August 19, 2015
Sorry – can't seem to get enough of this January 1951 issue of Gourmet. There's a delight – and a riddle – on every page.
Consider, for example, this ad for "fireplace oysters" from the "oldest oyster cultivators in U.S.A." I hoped that the J & JW Elsworth Company was still cultivating their oysters, but the only oystermen I could find in Greenport Long Island were Little Creek Oyster and Widow's Hole. Neither, sadly, offer "fireplace oysters." I did discover that Fireplace Oysters were served at the Plaza Hotel in 1951 – presumably from the Elsworths. But I could not find a single other reference to this particular creature. If anybody has any information on them, I'm curious.
Then there was this interesting ad for a "yogurt incubator"; who knew Americans were making their own yogurt in 1951?
And finally, a recipe I find hilarious for so many reasons. Dating from a time when skinless, boneless chicken parts were not a supermarket staple, a time when white bread stood in for rice, it's hard to imagine that this simple dish was actually served in a restaurant. Should you be wondering about that "Key Sauce," it's nothing other than a Pakistani brand of soy sauce. (My guess is that it's made mostly from water, sugar and caramel coloring, but I couldn't find a picture of the back of the bottle.)
And then, just for fun, an interesting remedy for ailing cats.
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