Monday, June 25, 2007

Through The Seasons with Mary Lee Taylor

After her fascination with 'better' meals, Mary Lee Taylor concentrated on 'tasty' meals. 'They might not be better, but at least they're edible,' she famously wrote in the forward to her Tasty Meals for 2 or 4 or 6. While there's no telling if such recipes as Pet Succotash (including one wild card ingredient, depending on what sort of pet you owned) and Tasty Pork Loaf are meant to be that, they are indeed in this edition of her newsletter dated October - November 1951 (first issue with a year!).

Front cover of Tasty Meals for 2 or 4 or 6 - What's tastier than Easy Mix Cake, Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and unnamed meat product?

The merriest of Party Peach Pies, and it's extra-easy! The secret your guests will never guess? It's a no-bake pie!

This Corn Bread Ring with Chili is one of the more peculiar (or vile) ringed foods I've seen. While it's supposedly 'So Welcome On Chilly Days,' it doesn't say by whom!

And, another page from the pie scrapbook, the 'good eating' Pumpkin Pie on a seasonable pine green background.

Back cover - An exciting full-color advertisement for three programs, NBC's Saturday night tv show, The All-Star Revue (with Jimmy Durante, Danny Thomas, and Ed Wynn), The PET Milk Radio Program starring Fibber McGee and Molly (and all the Wistful Vista Gang), and Mary Lee Taylor's own Recipes and Stories of the Week. I sure wish I could enjoy those three shows this week!

Front cover of October - November's PET Recipes and Money-Saving Meal Plans for 2 or 4 or 6 - The earlier Pumpkin Pie now graces the cover on a new dish.

These Potato Meat Patties are quite lovely! They go well with 'Big Bowl of Green Salad'!

Like the Raisin Chiffon Pie that looked like Tuna Casserole, this Tamale Casserole looks like a cheesecake. It definitely looks like some kind of dessert.

Royal Custards fit for a king! Would the Royals be concerned with 'low-cost dinners,' though?


jason67 said...

With all those tempting desserts, I wonder if Mary Lee and Sarah Lee are related?

Maria said...

A ha! There has to be a connection between them! Maybe Sarah's using Mary's recipes!

3perfectcats said...

Mary Lee Taylor had a radio program in the late 1930's thru the 1950's. On Sept. 21, 1939 radio station WJSV recorded an entire day of their radio broadcasts. It is an amazing peek at the history of that period. There are lots of ads and radio soap operas to listen to as well as the early rumblings on the news of what would become WWII. At 10:00 to 10:15 Mary Lee Taylor graces the airwaves with her Pet Milk recipe for Stuffed Vanilla Wafer. Mary says that not only are the cookies delicious but they are health because they are made with irritated Pet Milk ("recommended by doctor's for good health") If you would like to hear Mary Lee, the entire WJSV broadcast day can be heard at the Internet Archives. She is on in the forth hour. The whole series is available for MP3 download. Here is a link