Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vintage Cookbook Hoedown: The Quick Cookbook (1961) by Lois S. Kellogg

This article first appeared in February 2010.

A few months ago, I fell into possession of The Quick Cook Book by Lois S. Kellogg, a 1961 paperback filled with hundreds of convenient and occasionally jaw-dropping recipes.

There are Mayonnaise Mounds. There are Corned Beef Cobblers. There's even Prune Whip. And I'm pretty sure we can trace America's obesity problems directly to the Canned Chicken section.

To be fair to Lois, she seems to specialize in baking. The cake and cookie recipes look tasty and are mostly made from scratch. Some aren't, but ... we'll get to that later.

First, let's pretend we're hosting a party on Mad Men. And what better way to kick off a soiree than Cholives?

Of course, if you're not fond of olive and cheddar finger foods, deep-fried whole chicken sandwiches make an excellent light appetizer.

The meal really begins with soup. Tomatoes and pineapples are delicious, inexpensive, and come in cans. They should be lovely together.

Side dishes are vital to the success of any meal. I like to make a lot of them, since they're less expensive than meat.

I'd love to serve macaroni and cheese, but I find the garish yellow hue too distressing. How do I cope?

Of course, the most distressing part of hosting a party is that I never know what to serve for the main course. Jellied Meat Loaf? Corned Beef Corn Ring? Ham Wheel Pie? Corned Beef Cobbler? So many options, and all on the same page...

I know! We'll do breakfast for dinner! With a twist!

It's important to end the meal with a wholesome, appealing dessert. Since I believe halitosis is a myth, (like morally upright socialists), this should fit the bill!

You know, Onion Ice Cream is definitely going on the menu, but Bob really prefers treats that keep him regular. Maybe this would please him?

As for my son ... be careful, Danny. This peach pie is "Different" from all the other peach pies. You're such a good student. Don't let it ruin your future.

And to cap it all off, coffee. But drinking it just seems so ... pedestrian. Isn't there a better way to get that caffeine fix?

Mmm ... delicious. I bet the Jell-O company will pay me at least one hundred dollars for this recipe.

Cheers, everyone!

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(All photos from The Quick Cook Book by Lois S. Kellogg)

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Adrienne said...

Man... they really did love gelatin in those days, didn't they? I am unhungry for my lunch now.

Anonymous said...

Not that I can condone it or even call it "good" but back in the 80s my dad made "Impossible Pie" which sounds a whole lot like a hamburger pancake. (The recipe was on the Bisquick box.)

Mrs. Troy said...

This make me very grateful for the Food Channel :)

Junie said...

Awesome! My imagination can't even conjure up what the tomato and pineapple soup would taste like. And better not let the government see the mayo mound recipe or they may want to call that a serving of protein (it's got eggs right?)

sewwonderfulquilts said...

wow...sounds, um, delicious!

I'm not sure who it written for. The recipes may be quick, but they aren't written in a way that is easy to understand, or, well, even correctly in some cases. I don't think you should be stirring frozen orange juice and whipped cream into the Prune Whip. You could stir thawed orange juice concentrate in, then fold the whipped cream in, though.

Cath said...

Far out! I thought they were coming up with some wired and wacky modern recipes these days, but they were doing it way back in the day....

Anonymous said...

You might discover the tomato and pineapple soup comes out as 'Chinese' sweet-and-sour sauce. The ingredients are very similar.

JEN said...

My mom was a 1970's housewife and she brought JELLO to everything (very elaborate JELLO molds), but JELLO. Also, everything was made with canned soup.

geetabix said...

These are hilarious!

Autumn said...

My dad was just telling me about how his college roommate from back in the early 70s made "glop" for dinner. One can of corn, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and occasionally a can of lima beans. Said the stuff never went bad.

The coffee gelatin might be fun as sort of a desert style jelly shot. With kahlua. But not for Kris for a little while:)

Heather said...


Rob said...

Ah, probably in fairness to this past author, food composition was much less industrialized and more healthy then. For example, beef was probably more grass feed than now, and much more full of omega threes.

That being said, such a heavy use of mayonnaise can't be good.

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Tanya said...

Oh, my. Some of those recipes just make you wonder "what were they thinking?" And yet, I find those older cookbooks kind of fascinating, too. Did anyone REALLY eat that stuff?

Kat and Pat said...

I just laughed so hard I think I peed a little. This was amazing!