I found another old cookbook in my stash that I didn't realize I had because it was mixed up in a plastic bag of hand written recipes.
This one came out somewhere in the late 1920s to early 1930s according to my research, put out by the Golden Rule company. It was published by the Citizen's Wholesale Supply Co. in Columbus, Ohio.
The featured endorser of the cookbook is Ida Bailey Allen (1885-1973), a noted home economist who submitted many of her own recipes and tested many of the others. She was also one of the first radio cooking show hostesses and president of the National Radio Homemaker's club.
Now, I love watching the cooking network, but I can't imagine LISTENING to someone as they cook. Yet, her show was originally a half hour in length and before it was canceled, it had increased to a 2 hour show in the middle of the day!
I found this recipe for "Old Fashioned Short Cake" in the book and plan to try it today because my husband brought home a luscious box of strawberries this week and though I'd pass it on.
Old Fashioned Short Cake
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar
4 Tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons Golden Rule Baking Powder
3/4 to 1 cup of milk
Mix dry ingredients, work in the butter, and milk gradually, stirring well. Keep dough soft. toss on a floured board, pat or roll out. Bake 12 minutes in a hot oven (probably about 450 degrees). Split and spread with butter, then fill as desired. Strawberries should be partially crushed and mixed with sugar for a half hour. Oranges and peaches should be sliced and sugared, and allowed to stand in a cold place while bananas should be sugared and slightly sprinkled with lemon juice.
Serve with whipped cream made as follows:
Golden Rule Marshmallow Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons Golden Rule Marshmallow Creme
Golden Rule Flavoring as desired
Beat until stiff enough to hold its shape.
This sounds very rich - I think I'll stick to Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream! Mmmm! I can taste those strawberries now...