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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Wartime Wednesdays: Grape Ice



LEARN TO MEASURE ACCURATELY---All the measurements in this book, and in most modern cook-books and magazines, are level. It will not do to use a heaping teaspoon, tablespoon or cup when a level one is meant. To change proportions by wrong measuring causes poor results, for example:

Too much flour will make a cake dry and crumbly, bread solid and heavy, sauces thick and pasty.
Too much fat will make cakes oily and may cause them to fall; it will make grease-soaked doughnuts and greasy gravies and sauces.
Too much sugar will make a cake with a hard crust, or a sticky cake; it makes soft, sticky jelly.
Too much liquid will make a cake that falls easily.
Too much soda gives a disagreeable taste and bad color to breads and cakes.

---The Victory Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book, Wartime Edition, published 1943

Sweet and refreshing, and a nice way to deal with 90+ degree heat.

Sugar and water are boiled five minutes, add in grape, orange and lemon juices. Mix, strain and freeze.

The book gives no directions for that, assuming you know what to do. Fortunately, I did.

Couldn't be easier, so quick, and definitely hits the spot. That overheated, I thought this was supposed to be the beginning of autumn, spot.

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At 11:50 PM, Blogger Debinhawaii said...

Ooh that does look rereshing. What proportions did you end up using for the juices? I might need to make some.

BTW--saw a short "Making of" Trueblood on HBO the other night. Its looking good!

At 1:41 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'll have to look it up, but I think it was 1 cup grape, 1/2 cup orange, and 1/4 cup lemon.

I've seen that...I'm getting excited!

At 7:03 PM, Blogger listener said...

longtime reader, first time poster.
question about blogging by mail - first off, im starting college in a few weeks so ill be at a dorm, and on a low budget - is that a deal breaker? and second, i have a blog, its just not a food blog, is that ok? thanks!!

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Natashya said...

Looks very refreshing! Sounds hot in your neck of the woods, hope you have air!

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi listener! Welcome!

We've had cash-strapped bloggers in BBM before, so that's ok. It's one of the reasons I've limited the swap to just 10 things. It's getting expensive out there for all of us!
While this was created for food bloggers, it's sort of grandfathered in blogs about other interests over the years. We have crafters, quilters, moms, talkers...whatever. So, as long as you have a blog, you're good to!

Hope that helps.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Natashya...yeah, it's been endlessly hot. Never gets below mid-80s.

We have a couple of window units, thank goodness!


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