Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SEPTEMBER 15th MENU

I decided to do another whole separate blog post reflecting quantities and prices. So here goes for this Sunday, the 15th:

The following will be sold in sets together:

Breakfast Set- 
chicken in a basket / toad in the hole-
(a fried egg dropped into toast)
3 canned peach slices
2 strawberries
orange juice

$16        

a quantity of 7 sets will be available



Lunch Set #1-
peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich cut into halves
pear
applesauce cupcake
milk

$18

a quantity of 6 sets will be available


Lunch Set #2
peanut butter on celery with raisins
apple 
oatmeal molasses cookie
milk

$18

a quantity of 4 sets will be available



Dinner Set #1
macaroni & cheese
peas & carrots
biscuit
milk

$18

a quantity of 8 sets will be available



Dinner Set #2

baked beans
mashed turnips
sliced carrots
milk

$20

a quantity of 6 sets will be available



Victory Garden Veggie Sets  
Includes:
2 turnips
eggplant
4 carrots
cucumber
8 cherry tomatoes
4 potatoes

$25

a quantity of 7 sets will be available


Potatoes Set with Cutting Board
Includes:
3 whole potatoes
1 peeled potato
pile of potato peels 
cutting board

$17.00
































a quantity of 3 will be available


Desserts-

lemon chiffon pie- cut whole pie with three slices  
$15  

a quantity of one will be available


gingerbread cake- two slices
$6















a quantity of two will be available


molded gelatin
$12

a quantity of one will be available
(bed of lettuce not included)


set of 6 oatmeal molasses cookies 
$10

a quantity of one will be available



Individual items- quantities are in parenthesis, followed by the prices

macaroni & cheese serving size  (9)   7.00
macaroni in a ceramic serving dish (macaroni is removable from dish)  (2)    18.00
baked beans serving size   (2)    8.00
baked beans in a ceramic serving dish (beans are molded together and removable from dish)  (1)   16.00
seven biscuit set  (1)     9.00
peaches for canning- set of 25 individual peaches  (1)   16.00


As always, unless specified, serving dishes, plates or platters in my photos are not included with the foods.  The plates and props I use are for display purposes only.  
Thanks!  

MOLLYS WOLRD

In researching for this month's theme I had the invaluable aid of my friend Robin, a librarian and historian.  Her knowledge and vast library of 1940's wartime ephemera and her online exhibit: Rhode Islanders, Food and the World Wars, helped me piece together this month's menu list.  I was limited in some ways by what I could create texturally, as there are so many other items that speak to the era,   but I feel I fairly accurately represented the typical wartime diet well, given my parameters.

Molly is beloved by several generations of doll collectors, having been around since the 1980's.  I asked Robin, who is one of those collectors,  to say a few words about the era and about Molly.  She was kind enough to agree:  



Molly McIntire, a girl growing up on the home front during World war II was one of the original three characters released by Pleasant Company in 1986 and has been charming readers with her lively and patriotic stories ever since. Soon we’ll say farewell to Molly and Emily as they move into the American Girl archives. In tribute to them, Pippaloo has prepared authentic war time foods for Molly and Emily.  

Food was an important issue during World War II. Factories, trucks and ships were used for war production and transporting troops while canned goods were sent overseas where the fighting was. A government mandated rationing program was put in place to prevent food hoarding and ensure that everyone at home and overseas had a fair share of necessary foodstuffs.

By the fall of 1943 when Molly’s stories open, rationing was in full swing. There were no more pre-war goods to be had. 



The government issued ration coupon books to each person every month. Each book contained rows of stamps which could be used, combined with money, to purchase rationed goods. Point values were assigned to different products based on supply and demand. Molly is lucky because she lives in a city where there are many stores and Mrs. Gilford and Mom can shop around to find what they need to feed the family.



Eating healthy was considered an important line of defense on the home front during World War II. Home cooks were asked to make meals as nutritious and healthy as possible in order to keep up the health and morale of Americans on the home front. Eating foods that were available also meant eating foods that were different. 

Mrs. Gilford and Mom plan the McIntire meals around the basic 7 food groups.  Each meal should be quick and easy to plan, provide a balance of nutrients, and use foods that were still available. 






Lunch or supper should include a main protein dish, vegetable, bread with dairy spread, light dessert in the form of fruit salad or pudding, and milk. 

The government also encouraged Americans to plant Victory Gardens as the “first line of defense.” Home-grown fruits and vegetables cleared the way for more canned goods to be sent to troops overseas, conserved food for future use, saved money, and upheld the health and morale of Americans.




Substitutes for rationed goods were encouraged during war time. Beef was difficult to get and expensive. People could eat less popular types of meat such as lamb, pork, chicken or fish, or they could try different parts of the animal. Soy flour was also used to pump up hamburgers. When meat was available, cooks created thrifty dishes to make the meat stretch farther.
When the Allies seemed to be winning in 1944, rationing became less strict, but as the Axis powers advanced heading into 1945, rationing picked up again for 1945. Food rationing ended in 1947. 

-Robin


Thanks so much to Robin for her insight and wisdom.  




  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

KITCHEN NOTES & MOLLY'S MENU UPDATED with PICS!

                     Reminder Email


I know there are a good many things that are more important than doll food, believe me.  Remembering that I list new items on the 15th every month may not be a top priority.  :)  So if you are interested in having a friendly reminder email sent to you the day before the 15th of each month,  just email me at this address:

pippaloo.dollfood_reminder@yahoo.com

Each email will include a complete menu list of items being offered for that month.  Most months are themed or follow the seasonal changes.  I like to vary things and keep it fresh, so I rarely repeat the same items month to month.   



I was hoping to have my tutorial on popcorn ready to go by this time, but other non-doll life issues have been pressing, so I am a little behind.  I hope to have that tutorial a go in the coming month. 

I also wanted to take this time to look ahead to my listing schedule for the holiday season.  I will be listing new items on the 15th, as always  for the months of  September, October and November.   But for the month of December I will be changing things up slightly and will be listing items on Wednesday the 11th of December.  I moved the date up a few days in the hopes that packages arrive in plenty of time for gift giving or doll holiday parties.  


                      

               MOLLY'S 1940'S MENU



Molly and Emily are very excited to share this month's menu list. Most items will be offered in sets together as meals.   

     
             My doll Penny was happy to be an acceptable stand in for Emily




For Breakfast:

chicken in a basket / toad in the hole-
(a fried egg dropped into toast)
canned peach slices
strawberries
orange juice



For Lunch:

#1
peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich cut into halves
pear
applesauce cupcake
milk




#2
peanut butter on celery with raisins
apple 
oatmeal molasses cookie
milk



For Dinner:

#1
macaroni & cheese
peas & carrots
biscuit
milk

#2
baked beans
mashed turnips
sliced carrots
milk


Victory Garden Veggie sets

#1
eggplant
cucumber
cherry tomatoes
turnips
potatoes
carrots


#2
potatoes set with cutting board


Desserts

lemon chiffon pie
whole molded gelatin
gingerbread cake
oatmeal molasses cookies






A' la carte

sliced peaches- enough to fill a canning jar
seven biscuit set
baked beans
macaroni & cheese
baked beans in a serving dish
macaroni & cheese in a serving dish









If you have specific questions, always feel free to post here or message me in my Etsy store at anytime.  

**A very special shout out and profuse thank you to Miss Haley for generously allowing Molly to come visit with my dolls and model for me for the day.  Molly was ever so agreeable and said she had "just the best time ever".   Thank you Haley!


Items will be available in my Etsy shop on September 15th 12:00 noon est.