Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wartime Wednesdays: Manly Dinner


Planked Steak

Amount of Meat to Buy for Each Person
Meat shrinks from one-third to one-half in cooking. Therefore allow one-fourth pound of meat without bone for each serving, and one-half pound of meat consisting of lean, fat and bone as a minimum for each serving.---The Victory Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book, Wartime Edition

Every now and then, I like to give Matt a nice 'manly' meal.

A cut of beef seared first on the stove then cooked in the oven, on an oiled cedar plank.

Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes, sliced and layered in a baking dish. seasoned with salt & pepper and sprinkled with flour and bits of butter; repeat at least twice. add enough milk till it just shows among the potato slices. Cover, bake (350-400) till taters are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove cover the last fifteen minutes, to brown.

Spinach Salad

A basic salad. Spinach, hard-boiled eggs (the whites and yolks were supposed to be chopped separately, but I was pressed for time), and home-made French dressing.

I only had the potatoes and salad, both of which were good. The potatoes were as simple as they could be, but didn't survive long enough to become left-overs.

We're kicking off our fourth year of Blog Party by taking a look back at some of our favorite first-year themes. This month, we're revisiting a BP favorite, Retro Party!

We're doing a bit of time-travel, and bringing back some of the weird and wonderful dishes & drinks from the 20's through the late sixties. You won't want to miss it! R.S.V.P. no later than Thursday, 21 August. Hope to see you there!

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