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Let’s visit 1955 and make fruit punch!

I do my own cooking. That is, I never buy frozen dinners and meals out are the exception, not the norm. Food is immensely important to me but I’m no gourmet. My dishes are simple. I have certain things I fix repeatedly (for instance, I make a fresh, healthy pizza every week). And as a mostly-vegetarian, I have lots of beans, grains, and pasta. I need something to jog me on occasion to try new recipes or get a bit more elaborate. So far as beverages, I drink far more water than anything else; I don’t drink sodas or buy fancy drinks.

When I saw the fruit punch recipe in a 1955 Home Making Digest, I got inspired. I have never made “punch” nor drank it much of anywhere (that boozy slop people used to mix together at parties I attended in my younger years was not punch no matter what anyone called it). Now here though, was a grown-up recipe I could make!
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I had all the ingredients on-hand except ginger ale which I bought. Looking at the soda’s ingredients, it was plenty apparent to me why I don’t buy it but for this once, I could make an exception. No way I was going to put in all that sugar; the ginger ale and orange juice would add the sweetness. The salt I could skip too. Instead of caffeinated black tea I used Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea because it has more flavor than most herbal teas (which too often have the excitement and pizzazz of day-old laundry water). I forgot the mint – which I did have – but notice now that whoever wrote the instructions forgot it too, so oh well.

The result was… interesting. I liked it. Different but kicky! Next time I’ll make it with black tea.
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Home Making Digest (1955 style)

This is the 3rd and last installment of the old pamphlets I found at a used book sale. Here’s the first and second.

Ahh, 1955... when a woman had to put on a dress and heels before dawn in order to work in her own kitchen.

Ahh, 1955… when a woman had to put on a dress and heels before dawn in order to work in her own kitchen.

The dishwasher is a surprise but the "gas disposer" that reduces trash and food waste to "fine ash" is just peculiar. Love all that counter and storage space though!

The dishwasher is a surprise but the “gas disposer” that reduces trash and food waste to “fine ash” is just peculiar. Love all that counter and storage space though!

Much as I'm certain I'd like a "Handsome and Delicious Lemon Chiffon Pie," the only thing I'd consider are the drinks. Having never made fruit punch in my life, and recognizing all the listed ingredients, I vow to start here. Stay tuned!

Much as I’m certain I’d like a “Handsome and Delicious Lemon Chiffon Pie,” the only thing I’d consider are the drinks. Having never made fruit punch in my life, and recognizing all the listed ingredients, I vow to start here. Stay tuned!

Be the envy of your neighborhood when you cleverly craft your own trashcan lid & sand barbecue grill. Why, don't be surprised if your Home Owner's Association or rental office even takes an interest! (p.s. When your walls start making faces like that, it's time to call an exorcist.)

Be the envy of your neighborhood when you cleverly craft your own trashcan lid & sand barbecue grill. Why, don’t be surprised if your Home Owner’s Association or rental office even takes an interest! (p.s. When your walls start making faces like that, it’s time to call an exorcist.)

One gets the idea a gas company may have had a hand in this publication... The kid, who looks like an SNL skit extra, was clearly from the pre-irony days.

One gets the idea a gas company may have had a hand in this publication…
The kid, who looks like an SNL skit extra, was clearly from the pre-irony days.