What you might have had for Thanksgiving in 1934

What you might have had for Thanksgiving in 1934

Roast Chicken, Duck or Turkey

Remove pin feathers, cut out the oil bag, draw (if necessary), singe, wash inside and out, dry. Fill with stuffing (not to tight), sew up openings, cross drumsticks and tie securely to tail. Cut off bony neck, boil it with the giblets. Fold skin of neck down and sew to breast. Tie wings tightly against body. Dredge all over with salt, black pepper and flour; place on rack in roasting, bake half an hour or until browned, in hot oven (450F to 500F). The reduce heat sharply (to 325F or 350F.) and bake until meat is tender, basting with its own fat and a spoonful or two of hot water, every ten minutes during the last half hour or hour. Mature fowl will need to be cooked about 20 minutes per pound, but young and very tender birds will often cook tender in much less time.
Sausage stuffing is especially good with turkey. An 8 or 10-pound bird requires about 1 pound of sausage meat with 2 or 3 cups of bread or cracker crumbs. No liquid needed unless you want moist stuffing: and no added fat, and little other seasoning.

Pickled Beets

1 quart sliced boiled beets
3 cups beet water
1 cup sugar
2 cups vinegar
1 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Beets must be thoroughly scrubbed with brush before boiling, so that the water in which they are cooked may be perfectly clear and bright in color. Boil liquid, sugar and spices together for a moment, add beets, when thoroughly hot put into scalded jars and seal.

Raw Carrot Salad

3 carrots (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon minced parsley or onion
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
salt
paprika
salad dressing
iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup chopped cucumber pickles, sweet or sour

Grate the carrots or pass through the food chopper, using the fine knife. Mix with the parsley, peanuts, pickle, and seasonings and moisten generously with salad dressing. Chill and serve piled high on iceberg lettuce.

Popovers
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Sift together flour and salt. Make a well in flour, break eggs into well, add melted shortening and milk and stir smooth. Pour onto greased gem (muffin) pans and put into moderate oven at 350F for 20 minutes; increase heat to 450F and bake 10 more minutes. Shut off and allow to dry out for 10 minutes. Makes 10 popovers.

Spice Cake

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk or cream
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Cream shortening and sugar, beat in eggs, one at a time. Sift dry ingredients together, add to other mixture a little at a time, alternately with liquid, beating well. Bake in loaf pan in moderately cool over (350F) for 45 minutes or until done; or bake in layers in moderately warm oven (375F) for 20 to 30 minutes. Use any white icing. One half cup chopped nuts, dates or raisins may be added.

Recipes From: Watkins Cook Book 1934

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