You’re Going to Love This….

March 16, 2016

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Going through piles of old books and magazines, I came upon this little gem, published in 1969.  The book is divided into various holidays, but there’s also a section for “New Homemakers” which contains some truly hilarious advice.  (Imagine how those burgers must have tasted: “spread on bun halves and bake…..”)

Next time somebody waxes nostalgic for the food of the sixties, show them this.

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  • OMG, Ruth! I can’t stop laughing. Thank you for posting this one!

  • Deborah says:

    Very funny, indeed! But the five can recipe made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • Teresa Baker says:

    The burgers sound terrible. I was subjected to the tuna variation of that 5 can casserole and still shudder at the memory.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Moe says:

    Printing these off to show my wife. Now she will have something new to cook. LOL hahaha. Thanks Ruth once again for making my day.

  • Tom Steele says:

    My dear old Aunt Mary, who was born in the early 20th century, came up with a toasted open-faced sandwich recipe that she named “Hodge Podges.” Like many recipes devised during WWI, this was intended to stretch ground meat, which was needed by Our Boys overseas. I’ve just unearthed the recipe in her famous barely legible scrawl (she was left-handed):

    1 pound ground beef (chuck)
    2/3 cup evaported milk
    3 tablespoons ketchup
    1 medium onion, peeled and grated
    Salt and pepper to taste
    5 to 6 soft hamburger buns, split in half

    Mix everything in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, spread the mixture in a 1/4-inch layer across each bun half, going all the way to the edges. Broil for about 3 minutes, until brown and toasty.

    Yield: 10 to 12 sandwiches

  • Patti Lynch says:

    Tom, that recipe sounds similar to something my friends sometimes serve at holiday parties (now, current day!) called Polish Mistakes. Hello, serving mistakes? I have tried them and since I don’t want to say anything bad – like my mother taught me – I will not give any further comment! (But a lot of my friends like them…)

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  • Chitra says:

    I definitely laughed out loud at the water boil recipe, pure gems!

  • Judy Love says:

    Oh, my gosh. I was so excited when I saw the “five can” teaser as I just today was remembering some heinous concoction I made in 1978 with all of the cream of soups mixed together, then poured over chicken breasts and uncooked (I think) rice then baked. What were we thinking??