Sunday, July 25, 2021

Some desserts from 1975's "Torts and Other Legal Treats"

Torts and Other Legal Treats, one of the books I picked up yesterday, is part of the huge subcategory of cookbooks put together by groups of people who share the common bond of a church, school, workplace or other community affiliation.

In this case, it was 1975 and the cookbook was a product of the Loyola Law Partners Association of the Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law. 

In the preface, "cookbook chairman" Linda Porter writes:

"This cookbook contains an interesting combination of high quality recipes. There are recipes that can be used by both new and experienced cooks and will inspire all cooks to greater triumphs. Loyola Law Partners Ass. provided financial support to law student scholarships and to activities for Juvenile Hall. Proceeds from Torts and Other Legal Treats will help support and further these endeavors."

The cookbook cost $3, plus 48 cents for California sales tax. 

Some of the recipes include Carol's clam dip, hot chile beef dip, chicken-eggflower soup, Welsh gazpacho, tabooley salad, 100% whole wheat bread, zucchini baked with Velveeta cheese, glorified zucchini, Ann Landers meatloaf, chicken surprise, porcupine meatballs, taco pie, Sonya's super spaghetti sauce and jumbo flying saucer cookies.

I'm going to share two of the dessert recipes, and you can let me know if another recipe listed above sounds compelling enough to share in a future post.

Forgotten torte (Joan Drulias)

  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1½ c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ pint whipping cream

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Butter bottom only of agel [sic] food pan. Beat egg whites at room temperature with salt and cream of tartar. Add sugar a TB at a time. When very stiff at [add?] vanilla. Put in pan and place in hot oven. Turn oven off. Leave in overnight. Frost with whipping cream. Variations: Fresh berries with orange liqueur. Shaved chocolate with kahlua or heath bars with rum.

Mother's mystery cake (Ardee Hill)

  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1½ c flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c raisins
  • ⅔ c nuts

Cream butter and sugar, add soup. Sift dry ingredients, mix thoroughly with first mixture. Add raisins and chopped nuts. Bake at 300 for 45 min. Use a sq. pan.


Note #1: This Papergreat's 3,400th post! Zoinks, that a lot of posts.

Note #2: This week, the recipe we'll be attempting is Ted Lasso's biscuits.

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