Hello, All!!! We have a fun recipe to try out today. This week we are cooking from Food From Famous Kitchens: The Brand Names Cook Book, which was published in 1961. Everyone who collects vintage cookbooks or has ever seen any vintage cookbooks in their life knows that the cookbooks that are the most fun are the ones put out by food companies. They have the most hilarious, most unbelievable, most reality-bending recipes in them. They also have their own language, and words like “good”, “tasty” and “timesaving” mean pretty much the opposite of what you expect they would. Sometimes reading them is almost like looking through a portal into an alternate universe.
This particular recipe for this week is even more fun because THIS recipe comes from The Dow Chemical Company. For those of you that know nothing about chemical companies or Michigan, Dow is pretty the company that keeps the this little town of Midland, MI from falling apart at the seams.
They also make NO food products. At all.
However, they DID make Saran Wrap until it was sold to another company, so their contributing ingredient to this cookbook is…plastic.
This is a doozy for us because Tom can’t STAND American cheese. And no, that had no influence on me choosing this recipe.
Okay, maybe a little.
What lasagne would be complete without Worcestershire sauce?
There it is! The whole 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil that’s supposed to be the flavoring in this WHOLE dish.
Oh, and the teaspoon of salt. Let’s not forget about that.
Oh man, it is always great when stuff looks like vomit. So appetizing!
Layer 2. Yeah, that would be only American cheese. Yum.
The finished mess, I mean lasagne. (Hold up your pinky when you say that, guys. We need to keep this fancy-pants!)
Cheese and bread-crumb crust, which is ridiculous and isn’t about to save this dish at all.
And even though there was not a single trace of meat in this lasagna, we still had some begging.
“No! Get down!”
But you can’t really blame her. It does look a lot like cat food.
Or cat vomit?
I can’t really tell. And is there really a difference?
And now, Tom’s Tasting Flip Book! (Patent Pending)
Do you love the Mid-Century Menu? Do you wish you could eat with us every week? Well, to feel like you were really THERE at the tasting, print out this page, cut out the pictures, stack them, staple and then flip to see the fun!*
*Or just be lazy and look at them here and pretend that it is flipping.
Was it really that bad???
Yeah, yeah it was.
The Verdict: Awful. Besides being extremely rich (it was pretty much just cheese and noodles) and salty (so salty!), the American cheese was gross and the onion was still raw and overpowering. Yuck, yuck, yucky, yuck, yuck-yuck! Tom ate his piece and then refused to eat any more, which was a miracle because he was pretty hungry. I ate about half of my portion and then scraped the rest into the garbage. Ack.
UPDATE: Okay, I can now see why this was from Saran Wrap. This tasted significantly better the second day. Not good, but way, way better that the day before. So, storage was this thing’s best friend. We also poured on some tomato sauce that had been left over, and that helped a ton as well. So, if you are foolish enough to make this, make SURE you let it rest for at least 12 hours before baking and keep some tomato sauce back for serving.