Saturday, January 24, 2009

Good Food on a Budget

This is a gem from 1974 also from Better Homes and Gardens. Now, I love BHG the magazine, but I also have many in the vintage collection from them. While I like to highlight the rather, um, unusual recipes, there are also actually some good ones left. But who doesn't like a nostalgia trip?
The wheel design comes up over and over in the vintage cookbooks. Some of you may remember I did a scary looking but tasty sausage wheel when I started this blog. (no link for a reason...) Another trend is Hawaiian - the state was fairly new to the US, and tons if recipes with a hint of pineapple were called Polynesian. This one utilizes both of these trends.
Fish Sticks Polynesian
"A good use for leftover rice" (Really? Who likes leftover rice?)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 13 3/4 oz. can pineapple tidbits (fairly exact measurement, I'll have to see if that really exists in the stores)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked or leftover rice
1 10 oz. package frozen peas, thawed
1 8 oz. package frozen, fried, breaded fish sticks
Carrot Curls (How do you make those?)
In medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Drain pineapple tidbits, reserving 2/3 cup syrup. Gradually stir reserved syrup into sugar mixture. Add soy sauce, vegetable bouillon cube, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, till thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar. Combine cooked rice, thawed peas, and pineapple tidbits. Stir sauce into rice mixture; turn into 1 quart casserole. Arrange fish spoke-fashion atop rice mixture. Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes. Top with carrot curls. Serves 4.
Basically this is fish sticks with heated rice/veggie mixture, right?
There is a suggested dessert that sounds pretty good:
Coffee-Scotch Dessert
1 4 oz. package instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1/4 cup coarse graham cracker crumbs
Prepare pudding mix following package directions; pour into 4 dessert dishes. Chill for short time, if desired. At serving time, stir coffee powder into ice cream; spoon atop pudding. Sprinkle with crumbs. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
I'm reading the YALSA Morris nominees though the winners will be announced Monday morning. (Go to to find out how to log on for the live youth awards announcements.) I'm reading Graceling now; wonderful fantasy. I'm hoping John Green's Paper Towns will be a Printz Honor at least, too. Go to to find out about the teen awards; really there is something for every reader and listener here. I can't believe it when people ask me what books to get for teens (though of course I always help them!). There are lists on the YALSA site of graphic novels, books for reluctant readers, audiobooks and more.
And yes, I'm blogging a lot more. I'm learning some great tricks from a new blog book tour class. Dani Greer, the new head of the YA Quake imprint, from Echelon Press has realistic techniques so even writers with two little kids, a job, and a messy house, can find time to stay active in the online world.

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