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Odd Holiday Leftovers

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I found these dandies while going through my cookbook collection in anticipation of some new old recipes for next year. I’m not really sure what to say:

 

Meat Power PArty                          California Fruitcakes and Brandy

When Flower Power just isn’t enough,                         New meaning to California as the land of fruit and nuts     turn to Meat for a groovy time!                                              Sponsored by the Brandy Council of CA.

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Thumbs Down for Vintage 7 Up Recipes

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7UP Recipes Fizzle Out

7Up Recipe FavoritesI bought a stack of old cookbooks at an estate sale the other day and was intrigued by a 7Up recipe booklet advertising all the ways cooking with 7UP can enhance your kitchen meals.  According to the uncola company,  7Up and food “just naturally go together.” So just how many ways could 7Up be used besides drinking? I knew citrus soda could  be used in baking biscuits and cakes but had never tried to cook with it.  So, against the protestations of my wife, I  decided to try some 7UP soda recipes from 1969.

I wanted to make an entire meal from 7 UP recipes but didn’t have enough time or pop after drinking it. So I settled on “Carrots Supreme” and a special fish sauce. The recipe for carrots supreme was pretty simple: carrots boiled in 2 cups of 7UP for an “unusual flair.”  The result was rather usual though: carrots that tasted like, well, just carrots. Perhaps I should have elevated myself to “sophisticated” beans instead.

7UP Food Recipes  7 Up Cooking Recipe with Vegetables7Up Recipe - Fish Sauce

Next came the fish. The sauce was supposed to be  served over fried fish fillets, but since I’m not allowed near hot oil after several culinary scars, and since I didn’t have a whole branzino to baste, I settled for cod fillets. The process of making the sauce not as simple as the instructions indicated. Mixing and boiling the ingredients took longer than desires, and the 7UP lost its fizzle when added to the hot butter and resulted in a bubbling brown sticky mess. On the plate it looked like the fish had sneezed from a bad cold.

In all, the results were less than sparkling fresh. The sugar in the 7UP masked any other flavors. Perhaps there was less sugar in the 60s version of the soda? (I asked 7Up but did not receive an answer).  My wife didn’t try to conceal her dislike of it. I continued to try the creations but after a few bites had to admit the “distinctly different” 7 UP recipes were rather lackluster. The results were not even worthy of display photos.

So whether you say soda, pop, or uncola soda, I wouldn’t recommend these  7UP recipes from the 60s or anytime.

 

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Custard’s First Stand – Rennet Custard Desserts

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Vintage Junket & Rennet Custard Dessert Catalog – 1941

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The title of this booklet immediately attracted me. Who knew desserts could be both tempting and nutritious? Better yet, according to this, desserts are the answer to diet problems too! They sure must be good desserts– just look at those kids running with big spoons (safer than running with scissors). Even the dog is racing on his way to the kitchen – perhaps Kibbles just didn’t cut it.

So what did children of the 40s eat that was so delicious and nutritious? Let’s look:

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A well-balanced meal includes fruit, vegetables, milk and “other food” (does that mean cookies?), plus a pint of whole milk, an egg, and three squares of butter per day. Cows and hens must have worked overtime back then!

According to the vintage pamphlet, races that have consumed milk have been stronger than other cultures. Tell that to Ghengis Khan and other Asian people lacking lactose enzymes. Of course, there’s no mention of milk from non-bovines: goat, llama, platypuses

On the next page we see family a happy family. Mom looks on smiling at Dad who laughs and looks at the daughter whose custard he not-so-secretly envies. Baby sits in the high chair studying the cup whose contents she so desperately wants to get at. Her uninterpretable cries of, “Throw away those mushed peas and give me custard, Mommy!” have finally been answered. Now if she could just manage to grasp the spoon and get the jiggly custard goodness.

The next strip shows just how Junket Rennet custard tablets transformed the arduous task of feeding the baby.

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Apparently, parents in the 50s literally bent over backwards in attempt to feed their baby. But all they really needed was Rennet custard to please the child. Just listen to that extra contented “Goo” the baby makes after getting her Junket custard. Mom and Dad look pleased, “How cute darling, it’s baby’s first flan!”

To continue to delight the family, mothers needed to learn the recipes:

                                   mince                  Jiffy Prune Renent Custard

   Mmm…Prunes! Popular with old folks.               I never figured out mincemeat.                                  But not baby’s diaper.                            But meat in pudding is just scary.

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The childhood joy of gelatin continues with a birthday party. Eggs, beans and plain sandwiches—what a birthday treat! The orange sherbet wafers afterward sure better be worth it . Laughing Baby

And that baby is still laughing. I’d laugh  in joy too if all I got to eat was Rennet custard.

Perhaps the “nutritiousness” of these foods may be debatable. But then again so can many of the foods today with hidden sugar and syrups.

Still, I don’t really think the average modern kids need butter, eggs and whole milk every day. Unless, with of course, they spend all day running around with spoons in their hands.

Next up: I attempt to re-create recipes from the book with modern Rennet tablets and Junket dessert packets.

What do you remember about Junket or Rennet tablets? Did you have any of these recipes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

All pictures and recipes copyright 1941 by Junket Desserts, a RedCo Foods company. Used by permission.

 

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