Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More Vintage Advice: A Last-Minute Luncheon

Perhaps you ran into a friend in the supermarket, and suddenly realized you had lots to talk about.  Or maybe someone's planning to pick you up before the two-o'clock meeting.  On an impulse, you invite her to lunch; and sometime these impromptu, sudden-inspiration occasions are the most fun.

What to serve?  There's no time for preparation; but you want it to be just a little special.  An omelet would be perfect - perhaps a puffy cheese beauty, or a plain one filled with creamed vegetables or meat.  Eggs Benedict would be another triumphant idea, festive enough for a party.  And so are scrambled eggs on broiled or fried tomato slices.  Other good suggestions: corn pancakes with frizzled ham, or plain pancakes rolled around a filling of creamed chicken or crab meat.  Add a piquant appetizer, like pineapple-grapefruit juice, and perhaps a small salad; and with the tea or coffeepot kept bubbling, you have a perfect meal.

-- from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook (1959)

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