Foods for Grilling out
For the third installment of our Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project potluck series, we embraced 1950s cooking. We found recipes influenced by the end of World War II rationing, an ongoing interest in convenience, and the growing peacetime prosperity and leisure that many, though not all, Americans enjoyed. Here are just a few of the trends we noticed:
In many parts of the country, summer is synonymous with backyard barbecues, a practice that began in the 1950s as many Americans celebrated their newfound leisure time through casual outdoor dinners. After the frugality of wartime living, postwar home cooks invested in grills and other accessories for their suburban backyards.
As many Americans enjoyed greater prosperity after World War II, meat took center stage on the plate. At the same time, men assumed a new role in many households: grill masters. While cuts of fresh beef were prized, many of the recipes we found in 1950s recipes from the Product Cookbooks Collection called for more affordable or convenient canned deli meats. Nanci, our brave team member who volunteered to make Barbecued Bologna, had a memorable experience asking for a three-pound loaf of unsliced bologna from her local grocery store. But once she had it in hand, she glazed it with a mixture of currant jelly and mustand, studded it with whole cloves, and grilled it over hot coals.
One cookbook we looked to for our 1950s potluck is titled Let's Get Acquainted with Your Hotpoint Electric Range. Not just a recipe book, it also serves as an instruction manual for the Hotpoint oven and stove. Furthermore, dishes are organized into entire menus for ease of cooking. The "budget oven meal" includes four dishes that all cook at the same temperature in the oven (including the Crown Roast of Wieners that we boldly taste-tested). The menu, which provides "dinner for eight, " even gives instructions on how to situate the oven racks and where to place each dish.
Swanson debuted frozen TV dinners during the 1950s, and the tagline "Just heat and serve!" became a hallmark of convenience. As more women worked outside the home—but were still assumed responsible for cooking—they turned to TV dinners that required little effort to prepare and serve.
The 1950s also saw the beginning of ethnic foods going mainstream in America, fueled in part by returning soldiers' exposure to foods from other countries. Frozen ethnic foods, though Americanized, offered not only convenience, but also variety. (We hope to explore America's take on cuisine from other countries in greater depth when we reach the 1960s in our decade-by-decade potluck series!)
Of course, canned foods were the "original" convenience food and they continued to play a role in 1950s cooking. While selecting recipes for our 1950s potluck, we noticed that some of the dishes were made by simply combining two types of canned soup, or even a can of carrots with a can of pineapple.
In recipes designed as much to sell canned soup as to result in tasty meals, canned tomato soup found its way into a cake, and condensed milk was used in a smoothie-like beverage called Carnation Fruit Flip. The Steak Stroganoff wouldn't have been complete without a can of condensed mushroom soup, and the base of a mock Hollandaise sauce was condensed cream of chicken soup.
Some closing 1950s observations from the Taylor Foundation Object Project team? "The recipes are steadily getting better!" "Dessert is still the best." And, in stark contrast to the 1930s, "There’s nary a radish rose in sight."future versus battle futurology criticism future home of the living god future towards a future before i tell a lie future yeezy releases futurology life future around the corner futurology used in a sentence futuristics vs futurology future quotes future baby girl names 2020 future about artificial intelligence future futurology journal futurology and education future made of future name future up inc futurology tracklist reddit darkfuturology futurology nedir future after since future with hat future house future from a16z future of next generation sequencing future before future without his glasses futurology origin future off facebook activity future for the streets meme image future (via google) g.co/helppay future fins future is made of the same stuff as the present future and dess dior future kazutora futurology what is the meaning futurology reddit future at the same damn time futurology vs future study inr future against usd future up or down future define futurology quotes future retail until further notification future buildings futurology là futurology nədir future as an adjective bright future in front of future gucci flip flops future war future and ciara son future against all odds futurology manic street preachers future of shiba inu future zodiac sign synonym till future future definition future vs young thug opposite of future oriented future girlfriend ossip flechtheim futurology future life is good concept of futurology future of bitcoin future gohan future without dreads future krazy but true lyrics books on futurology fridays for future contra argumente future planning during covid futurology documentary future proof against future java future quotes future pro goalie school futurology predictions future to be future define future inside the mattress mp3 download future zodiac sign future after ciara future perfect future with covid future at oasis wynwood towards future generations future break even point future nostalgia tour future war between india and pakistan future quest future behind bars future engineers futurology ai opposite of future crossword future relationship between uk and eu is top ships a good investment future without violence future name future wife futurology immortality future olympic sites futurology in urdu future without shirt future progressive future of dogecoin future of work during covid 19 the future at the bottom of pyramid future made of virtual insanity lyrics the future within our grasp xenoblade future albums futurology is the study of future contract futurology journal opposite of future crossword future outlook future at computer meme future and ciara future and drake future electric cars future out the mud lyrics future hendrix future near me future years future of front end development future to the back meme future of futurology future in 8 mile future chevrolet what is futurology opposite of future date future man future learn future inside the mattress lyrics futurology explanation futurology university future into futurology vs foresight future over 55 communities future till i introduced you future through comics future authoring program future over your head instrumental futurology education future about for whatsapp future pro flag football futurology of art futurology quotes into future treasures future over acrylic paint future past review against future generations futurology research via future futurology language future as god meme future quotes rapper future after pandemic future kids ages future days lyrics future till i introduced you future concert future baby boy names 2021 future value formula future after pandemic futurology sociology future beyond 5g future kind future love tarot spread future form of except next future of epl futurology congress future z puma the future at the bottom of pyramid future care future via purch future inside the mattress mp3 download