Sunday, August 31, 2008

Going Green

Another mid-century cookbook, this one the second volume of what it boasted was a cooking encyclopedia. It covers G (game) through S (salads).

And what nasty salads it did promote. In addition to the monstrosities shown below, there is a recipe for one made with baked beans and sauerkraut.


Personally, I have a five ingredient rule, as in salads should be limited to that many. Like this.

Green Salad with Apple, Walnuts, and Bleu Cheese

Lettuce
One red eating apple, cored and diced
¼ c of crumbled bleu cheese (approx)
¼ c of broken walnut meats (approx)
oil & vinegar dressing

Dice the apple and pour the dressing over it immediately to prevent browning. Fill a salad bowl with lettuce, toss it with the diced apple/dressing, and sprinkle the cheese and walnut pieces over the top.

If you have time, toast the walnut pieces before you add them to the salad. This is a favorite and I usually have the ingredients on hand.

5 comments:

Amy said...

Baked beans and saurkraut? eeeww I'd much rather have your salad anyday :-)

Lidian said...

Santa Claus is not a salad.

He can only be, at most, a gingerbread cookie.

Shay said...

I could have posted the one for the Christmas tree that uses a canned pear, cream cheese and parsley flakes.

Rochelle R. said...

Your discription of the cookbook made me think it might be one I had in the stack by my computer. Sure enough there were the flower salads. How silly, I bet they would fall over or lean at a stupid angle. I can just see some 50's housewife in her apron getting all frustrated if she couldn't get them to turn out.

Shay said...

I've often wondered how those were supposed to be displayed: particularly the infamous "candle salad."

How DO you get them to stand upright?