Monday, February 19, 2007

So I was reading the The Housewives League of the West Side (Taft, CA) Cook Book. Between ads for the O. K. Market and Dolly May Beauty Shoppe, there were some good recipes.

Mother De Long contributed Old Fashioned Molasses Pie-3 eggs well beaten; 1/2 t salt; 1 c sugar; 1 c molasses; 1 cup milk; 1 T corn starch; 1 T cider vinegar; 1 T butter. Mix well, pour in pie pan lined with pie dough, bake until firm in moderate oven. Very rich.

Taft cooks were reputed to be the best because they had so many pot lucks to go to. Few people realize that when oil was struck in 1910 in the Taft area. Taft was the place to be.

There were a few other recipes notable for their passing from favor: New style carrots cooked in bacon grease and buttered, Grapenuts pudding and Lax-a-Bran Bread.

I will be indulging in my love of Porcupine balls (contributed by Agnes Shaw) soon though. I have not made them in years. My grandmother Irene Westersund made them all the time.

See you later, Sandra

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