December 2011 Archives

Meatless Recipes for the New Year

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meatlessmeals.jpgYesterday, the New York Times ran a piece by Mark Bittman suggesting that readers might resolve to eat better in the new year by consuming more plants and perhaps even going vegan some of the time. With this in mind, I decided to take a quick look at the vegetarian section of the Kirschner Collection where I came across Jean Prescott Adams' Meatless Meals published in 1943. This book offers a glimpse into how meatless eating and thinking about nutrition (each recipe ends with a listing of vitamins and nutrients) has changed over the past ~70 years, as well as pages of menu plans and, of course, recipes. The "Cosmopolitan Vegetable Dinner Menu" is one I'd like to try -- in particular, the sauerkraut fritters, which Doris Kirschner penciled in a check mark next to (click the image to view a larger version.) Happy New Year!
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Gone With the Wind and Toothpaste

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I came across an item in the Kirschner collection today that reminded me how useful this resource is for many types of research -- not just those dealing directly with food, recipes and nutrition. The item I found was a small booklet titled Gone With The Wind Cook Book: Famous "Southern Cooking" Recipes.
Gone With the Wind Cook Book
This particular booklet sent me down a rabbit hole of marketing research. It was produced by Pebeco Tooth Paste and Pebeco Tooth Powder (prominently advertised on the back cover), and came free with the purchase of either product in 1939, the year Gone With the Wind was released. This initially struck me as odd until I remembered that just a few days ago, I was borrowing my niece's Sponge Bob toothpaste. A little different and a little similar.
On further examination, this small piece of cross-promotion could have sent me in any number of different directions: women's studies (the book is full of references to the roles of housewives and the importance of keeping a 17 (!) inch waistline), history of southern cooking, historical illustrations, marketing language. And those are just off the top of my head.

Hamantachen

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Doris Kirschner kept a kosher kitchen and this is reflected in the collection's robust selection of titles on Jewish and kosher cooking. Today is the first day of Hanukkah, but I'm sharing a recipe for hamantachen which is usually associated with Purim from Oy Vay! What's Cooking Today?, a 1967 publication from the Nursery School PTA of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Minneapolis.

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Hamantachen


  • 3 Eggs

  • 3/4 C Oil

  • 1 C Sugar

  • 1/4 C orange and rind

  • 1 T Lemon Juice

  • 4 C Flour

  • 3 t Baking Powder

  • 3/4 t Vanilla

  • 3/4 t Salt

Mix all ingredients together. Add more flour if necessary for easy rolling texture. Roll out on floured board. Cut with round cookie cutter. Fill with desired filling. Fold edges over to triangle shape and seal by pinching corners together. Bake at 325 about 15 minutes or until browned.

FILLINGS:

I.


  • 2 lbs. Pitted Prunes

  • 1 pkg. White raisins

  • 1/2 lb. Pitted Dates

  • 3/4 C Jam

Grind fruit and add jam.

II.


  • 1/2 jar Maraschino cherries

  • 1 can coconut

  • 3/4 C strawberry jam

  • Chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients together.

III.


  • 1 lb. Pitted Prunes

  • 1 pkg. Dried apricots

  • 3/4 C Peach jam

Grind fruit. Add jam and mix together.

An Introduction ... and Marshmallows

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Welcome to the Kirschner Collection Blog! This blog is a new project that will showcase cookbooks, recipes, research, and events from the Doris S. Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries. For more information about Doris S. Kirschner and the collection, you can see our About page.

I would like to start off this blog by showcasing something whimsical I found among the cookie cookbooks in the collection (that's the TX773 section for those of you who want to know.) This item is not a cookbook, but a pamphlet entitled 50 ways to use Marshmallows: A Household Necessity.

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This pamphlet was produced by the S.S. Kresge company (a predecessor to K-Mart) and does not include a copyright date, although I have seen some sources that say it was published in the 1940s. The book includes a recipe for a "marshmallow graham cracker sandwich," so it can be speculated that it was published before the popular use of the word "s'mores."

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In addition to providing 50 recipes for foods with marshmallows, the pamphlet also touts the purity and wholesomeness of marshmallows. The page above includes the following gem:

THE BEST SWEETS FOR CHILDREN
Marshmallows contain only pure, wholesome ingredients. They are, therefore, the best sweets for children. Let them eat all they want, either plain or in table dishes.