I'm going through the boxes and envelopes marked "Howard's war relics" that I had stored in the "treasure trunk" until a later date. And it's getting later all the time.
So without further ado I present the pocket-size Speaker Heatab Cookit, "used extensively by America's armed forces."
|"Mom, don't try it," my son told me.|
|So cute and self-contained|
|Condition = used|
|2 1/2 to 4 hours total heat in this box|
|What is this miracle fuel?|
|Singeing hair is an industrial use, really???|
|Yes, Mike, I tried it at home.|
What does this have to do with a hearty breakfast? Not much, and no oatmeal EVER! Dad called oatmeal, "kippered fish eyes". He said it reminded him of being seasick on his Army trips across the Atlantic. So I had never eaten hot oatmeal when I got to college. I have issues with the lumps and raisins, and I wasn't even in WWII. I didn't find any reference to "kippered fish eyes" on Army slang websites. To kipper is to split, salt, and smoke according to my old red dictionary.
To be fair and balanced, here is the 4-H recipe for oatmeal cookies from "You Learn To Bake", circa 1966:
(Makes 3 1/2 dozen)
1 c sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c fat
1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 T water
1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c regular or quick oatmeal
|4H--head, heart, hands, health|
Grease cookie sheets lightly.
Sift flour once, then measure.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt into large mixing bowl.
Add soft fat, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in oatmeal.
Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Leave 2" between cookies.
Bake 12-15 min.
Take cookies out of the oven. Use hot pads because the cookie sheet is hot.
© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder