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March 15, 2010

The Happy Housewife – Pack A Mid-Century Lunch

Yawn! I hate time changes. Man.  I hope you were all more sucessful in adjusting to the time change than I was. 

On a brighter note, today we highlight a Mid-Century Lunch. As a good housewife, your job is to make sure everyone has a great lunch for the day!  According to the 1955 Culinary Institute’s The Lunch Box Cookbook, “with imagination in planning and packing, the carried lunch can become the most anticipated meal of the day.” 

Wow, that is a pretty hefty claim.  Let’s see what we can do!

Now, the book states that all lunches must include “a hearty dish (soup, sandwich or main dish), a salad or raw vegetable, a beverage, a dessert and a surprise food.”

Suprise food huh?  I wonder what that could be?  Gelatin? Prunes? An extra heart or tongue sandwich? That would make for a surprising lunch.

A typical mid-century lunch, according to the cookbook.  A liver sausage sandwich, apple, milk and a cupcake.  The surprise?  You have to eat the cutting board too.

Kidding, kidding!

Anyway, the Lunch Box Cookbook also recommends having the following equipment on hand to make your lunch fantastic :

A wide mouth vaccum bottle; small jars with wide mouths and screw tops (like thesefrom moxiethrift),

plastic containers with tight fitting covers; no-spill salt and pepper shakers (like these from bizarrebaubles),

plastic, paper or wooden forks or spoons; plastic or heavy paper cups (like these from my store, Mid-Century Mine),

colorful paper napkins and waxed paper or aluminum foil (like this amazing KVP waxed paper from Lisa’s post on her blog. It is amazing, check out the post for more pictures and fun info on the manufacturing company!)

And top it all off by packing your mid-century lunch in a great lunchbox, like this one from my store.

And maybe your surprise will be that eating a mid-century lunch at your desk can really be fun. As long as you don’t eat that cutting board too….

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5 Responses to The Happy Housewife – Pack A Mid-Century Lunch

  1. Annie B. Reply

    March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Don’t you just hate being robbed of an hour of your life every spring? I don’t care if we do get it back in the fall.

    That’s the world’s happiest blue lunch box above. I’ll bet that little dude has seen his share of Spam sandwiches.

    Do you remember those hot/cold paper cups which had handles which were attached to the cup until you peeled them off? They never really worked right, but are so nostalgic.

  2. sablemable Reply

    March 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I remember those paper cup handles, Annie! They were kind of flimsy.

    Ugh, tongue sandwich! I have a booklet by the Nickels Bread Company on sandwich fillings. Minced tongue was mentioned several times, several times too many for me!

    Does anyone remember New Era Potato Chips? They came in big tin receptacles w/lid. The plain chips came in a yellow tin, the ruffled in a burgundy tin.

    Also, paper drinking straws. Miss them.

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    March 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    In AZ we actually never change our clocks. I know people think it is really weird when I tell them, but I like not having to change the clocks back and forth. I think we don’t do it mostly because we want less daylight in the summer when it is over 100.

    I remember those funny cups too Annie and Sable! Do they really not make those any more?

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    March 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the comments, guys!

    Sara, you are so lucky you don’t have to change the clocks. It throws me off for like two weeks!

    I remember those cups! I also remember potato chip tins, even though I don’t know if I have ever actually eaten chips out of one. Good job, guys!

  5. Annie B. Reply

    March 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Sable and Ruth,

    I remember the “Charles Chips” which came in a large round tin. They were sort of the first “gourmet” potato chip in the area. Might’ve been the east coast version of the New Era chips. Wow! Paper straws…super nostalgic (they always went flat or came unwound).


    You are one lucky person not to have to set clocks back and forth. I hate trying to remember how to change the clocks in our cars. Good for Arizona!

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