Let me start off by saying that I know that the title of the post is a broad statement. However, many of these recipes have been long forgotten and never ended up being passed down through the family even though many of them used to be everyday essentials for families.
Have you ever looked at old family photos from the holidays, looked at the table and just said, “What is that jello mold?” I think most of us have at one time or another wondered how some of the older generation could stomach some of the recipes of the past.
First is the oh so jiggly Jell-O mold! This is in every 50’s cookbook that I own and it comes in many varieties (even pork chops!). Jell-P molds started to become popular because they were viewed as a status symbol through the 1940’s because most of the common house holds still didn’t have refrigeration in their homes. These recipes started to show up in many prominent cookbooks from that time with almost anything you can think of in them. Once refrigerators became more affordable and widely available your average household could now make food that needed to be cooled before eating.
To tell you the truth I don’t think this one have ever gone away but I do believe they aren’t made as much as they used to be. Tea sandwiches are exactly what they sound like, little sandwiches to be served at tea time. Here is the problem, Americans stopped having a daily tea time many generations ago. “I’ll take my tea in the sewing room.” I remember tea sandwiches made a small come back when I was about 9 or 10 for birthday parties, everyone made cute little sandwiches for all the cute kids.
I only remember having Ambrosia once in my life and I don’t even remember if I liked it and I don’t even remember who made it. I do know that it is more of a Southern holiday food, which makes since because some of my family originated in the south. The basic Ambrosia recipe is simple; canned fruit, mini marshmallows, and variations of cool whip, Jell-O, and/or cottage cheese. I guess that could be good, right?
Every once in a while I get the bug to make homemade bread, when it’s to late in the day to do so. Homemade bread is a labor of love because if you don’t love doing it you will 100% hate it. It takes time and strength to make it and it is much easier to just use a machine. In reality when I make homemade bread I use a mixer for the dough because I just can’t beat the dough for long enough the traditional way. And No using a bread maker where all you do is dump the ingredients doesn’t count.
Making bread from hand goes back centuries and was many people way of not starving to death. Today we can just pick up a package of sliced bread and be good for a week or more. When it comes to making bread from scratch you are investing you time into something.
What old recipes do you remember from your childhood that just don’t get used anymore?