Monday, February 2, 2009

Vintage Cookbook: Wiki Wiki

I have a love of old vintage cookbooks from the 40s,50s and 60s. They are the kind that you would pick up in the checkout aisle of the grocery store, but back then they were oh-so-much better!! My dad and step-mother first gave one to me as a Stocking Stuffer for Christmas a few years back and I couldn't understand the value at first, but one look at those pictures and the delightful captions for each recipe and I was sold.

Today's excerpt comes from Cooking... with a velvet touch. It was created by the wonderful people at the "Home Service Department" of Carnation Evaporated Milk in 1965.

The caption for "Quick as 'WikiWiki'" reads (in bright green which I will replicate here for the full effect):
In the language of Hawaii, our fiftieth state, "wikiwiki" means "like nows-ville." It's the word for step-on-it...scurry... full speed ahead. Minutes count!

"Wikiwiki" cooking is for anyone. Serve a tasty, juicy meat loaf exactly 50 minutes after you dash in the door on errand day. Whip up a 1-2-3 Fudge Sauce when the neighborhood suddenly decides YOURS is the only ice cream parlor on the block. Produce Oven Scrambled Eggs ALMOST instantly.

Or take another cue from the Islands and serve Fruit and Shrimp Hawaiin!

FRUIT AND SHRIMP HAWAIIAN (Makes 6 to 8 servings)

1 1/2 c diced cooked shrimp (or use cooked crab or lobster, if you prefer)
2 c cooked shell macaroni
1 1/3 c drained pineapple tidbits
1/2 c sliced green or red seeded grapes
3 T butter
3 T flour
1 1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t pepper
1 2/3 c (large can)
1/3 c coconut

Combine shrimp, macaroni, pineapple and grapes. Melt butter in top of double boiler over hot water. combine flour, salt, ginger and pepper. Add to melted butter; stir until a smooth paste. Slowly add Carnation. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add sauce to macaroni. mix well. Pour into 1 1/2 qt casserole. Top with coconut. Bake in a moderate oven (350 deg F) about 20 minutes.

Just in case your
really going Hawaiian, serve chilled papaya garnished with lime wedges!

Doesn't get much tastier than that!

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