Marked by the liberation of the housewife, via the "Atomic Kitchen", full of handy electrical appliances and canned and frozen foods, the 1950's set lots of housewives free from the manual labor of years past.  I think they felt guilty, or couldn't understand why the food (made with newly available convenience products) suddenly sucked, because the market was flooded with brightly illustrated cookbooks. 


12 Pies Husbands Like Best, Spry, 1952
57 Prize Winning Recipes, Heinz Corp, 1958
Good Housekeeping's Quick N Easy Cook Book, 1958

Good Housekeeping's Casserole Book, 1958
Westinghouse Automatic Fry Pan Recipes; Westinghouse Corp, Mansfield, Ohio

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12 Pies Husbands Like Best, 1952

Old South Butterscotch Pie

1 baked pie crust
1 1/4 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp water
2 c milk
4 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1/4 c pecan halves

Combine brown sugar, salt and water in double boiler; boil about 5 minutes until a thick syrup. Mix the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the milk, then combine with remaining milk and add to hot syrup, cooking until thickened - stirring constantly; cook 15 minutes longer, stirring constantly.
Beat the egg yolks, adding a small amount of the milk mixture and whisking to combine. Return egg mixture into pan with milk mixture and cook, stirring, 5 minutes more. Add the butter and vanilla, cool.
Pour into baked and cooled crust. Garnish with whipped cream.

57 Prize Winning Recipes; H J Heinz Co., 1957

Noodle Pudding Delight

2 c medium wide noodles
2 eggs
3 tbsp Heinz tomato ketchup
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
dash salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp salad oil
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c seedless raisins

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cook noodles in salted boiling water until tender and drain, rinse. Beat eggs with next 5 ingredients until well blended. Add drained noodles; stir in salad oil. Add pineapple and raisins; turn mixture into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole or individual casseroles. Bake 40-45 minutes or until set. Serve hot. Makes 6-8 servings

Tropicana Sundae

1/2 c Heinz mint flavored apple jelly
1/4 c Heinz tomato ketchup
1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans

Combine jelly and ketchup in saucepan. Simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add nuts. Serve warm or cold over vanilla ice cream


Good Housekeeping's Quick N Easy Cook Book, 1958

I didn't make this name up...

Home-For-Lunch Quickie

1 can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
8 eggs
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp butter

Empty soup into bowl; stir well. Add eggs and pepper; beat just enough to blend. In saucepan, melt butter; pour in egg mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally with fork until set but still moist. Serve with crisp bacon slices, if desired

Pennsylvania Pretzel Soup

1 7 oz can minced clams
2 c canned clam juice
2 c milk
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp minced onion
2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1/4 c butter
2 tbsp flour
1/2 c cream, or half and half
large pretzels

Drain clams, placing liquor in saucepan. Add clam juice, milk, thyme, salt, garlic salt, pepper, onion and parsley; simmer 5 minutes. In saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of the butter, stir in flour. Remove from heat and add slowly some of the milk mixture. Add butter mixture to soup. Heat until slightly thickened. Add clams, remaining butter and cream. Serve sprinkled with paprika with large pretzels floated on top.

Good Housekeeping's Casserole Book

A trademark cuisine of the era was the ever popular casserole, whose steamy, biscuit encrusted goodness has its origin in ancient Greece and earned its modern name in 1708. (thanks to this lady)

Sardine Sandwich Bake

12 bread slices, crusts removed
2 tbsp melted butter
2 c grated process sharp cheddar cheese
1 can small sardines
1 small onion, minced
1 c milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp Worcestershire
1/8 tsp pepper
2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees
In casserole dish, arrange 6 bread slices. Brush the slices with half of the butter and sprinkle with cheese. Arrange drained sardines over cheese. Sprinkle with onion, and the rest of the butter. Cover with remaining bread.
In small bowl combine milk and dry ingredients. Beat in eggs. Pour over sandwiches.
Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until browned.

There's nothing you can't make in an electric skillet.  Check out the disclaimer at the end: "This is not a very sweet cookie..."

Fry Pan Cookies
Skillet temperature: 350
1 egg
1/4 c milk
1 c dates, chopped fine
3 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c shortening
2 tsp nutmeg

In measuring cup combine eggs, milk and dates. Set aside. Into large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, nutmeg, baking soda and baking soda. Add shortening and blend as for pie crust. Pour liquid over other ingredients and combine thoroughly. Shape into 2 rolls that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper. Chill, and slice into 1/4 inch slices as needed.

Preheat electric skillet to 350.
Place 12 cookies into fry pan. Cover. Bake for 5-6 minutes on first side. Wait until golden brown, then turn with spatula. Bake 3-4 minutes on second side. Cool on a cake rack, and frost with milk frosting as desired. This is not a very sweet cookie.


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