Friday, April 08, 2005
Seriously. What am I doing with the "Dishes Men Like" cookbook? It's one of my vintage "advertising masquerading as a cookbook" from my tasty collection. "Dishes Men Like" was published in 1952 by the folks at Lea & Perrins, so everything has a key ingredient. In this one, it's Worcestershire sauce. The recipes and photos are classic (if you need a 30-minute noodle goulash recipe just let me know and I'll hook you up), but the writing to the target audience -- wives -- is even better.
Here's from the opening of "Dishes Men Like"...
"If you have a husband who likes to cook pamper him. Encourage him! You are lucky indeed, even though you find yourself only a fetch-and-carry handmaiden while his genius glows. But men are wise, not one in a thousand really wants to take over the job. They usually have a few specialties to produce on occasion and leave the rest of the cooking to us.
So, what do we do? It goes without saying that most women choose dishes men like. And men have quite definite likes and dislikes about food.
For instance, they like Lea & Perrins, the Original Worcestershire Sauce. That's not just hearsay or one woman's opinion. Lea & Perrins is America's most popular sauce, for generations the favorite of men in all parts of the country. They've asked for Worcestershire Sauce over and over again in restaurants, clubs and hotels and have expected to see without fail the familiar bottle of Lea & Perrins come their way."
So, for all you fetch-and-carry handmaidens out there, get on it and start with this tasty recipe for Ham Loaf De Luxe
1 lb. lean ham, ground
1 lb. lean pork, ground
1 c. rice krispies, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1 teasp each, salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients, pack into loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven (350 F.) 30 minutes, reduce heat to very slow (250 F) and bake 1 1/2 hours, basting frequently with sauce made as follows:
1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 teasp. dry mustard
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Stir ingredients, heat and use to baste loaf.
Posted by LeLo at Friday, April 08, 2005