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Cooking up retro menus from vintage cookbooks

1973 Institutional Food

on January 7, 2016

You may have guessed by the title of this post, that this was not my favorite retro meal.  I decided to revisit the 1973 Curtin Publications recipe card series with this:

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I selected this recipe card based on the fact that I had some leftover Chinese fried noodles that I wanted to use up.  In retrospect, this is probably not the best criteria for menu selection.

All of the ingredient seem perfectly fine and normal by themselves, but I started to get concerned when I saw them combined in the pan.

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It had a weird, sickly glow.  My husband remarked that he was pretty sure the cat deposited the same thing on the floor earlier.  Thanks dear.

Now for the results:

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The melon balls look pretty nice.  (Side note:  Is it even possible to make round melon balls with melon baller?  I’m going to say probably not).

It wasn’t as bad as it looked.  Perfectly edible. Not particularly good, but not particularly bad.  The Sweden of the dinner hour.  The Holiday Inn of dishes.  A mediocre meal of mid-century.  This meal contributed calories without any pesky distractions, such as taste.

In good news, angel food cake never disappoints:

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