Welcome to the 1950’s in America
Hello and welcome back to episode two of time travel with food! That’s right, we are going back in time and we are cooking vintage recipes from the 1950’s! These recipes from America’s history are not very popular anymore in mainstream society. I hope you enjoy reading and learn a little about the past! And maybe you get an idea or two for some new (old) receipts to try!
There was a lot of meat in 1950’s recipes, because meat had previously been rationed in the 1940’s during World War II. Now chicken, beef, turkey, pork, etc. all took center stage in American’s diets. Hence, meatloaf.
Lunch in the 1950’s – Chicken Amadine/Almondine
I had never heard of chicken almondine before, but it’s something I’m definitely going to make again! It’s a simple casserole that tastes delicious and lasts for several days in the fridge, making it ideal for leftovers. It consist primarily of rice, chicken, green beans and almonds. That’s a healthy source of carbs, two sources of protein, green veggies and healthy fats. It’s easy to make and I kept going in for more helpings! The sliced almonds give it a really pleasing crunch, and the green beans help add moisture to the rice and chicken so they don’t taste too dry.
The recipe for this delicious casserole is from Taste of Home, and I definitely recommend it!
Dinner in the 1950’s – Meatloaf
Okay, here’s the notorious meatloaf. Yep, it smelled as gross as it looks. After World War II ended, processed foods became the new craze in the 1950’s. The convenience and ease of canned food allowed housewives to buy so much of their time back. No more slaving away over a simmering pot to make tomato sauce – they could just pop open a can! And the number of grocery stores DOUBLED from 1948 to 1958, making those shiny cans that much more within reach of the American family.
The recipe for this meatloaf (if you dare to try it) is from Click Americana.
When my Grandma got married and moved from South Korea to America, she didn’t know how to cook the American-style food my Grandpa had grown up on. And while he’s grown to love my Grandma’s bulgogi, you’ll be hard-pressed to get my Grandpa to eat kimchi even to this day. So my Grandma learned how to make meatloaf and served it to my Grandpa… for like three years straight! My Grandpa didn’t have the heart to tell his beloved bride that he didn’t even like meatloaf! Can you imagine?! Eventually, he asked her, “do we have anything else to eat besides meatloaf?” And I think she took the hint and started cooking other things.
Dessert in the 1950’s – Ambrosia Salad
Ever since I was a kid, my mom would whip up a delicious dessert comprised of yogurt and fruit. It was so delicious! The creamy yogurt coats fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries and bananas. Mmhmm, it is one of my favorites!
This ambrosia salad from the fifties reminds me of that delicious treat my mom used to make. But this one is as if a five year-old made it, because it’s also loaded with mini marshmallows! It’s like sweetness to the max. I wonder if the Midwest’s cookie salad tastes like this, or if it was inspired by ambrosia salad?
The recipe for this vintage ambrosia salad is from The Tasty Tip.
See you all soon to explore the history and food from America’s 1960’s!