Monday, May 25, 2015

July 1941 cover of Agricultural Leaders' Digest (plus a tasty recipe)

I don't have any ephemera specifically related to Memorial Day right at hand1, but I think this works nicely. It's the July 1941 cover of the Agricultural Leaders' Digest2, featuring a boy in overalls saluting the American flag while he dog sits nearby.

The magazine had a circulation of just under 29,000 that year, and an annual subscription was $2. Estes P. Taylor was the editor and publisher.

This issue features articles titled:
  • Rural Consumers Get Consumer Education
  • Paint and Cushions Vamp Up Old Porch Furniture
  • Motion Pictures Are Made a Part of Education
  • Training Rural Youth for National Defense
  • Roofs and Exterior Walls of Red Cedar Shingles
  • Women Meet to Improve Bread Making
  • Boys and Girls of 4-H Go To College
  • At Jelly Time, Rather Be Sure Than Lucky3

Finally, the Cooking Corner contains this nice recipe for Coconut Jam Dainties, if you're looking to whip up a dessert for this evening.

Coconut Jam Dainties
About 15 cakes
  • 1 package fast granular yeast
  • 3 tblsp. lukewarm water
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 cups flour (sifted)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • ⅔ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tblsp. powdered sugar
Pour the granular yeast into the 3 tablespoons lukewarm water, add a pinch of the sugar, stir and allow to stand. Cream the shortening, sugar and salt until fluffy. TO this add one egg well beaten, and the lemon extract. Mix the softened yeast with 1/2 cup of the sifted flour and blend with the creamed shortening and sugar. Add the remaining flour and milk alternately, mixing well with each addition. Blend in the beaten yolk of the other egg and when the mixture is smooth, turn into greased muffin tins, filling slightly more than half full. Set to rise in warm place (1⅓ to 2 hours).

Bake at 375 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes. After baking, allow to cool and remove from the tins. Next cover top and sides of cakes with jam and roll the cakes in shredded coconut. Beat the remaining egg white until stiff and stir in the powdered sugar. Top the cakes with this and place in over on a cookie sheet at 350 to 375 degrees F., until meringue is nicely browned. Decorate the cakes with small American flags, and try them on children (ages 6 to 60).

1. You can, however, check out my 2013 post on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
2. Previous Papergreat posts referencing the Agricultural Leaders' Digest include:
3. I'm not entirely sure what that means. I guess I could read the article.

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