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Chicken a La King

Chicken a La King

Chicken a La King

1950s kitchen

The 1950’s.  How many of you are considered Baby Boomers?  I know I am.  Historians use the word “boom” to describe the ’50’s because of the booming economy and the so-called “baby boom”.

It all began in 1946. The war was over and people felt safe. Families were started and the economy in the United States took off.  There was lots of new home building – plenty of new jobs – lots of money to spend.

The baby boom delivered nearly 4 million babies each year until it tapered off in 1964.  All totalled, there were about 77 million babies. 

The gross national product grew by leaps and bounds. In 1946 it was at $200 billion dollars. By the end of the ’50’s, it was at $500 billion dollars. 

Much of this increase came from government spending: The construction of interstate highways and schools, the distribution of veterans’ benefits and most of all the increase in military spending–on goods like airplanes and new technologies like computers–all contributed to the decade’s economic growth. Rates of unemployment and inflation were low, and wages were high. Middle-class people had more money to spend than ever–and, because the variety and availability of consumer goods expanded along with the economy, they also had more things to buy.

There was so much history in the ’50’s. America stepped into the Korean War.  In the mid ’50’s the Civil Rights Movement started. Of course, there was the Cold War with Russia.  Of course, everything came together to shape the tumultuous 1960’s. But, that’s another story.

The housewives of the ’50’s had so many different foods to work with. We’ll be showcasing alot of those recipes that us older baby boomers grew up on. You know what? I made them for my kids who were born in the 70’s and I still make them today. 

Chicken a La King

chicken a la king

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 celery rib, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed

2 tablespoons diced pimientos, drained

Hot  biscuits or hot cooked rice or cooked noodles

In a 3-qt. saucepan, combine soup, flour, pepper and cayenne until smooth. Stir in chicken, celery, green pepper and onion. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Stir in peas and pimientos and heat through.  Serve over biscuits, rice or noodles.

Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you’ve tried it. I still make this when I have leftover chicken.

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    War Cake

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    War Cake

    During the early months of 1942, the Japanese conquered the Philippines. This cut off the sugar imports to the United States. Shipments from other areas of the world were curtailed by 50% because the ships had to be used for military purposes. There was also the problems with the German U-Boats that were sinking these ships. Thus, the supply of sugar fell by one-third. Almost 80% of this was sent to the manufacturers and the military. So the rationing was set up for the civilians.

    On April 27, 1942, people signed up for their ration booklets. Each member of the family would get a booklet. Retail sales of sugar was suspended for a week so the stores could prepare. On May 5, 1942 each person received a copy of War Ration Book One – good for a 56 week supply of sugar. Each stamp was good for 1 lb. and could be used over a two-week period. On June 28th, each stamp was good for 2 lbs. every four weeks.

    Housewives learned to be creative replacing the sugar with saccharine, corn syrup or even flavored gelatin.

    This recipe shows you what can be made without any sugar.

      1½ cups water

      1½ cups applesauce

      ¼ cup lard or coconut oil

      1 tsp salt

      1 cup raisins

      2 tsp ground cinnamon

      ½ tsp allspice

      ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

      3 cups flour

      1½ tsp baking soda

      1 cup chopped walnuts

      Extras:

      2 cups apple juice for glaze

      whipped cream for serving

      1. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine water, coconut oil, and salt. Bring to a boil.

      2. Stir in raisins, ground cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and add applesauce. Let cool to room temperature.

      3. Once the raisin mixture has cooled to room temperature, preheat oven to 350°F, and grease a baking pan that has at least a 6-cup capacity.

      4. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

      5. Pour the raisin mixture into the flour mixture, and using a wooden spoon, mix until smooth. Then mix in chopped walnuts.

      6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

      7. Let cake cool for 5 minutes, then invert pan onto a wire rack, and let cool an additional 30 minutes.

      8. In a medium saucepan, bring apple juice to a boil, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until juice is reduced to about ¾ cup. Brush on cooled cake.

      9. Serve cake with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of apple juice glaze.

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      In this day and age “spam” is a word that represents unwanted emails. Years ago it was a word that represented the successful repackaging of unwanted meats.

      Spam is that can of pork, salt, water, sugar, potato starch and sodium nitrite that first came off the assembly lines 80 years ago during the Great Depression. It was invented as a way to peddle the then-unprofitable pork shoulder,  according toThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. It was the invention of Jay Hormel, son of George Hormel who founded the Hormel company which pioneered canned pork products in Austin, Minn. in the late 1920s.

      vintage spam can

      According to the company’s Spam Museum, the brother of a Hormel executive came up with the name — a catch-all word for spiced ham — in a naming contest and got $100 as a reward. The new product was introduced on July 5, 1937.

      Despite the amount of early Spam ads aimed at housewives who wanted cheap, quick meals requiring almost no prep, some ladies were not ready to prepare or eat meat that didn’t need to be refrigerated. But it didn’t take long for the U.S. military to find a use for the food innovation. During World War II, America shipped out over 100 million cans of Spam to the Pacific, where it made an inexpensive yet filling meal for U.S. troops. Eventually, Spam became one of the most celebrated four-letter words in World War II.

      To keep up Spam sales up after the war, the company hired singers to tout the product and even had a radio show called Music With the Hormel Girls. Whatever the reason, it worked: Hormel produced its billionth can i 1959 amid rising sales. And still the Spam eating Vikings in the 1970s Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit is the pop culture Spam reference most people will remember.

      Baked Spam & Bean Pie

      1 12-ounce can Spam

      2 Tbsp. maple-flavored syrup

      1 21-ounce can pork & beans in tomato sauce, partially drained

      2 Tbsp. hot dog relish

      1 tsp. instant minced onion

      1/4 cup shredded sharp process American cheese

      Cut Spam into 8 slices and brush each with maple-flavored syrup. Arange the meat around the inner edge of an 8-inch pie plate.

      In a saucepan, combine the pork & beans, hot dog relish and minced onion. Bring to a boil.

      Pour the bean mixture into the pie plate and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

      Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes. Serves 4.

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