Discussion:
Grade School Cafeteria Recipes
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Sqwertz
2012-08-13 20:24:29 UTC
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Yes folks, now you can have those same delicious school lunches from
your repressed childhood right in the secrecy of your own home!
USDA Recipes for Schools - Alphabetical by Recipe Name
http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/TemplateDefault.aspx?qs=cElEPTEwMiZpc01ncj10cnVl
Way too recent- "updated recipes from the 1988 Quantity Recipes for
School Food Service and the 1995 Tool Kit for Healthy School Meals "
Ah, yes - but that is a recent edition of "Program Aid #631 - Quantity
Recipes for Type A School Lunches, 1971", which is revised from 1953.
Got one from the 50-60's?
<clickety click> Here you go. From February 1953. You can download
it as a PDF under the gear icon top right. The 1971 version is
unavailable digitally (that would have been more my era)

<http://books.google.com/books?id=eWcvAAAAYAAJ&ots=f6ZcWdt40q&dq=subject%3A%22National%20school%20lunch%20program%22&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>

Contains great hits such as:

Cheese Meatloaf
Ham and Bean Scallop
Liver Sausage Loaf (3/5ths beef liver, 2/5ths sausage)
Sausage Shortcake (calls for 1.5lbs of "Fat")
Scrambled eggs and cheese (that needs a recipe?)
Pork Apple Salad (a molded Jello salad without the Jello)
Date and Peanut Butter Pudding
Honey Date Cookies
Orange Coconut Custard w/Cottage Cheese

That is the complete list of recipes. Three were discarded from the
publication because they didn't pass "field tests" (that was 1/4th of
the recipes!).

(crossposting to rec.food.historic)

-sw
Jim Elbrecht
2012-08-13 21:46:28 UTC
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Post by Sqwertz
Got one from the 50-60's?
<clickety click> Here you go. From February 1953. You can download
it as a PDF under the gear icon top right. The 1971 version is
unavailable digitally (that would have been more my era)
<http://books.google.com/books?id=eWcvAAAAYAAJ&ots=f6ZcWdt40q&dq=subject%3A%22National%20school%20lunch%20program%22&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>
I bow to your superior Google foo-- I've wandered around off and on
today, but got nothing.
Post by Sqwertz
Cheese Meatloaf
Ham and Bean Scallop
Liver Sausage Loaf (3/5ths beef liver, 2/5ths sausage)
Sausage Shortcake (calls for 1.5lbs of "Fat")
Scrambled eggs and cheese (that needs a recipe?)
Pork Apple Salad (a molded Jello salad without the Jello)
Date and Peanut Butter Pudding
Honey Date Cookies
Orange Coconut Custard w/Cottage Cheese
None of those ring a bell-- but it would be 2 more years before I got
my first school lunch.
Post by Sqwertz
That is the complete list of recipes. Three were discarded from the
publication because they didn't pass "field tests" (that was 1/4th of
the recipes!).
Wow-- I remember there being 20 recipes- and that they repeated them
throughout the year, so you'd get the menu in Sept- with the starting
dates for the repeats. Snow days threw it off, so you'd make a note
on the mimeograph--

My wife doesn't remember that at her school-- but she did remember the
accommodation for the Catholics-- meatless Fridays. I can only
remember 3 of the 4 we got through elementary school- Mac & cheese,
Pizza, Peanut butter sandwiches [no jelly- dry bread- could almost
make you not like peanut butter sandwiches.]-- Oh yeah-- and fish
sticks. I remember the tartar sauce was good.

Jim
jmcquown
2012-08-15 23:18:25 UTC
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Post by Jim Elbrecht
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Post by Sqwertz
Got one from the 50-60's?
<clickety click> Here you go. From February 1953. You can download
it as a PDF under the gear icon top right. The 1971 version is
unavailable digitally (that would have been more my era)
<http://books.google.com/books?id=eWcvAAAAYAAJ&ots=f6ZcWdt40q&dq=subject%3A%22National%20school%20lunch%20program%22&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>
I bow to your superior Google foo-- I've wandered around off and on
today, but got nothing.
Post by Sqwertz
Cheese Meatloaf
Ham and Bean Scallop
Liver Sausage Loaf (3/5ths beef liver, 2/5ths sausage)
Sausage Shortcake (calls for 1.5lbs of "Fat")
Scrambled eggs and cheese (that needs a recipe?)
Pork Apple Salad (a molded Jello salad without the Jello)
Date and Peanut Butter Pudding
Honey Date Cookies
Orange Coconut Custard w/Cottage Cheese
None of those ring a bell-- but it would be 2 more years before I got
my first school lunch.
Post by Sqwertz
That is the complete list of recipes. Three were discarded from the
publication because they didn't pass "field tests" (that was 1/4th of
the recipes!).
Wow-- I remember there being 20 recipes- and that they repeated them
throughout the year, so you'd get the menu in Sept- with the starting
dates for the repeats. Snow days threw it off, so you'd make a note
on the mimeograph--
My wife doesn't remember that at her school-- but she did remember the
accommodation for the Catholics-- meatless Fridays. I can only
remember 3 of the 4 we got through elementary school- Mac & cheese,
Pizza, Peanut butter sandwiches [no jelly- dry bread- could almost
make you not like peanut butter sandwiches.]-- Oh yeah-- and fish
sticks. I remember the tartar sauce was good.
Jim
When I was in the 2nd grade I begged my mom for lunch money because they
were going to serve tacos. She warned me! She said I wouldn't like
them. She was right. They put shredded lettuce on them (I hate
lettuce, even to this day). When I wouldn't eat them the teacher who
was monitoring the cafeteria wouldn't let me go back to class because I
refused to eat. I wound up in the principal's office. She called my
mother, who told her not to worry about it, she knew I wouldn't eat it.
Mom just wanted me to figure out they don't let 7 year old kids
"custom order" food in the school cafeteria :)

In high school I didn't eat cafeteria food. I do remember getting a
slice of cardboard-like cheese pizza once. Only once.

Jill
Sqwertz
2012-08-15 23:42:33 UTC
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Post by jmcquown
When I was in the 2nd grade I begged my mom for lunch money because they
were going to serve tacos. She warned me! She said I wouldn't like
them. She was right. They put shredded lettuce on them (I hate
lettuce, even to this day). When I wouldn't eat them the teacher who
was monitoring the cafeteria wouldn't let me go back to class because I
refused to eat. I wound up in the principal's office. She called my
mother, who told her not to worry about it, she knew I wouldn't eat it.
Mom just wanted me to figure out they don't let 7 year old kids
"custom order" food in the school cafeteria :)
I pretty much made all my lunches and one morning we didn't have much
to make lunch. But we had leftover taco stuff from the night before,
so I made 2 of them. Everybody at school was jealous of my lunch.
This is around the time when we had exactly one "mexican" restaurant
in town, Taco Hut (circa 1978).

-sw
Jean B.
2012-08-28 04:02:00 UTC
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Post by Sqwertz
Yes folks, now you can have those same delicious school lunches from
your repressed childhood right in the secrecy of your own home!
USDA Recipes for Schools - Alphabetical by Recipe Name
http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/TemplateDefault.aspx?qs=cElEPTEwMiZpc01ncj10cnVl
Way too recent- "updated recipes from the 1988 Quantity Recipes for
School Food Service and the 1995 Tool Kit for Healthy School Meals "
Ah, yes - but that is a recent edition of "Program Aid #631 - Quantity
Recipes for Type A School Lunches, 1971", which is revised from 1953.
Got one from the 50-60's?
<clickety click> Here you go. From February 1953. You can download
it as a PDF under the gear icon top right. The 1971 version is
unavailable digitally (that would have been more my era)
<http://books.google.com/books?id=eWcvAAAAYAAJ&ots=f6ZcWdt40q&dq=subject%3A%22National%20school%20lunch%20program%22&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>
Cheese Meatloaf
Ham and Bean Scallop
Liver Sausage Loaf (3/5ths beef liver, 2/5ths sausage)
Sausage Shortcake (calls for 1.5lbs of "Fat")
Scrambled eggs and cheese (that needs a recipe?)
Pork Apple Salad (a molded Jello salad without the Jello)
Date and Peanut Butter Pudding
Honey Date Cookies
Orange Coconut Custard w/Cottage Cheese
That is the complete list of recipes. Three were discarded from the
publication because they didn't pass "field tests" (that was 1/4th of
the recipes!).
(crossposting to rec.food.historic)
-sw
I don't remember any of that sh-t, er, food. But then I wasn't in
the hot lunch room very much.
--
Jean B.

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