October 5th, 2007

10-J, 10-M

Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 35

Ten recipes from the 1957 edition of Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls:

1. Clown Cupcakes
Make cupcakes according to directions on Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake package; cut cone-shaped piece from center of cupcake; fill the cavity with a scoop of vanilla ice cream; make faces on ice cream with candy; place cones on top as a hat.
 
2. Party Lemonade
In a pitcher, stir ½ c. sugar and ½ c. hot water; add the juice of 2 to 3 lemons, ½ lemon sliced thin, 1 qt. of cold water, and 12 ice cubes; stir vigorously. Add a drop of red food coloring for pink lemonade.
 
3. Sugar Cookies
Heat oven to 400°; blend together ½ c. shortening, ½ t. salt, 1 t. grated lemon rind, and 1 c. sugar; beat in 1 egg and 2 T. milk; stir in 2 c. sifted Gold Medal Flour, 1 t. baking powder, and ½ t. soda; drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter on lightly greased baking sheet; grease the bottom of a glass, dip glass in sugar and flatten each cookie; sprinkle with nutmeg; bake 8 to 10 minutes.
 
4. Kabobs
Cut ¼ lb. beef sirloin into 1-inch pieces; peel and cut in half 1 onion; cut in half 1 tomato; push meat, onion, and tomato alternately onto a skewer and broil over hot coals.
 
5. French Toast
With a beater, blend 2 eggs, ½ c. milk, and ¼ t. salt; cut in half 6 slices stale bread; heat flying pan moderately hot and grease with butter or bacon fat; with a fork, dip both sides of bread into egg mixture and place in pan; brown on both sides.
 
6. Tuna Burgers
Mix in a bowl one seven-oz. can tuna, 1 c. chopped celery, ½ c. diced process cheese, 1 small minced onion, ¼ c. mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste; split and butter 6 hamburger buns; fill buns with tuna mixture; heat in paper sandwich bags on a baking sheet at 350° for 15 minutes.
 
7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Butter generously 2 slices of bread; place 1 slice American process cheese between unbuttered sides of bread; brown lightly on both sides in frying pan over moderate heat until cheese melts.
 
8. Stir-n-Drop Oatmeal Cookies
Heat oven to 375°; combine in bowl 1 c. sifted Gold Medal Flour, 1 t. baking powder, ½ t. salt, ½ t. cinnamon, ½ t. ginger, 1 c. brown sugar ¼packed), and 1 c. rolled oats; mix in thoroughly ¼ cooking oil, 2 T. milk, and 1 egg; stir in ¾ c. Spanish peanuts; drop by rounded teaspoonful 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheet; bake about 10 minutes.
 
9. American Pizza
Heat oven to 425°; stir together with fork 2 c. Bisquick and ½ c. water; knead about 1 minute on lightly floured board; roll into a circle ¼ inch thick and place on baking sheet; pinch edge of dough to make a slight rim; spread on dough ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese, 1½ to 2 c. well drained cooked tomatoes cut in pieces, 1 c. chopped salami, ½ lb. nippy cheese cut in small pieces, 2 T. cooking oil, and ½ medium onion, chopped; bake 20 to 25 minutes.
 
10. Drop Biscuits
Heat oven to 450°; grease baking lightly; mix in bowl 2 c. sifted Gold Medal Flour, 3 t. baking powder, and 1 t. salt; with a blender cut in until fine ⅓ c. soft shortening; with fork stir in ¾ c. milk; drop biscuit-sized pieces of dough two inches apart onto baking sheet, using a rubber scraper to push the dough off the fork; bake 10 to 12 minutes, until brown.

Today's list is for petzipellepingo, who requested celery. She'll find it among the ingredients for Tuna Burgers above. This old cook book has held up pretty well for a fifty-year-old cook book (unlike, say, these), probably due to the fact that kids' tastes are pretty much the same now as they were then. But what the heck is nippy cheese, as called for in the American Pizza recipe? It sounds sort of vaguely racist.

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