“Home at last!” sighed Bettina happily as the hot and dusty travelers left the train.
“Why that contented sigh?” asked Bob. “Because our wedding trip is over? Well, anyhow, Bettina, it’s after five. Shall we have dinner at the hotel?”
“Hotel? Why, Bob! With our house and our dishes and our silver just waiting for us? I’m ashamed of you! We’ll take the first car for home – a streetcar, not a taxi! Our extravagant days are over, and the time has come to show you that Bettina knows how to keep house. You think that you love me now, Bobby, but just wait till you sit down to a real strawberry shortcake made by a real cook in a real home!”
The authors of A Thousand Ways To Please A Husband were awfully fond of exclamation points and frugality, as a reading of this delightful 1917 cookbook shows. Smart, thrifty Bettina charms her husband Bob and wins over her in-laws with the delicious and economical meals she whips up.
The first night in their new bungalow, she ties a percale apron over her traveling suit and fixes a dinner of creamed tuna on toast strips and canned peas, made possible by the emergency shelf the two of them fixed up before the wedding. Buying in larger lots helps Bettina save money, something she knows Bob will appreciate “Now that you have to pay my bills, Bob.”
Bettina's larder contains the following:
6 cans pimentos (small size) 6 cans tomatoes
6 cans tuna (small size) 6 pt jars pickles
6 cans salmon (small size) 6 pt jars olives
6 jars dried beef 6 small cans condensed milk
12 cans corn 6 boxes sweet wafers
12 cans peas 1 pound box salted codfish
6 cans string beans 3 pkg marshmallows
6 cans lima beans 3 cans mushrooms
6 cans devilled ham (small size) 2 pkg macaroni
But the emergency shelf is just that -- for emergencies. After tonight, Bob will get real food, not just canned things.