Reader Poll! Lurkers, too! Would you eat these wholesome, simple dishes from the 1920s and 1930s?


Please be honest! I have dined on everything above and loved all of it. Shown: Vegetable loaf, fried potato fish patties, cod fish puff, cream of corn soup, vanilla ice cream, sweet potato muffins. I photographed them as they would have appeared in a vintage kitchen before being plated with sides, garnishes, toppings, etc. I would love your feedback!

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  1. I'm a lurker, and I would definitely eat all of these. Especially the veggie loaf. I wish I had some right now, I tell you what. I am hungry. Must be lunch time!

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    1. Hi Tessie! That's great to hear! I had the veggie loaf last night and it was very tasty with a nice texture. It has white beans, peppers, peas and tomato sauce. My housemate took a cold slice in a sandwich for lunch so I'll get a report back on that later. Thanks for coming out of lurking. :)

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  2. All those sound and look amazing! Yummm

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  3. They all sound yummy to me!!

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  4. Veggie loaf, no. Maybe the potato fish patties. Cod fish puff I would at least taste it. No cream of corn, but that's just because I hate creamed corn, so too close. Same thing with the sweet potato muffins. I just hate sweet potatoes, and that's not the recipe's fault.

    Vanilla ice cream, homemade, is always a yes.

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. I appreciate your detailed honesty as always!

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  5. Yep, I would eat them,too. I am noticing that these recipes are not heavy on the meat, but rich dishes. Is that typical of the time period? I am just curious. It is my favorite way to eat. Sonja

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    1. Thanks, Sonja! I have been finding this to be true with my recipes from the 1920s-30s. Soon I will be going back earlier into into my WWI Era recipes so I'll be curious to see what's on the plate for that time.

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  6. I would have years ago, but since I do not eat dairy and I avoid fried foods, I would only eat some of them now.

    I know I am in a minority :-)

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    1. Dr J! I should clarify that, with one exception, the fried food I've been making has been pan fried with one or two tablespoons of oil total for all the servings in that recipe. I've been using cast iron like they did when these were made, and the heat conduction and non-stickiness of well seasoned skillets makes for lower fat cookery. :)

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  7. Making me hungry! I'd definitely try these dishes, more than once!

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  8. I would not eat the fish patties or the cod fish puff because fish is gross! But that's just me :) The veggie loaf, ice cream and sweet potato muffins look great. The creamed corn soup - maybe.

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    1. ha! Other than an occasional can of tuna and fresh Maine lobster, I haven't had fish in years mostly to avoid mercury and my house smelling like fish! I decided to try some fish for a few recipes. Thanks, Kristy!

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  9. Yes, I would. I would eat them all. Your cream of corn soup recipe looks more like a cream of vegetable soup to me, but cream of veggie soup is good too. ;) I love simple, frugal foods.

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    1. Hi, Stephanie, thanks! (To be clear, the recipes and titles are vintage. Like you, as long as they are good, simple and frugal, I'm happy!)

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  10. Everything looks great and I'd definitely make them at home! I tried your but loaf recipe, but it was almost a fail (too mushy in consistency- perhaps because I used regular flour v. Almond flour [?]). I added Parmesan to the recipe to entice my Sicilian husband and although it wasn't a hit with the crowd I enjoyed it for the next several days. ;-D
    Keep up the great work fellow vintage sista'!

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    1. Alana! :) Hi and YESSSSS using regular flour in place of the almond (or any nut flour) will definitely change the consistency. Nut flours, unlike wheat flour, are high in fat and not at all powdery so the results will be different. But I love that you're trying your own variations and I do the same all the time, especially since I'm gluten-free. I'm glad you still enjoyed it. I've dined on many delicious disasters over the years. ;)

      Please tell your hubby not to give up on vintage. One of my housemate's co-workers is an old school Italian cook who is also one of my taste testers and the reviews have been great so far.

      Thanks for your kind words, Alana!

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  11. I would definitely try my hand at theseNew lurker alert here: I found your website a few days ago on Pinterest (I bought your ebook on amazon the same night as well.) I definitely see myself trying these dishes with gusto.

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    1. Thanks and welcome, DyedBelle! With gusto, alright! Glad you found my book and blog!

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  12. I would try all of these except perhaps the cod fish puff. I like fish but I think I'd have to know how that was put together and cooked.

    Someone mentioned the rich dishes. I think back then they could afford to eat such rich food because they were certainly a lot more active than most of us these days!

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    1. They were more active, yes! Also, when you can't afford to put a lot of food on the table, especially meat, people made up for it in other ways. However, many of the recipes I'm following are less rich than similar ones from today; they have fewer eggs, for example. I'll be detailing that more in my book. :)

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  13. Yes, I would try these dishes at home;anything with Cod being the only exception (it can be replaced with another type of fish). I often cook 1940's recipes from the days of rationing in England during and after WWII which are quite similar.

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