Friday, June 25, 2010

Relic Tray: What Cooks in Suburbia

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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​When E.P Dutton & Company published Lila Perl's What Cooks in Suburbia, in 1961, suburbia was part of the American dream: a brand-new house with all-modern appliances that was close enough to the hustle-and-bustle of big city life to enjoy the culture of the metropolis without actually having to put up with the noise, the crime, the pollution and less-desirable qualities of city living. Perl dedicated her book to "The Modern Suburban Homemaker." You know her, don't you?

She was the classic housewife and mother of the 1960s, who never considered

working. How could she? Someone needed to be home with the kids,

ironing shirts in front of the TV while watching As The World Turns,

playing den mother for the Cub Scouts and chairing PTA meetings when

she wasn't gardening, washing dishes, or wheeling her cart through the

supermarket looking for the best deals to feed her family.

Perl's book celebrates these women who had difficult decisions to make in the post-war years. "Tired of choosing between costly broiled meats or surly leftovers for family meals?" Perl writes. "Tired of bakery cake with your coffee and clam dip with your cocktails? Of course you are...and you have every right to be!"

Perl's advice include easy, fun ideas for family meals and home entertaining. Hey, how about serving Bacon Swirls with a cool glass of sangria or a frosty beer? "They are filling and much too good," Perl writes, "so allow no more than three per serving." And so easy!

 

BACON SWIRLS

Preheat broiler to moderate broiling temperature. Take rectangle-shaped soda crackers or saltines and wrap each cracker several times with one slice of thinly-sliced bacon. Tucke ends of bacon under cracker and arrange on a rack on a broiling pan. Broil on one side until bacon is brown and crisp, turn and repeat. Drain on paper toweling and serve at once.

Images via Flickr: stephanie.keating and futureatlas.com

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