Sunday, August 17, 2014

Strange Recipes From Old Cookbooks...

I have recently looked through an old cookbook.... old meaning that this one was from 1976.  I was looking through it casually when I started noticing some of the titles... and thought they may interest you also. :)  Maybe these aren't strange to you - maybe you make these and love them.... but they seemed "odd" to me.






Like... Beet Salad or Colorful Sauerkraut Salad.  How about Mark's "JUNK" Salad or Gumdrop Salad? In the main dish section, I saw Klumpus that calls for jaws, backbone or country ribs and Feather Dumplings. In desserts, there were recipes for Calorie Pie, Allergy Peanut Butter Cookies and Ding-A-Lings. There were recipes for Mayonnaise Cake and Coca Cola Cake and Hot Milk Cake.



The names of some of these make some sense... others, I have no idea why they are called such a name..... Why would I eat Calorie Pie? I think we all know pie has calories and sometimes we just pretend it doesn't... but at least we don't want to be reminded of it up front. It would be like naming potato chips.... Fat Potato Chips... they probably wouldn't sell very well with that name. :)

My kids would love the idea of gumdrop salad, but it seems odd... and WHAT goes into "Junk" Salad? Just for fun, I am including the exact recipe for this one.....
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    Mark's "JUNK" Salad
1 can cherry pie filling                1 c. chopped nuts                          1 carton Cool Whip
red food coloring                         1 can Eagle brand milk                 
1 can pineapple chunks                1 can mandarin oranges                Mix all together.
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A few more names... Graham Nut Roly Poly, Calico Salad, Rink Tum Ditty Soup, Smokestack Slaw, Chocoladamias, Dooley, Black Oil Cake, Shoe-Peg Salad, Sock It To Me Coffee Cake, Daffodil Cake, Yum Yum Cake, Chipmunk Bars.

I like cookbooks that give a bit of background for a recipe... and I would love to know what inspired the name for a lot of these. Anyway, they are fun to look at and wonder about. :) 

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26 comments:

  1. ok...your making my mouth water :)

    I could pass on the beet salad...my mom would love it.

    I am not sure if I had coca cola cake...I did have 7up cake.
    I recently had a sweet tea cake with lemon frosting.

    Mark's Junk Salad sounds awesome!!

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    1. The names are so funny, but some of the recipes sounded do-able... not the Klumpus, though. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  2. I love cookbooks and collect them. I can not cook. But love the cook books. My favorite ones are old fashioned "home collection" cookbooks. As in the ones you have pictured.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I like them also, though I rarely take time to look at them... just too busy. I have a cookbook that is fun and frustrating as it calls for a "dab" or "dollop" or other things that require some guesswork. Fun though. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. I think the "Sock it to Me" coffee cake was inspired by a repeating punch line - "Sock it to Me" from the 1970s variety/comedy show "Laugh-In". Funny names and nostalgic for some of us as well!

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    1. Oh, I hadn't heard of that... thank you for giving that bit of information.... I am so glad you stopped by. :)

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  4. I love to check out the old recipe books from our local library and try a few. The ingredients can be hilarious but in all honesty I have found some treasures. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I agree - there can be some treasures... and it is fun to look at them. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Some of those are funny! I've had Coca Cola Cake, and it's really good :) Thanks for sharing your post at Together on Tuesdays :)

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    1. I have never tried that.... yes, these are funny... it was entertaining to read them. :)

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  6. I totally indulge in old cookbooks. They are scrumptious!! :)
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

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    1. Yes, they are.... so nice to see real ingredients in them.... IF we know what they are. :)

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  7. Those are really nice cookbooks. When you said old cookbooks at first I thought you were talking about like from the 1920's to 1940's.

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    1. They are nice cookbooks... just not current ones.... Ones from the 20's to 40s would be fun too. :)

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  8. Oh my goodness! These are hilarious!

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    1. They are aren't they... of course, years from now, someone will be laughing at our recipe names.... like Monkey Bread! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  9. I buy a lot of these cookbooks at garage sales. They are so fun looking through them. Such different recipes from different parts of the states.

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    1. That is where I get my cookbooks also... they are fun.... and it is amazing how different the recipes are in various locations... they can be REALLY different. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  10. I know, I've seen some of those 'ancients' kicking around too...like the 'junk' salad. Actually sounds tasty!
    Thanks for linking up at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! Hope you come again soon (Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com)

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    1. I hadn't heard of the Junk Salad before.... probably some of those old recipes are still around with newer names also. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  11. I love old cookbooks. I will say that salad dressing cake is one of my favourite cakes.

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    1. That is interesting.... I have never made it... now, I may have to try it.... I have heard it is moist and we only like moist cakes. Thank you for sharing this and for visiting. :)

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  12. Old cookbooks tell us so much about history. I really enjoy paging through them, and sometimes actually come up with a winner of a recipe. I've never heard the term "Klumpus" before, but I remember my grandmother cooking "neck bones and sauerkraut." The very thought made me want to hurl, so my experience ends with the name.

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    1. I agree - your grandma's recipe sounds "iffy".... I probably wouldn't have tried it either, but it probably would have tasted good. :) Glad you visited.

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  13. Love this post! I am a cookbook addict and have several like this. The old ones that make me crazy are those that call for a "can" or "box" of something and don't state the size.

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    1. I have seen those also.... and we have another book that we really like the recipes, BUT it doesn't even tell the size of the pan, how hot the oven should be, or how long to bake it.... or instead of a "pinch", it said things like... a "glob" of this or that. Hard recipes to use...but delicious if we could figure them out! :)

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