Episode 1: Microwave Cooking for One (1986)
In our first episode, we cook three recipes from Marie T. Smith’s Microwave Cooking for One, the saddest cookbook ever.
Episode 2: Flaky Biscuits from Microwave Cooking for One (1986)
In this mini-episode, I make Flaky Biscuits with a recipe from the book Microwave Cooking for One and talk about the science of flaky, golden brown biscuits.
Episode 3: Seven Seas Casserole (1957)
Since it’s officially Lent, I thought that I would cook up some tuna casserole. This recipe was originally developed by Minute Rice in the mid-1950s. While cooking, I talk about the different types of food preservation and the history of canning.
Episode 4: Apple Bread from the Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library (1971)
In this episode, I bake Apple Bread from the Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library and talk about enriched bread dough. I also talk about the history of Betty Crocker and theorize why recipe cards indexes became so popular in the 1970s.
Episode 5: Baked Macaroni and Cheese (1973)
In this episode, I make baked macaroni and cheese from McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection. This episode discusses the origins of cheese, a little bit of science, some archaeology, and Charlemagne’s reaction to blue cheese the first time he ate it.
Episode 6: Colcannon (1915)
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I make Colcannon, talk about the history of potatoes in Ireland, sing a little folk song, and discuss a vegetarian cookbook authored by a man named Dr. Thomas Allinson.
Episode 7: British Wartime Rations (1943)
In this episode, I make three British wartime recipes: Ohio Pudding, Savory Potato Cakes, and Chocolate Truffles. I also talk about British rationing during World War II and why the program was successful.
Episode 8: Ham and Bananas Hollandaise (1973)
In this episode, I make Ham and Bananas Hollandaise” and talk about the history and science of hollandaise. You can probably predict how the recipe turned out. This episode is a cautionary tale about the follies of recipe card authors.
Episode 9: Shakespeare’s Birthday Meal (1596-1597)
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday and the 400th anniversary since his death, I cook up two dishes from his era and talk about the food eaten during the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods.
Episode 10: Bananamole and Banana Daiquiri (1977)
In this episode, I make two recipes from The 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection: Banana Daiquiri and Bananamole from the back. While preparing my ingredients, I talk about the history of bananas.
Episode 11: The Joys of Jello (1963-2002)
I cook three savory Jell-O recipes and talk about the rise and decline in the popularity of Jell-O salads through the twentieth century. The recipes are Gazpacho Salad, Cucumber Sour Cream Salad, and Tuna Salad.
Episode 12: Spam Upside Down Pie (1945)
In this episode, we explore the history of Spam while making Spam Upside Down Pie. This episode also takes a look into why it’s so popular in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Korea.