In 1954, The American Home magazine published Meals In Minutes, a cookbook filled with classy menus and hostess ideas, a huge amount of helpful hints, and, luckily for us, a quaint collection of 109 full-color illustrations.
A rustic buffet-style party layout made all the more homey by the chuck wagon bread basket and the glare of the roaring fire reflecting in the copper stock pots (and, inevitably, blinding your guests). The table-top garden is a nice touch!
These dainty Pâté Appetizers are just one of the First-Course Jiffies that will make your next party a smash!
Fish Fillets made Fancy with ornamental mashed potato piping.
Sam Raimi's Glazed Stuffed Turkey Slices (recipe in enlargement!)
Birthday cake? Salmon mousse? Nope, it's Veal Loaf! Its 'icing' is a mixture of mayonnaise and gelatin! Also on the page is Ground Beef Submerged In Sour Cream-Tomato Sauce, a hearty winter supper.
Quick Barbecued Frankfurters stuffed with a dill pickle. A pretty good idea, actually.
Ooh la la, a French Kidney Omelet! The recipe is very generous with the kidneys; it allows for two lamb kidneys per plate (plus, a few slices of cooked kidney make a capital garnish)!
Is there anything lovelier than Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast? If you get tired of making your Creamed Chipped Beef exactly the same way every single day, The American Home has a few variations that might be worth a try, including the scrumptious banana in bacon drippings or oyster preparations (click on the link for a little tidbit about ball-park style franks)!
It's not a worthwhile cookbook if it doesn't contain some aspic. Here we have a Tomato-Potato Aspic Salad. It's a rare gelatin mold that contains potato, and that may be reason enough to give this one a try! This page also features a Spring Salad.
Some sandwiches (although, Hot Savory Toast hardly qualifies as a 'sandwich')! The most impressive example is the plate of Baked Bean Sandwiches.
And, finally, ablaze with the many colors of Jell-O, the Prism Loaf!