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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday; It's Oatmeal Day!

It seems, a simple bowl of porridge, in this case oatmeal, can get pretty confusing when it comes to the internet. For instance, take Oatmeal Day, as opposed to Oatmeal Month which is definitely celebrated in January.

For as long as I’ve been celebrating food celebrations on the internet, Oatmeal Day has been celebrated on January 2nd. The reliable resource where I discovered this information is still available online and although looking much “spiffier” than when I first encountered it many moons ago, the webmaster or mistress is still sticking to their guns.

Who am I to quibble about such matters. Any celebration involving oatmeal is fine by me! Besides, a previous Oatmeal Day afforded me the opportunity to share this booklet published in 1934 by the folks at Quaker Oats. It’s quite interesting and rather humorous too:) (a click on the booklet will take you there:)

Today I would like to share an antique die-cut oatmeal booklet with you most likely published in the late 1800s, possibly early 1900s. I can barely decipher the date on the side of the booklet but it does look like 1897. Before we go any further, I do have a confession. You see, I have shared this booklet before on this blog. I know, beat me with a wet noodle! The thing is, very few of you, if any, saw it! It was way back in 2008 and if memory serves me correctly, and I just looked back to be sure, there wasn’t one comment! (it was after all my early days of blogging) Here’s a little blurb about die-cut advertising books from that post:)

One of my favorite cookbook reference books is titled Vintage Cookbooks and Advertising Leaflets by Sandra A. Norman and Karrie K. Andes. It's a Schiffer Publishing book copyright 1998 and lovingly inscribed by both authors. Vintage Cookbooks and Advertising Leaflets "is an in depth, pictorial review and price guide which includes more than 850 color photographs of cookery pamphlets and advertising memorabilia from the 1860's to the 1950's". For our purpose, I would like to highlight what Karrie and Sandra "define" as die-cut advertising cookbooks.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s the printing industry developed a new technique for producing attractive books. First marking an outline of a product or an illustration on wooden rollers, printers then inserted thin blades on the outline, which cut out shapes on paper. The end result was a recipe booklet that caught the consumer's attention, helped with product identification, and promoted sales.

To the Housewife:

These two pages were from the previous post also. The Quaker Tomato Soup and Cream of Oatmeal Soup sound rather unusual to me but, the muffins and the griddle cakes sound pretty “normal” I suppose.

I scanned a couple of “new” recipes for you today. Hey, it’s the least I could do in honor of Oatmeal Day. I have no idea what the recipe for Quaker Oats Candle is suppose to be. And Oatmeal Jelly? Who knew???

I know I’ve been neglecting you guys lately but from the looks of things, normalcy should be returning soon. Marion’s follow ups went well yesterday and while we were gone it seems the roofers went into overdrive, lol…I’m thinking the forecast of rain and that huge pot of ravioli I made them for lunch were two hearty incentives. They loved my homemade meat sauce! Of course, they didn’t show up today because of the rain. But, they have reassured me that tomorrow they should be all done! It actually worked out for me because I had a busy morning with my own follow ups and lots of “negotiations.” I’ll be catching up with all of you soon.

As National Cookbook Month comes to a close, I have decided to continue with Cookbook Wednesday for the remainder of the year. I’m going to attempt making some kind of logo for those of you who would like to join in. I may even try to figure out how to use the links list like Pam does for Garden Tuesday. Mae from Mae’s Food Blog has joined in for the second week. Her encouragement is one of the reasons why I thought I would keep sharing from my collection. You all are more than welcome to post for Cookbook Wednesdays; no rules, just cookbooks! I'd love to see some of YOUR personal favorites!

Wish me luck! In the meanwhile, as my dear friend Nee keeps reminding me,

Wiggle Those Toes!

FYI: The Quaker Oats Man is one of the oldest mascots in America!

And a P.S.~~~Thank you to Liz for reminding me that Jolly Time Popcorn is celebrating their 100th year anniversary in 2014. Since October is also National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and because they look so yummy, I really think you should check out her Marshmallow Popcorn Balls!

Resources
1. Types of Oats and Oatmeal

44 comments:

  1. I just replenished my oatmeal supplies yesterday, though I bought Trader Joe's not Quaker's. However, I'm set for the few things I use it for (porridge, oatmeal pancakes, streusel topping, and sometimes meat ball starch instead of crumbs). So happy oatmeal day, whenever it may be. And thanks for the shout-out!

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    1. I bought Trader Joe's instant oatmeal for Maron and she says it is just right, Mae. I use old fashioned oats for myself; Quakers:) Thanks for participating in Cookbook Wednesday!

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  2. Hi Louise , what a fun and great post , you are BAaaack my dear . We love oatmeal here and the kids love reading your post ... ;- D even if you do get me in hot water with them . Today I did my grocery shopping , buys large canisters of oatmeal and you know the rest . I have learned so much on my journey with you and love every moment ...THANKS.. I do so everyone eat lots of oats , it's good to help fight cholesterol . I will these recipes , they sound delicious . Thanks for sharing , wiggle , wiggle , ;-D ~Nee~

    PS : Dad sent me another gif and I will send it to you tonight .

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    1. Hi Nee!
      I don't mean to get you in trouble with the kiddie. Who am I kidding, of course I do, lol...It has been such fun getting to know you and your crazy family too. I can only imagine what Halloween will be like. Wiggle those toes and eat those oats!!!

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  3. Dear Louise, Happy Oatmeal Day! I love oatmeal and have it almost every morning. Sometimes when I am looking for a snack at night I make a little, It is so good. I prefer the Old Fashioned kind, it makes it a little thicker. The recipes from the cookbook is so different, especially Quaker Tomato Soup, and Cream of Oatmeal Soup. I wonder how that would taste..I remember when I was young we had to bring in an empty container of the Oatmeal box. We made candle holders for our mom's, maybe that is what they mean when they say Quaker Oats Candle? Glad that you and Marion are doing well, and the roof is almost done. I am still looking for that one old cookbook I have, have to find it. I am also wiggling my toes and looking forward to your next post. Love the idea that you are keeping Cookbook Wednesdays..Have a blessed rest of the week dear friend...Dottie :)

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    1. Oh my, I remember those empty oatmeal boxes being used for all kinds of things, Dottie. I wonder if kids still bring them to school for crafty things. I hope you will try to join Cookbook Wednesday once in a while. I know you don't usually post on Wednesdays but perhaps you will be able to fit one in before the end of the year. Thanks for visiting...

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  4. While Iwas reading all this posts and thinkin all foods and things we use oatmeal.Is amazing!
    I use in cakes and desserts, breads and some burgers I make.
    Always I have oatmeal!
    My daugther loves it!
    I love yours vintage recipes Louise:)
    xoxo

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    1. Oatmeal is very versatile, Gloria. I guess I never gave much thought to it either. Thanks for pointing that out and of course, thanks for visiting!!!

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  5. Wow, I really love those old Quaker Oats illustrations! And as far as I'm concerned, every day could be oatmeal day -- I love the stuff. Though more these days as an ingredient than as a breakfast cereal. Fun post -- thanks! (And I hope your negotiations are successful.)

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    1. Oatmeal Day every day is just fine with me, John...

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  6. Hi Louise, I love oatmeal and have been taking Quaker oats for many many years. Oatmeal is very versatile as you can prepare it in anyway you like and still yummy. Do enjoy your week and warmest regards :)

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    1. Hi Ivy, thanks for visiting...For some reason it doesn't surprise me at all that you enjoy oatmeal. You are such a healthy eater, lol...

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  7. This is a fun post Louise...I love all the various recipes using oatmeal...somehow I always like the gooey texture of oatmeal hehehe!
    I find the oatmeal water very interesting!
    Thanks for this post my dear...hope you are enjoying your week :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Juliana and Oatmeal of course!

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  8. I am a big fan of oatmeal. It looks like Quaker Oats has been around for a while. Interesting post!

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    1. I'd say Quaker Oats have been around for a loooooooon while Dawn...Enjoy your break...

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  9. Oatmeal jelly , oatmeal water or lemonade sounds really weird :D The peeps at Quaker certainly love to experiment ! The Quaker brand is still going strong and one of the favorite brands here . I like oatmeal but seldom eat them during summer but I adore it during winter , it chase the winter blues away lol

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  10. Cool! there's even a day for oats! I am trying to incorporate this healthy stuff into my diet too! Interesting read!

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  11. I always remember as a child reading David Copperfield and all these novels from Dickens age and how they burnt the porridge and I had such a false idea about oats. Thanks for your informative article and the vintage recipes!

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  12. I love oats.. I am still planning to make anzac cookies.. :)

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  13. Oatmeal candles and jellies - how odd! Though I was wondering about trying the tomato oatmeal soup. Happy oatmeal day - am sure you are enjoying lots of oats as part of your healthy diet - glad to hear marion is doing well

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  14. Hi Louise,
    Happy Oatmeal Day!
    I am not a fan of oatmeal, but I like them in bakes and cookies!
    Glad to know that Marion's follow up went well, and hope yours goes well too.
    Looking forward to your Cookbook Wednesdays.
    Have a great weekend!

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  15. We love oatmeal in my house... I think my kids' favorite use is in cookies of course!

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  16. I've been buying Bob's Red Mill quick oats of late, and they are really quite good. You'll laugh about this: Ryan called me to ask about the oatmeal at Penn State. Seems he wanted some one cold, rainy morning, but couldn't figure out why it didn't taste good no matter what he added to it. I told him to add 2 pinches of salt; he tried it and reported that it was "almost as good as Mom's." Quite a compliment for instant oatmeal, right? I make a lot of oatmeal cookies, and oat bread and oat rolls, too. They actually do lower your blood sugar a little, because the carbs from oats are absorbed slowly and so resist a glycemic spike. They are also supposed to help keep your cholesterol down, but there's no morning finger prick test for that.

    I love your die-cut cookbooks! I'd like to join your cookbook craze, but you know that wouldn't last long, because I don't have adorable cookbooks like you do.

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  17. This brings back memories, Louise. When I was little, my late mom used to make oatmeal porridge for me.. Simply love it then when she mixed it with sweetened condensed milk. Happy Halloween to you and Marion!

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  18. Lovely to make your acquaintance. I love the idea of cookbook Wednesday and look forward to participating, it will also be a fab way to have a virtual nosy of what's on people's bookshelves and their personal recommendations.

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  19. Wonderful post. I love Oatmeal Day!

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  20. Hi Louise, love your classic oat meal postings. Those recipe sure look wonderful, something new to me. I do take oat meal porridge for my breakfast but one recipe only. Mix the oat meal with water and stir into thick paste. Boil the water, stir in the oat meal, add sugar to taste and cook for few minutes. Beat one egg and stir in, remove from stove. Serve with crackers. :))

    Happy Halloween and have a wonderful weekend. regards.

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  21. Really enjoyed your post today, Louise! Cookbook Wednesdays sound wonderful to me!
    I love that there is a day set aside for Oatmeal! It's always a hit in my house…I even make a fall version, mixing in some pumpkin puree and pie spices with the oats. Luscious!
    Hope Marion is feeling better!

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  22. Oh, I might like oatmeal as much as pumpkin. Can I combine the two? I might have to try in the morning, after a COLD, damp run in the city. I hope you, Marion and the roofers had a great Halloween!

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  23. Some fun oatmeal facts there - loved it Louise.

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  24. I haven't had oatmeal in ages but you mKe a good case for eating some. I love that you made home sauce and fed the roofers!being treated well was no doubt appreciated and helps to keep them on track too.
    Last time we had a major air conditioning repair I took the guy a fat sandwich and glass of tea. He went well above and beyond to make things right.

    I like the Cookbook Wednesday theme. Deb in Nevada for me hooked on something similar and I am in a cookbook countdown. Guess it could be arranged for. Wednesday post since Wine Wednesday is on hold until next year :-)

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  25. Filled with nitrogenous matter - MMmmmm yum. Do they have an oatmeal cookie day or do we have to do everything oatmeal on the one day a year?

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  26. I've never been a fan of oatmeal, except in baking, though lately I had made a few pots with apples and raisins and such for the grandkids and I enjoyed that. I do have a really cool canister that I sent away for about 30 years ago, where I still keep my oatmeal - I love that thing! Donalyn - http://thecreeksidecook.com

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  27. I used to have oatmeal with raisins, milk and sugar on cold mornings growing up and a simple oatmeal raisin cookie is one of my favorite cookies. I can't wait to hear about the negotiations…too funny.

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  28. I enjoyed reading the different oatmeal recipes. I am not sure about the lemonade or jelly. I think I will stick to my oatmeal muffins. I enjoy your vintage cookbooks:)

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  29. Can I be honest? I used to oatmeal cookies over oatmeal for breakfast... classic kid behaviour that continues to this day :P
    Cream of oatmeal soup? Wow, never realised it was so versatile!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  30. Funny, but I just can't seem to appreciate oatmeal tho my hubby is taking it every morning. I know the goodness of it, but I don't really like the texture. Sigh! I'm back from my trip & resuming my blog hopping. Hope you'd a great Halloween, dear!

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  31. Good heavens....Mona Freeman! A blast from the past, Louise.
    Should have saved my porridge post for Oatmeal day. I do love it and use it so much in baking as well.
    Have a wonderful week, my friend!

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  32. I looove the Quaker Oats mascot! And I am so glad I read this before breakfast because I haven't had oatmeal in ages and it would taste so good this morning! (With dried fruit and walnuts)

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  33. hi louise, thank god i enjoy this healthy stuff...LOL! do eat them quite regularly but in a boring way...haha..boil them in water till thick and add sugar...or sometimes use instant ones to add them to milo! however would love to try overnight oats soon!

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  34. Ahhh oatmeal. I love scotch oats. That little bit of texture with some heavy cream. Great now you got me hungry ;-) Clarice

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  35. The wording of old cookbooks just kills me. I love going through them. It's an interesting cultural study.

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  36. I am all into trying new and crazy, but fish fondu, well that sounds really wild.

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