{April 9, 2011}   Vintage Cookbook Vault: A “stripper housewife” brings the giggles and jiggles

The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It’s a semi-regular thing.

Shake that aspic!

We’re always thoroughly delighted when readers take us up on our vintage recipe challenges. Y’all came through with the Frank and Corn Crown. While the Aspic supper salad challenge garnered fewer entries, boy did they stand out.

Meet The Stripper Housewife a.k.a. burlesque performer Peekaboo Pointe. Not only is she the “Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West,” – she’s not afraid of a little bit of cold beef tongue.

The recipe, if you haven’t blocked it from your memory, was for a wiggly, jiggly gelatin mold shot through with chopped and shredded raw vegetables, nestled gently in a bed of cold luncheon meats. Per Peekaboo, well – it looks a lot better than it tastes.

peekaboo pointe

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! I did it for you… and The Husband and I tried to eat it…but honestly, unless you are over 80 years old or you have an unhealthy love of Jell-)…it’s pretty bad. – peekaboopointe.blogspot.com

Caroline of My Fascinating Life: a glimpse into the seedy world of a stay at home mom had a slightly more savory experience (though her kids may beg to differ).


Says she:

Both of the boys ate the salad, but neither of them were crazy about it. They better suck it up though, because it’s going in their lunch box tomorrow. I ate some of it also, and I actually thought it was pretty good. Which is a good thing, because it looks like I’m going to be eating the rest of it (after lunches tomorrow). That’s okay, I’m used to being the garbage disposal of the family (expired yogurt, brown bananas and stale goldfish usually get cleaned up by me). – My Fascinating Life

While we suspect that she’s being a tad self-deprecating with the “the seedy world of a stay at home mom” subtitle of her blog, we’re calling shenanigans. Any mom who’s willing to tackle aspic for the sake of a little fun wears some pretty serious sassypants, so far as we’re concerned.

Care to take on the Vintage Cookbook Vault Challenge? Keep tabs on this tag and find a new recipe posted every week. Leave a link in the comments below and you just might see your blog featured in the next installment.



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