Saturday, February 22nd


freshly sliced oranges

Rolled Oats with top milk 168

toast with butter, Jelly 704, 709

coffee for adults (milk for children)


Baked Lima Beans 998

bread and butter

Carrot Sticks 1122

Pears 717a

Hermits 202

tea for adults (milk for children)


Square-Meal Sandwich 867

Cole Slaw 786

bread and butter

sliced pineapple

coffee for adults (milk for children)

Another oatmeal breakfast.  I always enjoy an oatmeal breakfast, but really can’t think of anything interesting to say about it.

2.22.14 Breakfast

Lunch was my favorite meal today.  I sometimes criticize Meta for overly beige meals, but this one is kinda pretty.  I adored 998 Baked Lima Beans.  The pork fat really emphasize the buttery-ness of the beans.  I did have some difficulty locating lima beans at the store until I googled to figure out that they are the same thing as butter beans (unless you live in the south, but since I’m a Midwestern girl–same thing).  202 Hermits were super easy and addictive.  A very satisfying meal.

2.22.14 Lunch

I’ve been looking forward to 867 Square-Meal Sandwich because I detected a pun!  (Or at least I assume that’s what Meta had in mind).  The biscuits in this meal-in-of itself were, indeed, square.  Also, yum.  The dish consisted of a hamburger patty sandwiched between two biscuits covered in a cheesy green bean sauce.  I skipped the bread and butter since there were already two biscuits on the plate, but the pineapple and coleslaw rounded out the meal nicely. Great day!

2.22.14 Dinner

Side note: Marking the biscuit recipe page in my working copy of the 1942 edition, is this 1946 newspaper clipping in German.  My college German is super rusty since it’s been a few, ahem, years since then, but I think it’s related to the death of a Mr. Wilhelm Federer-Helfenberger.  Possibly a thank you to those assisting the grieving family.  I love seeing this bit of history in my cook book.

Newspaper clipping

202 Hermits

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1/3 cup melted shortening

1/2 cup seeded raisins

Preheat oven to 425.  Sift flour and measure.  Re-sift with salt baking powder and spices.  Stir in egg, sugar and milk.  Add shortening; beat until smooth.  Stir in raisins.  Drop spoonfuls on greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Makes 2 dozen cookies.

867 Square-Meal Biscuit Sandwiches

1 recipe biscuits (26)

1 lb ground beef

1 tsp salt

3 TBSP butter or bacon drippings

1/4 cup flour

1 No. 2 tin cut green beans


3/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup grated sharp cheese

Make biscuit dough.  Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut into ten 2 1/2 inch squares.  Bake at 425 on a greased baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes.  Mix the 1 tsp of salt with the beef and shape into 5 thin patties.  Fry in greased skillet until cooked through.  Melt butter and blend in flour.  Add liquid drained from green beans with enough milk added to make 1 1/2 cups.  Stir constantly until sauce boils and thickens.  Add 3/4 tsp salt and cheese and stir to melt.  Add the beans.  Serve with beef between two biscuits and sauce poured over the top.  Makes 5 servings.

26 Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup shortening

2/3 to 3/4 cup milk

Sift four and measure.  Re-sift three times with baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening until particles are the size of wheat grains.  Add milk and stir until dough is created.  On a floured surface, knead 6 tines then roll or pat out to 3/8 to 3/4 inch thick.  Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 450 for 10 to 15 minutes.  Makes 12 to 15.


Monday, February 17th


sliced bananas, honey

Rolled Oats 168 with top milk

toast with butter Jelly 704, 709, 710

coffee for adults (cocoa for children)


Spanish Rice 494

bread and butter

Plums 718

tea for adults (milk for children)


Codfish Casserole 424

Baked Potatoes 1067

bread and butter

Pear Salad 761, Peanut Mayonnaise 844

Floating Island 234

coffee for adults (milk for children)

A breakfast observation:  Unlike later in the year, Meta gives options on the Jelly: 704 Crab Apple Jelly, 709 Grape Jelly or 710 Strawberry Jelly.  Somewhere along the line, the jelly choice narrows down to one (jelly selection-fatigue)?  I took this opportunity to choose my fav, strawberry.

Observations like this serve as a good reminder that I am truly an obsessive nerd.  Have I mentioned yet how many copies of Meta Given’s books I own?  It’s probably best not to reveal this information.

In any case, this was a rather tasty breakfast.  I haven’t had bananas and honey on oatmeal previously and they were particularly nice.

2.12.14 Breakfast

I didn’t expect much from 494 Spanish Rice since the only seasoning was 1/2 teaspoon of paprika (does paprika even have a flavor?)  However, it was super tasty.  The long bake made the rice tender and melded it with the beef and bacon bacon flavor with hearty tomato backup.  Yum.

I was unaware that canned plums were available, but that may be because they compare very unfavorably to their fresh (or even dried) cousins.  They were a muddy brown with an unfortunate texture.  There were a lot of canned items in today’s menu (the tomatoes, peas and pears were quite a bit better than the plums).  I think canned produce gets an unfair rep.  They’re convenient, cheap, and in the event of a natural disaster (such as a zombie apocalypse), I’ll be sitting pretty while those who insist upon fresh will develop scurvy.

2.17.14 Lunch

Dinner was pleasant and filling, but not particularly memorable and a little too beige.  My husband said the best part about 424 Codfish Casserole was that it didn’t really taste like codfish.  (I like codfish, so I didn’t count this as a plus).  It did have a tasty cheese sauce; I find that cheese has the bacon-like ability to redeem an otherwise unfortunate dish.  I also rather enjoyed 844 Peanut Mayonnaise.

2.17.14 Dinner

Dessert was still in the same color scheme, but delicious. I was looking forward to trying it since Floating Island is a fun name, but the actual dessert was impressive.  Light and refreshing.

234 Floating Island

494 Spanish Rice and Beef

4 slices bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

1 1/4 lbs ground beef

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 No. 2 1/2 tin tomatoes (1 lb, 12 oz or 3 1/12 cups)

3/4 cup uncooked rice

1/2 tsp paprika

Dice bacon into small pieces and saute until done.  Remove from skillet and pour off half of the fat.  Saute the onions in the remaining fat.  Brown the ground beef with the onions.  Add rest of ingredients.  Transfer to a greased casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for one and a half hours.  Add water if needed (I added about a cup and a half).  Makes 5 servings.

234 Floating Island

2 cups milk

6 TBSP sugar, divided

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs, separated

1 tsp vanilla

3 TBSP lemon juice

Scald milk with 3 TBSP of sugar and the salt.  Beat egg yolks and slowly stir into the milk mixture.  Cook, stirring constantly until it just coats a metal spoon.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Chill.  When ready to serve, beat the egg whites until fluffy.  Add the remaining sugar and beat until mixed.  Add the lemon juice and beat until very stiff.  Transfer custard to individual serving dishes and drop meringue on top.  Makes 5 servings.