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1940's Liberal Tuesday Meal Plan
August 9, 2021 | Laura Bullock | This post may contain affiliate links.
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LILY WALLACE NEW AMERICAN COOK BOOK
I acquired a copy of The Lily Wallace New American Cook Book, and I was immediately intrigued by the recipes inside. It's like stepping into the past, and I love it. This cookbook was written by Lily Haxworth Wallace in 1946. She was a home economics lecturer and writer. This book came out right after World War II so it holds a lot of fun things such as entertaining, meal plans for all budgets, dieting, how a housewife should be running their home, vitamins, and how to set a table. This cookbook is packed full of recipes including some pretty strange ones. Anybody care for a Orange Tomato Aspic or maybe you'd prefer the Pineapple and Cheese Salad?
My favorite part of this cookbook besides all of the simple, delicious, and straight-to-the-point recipes are the meal plans in the back. Originally, I had my mind set on completing an entire week of 1940 cooking. I changed my mind about halfway through making the grocery list.. It's just too much for me. A HUGE round of applause for any housewife that was able to get all this cooking done plus the other 1000 things I'm sure she had to do as well.
There's four weekly meal plans in the book: Liberal Diet, Moderate-Cost Adequate Diet, Minimum-Cost Adequate Diet, and Restricted Diet for Emergency Use. The Liberal Diet was listed first so that's what I went with. This plan was made for those with $3,000 or over annual income, and "provides abundantly the nutrients needed by young and old for the enjoyment of buoyant health." For reference, $3,000 in 1946 is about $43,000 in today's world.
Each day has breakfast, lunch, and dinner listed. I have already completed the Monday meal plan. So on to Tuesday, it is!
1940's TUESDAY BREAKFAST
First thing in the morning, I started working on breakfast. It seems as if traditional American breakfasts have not changed much over the years. The menu was melon, scrambled eggs, toast, and coffee. I chose a canteloupe for my melon and cut it into slices. The scrambled eggs were cooked low and slow. Just like Julia Child's scrambled eggs! Milk, pepper, salt, and butter were beaten into the eggs. One thing I'll mention- the salt. The recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon of salt for 6 eggs. I thought it was a lot putting it in there, and I was right. Those eggs were salty. Not too salty to eat but none-the-less salty. Toast was toast, and coffee was coffee. Overall, a really great weekday breakfast!
Side note- I'm so excited to be using these plates! They were my great-grandma's, and it's such a joy to be using them for these 1940's meals!
1940's TUESDAY LUNCH
Lunch menu was carrot and bell pepper salad, sharp cheese, and bran muffins with jelly. I thought the carrot and bell pepper salad was great, and this is coming from somebody who isn't a big fan of bell peppers. However, I am a big fan of cold mayonnaise salad, and this is exactly what that is. Besides the intense crunching that happens when you eat this salad, it's quite delightful. As for the bran muffins, I was worried when making them. The ingredients seemed blah to me (flour, bran, sugar, egg, milk, shortening, and dried fruit). The batter was also soo thick- almost like a bread dough. I decided to add in a little more egg which I think was the right call because the muffins turned out the be a great consistency after baking. The muffins were also really delicious especially when served with a big glob of grape jelly. Lastly, there was a plate of sharp cheddar cheese. If you've read any of my previous blogs, you know I LOVE cheese so this was a big win in my book. In fact, I think the cheese would have been wonderful mixed into the carrot and bell pepper salad.
1940's TUESDAY LUNCH DESSERT
We had dessert on a weekday during the middle of the day! This was so wild to me. Can you imagine coming home to your wife during your lunch break and her serving you a piece of cake and hot cocoa? Sounds amazing but a rarity in 2021, indeed. The piece of cake was supposed to be the leftover honey cake from the previous day. Since I'm not making these meal plans right after each other, I had no leftover honey cake so I opted for buying some cake at the store. I know, I know. Not very 1940's housewife of me, but it really helped save my sanity. I picked up some apple cake, whipped up some homemade hot cocoa, and we enjoyed a nice early afternoon dessert together.
1940's TUESDAY DINNER
Dinner's menu consisted of cold ham, creamed celery, beets, baked peaches, and rolls. Same thing with the ham as with the dessert. It was supposed to be leftover from the previous day so I just picked some ham steaks up at the store and served them cold. The creamed celery wasn't my favorite thing, but my husband said he didn't mind it. It's basically just boiled celery in a white sauce. The recipe says you can bake it in the oven with a breadcrumb and cheese crust which I think helped make it taste a little better. The beets were pretty much just beets. They were boiled until tender, sliced, seasoned, and buttered. The rolls were so so good! They are called crusty water rolls which means you bake them in the oven with a pan of water which makes the outside of them really crunchy while the inside stays soft and fluffy. These rolls, however, take hours to make due to having to wait for them to rise. This means you pretty much start prepping for dinner right after you finish you that dessert from lunch. Lastly, the peaches were really good too and so simple to make. Canned peach halves are covered in brown sugar and lemon juice and baked until browned. That's it!
If somebody told me to close my eyes and picture a dinner from the 1940's, this is what I would picture. This was a good dinner and a very fancy one for us on a weekday.
This day WORE ME OUT! Whew! I don't think I sat down all day. Good news though- I think I burned off all the calories I ate today and probably more!
Stay tuned for next 1940's day coming soon! But not too soon, a girl gotta have some rest in between these days.
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You can buy Lily Wallace's New American Cook Book which contains these recipes here.
Check out the previous 1940s recipes I've made!
August 9, 2021 by Laura Bullock