Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reminiscing: Deluxe Osterizer Recipes

Well, gentle readers, the whirlwind of my life continues and I'm on my way out of town for the weekend.  I promise to stop being so cryptic and explain everything soon.  In the meantime, I've prepared a few new "Reminiscing" posts for you to enjoy over the weekend. 

Let's begin with this cookbook from 1963:






This one is full of a lot of the kinds of recipes you would expect from a cookbook that comes with a blender, so I haven't pulled out too many pages to make fun of.  This one, however, I could not let pass without comment.  





As if the stuffed bunny isn't creepy enough (I have issues with bunnies--long story), the food is horrifying.  The basic idea here is to cook for your family and then blend the crap out of whatever you're eating and give it to your baby.  Check with your doctor first, though.  The food in the photograph isn't identified, but I can assume based on the accompanying recipes that this is a main course of pureed raccoon braised in Two Buck Chuck accompanied by sides of dog food and pureed orange Nerf balls.

If your child survives the introduction of solid foods based on these recipes, you might consider serving something like this for a fancy dinner:






The piece de resistance of this spread is the "Green and Gold Rice Ring" with mushroom filling.

If that ring doesn't strike your fancy, perhaps you should try the "Cranberry Mold" instead:






Soup.  That is some horrible-looking soup.  It looks like it would taste like Bridget Jones' blue soup.


I wish this one had more pictures--I'm sure that some of the recipes are more disgusting in photographs than they sound in print.

Check back over the weekend for The Wine in Your Life.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi I see you track your visitors. I'm not exactly from Tel-Aviv but it will do.
I have my mother's 1962 copy of the Oster recipe book. We bought an Oster back then to make baby food for my little brother. We had become vegetarians and Gerber was not good enough for him. To much crap. It was handy to pulverize vegetables and fruit. It is really shocking to read these recipes today. Even the "average Joe" knows that these recipes are an abomination to health, tho'
they were possibly more healthy than commercially prepared food.
I still depend on the booklet for sauces. Especially when we run out of thousand Island.
The lighting for those photos must have been horrible and that is why everything looks so sick.Time also colored and yellowed the pictures. It is possible to get new ideas out of the pamphlet which is 96 pages.

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