Friday, November 27, 2009

She preceded Julia Child and Martha Stewart ..... recipes for leftovers from Ida Bailey Allen

We continued our tradition of enjoying Thanksgiving buffet dinner at Silver Falls Conference Center, so I don't have leftovers to deal with until I actually do make our home-cooked turkey dinner one day this weekend. In advance, I thought I'd consult another of my grandmother's weird and interesting vintage cookbooks for some recipes for leftovers. The recipes below are from Ida Bailey Allen's Modern Cookbook 2500 recipes (Formerly Published as Mrs. Allen on Cooking, Menus Service), copyright 1935. If you had turkey, duck, or chicken for your Thanksgiving feast here are some ghastly-sounding recipes to laugh at, or, for the brave at heart, to try. There's also one you can use for leftover sweet potatoes and leftover rolls from your family feast.

This woman seems to have slipped from the pages of culinary history. She must have been a fascinating woman, and I say this based on the FOREWARD of her cookbook. The FOREWARD is too long to add to this post, but I think it is worth sharing at my blog. I will post it tomorrow, Saturday, so return if you are curious!

From TIME Magazine Milestones, July 30, 1973:
Died. Ida Bailey Allen, 88, who provided American homemakers with down-to-earth recipes in more than 50 cookbooks (Ida Bailey Allen's Modern Cookbook, Cook Book for Two); in Norwalk, Conn. Twice a widow, Mrs. Allen believed that good home cooking was an antidote to the rising divorce rate.




Phivos Nicolaides said...

Kind regards to you my dear friend Lydia from Germany where I am for a 10 days trip, visiting some German cities!

the watercats said...

That's pretty fascinating stuff! I'm surprised at how flamboyant the ingredients are, I'm no culinary historian, but I would imagine recipes from this era in our part of the world would have contained nothing more ostentatious than parsley or rosemary, things that grew in the climate... I think I just answered my own musing.. it gets hot in a lot of america.. lol!
anyway, hope your thanksgiving is going spiffingly! all the best!

~ Tabitha ~ said...

Lydia..I LOVED this post.It's nostaglic vibe is right where I seem to be these days ;)

Hope you are having a creatively cool weekend ;)

T xo

Lydia said...

@the watercats- mmmm, when you wrote "rosemary" you mentioned one of my favorite things. Some of the recipes in Mrs. Allen's cookbook have ingredients I'd have to look up to find out what in the heck they are!
Here's wishing you a marvelous weekend.

@Phivos- Oh, lucky you.....on another trip! It will be fun to see all the places you visited via photos at your blog. I know you'll make me feel almost as if I'd been on the tour. :)

@Tabitha- I'm so glad! Sometimes these vintage things really interest me and I hope that they appeal to some of my readers. Time-tripping is great fantasy, especially at this time of the year. :)

Hattie said...

I don't think I'd be tempted to try these recipes, but it's fun to read about them. One thing I notice is the underlying message that one must be frugal and not waste food.



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