Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Recipe two-fer: Bacon-Corn Casserole and Baked Apple Wedges, Woman's Day January 1952

Happy New Year, my dear readers!  My January 1952 Woman's Day magazine has this adorable baby on the cover:

Can you imagine receiving this magazine in the mail?  I much prefer it to the celebrity covered magazines of today!
I made two recipes from this issue.  The first is a Bacon-Corn Casserole.  Hubby and I feel like we're in a dinner rut so we were up for trying something really different.  I also love the idea of casseroles.  I suppose it's my gravitation towards decades past.  To me "casserole" congers up images of vintage kitchens with happy families gathered around the table.  Complete meals with side dishes, dessert, a table with full place settings... I could go on but I won't.

Here's the original:

See in about the middle of the blurb it says "•To make corn casserole".

This recipe is part of an article called, "Let dinner cook by itself" in which four meals, including a main dish with sides and a dessert,  are cooked in the oven at the same temperature and for the same amount of time.  These oven dinners touted meal simplification for "career-girls" and "busy homemakers".  Heat and eat frozen meals (ie: TV dinners) wouldn't be a part of our culture until 1954  so a plan such as this, even with at least 15-20 minutes of prep time and 25-90 minutes of unattended cooking time, was heaven for the busy lady of the house.  The article promises and "end to pot watching and frantic timing".  Sounds good to me!

Here's my version:

Preheat oven to 425.

1/2 LB Bacon
2 & 1/2 C Whole kernel canned corn, drained
2 & 1/2 C Creamed style corn
1 Egg, well beaten
2T Parsley, chopped
1t Salt
A few shakes of pepper

Chop bacon into small pieces, reserving 3 slices.  Cook pieces in a medium size pot over a medium heat.  Stir until brown.  Turn off the stove.  Drain excess bacon grease in pot but don't blot bacon.  Add both types of corn to the pot along with egg, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.  Divide into 4-5 individual oven compatible dishes.  Top with remaining bacon strips.  Bake in oven for 35 minutes.

The result:

Everyone liked it well enough.  But no one loved it.  The general consensus was that this casserole would be better as a side dish.  It was very rich and would be balanced perfectly by a simple grilled chicken.  My motivation for trying this recipe was to reduce the amount of meat we eat on a weekly basis.  Going meatless one night a week put my family into a panic so I thought I could try a new "less meat" dish.  Successful less meat meals for us are canned tuna on a green salad and breakfast for dinner with from scratch pancakes, scrambled eggs or bacon, and fruit.  I was hoping to add the Bacon-Corn Casserole to the rotation.

The recipe made more than enough for 4 meals.  As a side dish it could probably serve 8.  I would make it in a 9 X 12 glass baking dish.  I think a 8 X 8 would be too small.  It may freeze ok but I didn't try it.

Another oven dinner in this article had this recipe for Baked Apple Wedges:

The recipe is the last in this blurb where it says, " • For dessert".

This is so simple you really don't need a recipe but it was there:

4 Cooking apples, cored and sliced in wedges
1/3 C sugar
1/4t Cinnamon
Butter to taste

Mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Place apples in a greased shallow baking dish.  Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Dot with butter.  Cover and bake in your preheated oven with the Bacon Corn Casserole for about 20 minutes.  Remove foil and reduce temp to 350.  Bake another 10 minutes. (If making this without the casserole just bake at 375 for 40 minutes, uncovering after the first 20 minutes of baking time.)

This was the best part of the meal.  I barely got to take a picture!

Can you just imagine all its gooey yumminess?!!?

This is basically apple pie filling so you can serve it like a crustless apple pie with vanilla ice cream or top with toasted pecans.  Or turn it into a crumple by topping it with an oatmeal/flour/sugar/butter mixture when you take off the foil for the last 20 minutes of baking.  You can also adjust the amount of butter and sugar to your liking.  It's nice to have warm fruit deserts in the winter because we get so tired of eating the fruits available in the winter.

Other notes:

The Bacon-Corn Casserole calls for "Number 2" cans of corn.  This is a no longer used measurement of canned contents that equals about 2 & 1/2 cups.  Ironically a "Number 2-1/2" can holds about 3 & 1/2 cups.  Go figure.  I can see why this system is no longer used.  It may have originally corresponded to the types of canning jars used in home canning back in the day.  (If any of you readers out there are canners please let me know in the comments below.  I'd love to hear from you.)  I found the can size to cups conversion chart in the front cover of my 1950 copy of the Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book.  If you ever see one of these at an estate/garage sale snatch it up!  It's full of very interesting information in addition to some great vintage recipes!  Here's a pic of the conversion chart for your reference:

Love the term "picnic" can!  (Second from the top.)

I hope everyone is safe and warm in this arctic winter we're having, at least here in the US.  My kids were supposed to go back to school today after the winter break but classes were cancelled and are again tomorrow.  We had an electronic free afternoon and watched a movie, played a game, and had popcorn.  It was all good for about two hours.  And then it wasn't...



  1. Really, is there any more comforting scent or taste than warm apples and cinnamon? For me, the answer is "no", they're at the very top of the comfort food list for me. I could eat simple baked apples like this every day for life. Yum-yum! :)

    ♥ Jessica

    1. It's amazing how something so simple can be so good! I'm thinking about baking apples once a week. My family really loved it.

      Thanks for commenting, Jessica! :)


  2. "It was all good for about two hours. And then it wasn't..."

    That would be a great blog post to read, I bet! : )

    I think my husband would like your recipes.

  3. Very funny, Averyl, but I'd hate to share our household drama with the world. It would either serve as birth control or bore readers to death!

    So make your hubby some Bacon-Corn Casserole! Halve the recipe though. It makes a lot. :)


  4. I'm thinking my husband would also like the corn casserole. Maybe I can tweak it a bit. The baked apples sound wonderful!

  5. Yes, the casserole screams MAN-FOOD! ;)