Yesterday's Menus

Cooking up retro menus from vintage cookbooks

1950 A Man’s Recipe


Lumberjack Macaroni*

individual lettuce cups with chopped fresh vegetable salad


fruit sauce

Frosted Brownies*

coffee     milk

(*recipe provided)


Today’s menu comes from the 1950 Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book.  Coincidentally, right after I made this menu for lunch today,  I sold this book on eBay and I dropped it off at the post office.  However, I forgot to take pictures of the menu or recipes, so this post is brought to you by my bad memory.

Among my friends, I’m well known for having a terrible memory (also, a poor social filter AKA foot-in-mouth syndrome, but that’s another story).  I’m notorious for this story:  Once, a friend asked me if I’d ever been to the Six Flags theme park.  I answered in the negative.  Five minutes later, I piped up that I had worked there.  Uh, my bad?

Anywho, I remember Lumberjack Macaroni as being credited to a Mr. So and So. (Brown?)  The recipe for Lumberjack Macaroni sounds like something a man from the 50s would come up with one night when his wife was out for a Garden Club meeting.  Seriously, look at this recipe:

Lumberjack Macaroni

hot boiled macaroni (8 oz uncooked)
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
2-4 TBSP. Worcestershire sauce (don’t be sparing, says Mr. Green)
1/4 c. chili sauce
salt and pepper
3/4 C. piping hot melted butter

Spread Macaroni out on large hot platter. Sprinkle with cheese, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, salt and pepper. Pour hot melted butter over all. Mix with two forks until sauce is creamy. Serve at once on hot plates. Serves 6.  Note:  Thankfully the title of this recipe makes it pretty easy to find via Google, so it’s probably not as inaccurate as it would be if I tried to recreate it from memory.

Shockingly, this was pretty good.  Not in “I’d make it again” kind of way, but in a “thank goodness, I don’t have to throw this in the trash immediately” kind of way.   Excellent recipe, Mr. Black!



Oh, and the rest of the meal?  I don’t know menu was Mr. Schwarz approved, but the popovers were piping hot deliciousness and the brownies were absolute fudge.  Too bad, I no longer have the recipe.  Yay Betty!

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