Monday, February 16, 2009

Dessert Casseroles

I love this photo, also from the Good Housekeeping 1958 Casseroles from yesterday. There is no caption, but I think the person with this collection A. has no taste and B. likes to cook casseroles. Check out the black fondue pot at the bottom, too.
My family and I did chocolate fondue for Valentine's Day. Yum - marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, banana bits.
The Casseroles cookbook has a chapter called Dessert Casseroles. I couldn't believe my eyes!
Baked Pru-Nut Whip
1 cup cup-up, pitted, cooked prunes
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh, frozen or canned lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. salt
3 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 pitted, cooked prunes
6 walnut halves
Start heating oven to 325 F. Mix prunes, lemon juice, cinnamon, and walnuts. Add salt to egg white; beat until stiff; gradually beat in sugar. Fold in prune mixture; pour into 1-qt. shallow casserole. Top with 6 prunes, walnut-stuffed (How?). Bake 40 minutes. Serve cold (mixture shrinks somewhat as it cools) (WHAT? Sounds scary.), with custard sauce, made from egg yolks, or with whipped cream.
With the title of this recipe, I love how they don't even try to make it sound appealing.
I was loading cookbook covers onto Flickr - I'll soon have the link here, and discovered that over 900 folks are members of Vintage Cookbooks group on Flickr. The folks who run it load most of the photos, but there are fabulous ones on there. If you love the cookbooks, and if you have been sticking with me I'll bet you do, check this out.
I'd also like to load up my girl detective mystery series from the 50's and 60's, and maybe girl career guides from that time too. Anyone have any of these saved at home? Tell me about it. I have Trixie Belden, and others I need to dig out.


Sparkleneely said...

Oh yes, I have LOTS of girl detective novels. (Yet another reason I love reading your blog -- the YA connection!) I collect Nancy Drew, but there are other good ones. Of course there are The Dana Girls and Judy Bolton (I love Judy Bolton because she ages with each book -- that always drove me crazy about Nancy Drew), but I love the Connie Blair mysteries by Betsy Allen. Each book title has a different color, i.e. Peril in Pink. The Kim Aldrich mysteries are groovy, and Robin Kane is a bit like Trixie Belden, but my favorite set is a British one about a fashion model, Sara Gay, Model Girl. Unintentionally campy as she goes to glamorous places and solves crimes while wearing gorgeous frocks. Sigh.

Amy said...

These are great tips - the Dana girls are wonderful and I'll have to interlibrary loan the Model Girl books and Robin Kane. There was a Jinny, Library Clerk or something like that, that was so hilarious. She had to choose between her 'career' and her 'man'. There was another on a Book Mobile Librarian. More on this after I look these up for details!