Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday | My 1941 Calendar Cookbook

Happy New Year! Have I got a surprise for you!!! Actually, I have a couple of surprises:) Surprise #1, how do you like my new fonts, lol…I’m still working on them but at least I finally figured out how to change them. No easy task for this “I know nothing about blog decorating” kinda gal:) As for surprise #2, we’ll get to that in a minute.

1941 Calendar Cookbook

Yes, indeed, Cookbook Wednesday is back for the month of January. I know I keep repeating myself but you never know when there might be new guests visiting so once again, the rules. If you are one of those new visitors, welcome:) As for the Cookbook Wednesday “rules”, there aren’t any. Share a cookbook on your blog (you can share cooking magazines too if your like:) and link it up below. That’s it! Simple right? Some of you have asked if it’s okay to link up cookbooks you’ve done a review on. The answer is yes as long as it is a recent post (any day between the start and end date of that week’s Cookbook Wednesday) we don’t mind. It give us another way to discover “new” cookbooks. Of course, vintage, retro and even well loved cookbooks are always invited. That’s it! If you do have any questions, you can always leave it in the comment section.

Before we swoop inside to see My 1941 Calendar Cookbook, I would like to share the cover of the book that “provoked” Months of Edible Celebrations.

Betty Crocker Cooking Calendar

That’s right two calendar cookbooks in today’s Cookbook Wednesday post. Hey we’re starting a new year which means, we’ll be digging out all those calendars we’ve been getting the past couple of months. I once questioned whether people even use calendars anymore but if I look at my stack of freebies, I’m guessing some people do. They may all be Marion’s age but, some people do, lol…

As you can see, this 1962 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cooking Calendar cookbook has seen better days. However, it is still my very best favorite Betty Crocker cookbook and I have quite a few:) If you’ve been a regular to Cookbook Wednesday, you might remember when Poppy from Grannie Pantries shared her copy of this book. She, however, went many steps farther. She explored each month on her blog for the entire year! You can see a rundown of her posts at her very first entry at her Cooking Calendar for Cookbook Wednesday post. It’s a very cooool book and Poppy shares what I might call some interesting aspects of the book. When you get a chance, pop on over. Here are two pages I’ve scanned for the month of January:

January Red Letter Days

Now, let’s see what My 1941 Calendar Cookbook has to offer. Each month has a menu of suggested meals.

January 1941 Menu

Here’s a close-up for January 3, 1941. While I was at it, I found you a couple of figures to chomp on while you wonder how you are going to “cook up” those sardines:)

How Much things cost in 1941: Average Cost of new house $4,075.00 Average wages per year $1,750.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 12 cents Average Cost for house rent $32.00 per month Beautyrest mattress $39.50 Average Price for a new car $850.00 (thepeoplehistory.com)

And then of course there are the recipes. Did you notice that most of the recipes include some sort of dairy product? I’m guessing it’s because this year’s calendar was distributed by a local dairy. Gee, I wonder if it was for free?

Graham Pudding

Now, for surprise #2. It’s clickable too!!!

January 2015 Food Calendar

It has always been a goal of mine to create a "clickable" calendar for Months of Edible Celebrations. I finally put my mind to it and with a lot of patience, because as I've said before, my graphic skills are nil, I managed to put this one together for 2015. Some of the individual dates will take you to another blog or website where you can read more about that particular celebration. The calendar is called an image map. It took some doing and more than a few late nights but, it's almost what I wanted.

I'll be leaving it on this post until I can figure out how to put it on its very own page. (I'm almost there:) I may even put a smaller version of it on the sidebar so we can all know what tasty day is coming up next. We'll see. I'm open for suggestions:)

I want to take this moment to thank you all for being such loyal and encouraging visitors. It has been another wonderful year getting to make new friends and keep the "old". Marion and I both wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year with all the tasty trimmings. We're having company for the New Year weekend so I'm not sure I'll be back on Sunday but I will be back to regular posting beginning with next week's Cookbook Wednesday. Which reminds me, don't forget to Add Your Link and while you're at it, Wiggle those Toes! Louise:)

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