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Banana and Popcorn Salad

1 banana, peeled and cut in half lengthwise

Lettuce leaf



Place the banana on the lettuce leaf. Scatter popcorn over the banana and put dabs of mayonnaise here and there.

Makes 1 serving

Hmmm, only 1 serving? How odd. "Very artistic and economical," according to the creator of this recipe, who shall remain nameless because the the author of "Fashionable Food," Sylvia Lovegren , refuses to provide the name. I would love to provide the name--and address--of this person. I think we'll call her Dotty Smutny. Lovegren dubs this The Worst Salad of the Twenties.



1924 Italian Spaghetti

1 pound spag

1 T butter

1 T flour

2 cups cold water

2 cups sliced American cheese

8 small garlic cloves, minced

2 onions, sliced

salt and cayenne

1 cup light cream

1 8-oz. can tomato sauce

Boil the spaghetti 1 hour (!!!#@*!) in salted water. Strain, pour cold water over the spaghetti, then drain. Put the spaghetti in a buttered baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the 2 cups cold water. Add the cheese, garlic, onions and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Stir in the cream and tomato sauce and cook for 1 minute more, but do not boil. Pour the cooked sauce over the spaghetti and bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 8 servings

This one's also from "Fashionable Food," as is the dessert ...


Tang Pie

1 9-inch graham cracker crust, baked

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 8-oz. carton sour cream

1/4 cup plus 2 T Tang powder

1 8-oz. tub Cool Whip

Mix the milk, sour cream and Tang together. Fold in half of the Cool Whip. Spoon into the pie shell. Top with the rest of the Cool Whip. Chill.

Makes 8 servings


Egg and Olive Penguins

Each little fellow is fashioned from a big hard-cooked egg, a couple of "giant" ripe olives and a few pieces of carrot.


Cut thin slice from large end of each peeled egg, stand up [not you! the egg!]. For penguin's head, peg olive to egg with toothpick. Use 1/4 of a ripe olive (cut lengthwise) for each wing, a lengthwise sliver for the "necktie"; toothpick in place.

For feet, cut a lengthwise slice of carrot--a little less than 1/8 inch thick; cut the slice crosswise in 3/4- inch lengths. Taper sides of each piece of carrot and notch wide end to make webbed foot; tuck a pair part way under each egg. Whittle a beak from carrot and push into "head."

This recipe was found in "Meals with a FOREIGN FLAIR," copyright 1963 by Better Homes and Gardens, which boasts on the contents page: "Each food was tested over and over till it rated superior--in practicality, ease of preparation, and deliciousness."






And here's how they look if you make them for a pierogi-and-mashed- potato meal that also features food shaped like Texas.



And here's what happens if you forget one on a plate overnight after a raucous housewarming party.





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