Throwback Thursday

by Katy on April 24, 2014 · 10 comments

You may have noticed the Throwback Thursday trend on social media, where people post extremely flattering old photos of themselves, like so:

Xmas 1996

See? I was not kidding when I wrote that our house was a fixer-upper!

But for a true Throwback Thursday, I present the 1930 booklet of Better Meals for Less:

Vintage booklets

Featuring a lovely drawing of a distinguished gentleman enjoying “A Wholesome Meal” of Legumes!

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And the 1937 booklet of Thrifty Tempting Meals for 2 or 4 or 6:

Vintage booklets

Umm . . . call me closed minded all you like, but I find Liver Loaf and Scalloped Codfish far from “tempting.”

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Now that is a proper Throwback Thursday!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer B. April 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

Um, for the french dressing….can somebody please tell me what “pet milk” is? Or do I not want to know?


Kristen April 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

That would be PET brand condensed milk, right? That’s my best guess!


Kathy M April 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

It’s evaporated milk. If I remember correctly, it is a creamy texture and tastes a little different than regular milk. Condensced (sp) milk is usually sweetened and very thick.


Jennifer B. April 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

Phew! Thanks for the clarification!


marie April 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

yes, Pet milk {funny ideas come to mind} is a brand.
I have an old cookbook called “Anyone can bake”. It was from 1927, belonged to my mother, and it is well-loved!


Katie April 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I hope they had a recipe for that yummy-looking cake for 2 or 4 or 6 as well as the Liver Loaf and Scalloped Codfish!


Kathleen April 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I don’t know about the liver loaf, but the scalloped codfish was probably delicious. The milk and rice baked into a creamy base with bits of fish inside and browned breadcrumbs on top. Yum.

I have a recipe from Moosewood for a cream of butternut squash soup. It calls for unsweetened, skim condensed milk. It adds richness and protein without adding any fat.


Jean April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Don’t think I could eat the liver loaf if I was starving (plus we now know it’s bad for you, so my siblings and I blame all of our cholesterol problems on the fact that our mother force fed us the stuff weekly as kids) but the cod loaf actually sounds pretty good!


emmer April 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

i think the pet milk referred to would be the canned, evaporated milk, rather than the canned, sweetened, condensed milk.
i agree that the scalloped cod sounds like it would be tasty. i had to eat liver weekly thru out childhood and have never had it prepared in a way i found anything but revolting. that texture!
i am currently collecting pamphlets and books on rationing during WWII, which includes a great deal on economy, limited ingredient recipes. some are yummy. but the british versions, where rationing was much more severe and prolonged, had recipes for calf and sheep head meals that most of us today would reject….


Lisa April 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

We always had condensed milk around the house when we were kids. In the 60s it was used to make homemade baby formula. I’m not saying it’s a good idea.I just remember my mom telling me about making formula with condensed milk, karo syrup and vitamin drops.
If we ran out of milk, there were always three or four cans of condensed milk in the cupboard to add to cereal.


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