The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing, as is the Reader Challenge.
When folks are using sidewalks as griddles and baking biscuits in their cars, you know you've got a heat wave on your (sweaty) hands. Take a tip from the folks at Knox who published "Dainty Desserts for Dainty People" way back in 1915. They didn't need any newfangled plug-in freezers or schmancy ice cream gizmos to keep cool in the middle of a blistering summer - just a block of ice in a chest, or crushed ice mixed with rock salt.
Where'd the ice come from without a home freezer? Let's not get too hung up on the details (a strapping delivery gent would come around with a wagon full of blocks and some tongs) when there are brains to be frozen and tongues to be tantalized.
Here's your assignment, should you choose to accept it.
The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.
Shake that aspic!
We're always thoroughly delighted when readers take us up on our vintage recipe challenges. Y'all came through with the Frank and Corn Crown. While the Aspic supper salad challenge garnered fewer entries, boy did they stand out.
Meet The Stripper Housewife a.k.a. burlesque performer Peekaboo Pointe. Not only is she the "Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West," - she's not afraid of a little bit of cold beef tongue.
Y'all know we appreciate the absolute beans out of you, right? When we posted the Frank and Corn Crown recipe, along with a tossed gauntlet to document your efforts at home, we were downright giddy when reader Sarah picked it up - and deftly so.
Giddy turned to gobsmacked when we realized that she wasn't the only one. So – as long as we can keep finding fun, festive vintage recipes, once a week we'll post one and double-dog-dare our readers to blog about their efforts - with snapshots of the final product. Leave a link in the comments and we'll show 'em off.
Remember aaallll the way back to a few weeks ago when we posted a righteous recipe for a Frank and Corn Crown from the 1965 Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book, and Sarah of all.of.my.dirty.little.secrets took up our challenge to craft one of her own at home?
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