I Was Walking Down the Street One Day…

I was walking down Court Street one day in the merry merry month of May, and was taken by surprise by this book! Monday had come and gone, busy and too short, and I was puzzling over what to write when voila, the wily cheese deities dropped this little gem in my path.

How this should fall into my hands is up to the cosmos to sort out, but I was quite amused and delighted to stumble upon it. Romance Cheeses from Kraft, circa 1971. Wow. It just doesn’t get much better than that. And the best part of all… the person before me paid four bucks for it! Well, I guess given the culinary magic within, it’s well worth it in entertainment value. Here, faithfully reproduced, are two of my favorite recipe finds from this ageless tome. Kids, don’t try this at home…

Suburbia Stew:

2 lbs of beef, cut in 1 inch cubes
All purpose oil (yikes!)
1 can condensed beef broth
1 cup water
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
6 medium onions, cut in quarters
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
6 medium carrots, cut in thirds
1/2 cup Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese (All caps. Fancy, eh?)
2 cups hot mashed potatoes

Brown meat in oil. Add beef broth, water, and seasonings; cover and simmer 1 hour. Add vegetables and continue to simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Pour into baking dish. Stir cheese into potatoes; spoon on top of hot stew. Broil until potatoes are lightly browned. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.

Quicker way: (My personal fave) Two cans of canned stew may be used.

Frosted Sandwich Loaf: (there are no words…)

1 loaf of unsliced sandwich bread
2 8 oz packages of Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped watercress (As a consolation prize)
Dash of salt and pepper
Egg Salad
Ham Salad
1/3 cup milk

Remove crusts from bread. (Aha! Is this where that whole thing started?!) Cut into 4 lengthwise slices; spread with margarine. Combine 1/3 package softened cream cheese, watercress, and seasonings, mixing until well blended. Spread one slice of bread with Egg Salad; cover with a second slice spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with third slice of bread spread with Ham Salad and remaining slice of bread. Combine remaining softened cream cheese and milk, mixing until well blended. Frost sandwich loaf. (Dear God!!!!!!)

Well, I hope I haven’t spoiled anybody’s breakfast. Stay tuned for more intermittent dispatches from the world of 1970’s process cheese food products!

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