I've subscribed to quite a few magazines in the past couple of years. They all, of course, have something to do with cooking and/or gardening. I've subscribed to Rachael Ray, Taste of Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and Woman's Day. An entire year of Rachael Ray gave me exactly one recipe that appealed to Mr. Granny and me. Taste of Home, which used to be my favorite magazine for recipes (I still have many copies from the late 90s-early 2000s) , might have given me a half dozen or so that I could have found on their website for nothing. Family Circle and Woman's Day weren't much better, but at least their magazines are less expensive. BH&G and Good Housekeeping are worth renewing, but not necessarily for their recipes. I still find most of them do not appeal to our tastes. Heck, let's face it.....we're old, and our tastes are old fashioned! We still like the foods we grew up with, the basic meat and potatoes. Fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf!
Mr. Granny really started it all this morning when he mentioned how unappetizing a dish in our local newspaper's food section looked. He said it looked like "slop" to him (it was rizotto with mushrooms and smoked salmon). That sent us right into a discussion of the foods of our childhood, and sent me straight to the cookbook shelf for my stack of Pillsbury Grand National Recipes of the 1950s.
1951, 1952, 1953
1954, 1955, 1956 & 1957
I was surprised, after leafing through all of those books in my possession, to find most of the recipes were for cakes and cookies, quite a few for pies and desserts, but very few for main courses. The main courses were not the ones I remembered fondly from my youth or early years of marriage, but I sure do remember those cakes and cookies! I think the main dishes we enjoyed came in the later Pillsbury Bake Off cookbooks. I'll have to see how many of those I have in my collection.
I did mark a few recipes in the old books. Not the cookies, because I have no willpower....I am the cookie monster of all cookie monsters. Bake them and I will eat. And eat, and eat and eat. I have learned to bake them seldom, freeze them in small amounts, and (hopefully) keep my hands out of the freezer! I can pass on cakes, pies are appealing but don't tempt me nearly as much as cookies, and as much as I love yeast breads, warm from the oven, I do have some self control where they are concerned.
This was the only main dish that appealed to me in all those books. Beans (canned) and wienies, of all things!