One of the things that I like about living here, apart from being able to share a continent with my husband, is going to yard sales.
Yard sales, or garage sales, or porch sales, are a marvelous invention which deems going through other people's stuff not only socially acceptable, but also encouraged. Sure, there is a lot of trash and objects that should have never seen the light of day to begin with, but every once in a while we are able to find a diamond in the rough.
Today, I will show you one fine gem that I found at a yard sale for 50 cents.
Introducing a cookbook from 1956, published by the First Methodist Church of Germantown, PA. Church cookbooks are quite a thing here. The ladies of the church put together their recipes, which are then collected into a book that is sold for fundraising. If you ask me, it's a great use of the collective (food) wisdom for the benefit of both the church and the gourmands in the community.
It came with a patch and without any binding, but we learned valuable lessons from it:
1. In 1956, married ladies used their husband's names. Mrs. Fred, Mrs. George and Mrs. Homer were probably very honored to contribute recipes to this collection.
3. When you're expecting guests, make something that waits well for company. This tuna fish with pepper sauce will put on a nice suit and tie and make polite conversation on the settee.
4. "The Girls" like chicken breasts.
5. For a light refreshment, a quickie will do.
6. Gooey buns are a great treat after a skating party. However, it is considered faux pas to have gooey buns after a swimming party.
7. This is what a healthy Sunday menu is supposed to look like. Would you like some sherbet with your red cabbage?
8. It's not called losing weight. It's called reducing diet.
9. Even back in 1956, the latest fashion and loans went hand in hand.
10. There are serious reasons to save.
11. Keep your ads simple. And nice.
12. Unless you want to write them in all caps. Then you can be as assertive as you like.
I'm really hoping that the ladies of Germantown of yore won't sue me for reproducing their material.