AMERICAN NOSTALGIA: The 1950's Home Kitchen



yes sir wedding bells finally rang in the life of margie blake back from their honeymoon she and Tim are headed for a life of wedded bliss they think yes the honeymoon is over for Tim now that he starts back to work and it's over for Margie too as she enters her bright new kitchen to cook her first meal chance you prepare those favorite dishes of Tim's just like his mother used to make what would he like for dinner he just loved chocolate cake go ahead try one all you have to do is follow the recipe this is going to be easy let's see what's next it says cream butter until soft and smooth cream the butter better get the cream that's right pour it in the recipe says cream the butter so put in lots of cream just look at that silky smooth texture of that batter will Tim be surprised well Tim be surprised no Margie your cake didn't turn out so well because you misunderstood a term in your cookbook you'll find that your cookbook contains many terms which pertain to cooking alone it is necessary if you to know what these terms mean before you can interpret recipes properly to cream butter merely means to work it with an instrument until it becomes soft and smooth there are many other terms you should know for example you must stir the ingredients in your chocolate cake to stir is to mix food materials with a circular motion to secure a uniform consistency later you may be required to beat egg whites stiff but not dry or so that they hold the greatest amount of air without losing their elasticity you may have to fold two substances together the process of folding combines two motions cutting vertically through the mixture and turning over repeatedly by sliding the instrument along the bottom of the bowl the purpose of this motion is to prevent loss of air from the ingredients in making a frosting for that same cake you may boil a sugar syrup to boil is to cook at such a temperature that bubbles rise continuously and break on the surface later your frosting recipe may call upon you to perform the test for the softball stage this is performed by adding a few drops of the substance to very cold water if the drops form soft balls that can easily be flattened with the fingers the material is at the softball stage or a temperature of 235 degrees Fahrenheit the frosting may have to be beaten this may be done with an electric mixer to beat by hand is to make a mixture smooth or to introduce air by using a brisk regular motion that lifts the mixture over and over the making of this cake and the frosting on it involve the terms cream stir fold boil softball stage and beat almost all bread and roll recipes all for kneading the dough to knead means to manipulate with a pressing motion accompanied by folding and stretching in cooking meets other terms are used less tender cuts of meat may best be cooked by stewing when applied to meats this means to add a small amount of water and simmer until tender the simmer is to cook in water just below the boiling point or at a temperature of approximately 185 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit other cuts of meat might be cooked by braising first the meat must be dredged to dredge simply means to coat with flour cornmeal or other fine substance your recipe will usually tell you what should be used next you must brown the meat this is done by cooking in a small amount of fat until brown be sure to brown the meat on both sides the third step in braising is to add water and cook by simmering so you see that the term Blais includes three other terms dredge Brown and simmer of course braising is only one of the many many ways in which we can cook meats one of the most popular is roasting the terms roast and baked mean the same thing to cook by dry heat but before you actually start to roast the meat you may sear it this is done by the short application of intense heat and causes the surface of the meat to turn brown in color it is done to improve the flavor and appearance but does cause greater loss of juice the oven temperature should then be reduced to proceed with the roasting suppose Margie's cookbook told her to marinate the vegetables before preparing the salad would she know what to do the marinade means simply to saturate the food with a marinade a marinade is an oil acid mixture which is usually a kind of salad dressing the mixtures usually allowed the stand in the refrigerator for some time sometime during your career as a cook you'll decide to serve scalloped cauliflower this involves even more terms a white sauce should be made first and the first step is to scald the milk or to heat it to a temperature just below the boiling point while the milk is heating add flour to melted fat in announced call for by your recipe stir rapidly to prevent the formation of lumps scalding is complete when a scum forms on the surface of the milk add the milk slowly again stirring constantly to avoid lumps notice the scum which indicates the milk has been scalded meanwhile the cauliflower must be boiled until tender put alternate layers of boiled cauliflower grated cheese and white sauce in a greased baking dish a layer of breadcrumbs on top if desired and bake in a moderate oven until brown in color so you see in this case the term scallop includes the other terms white sauce scald boil and bake one of the real tests of a cook is their jelly making and the crucial point in making jelly of any kind is annoying when it is cooked a jelly test indicating a temperature of 220 degrees Fahrenheit is frequently used one of the satisfactory jelly tests is the sheet from a spoon test this is performed by allowing a small amount of the juice to drop off a spoon when the last two drops run together and sheet from the spoon the jellying stage is reached but jelly shall be removed from the fire at once these are only a few of the terms you will have to use and understand how can you learn the others well most good cookbooks have a glossary of terms in the appendix let's see if Margie's cookbook has one yes even Margie's cookbook has a glossary cream to soften a fat with a spoon or bigger you also to combine the softened fat with sugar if she had only looked at this before she baked that cake but wait a minute there's still time to make another cake before Tim comes home to lunch it'll be right this time and he'll never know the difference yes even Margie found that she could learn to cook when she discovered the significance of the terms used in cooking and Tim will never know she ruined her first cake you

44 Comments

  • Ca Mo

    April 13, 2019

    Im nostalgic for this era and i was born in the late 80's… lol,

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  • Kimberly Ann

    April 13, 2019

    I used to be this woman, Life ruined me lol

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  • The ELEVEN

    April 13, 2019

    Poor thing, Margie should go to college before getting married.

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  • Andrea Luz

    April 13, 2019

    People in America don't cook? From the comments it seems that people always eat in restaurants or frozen food.
    It's a little weird because in my country restaurants are for specific days or when we don't have time.
    We have a Mediterranean diet so people like to make fresh food in home.

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  • Lov!ingL!fe

    April 13, 2019

    Tim gets some pussy and chocolate cake lucky lucky tim

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  • Lilly Lazer

    April 13, 2019

    The honeymoon is over. Time to be a slave and cook and clean and make sure Johnny is happy. Glad I live in modern times where my husband helps out..

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  • Tarnished Knight

    April 13, 2019

    Ah yes. The "educational" films of the post WW2 era.
    While not very popular today, it was films like this that told people how to do so many things. Being a good homemaker, or "housewife" was a thing of pride for many women. Who could make the best: cake; pie; beef stew; and the list went on and on. Who's home looked the best; with the latest patterns and colors. And there was the kitchen appliance race. Who had the latest "time saving" appliance. Women would get together and swap recipes and tips on how to do this or that.
    And the woman who cooked the best meals, and had the latest appliances, and kept the cleanest home, and all… was a goddess among her peers!
    People looked forward to these "informative" programs. They were often aired on TV as well as in school classrooms. This helped the "modern housewife" keep current on the latest (whatever you could think of).
    As corny as these films we're, they were just as informative. Even who saw the newest (film) was a matter of pride among the interested parties.
    I have to wonder, were those days really as bad as everyone says they were? Or are we, as a culture, swayed by the people who shout the loudest?
    I do remember coming home from school and smelling something delicious, cooking for dinner. Always having a cooked meal ready by time that Dad got home was something I (and everyone) took for granted.
    And before anyone starts… Yes, there were women who hated being "tied to the house" all day. But there were women who loved it, also.

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  • ruby valdez

    April 13, 2019

    Lol. Where was this in high school? I would have loved this instead of the gym or speech class I had to take.

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  • Flippboi

    April 13, 2019

    Dear Mario,
    Please come to the castle. I have baked a cake for you.
    yours truly,
    Princess Toadstool
    Peach

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  • Amber Tenoever

    April 13, 2019

    "Cream butter? Better get the cream!" How stupid did they think women were back then?

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  • Nafure Gal

    April 13, 2019

    This so sweet!

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  • Alan M

    April 13, 2019

    If your wife ever says the word "career" or "get out of the house", give her a stern look and put her in her proper place, with force if necessary.

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  • Larry G

    April 13, 2019

    I love watching these shows because it was a better life back then!! Very sad it is all gone thanks to our society embrace of sin. If that were made today, her black neighbor would come over for sex. Her husband would be a closet homosexual, she would be hooked on drugs, and would be selling her body for money to buy drugs!!

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  • hedcmac

    April 13, 2019

    …career as a cook…7:02..yes, this has truly been my career…I have been married for 33 1/2 years, and I have cooked 10,000 dinners…I love my career 😉

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  • Grayhaim Randolph

    April 13, 2019

    feminism is cancer. but i did find the narrator to sound a little condescending.

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  • Gary Sims

    April 13, 2019

    All these comments on sexism. In still tryna figure out how my YouTube rabbit hole.led me here. Or why I'm still up at 3am.

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  • Gary Clouse

    April 13, 2019

    Your problem is that you are part and parcel of the attempt to paint these scenes as old fashioned and no longer normal! Nobody is buying it! Nobody is embracing your screwed up social construct except a rather rare and ineffective portion of the population! No majority… oh no! We all know better!

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  • thesilentdiva

    April 13, 2019

    Alright honey snag that hubby

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  • axiomist

    April 13, 2019

    Dont worry Mary, he'll forgive you tonight for wasting his money ruining the cake.

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  • Lisa Kathleen

    April 13, 2019

    This is actually super helpful , I learned a few things, now I wanna make my hubby a cake lol

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  • Obsidian Wildfire

    April 13, 2019

    I wish it was her voice rather

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  • Fintan

    April 13, 2019

    I love that it's a guy explaining it to the wahmen

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  • openskies11

    April 13, 2019

    Who doesn't know what "stir" and "boil" means???

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  • Cathy Main

    April 13, 2019

    I took two years of Home Economics and watched my mom and Grandma cook and I am a good cook

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  • sharon gonzalez

    April 13, 2019

    As a former feminist I have changed my mind. I think we shot ourselves in the foot.

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  • VR VR

    April 13, 2019

    I would be a middle class white 1950's newlywed. Just sayin.

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  • deamoneater357

    April 13, 2019

    I want to cream margies butter. LoL

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  • ilikemymisosoup

    April 13, 2019

    This may be random, but I want those pots she used in making the white sauce.

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  • Hoebag Gross bitch

    April 13, 2019

    Let me snatch me a Tim

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  • TheRenaissanceman65

    April 13, 2019

    Once upon a time, daughters learned how to cook from their mothers. So they would know what recipes meant. Then that died out and here in the UK, Delia Smith did a TV series starting 40 years ago that started with the very basics – ridiculed but it was needed. Obviously this need to learn started even earlier in the USA.

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  • Christine Still

    April 13, 2019

    I doubt there was a mother in America who didn't teach her daughter how to COOK, THIS woman obviously didn't have one. I knew all this by age 10 Silly

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  • ybunnygurl

    April 13, 2019

    Its funny while I was in university, my older downstairs neighbor who was in his late 70's noticed I liked "keeping house" has he called it and he thought things a girl should know the engineering end too. He taught me how to change oil in a computerized modern car (it's not that hard) how to use many different types of woodworking tools, and the most useful real knowledge I know, real relationships take work from both parties; if the person your with is not willing to put in work to make things work then no relationship to speak of.

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  • Nähwichtel Nähen

    April 13, 2019

    i am german and even i understood the phrase -cream butter –

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  • Charlene Chocolate Thunder

    April 13, 2019

    Were women THAT dumb back then?

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  • Thomasanna Hail

    April 13, 2019

    How did a woman make it through middle school without basic cooking terms? Home Ec was required for all girls starting usually with very basics in like 8th grade and then of course another course or two in high school while the boys were taking shop. Oh well – I guess they needed a premise!

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  • Alex Leroy

    April 13, 2019

    The good life

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  • Anna Lee

    April 13, 2019

    I am a home maker and very much enjoy it, I also use to work, which i do miss alot.. but taking care of my home , while my husband is out working is my job, I have made his life less stressful that way.. and take care of the kids too. Most women love to nurture their families.. and care for them and they enjoy that.. I have seen alot of women look down on women like me, but I can guarantee you that my kids will never grow up in daycare! And my husband can always know that he is giving the most care i can give , while he is out taking care of us. .. I believe that is how it should be, if you want to work then fine , he can stay home, the kids need a family life with one parent home… not to be raised in daycare.

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  • dale

    April 13, 2019

    How did she ever get married without knowing how to bake a cake?

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  • JimBearOne

    April 13, 2019

    Many of these young girls had a better education than the girls today and on more practical subjects. As for the negative, sexist comments, the times were VERY different back then and women and men ENJOYED the structure that society provided – do you think Women are any happier today? Are Men? We've let a handful of malcontents tell us what is good for us and we have swallowed it all. Women have ALWAYS had the choice of working outside the home ( I know my mother and many others did) but this was not really necessary as my father made enough to support the whole family but the extra income let my mother do and have things she wanted that would have taken much more time to acquire. And YES, there were SOME restrictions and sometimes women were not welcome in some types of work – often for very practical reasons, but very few places outright banned women from working there and wages were NOT as far off as you might think except in corporate jobs where upper level executives couldn't handle a woman getting anywhere near their level of pay, it wounded their fragile little egos terribly.

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  • Brad Moyse

    April 13, 2019

    Margie should tell the voice in her house.. to go fuck himself. Or come do it, know it all asshole.

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  • MunchiePow

    April 13, 2019

    I don't care about the topic, I'm just listening to the narrator's voice to help me sleep.

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  • Apolosa Cakau

    April 13, 2019

    No Margie your cake didn't turn out so well ?

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  • Smug Smugly

    April 13, 2019

    I hate candy corn, but I had no idea it could be used to make Butterfingers! Mind blown!

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  • verukasalt

    April 13, 2019

    chocolate cake for dinner?

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