Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cooking Up History

In honor of Women's History Month this week's cookbook/history book is A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances by Laura Schenone

Corn Dodger

Do You Know Corn Meal? Its Use Means Service Service to Your Country Nourishing Food For You

The U.S. Food Administration published wartime pamphlets to help American women conserve food. This tasteless recipe for Corn Dodger was one of the endless suggestions for alternatives to wheat suggested by the federal government. I heartily discourage it.

2 cups corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fat
1 3/4 cups boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the other materials. Beat well. When cool, form into thin cakes and bake 30 minutes in a hot oven. Makes 14 biscuits. These crisp little biscuits are good with butter or gravy. Eat them with your meat and vegetables.
-U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food Administration, 1917

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