Today I had another day off and made a trip to an area of town know as Kensington to visit a very special bookstore. Yes, a cookbook store! I had been wanting to visit since October when I found out about it. I had thought it went out of business but it turns out that there were two cookbook stores in town and the one that went out sold new books.
The Cook Book Store has over 10,000 used cookbooks. There were books for everyones budget. Lots of 93 cents, 6 for $5.00 or 12 for 10.00 books and rare and expensive volumes. Considering my budget we stuck with the 12 for $10.00 books. I got the ABC book shown to add to my collection and also several Nitty Gritty cookbooks. The ABC books crack me up, they have a little food poem for each letter. This is the poem for H:
Hey, nonny, nonny!
Sing a song of food!
Suzy, bring my chafing dish,
It'll soon smell good!
To me a chafing dish and Ham Loaf are two truly retro items. This recipe
combines both. It comes from The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery, 1956.
I kind of wonder if it would be cooked firm in only 30 minutes.
Ham Loaf With Pineapple
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple or 4 slice canned pineapple
2 cups cooked ham, chopped
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Cream sugar with margarine and spread in chafing dish pan. Place
pineapple in the bottom of the pan. Mix ham, eggs,bread crumbs, and
seasoning. Pour on top of pineapple and sugar in chafing dish. Cover
tightly and cook over low direct heat for 30 minutes. Turn onto hot
platter and serve with baked potatoes or creamed new potatoes. Serves 4.