This time around the stipulation is that the recipes have to be from the original source, so no redactions. I'm fine with this as my collection of historic cook books has expanded a bit since last year. A short-term goal is to use as much from the pantry, cellar and freezers as possible because we are full up of everything. I'd also like to make some preserved foods for in between times, so that is another possibility.
|And hating how I can't turn images in Blogger...|
- Shepard’s Pie, 193, 194 The Household Searchlight, Topika Kansas, 1935
- Mashed Potatoes, 273, same. Sub: soy milk for dairy.
This time around I chose Shepard's Pie from 'The Household Searchlight Recipe Book,' Topika Kansas, 1935. There were substitutions, but it tasted OK. I got the feel of it vs. reproducing exactly. I decided to stay true to the Depression Era philosophy of using what you have on hand. We were nearly out of carrots and I'm allergic to peppers. A rutabaga came to the rescue, though it ended up slightly undercooked. I think this would have been much improved with more carrots and no rutabaga. The other glaringly non-historic substitution was soy milk in place of cow's milk, and no butter as my son still turns into Hive Boy at the slightest hint of dairy.
|Prep was easy, though it took a few pots & pans.|
400F for 30 minutes, then turned the oven off & let it all sit a bit more. I had to put foil on the rack under because they both dripped. It cut easily and came out well, but serve this in a bowl not on a plate.
It's good, but not fabulous. Hearty, slightly bland, and filling; overall a passable meal. I can see doing this with leftovers just to make something interesting that will actually be gone at the end of the meal.