I've mentioned on here before that my Mother's copy of Square Meals by Jane and Michael Stern started my love of vintage cookbooks. That cookbook, now vintage itself from 1984, is a written collection of great recipes from the 1920-s - 1950's. The Bridesmaid luncheons, teen foods, and more are a fabulous trip into Donna Reedsville. It's not unlike what I try to do here. Only of course, way better in the book! I have ordered this from eBay for gifts for my mother-in-law and others. It is delightful reading.
There is a section on recipes for children, called 'Nursery Food'. I was thinking of this while feeding my two month old baby today.
As with any collection of vintage recipes, there are way too many prune recipes. I wanted to reprint so many here, from Baked Prune Whip, Waffle-ized Prune Sandwich or Escalloped Noodles and Prunes. Instead, I chose Prune Nog:
As the Sterns put it on page 174: "Milke and prunes - two old friends who never let you down."
1/2 cup prune juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Sugar to taste
1/2 cup Pet milk, diluted with 1/4 cup water
Mix prune juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Slowly add diluted milk. Shake thoroughly or mix in a blender; pour over ice to serve.
The step that is missing of course is - lead child to bathroom and wait for drink to take effect.
I'm reading Chris Grabenstein's Crossroads for a review. I heard Chris speak at Bouchercon a few years ago, and thought - he's so funny, I wonder why he's not writing YA instead of adult mysteries. This is a page turner. Very dark yet funny. I also enjoyed Robert Parker's Boxer and the Spy this week. Usually I have no use for adult writers who think they can do YA, as we know they so often cannot. But these two certainly can.