Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thrifty Cookbooks

Welcome to my musty, old, fun, cookbook edition of  Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville. I'm focusing on cookbooks today, but you never know what the other participants have found as thier thrifty find.

 This week I've put together some scans from some very thrifty cookbooks that I got at an estate sale while I was in Michigan.  I got eight books and a folding yard stick for $4.  Most of the cookbooks were compilation books lovingly put together by women (I'm sure) as a way to raise money for some event or church event.  I love those types of cookbooks, especially the ones from the 50's and 60's, because it really shows what people were eating and cooking at that time.

One of the things that caught my eye in this first book is the section on sandwiches.

I don't eat a lot of sandwiches mostly because I rarely feel like eating deli meat on bread.  I think of a sandwich as being that way and only that way.  (BLT's being the exception to that thinking!)  In the 70's when the "If You Can't Stand to Cook" cook book was written, the idea of having a sandwich was much more varied than I would have ever imagined.   You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. 

I have to interject - I am not going to eat peanut butter and pickles.  I just can't!  Ahhh, but someone really liked that combination or it wouldn't have made it into the book.

 Do you see anything you'd try?  Some of the ideas are truly thrifty - cottage cheese and chives?  I eat that in a bowl.  I never thought of making a sandwich out of it. 

"A Flavor Saver!"  A metal tea ball holds whole spices, like bay leaves, cloves and garlic.  Saves tying in a bag.  Hang over the edge of kettle to season food.  (Pierce County Medical Auxiliary Cook Book Tacoma WA.)
 I thought this was a good tip - one that I wouldn't think of right away.  Funny though, I wouldn't put the garlic in there, as I'd want it in whatever I was simmering.  To me, the garlic is a prize if I get some in my bowl. yuuuummm :)

I am a lover of hot dogs.  I love them.  It's like a secret indulgence.  I now buy the all beef, sold by the pound at my local Fresh Market hot dogs, so that's not thrifty, but it's definitely very good eating.  If you've got some of those regular hot dogs hanging around the house, you may want to make up some interesting "Frank" dishes!  I may have to try the Frankfurter Stroganoff.

This next section came from a book that had lost it's cover and several pages.  I have no idea what organization put the recipes together, but there were some ads in there from Puyallup, WA. so I'm assuming it was at least put together there.   Every recipe had a hand drawn something on the page.  I fell in love with the drawings before I realized that it was not a complete book.  Ah well.  Love is blind :)

Don't you just love the names that accompany each recipe?  I want to be Minnie Morris :)  Maybe I can be for just a day.

Look! more frankfurters and a fun weenie dog haha

The next clip is from a 1976 East Lansing Michigan edition cookbook.  The cookbook contained recipes from as many of the families of East Lansing Mayors, city administrators and those associated with Michigan State University.   I'll spotlight some of the things I found in that cookbook at a later date, but I had to showcase this snippet.  I can't imagine when I'd need to know this, but it's definitely not something I would have ever thought up on my own.

I hope you have a fabulous Thrifty Thursday.  Once again, go take a look at the other participants, here, and see what fabulous finds they have in store for us. 

The NaBloPoMo site for today is Life in the Bogs.
I totally got sucked into the photos and found myself clicking back page after page to see the changes in the pond.

(aka Minnie Morris!)


jennifer said...

You be Minnie Morris and I'll be Francelia Wikell. I bet they were friends :)

Keetha Broyles said...

What I love is that somebody wrote in "good" across the top of that Spaghetti Bake recipe!!!! Now, why didn't I ever think to do that to recipes I like!!!!

jb said...

Dear Minnie,
I grew up eating peanut butter and pickle sandwiches (my mom used sweet gerkins) and now I gross out my own children with my "habit" my mom read a few of those cookbooks back in the day, as many of the fillings were common in our household!, Love Bobbie

Kammy said...

I'm with Jb...

Minnie -
What a lovely collection you have..I hope that you try each recipe....LOL ! The ice breaking was too fun ! I love all the little pictures too !

Jane said...

What a fun post. There are some interesting recipes there.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a great post. I Love the names of Minnie Morris and Francelia Wikell, how cute! The spaghetti back sounds like somrthing my fimily would like. I am going to make that one. The others...not so sure about. Thanks for linking up to Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday.
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Shelia said...

Love the old cookbooks and the menus. The artwork is cute too!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Mimi said...

Those old church/woman's club cookbook are so interesting, aren't they...they are treasures.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love it! These are so fun! Especially the ice breaking technique! Thanks for stopping by today!

Just Breathe said...

This was different for you and very enjoyable I must add!

Sandwiches: Very different
Love the hot dog recipes. I never ever knew that you could find a recipe using Hot Dogs.

Thanks for the entertainment!

Anonymous said...

Hey MM - what an awesome Post lol. Love the old cookbooks you picked up. fyi, I love HOT DOGS also .. it's my downfall and my girls always poke fun of me. I too buy the all beef deli dogs - still with the casing all strung together. so yummy, I think I need to buy some.

Ally0005 said...

I have some of those old cook books and I just love them and I still the recipes in there also.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

solo-dancer said...

That really is the way we used to the old days. And no matter how funky they sound, they tasted good and they weren't full of all the additives we have today.

But the Ice for Invalids, that is Tending with a capital T.! ....make sure you don't use snow...what a riot. lovmom

denise said...

i LOVE estate sales...just went to one down the street from my house yesterday and got all choked up they were selling a bag of old postcards the lady who had deceased had either written/received throughout her life...couldn't bring myself to read such personal savings but it was neat to flip through the places she'd been...anyway, i like the idea of recycling things people loved...i usually look for old children's books or retro fabrics/towels/sheet/blankets...oh, i do like peanut butter and pickles! try it sometime...

Robin said...

I am now craving a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. And no, I'm not pregnant. lol! I think the combination sounds very interesting...

I love old cookbooks. They're wonderful. It looks like you have a great collection.