cooks. In the chapter called, "When Speed's the Need," ten quick menus are outlined for those busy days when dinner preparation is last minute. My favorite is Menu 5 - Fish Cakes, Broccoli, Carrot and Pineapple Salad, and Chocolate Refrigerator Cake, a meal taking only 25 minutes to prepare, according to the booklet, by using the following directions: "Make fish cakes. Wash and trim broccoli and cook. Grate or shred carrots and mix with shredded pineapple and salad dressing. Make Chocolate Refrigerator Cake the night before."
Julia Child,we certainly needed you...