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.


3 thoughts on “Saturday, February 22nd

  1. Isn’t it the truth—the best things about old cookbooks are the little snippets that people stuck in them. My Better Homes and Gardens Pies & Cakes cookbook has a random peanut butter cake something or other ad that was definitely inspired by Jimmy Carter. I sooooo want to make it.


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