A Victory Garden
In the early nineteen forties,women shopped with ration stampsthat limited the amount of groceries they bought in order tosupport the war effort. To supplement the their meager rations,they grew vegetable gardens in spare plots of land and also intheir own back yards. Neat rows of lettuce, tomatoes, yellow waxbeans, green onions, cabbage and yellow squash were plantedeverywhere. Since the ingredients for the meals depended uponwhat was available in the cupboard and the garden, the homecooks really had to stretch their imaginations.
For a late afternoon lunch, leaves of cabbage were stuffed withground meat, uncooked rice, stewed tomatoes and a pinch of sugar.
Stuffed Cabbage Leaves
8-large cabbage leaves, washed and left whole
Directions: In a large pot boil enough water to cover the cabbageleaves. Turn down the heat and add the cabbage leaves for threeminutes until the leaves are softened. Into a large bowl: mix theground meat,the uncooked rice,the onion and the sugar.Season with the salt and the pepper. After the ground meat mixture is well combined. Spoon enough of the meat mixture into the cabbageleaves. After they are filled with the meat mixture. Roll eachfilled leaf and secure it with a toothpick. Line a baking dish with the stuffed leaves and pour the stewed tomatoes over them.Bake at 350 degrees for forty-five minutes to an hour. Serve with a bowl of lettuce and tomatoes with a sweet boiled vinegarsalad dressing.
Boiled Vinegar Salad Dressing
1-cup white vinegar
Directions: In a saucepan: add the white vinegar, the sugar and the water on medium-high heat. Stir frequently until the vinegarthe sugar and the water are well combined. Let cool. Pour the salad dressing over the lettuce and the tomato and combine themuntil the salad is well coated with the dressing.
Yellow squash is so versatile to prepare. It is good steamed withsome butter and nutmeg, baked into a favorite casserole or slicedthin and dipped into an egg wash, then rolled into a seasoned corn meal and flour mixture and dropped into a pan of hot vegetable oil.
Fried Yellow Squash
4 or 5 yellow squash, slice thin
Directions: Beat the eggs with the water. Soak the slices of the yellow squash in the egg wash mixture. Soak the squash for fifteen minutes. In a bowl: mix the yellow corn meal, the flour,and the salt and pepper. Evenly coat the slices of yellow squashin the seasoned corn meal and flour mixture. In a deep fryer:Gently drop the coated slices of the squash into the hot vegetable oil and fry until they are golden brown.
Crispy yellow wax beans have never failed to please the mostfinickey appetites with bacon added to them. For the carb conscious, olive oil is substituted.
Yellow Wax Beans With Bacon
2-lbs. fresh yellow wax beans, parboiled
Directions: In a skillet, cook the bacon pieces until they aredone. Remove them from the skillet and set them aside. Saute theonion in the bacon grease, or olive oil until it is transparent.Add the parboiled wax beans and the bacon pieces. Coat the waxbeans evenly with the bacon grease or the olive oil.
When the sugar ration ran low, a sugarless lemon pie was inventedfor those times when a dessert was needed before the ration stamps ran out.
Lemon Victory Pie
Graham cracker crust
Directions: Mix the egg whites in a medium bowl add the salt andthe vanilla. Set the mixer at high speed adding the sugar a little at a time. When the egg whites have formed white peaks,spoon them on top of the pie mixture. Bake the pie for ten tofifteen minutes. Serve cooled.
Cooking since the age of fifteen, the author has always lovedlearning food history.
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Chocolate Velvet Cheesecake
Cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts around today.A simple Google search on "cheesecake" returns over 1.6 million results. Isn't that astounding? What is it about cheesecake that generates such a following? To be honest, I have no idea, but it's been going on for a long time. The earliest known cheesecake recipe is from the 14th century, and cheesy concoctions were popular in ancient Rome. Who are we to fight a tradition with so long a history?
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Gyokuro Cheesecake Recipe
This Gyokuro cheesecake makes an elegant dessert. Perfect for any occasion, and pretty easy to make. Gyokuro Cheesecake Ingredients 10 chocolate graham crackers 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup low-fat margerine, melted 3 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened 3 eggs, lightly beaten. 1 1/4 cups organic sugar 1/4 cup cocoa (unsweetened powder) 3 tablespoons organic flour 3/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt 1/4 cup gyokuro tea 1 teaspoon matcha powder non-stick cooking spray Preparation Break the graham crackers into pieces, place in a food processor and process to crumbs. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the organic sugar and cocoa and mix well. Add the low-fat margerine and stir with a fork to moisten the crumbs. Spray a 9" springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the springform pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Adjust the oven temperature to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and eggs together. Add the organic sugar, cocoa powder and organic flour. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add the non-fat plain yogurt, gyokuro tea and matcha and mix well. Pour into the pan over the baked crust. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250 and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. or until the cake is set in the center. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake remain in the oven for one hour. Remove from the oven and cool. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to release it from the pan. When the cake is completely cool, remove the side of the pan. Cake is best when chilled for at least 6 hours before serving.
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A customer emailed us and said that her mother loved sourdough bread but had trouble making it work right. We shared the following recipe with her, which is our easiest, most foolproof recipe for sourdough bread.
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Fresh Fruit: The Sweet, Healthy Dessert
Americans love dessert so much that some of us eat it before the meal instead of after. Fudgy brownies, gooey layer cake, cookies the size of saucers - we savor them all. But these desserts are high in sugar, fat, and calories. Is there such a thing as a healthy dessert? Yes, and it's fresh fruit.
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Swordfish belongs to the group of fish that have recently become more appreciated for their contribution of omega-3 essential oils to the diet. These fats, which have to be provided by the diet, have now been shown to have a host of health giving benefits including combatting rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, psoriasis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, multilple sclerosis and even mirgraine headaches. Doctors and nutritionists now recommend three portions of fatty fish per week to get the full health giving benefits.
Farm To Market Days
Summer may begin in June but, for many parts of the country, gardens don't reach their peak until August. Modern grocery stores manage to keep us satisfied with produce year round, but there is nothing like the flavor of farm fresh tomatoes, peaches, or sweet corn. And there is nothing like the experience of buying from local growers who are proud of their wares. The first farmers' markets started over a century before the Declaration of Independence. Since then, it has become an American tradition to buy fresh produce, flowers, eggs and cheese from markets and roadside stands. In the beginning, farmers would brave muddy roads in their horse-drawn wagons. As time went on, farmers made the weekly trek to town in pick-ups, where they'd pile bushels of fruit and vegetables high on the tailgate of their trucks. Today, many lucky city dwellers visit markets that are open every day. My favorite though, is our county farmers' market held on the courthouse grounds. It's open only on Saturday mornings, and only June - October. It may sound inconvenient but, for my family, it's a summer ritual. We wake early and arrive disheveled, rarely taking the time to comb through our hair. For breakfast, we buy scones from our favorite bread stand and snatch up the best looking fruit we see. My son is an expert at choosing "chin dripping" peaches, always looking for the most fragrant and the heaviest peach that can sit in the palm of his small hand. My husband lounges on the grass and watches the people go by as I scribble a list of what is available, anticipating the culinary treats that only summer brings. There is nothing like fresh corn on the cob, cold gazpacho with homegrown tomatoes, or homemade fruit sorbet. We always have a batch of sorbet on hand, each week a different flavor. Sometimes we experiment by combining fruit with fresh herbs, but most of the time we simple puree 2 cups of fruit with a little citrus juice and a bit of honey, and then freeze it in an ice cream maker. My boys and their friends think it's a decadent treat. Summer vacation is about to end, and our weekly ritual will soon give way to soccer games and birthday parties. Lucky for me, the farmers will be back next year with their trucks piled high, just as they've done for generations. MARKET FRESH FRUIT DIP This makes a terrific afternoon snack on a warm summer's day. When entertaining, serve in a honeydew melon half and decorate the rim with fresh blueberries and mint sprigs. Ingredients 1 Pint Strawberries 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice 3 Tablespoons Honey 4 oz Cream Cheese, Room Temperature 1 Cup Plain Yogurt Assorted Fruit Slices Directions 1. Wash the strawberries and remove the green tops. 2. Place strawberries in a blender or food processor with lemon juice, honey, cream cheese, and yogurt. Puree until smooth. 3. To make a honeydew melon bowl, cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Slice a 3 inch diameter circle off the rounded bottom of the rind so your bowl will sit flat. 4. Serve with slices of your favorite summer fruit. Peaches, plums, apples, and melons all work well and make a colorful presentation. Copyright 2004 Nine Twenty Press http://www.togetherparenting.com You have permission to reprint this article electronically or in print, free of charge, provided that each article is: 1. Printed in its full form with no changes 2. Includes an active link 3. A courtesy copy of your publication is sent to the above contact 4. And the following byline appears at the bottom of each article: About the Authors: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are the co-authors of the award-winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions. To check out their website that's jam packed with family ideas, visit To subscribe to their online newsletter, go to http://www.togetherparenting.com/feedback.asp
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