Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1940's Cook Book

I decided to flip through a few old, old, old cook books that belonged to my grandmother. My aunt gave them to me when my grandma passed away. I have not spent much time at all looking through them. Though today I realized I need to be looking through these on a regular basis just for kicks. These old cook books are a riot!

Perhaps the housework is getting you down? Feeling overwhelmed? Well, turn to page 174 for the chapter on simplifying housework. I know, it's a cook book, but as often is the case, there are some homemaking tips tossed in for free. In this case, I learned that keeping "a cleaning basket saves time and steps. Take a market basket with a strong handle and in it keep:
scouring powder
water softening crystals
metal polish and its cloths
dusting cloths
2 pieces chamois (for windows and mirrors)
2 extra cleaning cloths, lintless
small sponge
paper toweling
furniture polish and its cloths
small whisk broom
empty can for ashes from ash trays
floor wax and applicator"

Um, ok. And while we're at it, here are the instructions for cleaning window screens. "Remove once a week, or every two weeks, and wash with bath spray or hose. Wash occasionally with brush and soapsuds, and dry thoroughly."

Ladies of the year 2009, did you realize we're supposed to be washing the window screens once a week or at the very most every two weeks? I think I lived in a house 8 years without washing the window screens. If I did wash the window screens every week, I'm afraid my family would starve, we wouldn't have a clean item to wear, and I would absolutely lose my mind.

Maybe I'll whip up a few of the recipes to try out on my family this week. Perhaps they would enjoy the Peanut Butter-Pickle Sandwich Filling.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped pickle
1 tsp. grated onion

Method: 1. Combine peanut butter, pickle and onion. 2. Soften to spreading consistency with cream.

Sounds delicious, but not quite as good as the Tongue and Horseradish filling.
1 cup minced tongue
1 TBS prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
salt to taste
Method: Combine ingredients thoroughly and chill.

They forgot step two. Knock your family out with a sledgehammer to force feed this down their throats because that is the only way it's going to get eaten.

You probably all want to rush out and buy this cook book. It's the Jessie Marie DeBoth Cook Book printed in 1940. Excuse me while I go find out who in the world Jessie Marie DeBoth is.

1 comment:

The Powells said...

HAHAHA - hilarious! I like you're comment about force feeding your family those "yummy" recipes. Oh and ummm... my screens have not been cleaned yet after 6 years. Oh the good ole days!