Sunday, July 30, 2023

1950's "Church" Banana Bread

I admit I always hated banana bread with a passion.  The dense, door stop quality, pudding consistency breads of my youth were just over the top with banana flavor and nothing else.  Coupled with an evil tendency to flare up my heartburn I soon shied away from banana bread for good.  You can imagine my discomfiture the other day when my wife said "Let's make banana bread".  "Yeah sure, I'll make it but you can eat it, I hate the stuff."  So as with anything else my wife suggests to eat I immediately spring into action with a search for a vintage recipe.  The only problem is there is no vintage recipe for banana bread.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The Only Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need

Back in the old days, home cooks didn't trouble themselves trying to make artisan breads.  Sure you can spend a fortune on pans, rising baskets, flours, enhancers, etc trying to bake loaves like the professional bakeries put out but I have to ask why?  Most artisan breads are entirely unsuited to the one thing we will most be doing with them, making sandwiches.  I have many vintage cookbooks in my collection now and while here and there you encounter a recipe for French bread, noticeably absent are the ciabatta breads, sourdoughs, challah  breads and other loaves that are outside of the purvue of most home bakers.  Instead is a more practical approach meant to be frugal not topple you off the fiscal cliff in a unforgiving quest for the proper crumb size.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Little Tavern Sliders Recipe

     There are many places that sell sliders, or little burgers usually steamed on a griddle and sold in multiples.  White Castle, Crystal and even Burger King with their burger shots but in Baltimore you had 2 locations that advertised for you to "Buy them by the sackful," Little Tavern and White Tower.  Both of these chains were found in the Baltimore - Washington area and their flavor was quite different from the Northeast's White Castle chain.  Opened in 1927 in Louisville, Ky, Little Tavern eventually made their way over to Baltimore opening 13 locations.  Their menu was simple, sliders, drinks and a tasty coffee served in a heavy mug.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

U Boat Food Project: The End

     This is I regret to say the end of this project.  With the deepening crisis of COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty that is being created I need to focus on my own affairs and bring my cooking back to having more flexibility.  I also want to preserve what canned goods I have in case things get really bad rather than run though them with this diet.

     It has been an interesting look into history while doing this.  I cannot say I was happy with the food, some things were just weird to my taste but others are going to become a more regular part of my rotation.  One thing I can say is that after doing this 3 weeks I feel the lack of fresh vegetables.  I usually eat alot of salads and I feel the lack of them not being a part of my diet.  So it has been fun while it lasted.  I will write a couple of cleanup articles and share a couple of recipes I found I liked in the next couple of days.  I will still be around and I have some plans to do some vintage recipes again so stay tuned.
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