Vickie's This and That, April 12th

April 12, 2018 - The recipes I will be sharing for the next couple of weeks are from a 1943 cookbook titled “Food for the Body, For the Soul.” I haven’t tried any of these, but I thought they sounded very interesting. I just love old recipes. I will print the recipes as written with modern weights and foods in brackets. If anyone tries one of the old recipes, please let me know. I think tonight we will probably have bread pudding and green beans to go with the chicken noodle soup I cooked last night. Supper will be about 6pm.

Tuna and Noodle Au Gratin

3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups of milk (this would be whole milk)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
½ pound American cheese, grated
17 ½ can of Tuna fish (would be 3-4 5oz cans)
1 small can of mushrooms
14 ounces package noodles

Make white sauce of butter, milk, flour and seasonings. Add cheese and stir until smooth. Place mushrooms, flaked tuna and noodles in greased baking dish in order named with cheese sauce between each layer. Garnish with a few mushrooms. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serves 6. Cheese may be omitted if desired.

Budget Stew

1 lb ground beef
2 tablespoons fat (Crisco or oil)
¾ cup onions sliced
3 cups potatoes diced
¼ cup of uncooked rice
1 cup celery diced
2 cups Kidney beans (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (I would use at least 2 teaspoon)
1 ½ cups tomato juice or soup

Melt fat in skillet using high heat. Arrange a layer of onions in bottom of pan, net a layer of beef, then rice, and last a layer of potatoes, celery, and beans if used. Combine seasoning and tomato juice and pour over stew layers. Cover skillet and leave on high until steaming freely, then turn heat low and cook 2-3 hours. Serves 6-8. A green salad and a simple dessert will complete the meal.

Scalloped Potatoes

2 Tablespoons grated cheese
3 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon flour
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cups milk (whole)
6 large potatoes
1 green pepper

Put cheese and butter in a saucepan. When melted, add flour, salt, paprika and pepper. Cook slowly until smooth and creamy. Add milk slowly, stirring until well blended. Cook until thickened. Pare potatoes and slice rather thin. Chop the pepper; put a layer of potatoes in a greased casserole and sprinkle with chopped pepper. Add another layer of potatoes and so on until dish is filled. Over all pour the cheese on until dish is filled. Dot with butter. Bake in 350 degree oven.

Bread Pudding

2 cups fresh bread, broken
2 eggs
2 cups milk (whole)
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon cocoa (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons melted butter

Beat eggs. Add milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, butter, and cocoa (if using). Pour over the broken bread in greased pan. Stir until all is well mixed. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) until very light, about ¾ of an hour.