Sunday, November 8, 2009
As I slowly work my way through some of the recipes in the White Trash Motherlode Book, I'm coming to some realizations:
~ It's mainly a book of casseroles and sweets. Really.
~ And the few salads that are in there? A lot of them are sweet.
~ Can you really call a dish made with jello, ginger ale and marshmallows a salad?
Apparently you can call ginger ale and marshmallows a salad, because there are a frightening number of "salad" recipes in The Book that contain the ingredients listed above.
Apparently, the necessary and essential pantry items in a North Dakota kitchen in 1970 were as follows: jello, Miracle Whip salad dressing, condensed cream of ________ soup, maraschino cherries, chow mein noodles and canned green beans.
Oh, and sugar. How could I forget sugar? Sugar appears in damn near everything in The Book, even savory dishes.
I'm surprised any one who lived in North Dakota in the late 60's/early 70's had teeth.
I was leafing through the book the other day and came upon a recipe so incredibly audacious that I had to share it.
Need a little something to add zip to that bar cookie recipe? I suppose you could add nuts. Or maybe some chocolate chips. Or maybe a handful or two of dried fruit. Some coconut, if you're feeling downright racy.
Nah, screw that. Let's get this bar cookie AMPLIFIED! Let's add...sticky, neon-hued nuggets of pure sugar deliciousness, shall we? Awesome!
1 cup tiny gumdrops, sliced
2 cups sifted enriched flour
1 tablespoon cold water
2 cups light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cups chopped pecans
Sifted confectioner's sugar
Toss the gumdrops into 1/4 cup of the flour. Beat eggs with water; add brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Sift together remaining flour, salt, and sugar; stir into egg mixture. Add nuts and gumdrops. Spread in a greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 in. jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 for 35 minutes. When cool, cut into diamonds or squares. Roll in confectioner's sugar, if desired.
Oh yeah, I think we totally need to roll these suckers in sugar after baking, don't you?
Holy Smokes. Pass the dental floss, wouldja?
Than again, we do have all of those leftover Dots from Halloween...