Meals for Young Cooks

by Winnifred and Ann Jardine

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    Before you begin preparing this meal, read through the recipes and be sure you have all of the ingredients and utensils you’ll need.

    Supper Menu

    Creamed Peas
    Cheese Puff
    Sliced Tomatoes
    Lemon Ice-Cream Pie

    Creamed Peas

    1/2 cup water

    1 chicken or beef bouillon cube

    10-ounce package frozen peas

    1/2 cup sour cream

    1. Dissolve bouillon cube in water and bring to boil in small saucepan.

    2. Add peas and bring to boil again. Lower heat, cover, cook 8 minutes.

    3. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.

    4. Serve immediately.

    Cheese Puff

    12 slices day-old white bread

    1/2 pound sliced cheddar cheese

    4 eggs

    2 1/2 cups milk

    1 teaspoon dried onion flakes

    1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    1. Arrange half of bread slices to cover bottom of buttered 12″ x 8″ x 2″ baking dish or pan.

    2. Arrange cheese slices evenly over bread.

    3. Lay remaining bread slices over top of cheese.

    4. Combine thoroughly eggs, milk, onion flakes, salt, and pour over bread and cheese. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or longer.

    5. Bake at 325º for 1 hour. Serve immediately.

    Sliced Tomatoes

    To give tomatoes a different taste, sprinkle each slice lightly with salt. Then with your thumb crush a little sweet basil into the palm of your other hand until it’s fine, and sprinkle powder on tomatoes.

    Note: To save time later and to avoid a hurried feeling at suppertime, make the cheese puff and frozen lemon ice-cream pie early on the day you plan to serve them.

    Frozen Lemon Ice-Cream Pie

    18 graham crackers (1 1/2 cups crumbs)

    1/4 cup sugar

    1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

    1/2 6-ounce can lemonade concentrate

    1 quart vanilla ice cream

    1. Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs with rolling pin.

    2. Stir cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter or margarine until well blended.

    3. Press mixture firmly and evenly on bottom and sides of 9″ pie pan. Chill in refrigerator 1 hour.

    4. Mix ice cream and frozen lemonade concentrate together with wooden spoon or electric mixer.

    5. Pile into chilled graham cracker crust, cover with foil, and set in freezer for several hours. For a fancy look, decorate with maraschino cherries and mint leaves just before serving.

    Tips for Young Cooks

    There are many kitchen appliances that make cooking more fun and less work. But you must know how to use them properly.

    1. Have your mother show you how to use the kitchen appliances in your home such as the electric mixer, blender, skillet, waffle iron, griddle, can opener, and popcorn popper.

    2. Electric appliances should always be unplugged when not in use.

    3. Be sure your hands are dry when you plug in or unplug an appliance.

    4. When you are through using an appliance, take the plug and pull it straight out.

    5. Always unplug the appliance cord from the wall first, then unplug the cord from the appliance. Store the cord with the appliance so the cord will always be easy to find.