Meta Lunch

Meta time!  I had some broccoli that I needed to use up so I looked up broccoli in Meta’s 1955 Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking (not The Modern Family Cookbook; but I wanted to branch out) and came up with this:

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Broccoli Noodle Platter

1 1/2-lb. bunch broccoli

2 cups broad noodles, 4 oz.

2-oz pkg dehydrated mushroom soup

1 cup milk

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup grated sharp American cheese, about 2 oz.

Prepare broccoli as described in Buttered Broccoli and boil quickly uncovered 10 to 15 min.  Meanwhile, drop noodles into 2 qts boiling salted water in top of double boiler and boil 5 to 6 min over direct heat.  Drain off all the water.  Place over boiling water.  Blend soup with milk and add to the noodles.  Add the raisins and salt, and cook over boiling water for 15 min, stirring frequently to keep smooth.  Heap lightly in the center of a warm platter, sprinkle with grated cheese.  Drain broccoli and arrange around the hot, cheesy noodles.  Serve piping hot. 4 servings.

I didn’t quite have the correct ingredients, but here’s what I used:

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The odd looking dish to the right of the casserole is:

278 Baked Bananas

5 medium-sized green-tipped bananas

3 TBSP lemon juice

About 1 1/2 cups crushed corn-flakes

Peel the bananas; roll first in lemon juice and then in the crushed cornflakes.  They should be well coated.  Lay in a buttered baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees).  Serve hot, plan or with Lemon Sauce (934). 5 servings.

The casserole turned out pretty well.  Not amazing, but a good use of staples.  The bananas were just okay.


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