WWLP Cook: Cocktail Meatballs with Horseradish Sauce

This recipe comes from McCall’s Cocktail-Time Cookbook and was intended for cocktail parties year round.


cocktail meatballs


  • 3/4 lb ground chuck
  • 2 T raw quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t monosodium glutamate
  • 2 T milk
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1 can (3oz) whole mushrooms, drained

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/8 t pepper
  • 2 t prepared horesradish


  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Toss chuck with oats, ginger, egg, salt, monosodium glutamate, milk, and onion powder; toss lightly to combine
  3. Form mixture into 1-inch balls; press mushroom into center of each
  4. Place meatballs in single layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 12 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, make Sauce: Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Heat gently; do not boil
  6. Spear meatballs with a wooden pick; dip into warm sauce

Makes 6 Servings


Home Life in America: Beer Belongs!

"Trailer Camp Friendships," by Douglass Crockwell. Number 79 in the series "Home Life in America"

“Trailer Camp Friendships,” by Douglass Crockwell. Number 79 in the series “Home Life in America”

In this friendly, freedom-loving land of ours–Beer belongs…enjoy it

Beer and Ale–America’s Beverages of Moderation Sponsored by the United States Brewers Foundation….Chartered 1862

Collier’s  March 1953


WWLP Wear: Synthetic Materials for the Budget-Conscious Shopper in 1955

Man-made fibers key new fashions

The miracles achieved with synthetics have placed attractive fashions within the reach of the most budget-conscious shopper

As most families strove to achieve the American ideal in the mid-50s, new developments in fabrics allowed women the luxury of beautiful garments at a cheaper price tag.

1955 fashion 1

Pretty to wear to your P.T.A. meeting or to a luncheon is this coat-style dress of Vicara and wool jersey. The V neckline has a draped collar, held with tabs and rhinestone buttons. Colors are purple, periwinkle, navy. In sized 14-44; 14 1/2-24 1/2. About $25. By L’Aiglon. Hat by Beatrice-Martin.

1955 fashion 2

This tailored dress of spun rayon shows an attractive use of richly colored stripes. The cardigan neckline is softened with a rayon scarf in solid color. Dolman sleeves are in three-quarter length. Colors are oxford gray with wine-and-gold or green-and-gold stripes. In 12-42. Under $30. Town Tailored. Betmar hat.

Materials like rayon, jersey, and acrilan were promoted as not only a cheaper alternative to traditional materials like wool or silk, but a more convenient alternative too. These new fabrics were wrinkle resistant, kept their shapes more easily, and did not need to be laundered as frequently as traditional materials.

1955 fashion 3

(Above) Acrilan makes the versatile blouse-type cardigan with its shaped rib-knit collar and thuree-quarter sleeves. In blue, red, green, ginger. Sizes 34-40. Under $7. By Old Colony, (Right) This slipover and matching cardigan of Orlon are pretty enough for most dress-up occasions. Pleated ribbon forms a yoke that glitters with rhinestones and beads. Sizes 34-40 in assorted colors. Slipover, under $9; cardigan, under $13. By Blairmoor. The velveteen skirt, sizes 8-16. Under $15. A La Bonne design.

1955 fashion 5

You can build an entire wardrobe around synthetics. Chemistry endows these fabrics with plus advantages, such as pleat retention. (Left) Alice Stuart fashions this blouse of Burlington’s Dacron-and-nylon Dacrylon. The neatly tucked front and high neckline provide excellent foils for your jewelry. Choose from many lovely colors. In sizes 32-38. Under $6. (Right) This practical suit can double as a dress. Exceptionally light in weight, it can be worn indoors or out. The jacket is fitted and unlined; the skirt has lasting pleats. Colors are wine, navy, brown, green in a rayon-and-Dynel fabric. Sizes are 12-20; 14 1/2-24 1/2. Under $11. A Gloria Swanson design by Forever Young. The Hat is by Beatrice-Martin; bag by Companion; print scarf by Vera

1955 fashion 4

Many fabrics of man-made fibers or blends resist wrinkling, retain a fresh appearance, and, most important, reduce laundry labor. (Left) Lightweight suit to wear now, and later under a top-coat. A bias hip band trims the jacket. The novelty fabric is of Chromspun acetate in brown, gray, or navy. Sizes 10-18. Under $18. By Surrey Classics. Scarf by Vera. Hat by Beatrice-Martin. Bag by Companion. (Far left) This easy-to-care-for blouse of Dacron and nylon needs no ironing. An ideal blouse for all round wear, for the styling is tailored, yet the fabric looks dressy. A wide selection of fashion colors is available in sizes 32-38. Under $7. Alice Stuart

So, not only could they save a buck while increasing the quantity of items they had, they could also cut down on the amount of chores that were sure to accompany a larger wardrobe. Hello consumerism!

Family Circle Magazine October 1955

WWLP Cook: Golden-Crisp Rock Cornish Hens

"Family Fooling Meals: No one would guess, when you're dishing up dinner, that you've spent most of the day on the town."

“Family Fooling Meals: No one would guess, when you’re dishing up dinner, that you’ve spent most of the day on the town.”

Golden-Crisp Rock Cornish Hens

Little birds in coats of seasoned crumbs back invitingly brown with no turning, no watching

Bake at 350* for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

Fixing time: 25 minutes


  • 6 frozen Rock Cornish game hens, weighing about 1 pound each, thawed
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 packages seasoned coating mix for chicken
  • 1 package (1 pound) spinach noodles
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine


  1. Remove giblets from Cornish hens and chill to simmer for gravy another day. Rinse hens inside and out; pat dry. Sprinkle cavities lightly with salt.
  2. Brush hens, one at a time, with buttermilk, then shake in coating mix. Place breast side up, and not touching, in a jellyroll pan.
  3. Bake in moderate oven (350*) 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender and golden.
  4. While hens bake, cook noodles in a kettle, following label directions; drain; return to kettle. Ad onion salt and butter or margarine; toss lightly to mix.
  5. Spoon noodles onto a large deep serving platter; arrange Cornish hens on top. Garnish with sprigs of water cress, if you wish.


Family Circle February 1968

Firm your Natural Girdle: Exercise Advice from 1962

This article from 1962 offered 12 exercises that promised to slim the hips, thighs and ankles, flatten the abdomen, and straighten the back. Sara Mildred Strauss, the former Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and a stated authority on body alignment and control, offered her expertise and advice to housewives across the nation so they too could have the highly coveted ballet-body (although they didn’t call it that back then…and clearly the current push for a ballet-body isn’t a new thing). According to Strauss there are a few tried and true methods to sculpting the body into the perfect soft and feminine form:

Here an Inch….There an Inch By Sara Mildred Strauss


alignmentFirst of all, you couldn’t achieve the desired body shape without have the proper body alignment. This meant standing with the right type of posture and making sure the muscles were held tight and the joints were relaxed and lightly flexed.


  • Stand in proper alignment, with the fingertips resting upon the back of a straight chair
  • Bend deeply at the kneed
  • Rise to toes, firming buttocks and pressing still more deeply down into the knees
  • Hold this position for a moment
  • Come down again onto the whole foot, and back once more into proper standing alignment
  • Repeat four time to start; increase gradually to eight times

Stretch 2


  • Stand in proper alignment position
  • Place thumbs and fingers of each hand together
  • Place hands high below armpits, with elbows held wide
  • Lift entire rib section as high as you can, but do not lift shoulders and do not bend forward. Breathe deeply
  • Lift elbow and ribs high on one side; lower. Lift to other side; lower
  • Repeat lifts slowly on alternate sides, 10 times to start; increase gradually to 20 times

Stretch 3


  • Place side of hand (thumb held backward, index finger forward) at pelvic joint, and raise the entire torso upward as high as possible. Keep knees slightly bent and breathe deeply
  • Bend forward slowly at pelvic joint, keeping torso stretched and straight
  • Bending knees deeply, slowly straighten again to standing alignment, lifting the whole torso from the lower back, the buttocks, and the thighs
  • Repeat four times to start; gradually increase to eight times



  • Sit on the edge of a straight-back chair, hands (palms down) on thighs, torso in correct alignment
  • Keeping heels raised, point feet downward and slightly forward with toes resting on the floor
  • Now, alternating feet, touch heels to the floor, lifting whole foot acutely, bending and straightening ankles. Feel the movements as coming from the lower back and the buttocks
  • Repeat, alternating feet, 12 times at first; increase to 24 times



  • Sit on edge of a straight-back chair, keeping torso in correct alignment. Point feet straight down, with toes touching the floor
  • Bring one knee upward slowly as high as you can, toes pointed down
  • Lower this knee to first position and raise other knee, keeping toes pointed straight down
  • Continue raising knees and lowering them alternately. Movement should be slow
  • Repeat six times; increase to 12 times



  • Sit in a straight chair, torso aligned, and press lower back against chair back; feet together on eight-inch stool
  • Place thumbs on collarbones and raise elbows overhead. Then allow the fingers of each hand to point down and place them flat against upper back. Be sure hands do not touch head or neck
  • Slowly bring elbows down, out, forward at shoulder heigh and then up
  • During movement, keep ribs raised and shoulder blades down, pelvis tipped upward. Breathe deeply



  • In correct alignment, stand on toes; slowly press buttocks and thighs forward till you sink into a kneeling position, torso straight, hands easy and without tension on front of thighs
  • Flatten top of feet against the floor, keeping feet straight and together; now slowly sit back upon heels, pressing buttocks forward and upward and keeping correct alignment in torso. Breathe deeply
  • with the same control, return to first kneeling position
  • Repeat slowly three times to start; gradually increase to 6 times



  • Lie on back in correct alignment. Bring knees up till lower legs make a 45* angle; press heels against the floor
  • Keeping feet and knees together, firm the buttocks so that the pelvis is tipped upward. Press lower back against floor to release tension in abdomen
  • Keeping ribs raised high and shoulder blades wide, stretch the neck long in back. Keep chin in
  • Hands on abdomen, bend elbows wide; rest upper arms on floor. Breathe deeply
  • Now bend one knee back as far as you can towards the chest and then lower this knee slowly to its former position
  • Repeat with the other knee
  • Repeat six times; increase to 12

9.1 9.2




  • Assume same position as in No. 8 (above) just before knee is bent back
  • Point toes to touch the floor and then bring first one foot and then the other as far back as you can, pressing the buttocks upward to lift the pelvis and the torso
  • Slowly press lower back against the floor to bring the buttocks gradually down again
  • Repeat this exercise slowly four times to start; increase it gradually to eight times



  • Take correct alignment position but bend deeper at knees; hands on the front of the thighs
  • Lift heel of one foot, pointing toes; return to first position, keeping correct alignment
  • Repeat, alternating feet, keeping knees bent but facing ahead and together. Do not move hips, torso, or other body parts as you lift feet
  • Start this movement slowly and then make the action rapid and at last move forward into a small easy run



  • From standing alignment, take a long step forward, feet and knees directed straight ahead
  • Bend knees deeply, pressing buttocks forward into the thighs. Keep weight on the outside of the feet
  • As you move forward, keep the knees deeply bent and keep the torso in proper alignment at all times. Go into this movement gradually–do not tire yourself



  • On the forward foot, weight is at first on the heel and shifts through outer arch, ball, toes
  • Feet are always directed straight ahead, parallel
  • Knees are flexed and face straight ahead
  • Arms swing freely at sides
  • Buttocks are held firmly, and there is no side movement of the hips
  • The body is controlled and co-ordinated through the deep muscles; it is supported by the natural girdle


Everywoman’s Family Circle May 1962


WWLP Cook: Tomato Shrimp Cups

This recipe is from August 1963, which means it is perfect for the end of summer. This would make an excellent main course on a hot summer night or the perfect light  afternoon lunch and is probably exactly what Laura Petrie would be serving up in August.


Tomato-Shrimp Cups

Scooped out tomatoes, heaped with “green” rice and shrimp salad, make this main dish

Makes 4 Servings


  • 4 large tomatoes
  • seasoned salt
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 4 tablespoons thin French dressing
  • 1 pound frozen, deveined, shelled, raw shrimps
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing


  1. Cut off tops of tomatoes; scoop out insides with a teaspoon. (Save pulp for making stewed tomatoes or soup.) Sprinkle shells lightly with seasoned salt; turn upside down on plate to drain; then chill while making rice-shrimp filling
  2. Cook rice, following label directions, drain; spoon into a medium-size bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the French dressing over; toss lightly; cover. Let stand at room temperature while cooking and seasoning shrimps. (Save remaining French dressing for step 4)
  3. Combine shrimps, onion, lemon, and water in a large frying pan; cover; simmer 20 minutes, or until shrimps are tender. Lift out with a slotted spoon; place in a medium sized bowl.
  4. When cool enough to handle, set 4 large shrimps aside for topping cups in Step 6; halve remaining. Drizzle saved 2 tablespoons French dressing over; toss to mix well; cover. Chill at least an hour to season and blend flavors.
  5. Just before serving, stir shrimps, cucumber, green pepper, parsley, dill, chives, and salt into rice; fold in mayonnaise or salad dressing until well-blended.
  6. Pile into tomato cups; garnish each with a saved whole shrimp and an additional cucumber slice, held in place with a wooden pick.

Family Circle; August 1963

Marriage Advice for the Mid-Century Man: How to Live with a Woman


In July of 1953, Collier’s ran an article titled How to Live with a Woman. If at first glance the title alone isn’t enough to ignite fury, then the caption reading

A noted marriage counselor lets the men in on the secret of understanding a woman. If your wife seems to be illogical, there’s a reason–and you can do something about it.

should do the trick. But although this article is dripping with misogynistic anecdotes (from our point of view), the advice really isn’t terrible and can absolutely be applied to contemporary long-term couples of any type, married or not.

So how do you live with a woman? Well, the author of this article, Margaret Blair Johntone used her 18 years of experience as a minister and marriage counselor, along with her 14 years of experience as a wife to explain some common misconceptions and it seems as though it all boils down to communication.

Photograph for Collier's By Philippe Halsman. Collier's July 1953

Photograph for Collier’s By Philippe Halsman. Collier’s July 1953

The piece begins with a story of a husband telling her [Johnstone] about how his wife was illogical and constantly making a fuss over small trifles. From his perspective women are unpredictable, aggressive, and out of control stating, “Women always make a big personal issue out of everything. You say something completely innocent and suddenly you’re in an argument,” “Women are unreasonable. They don’t say what they mean and they blow up when you believe what they say,” and “You can’t argue with a woman. whichever side you’re on, you’re wrong.”

Johnstone also interviewed men whose complaints involved wives asking them to do chores after work, wives that never seemed to be happy despite “having it all,” and wives that chronically moved the furniture around. She then laid out a detailed explanation of the 4 rules to a happy marriage, full of anecdotes to drive the point home:

Rule 1. Establish an us-against-the-world feeling, and never lose it. It makes a marriage practically invulnerable. Johnstone focused this piece of advice around the concept that although marriages begin with the vow, “Never again will it be you and I; from now on, it’s we,”  many couples lose the sense of we once the honeymoon phase is over. She explains that once the united feeling begins to slip blame, resentment, and misunderstanding are close to follow. The we-feel is “the life source of marriage.”

Rule 2. Don’t take your wife for granted. She’s making a tremendously import ant contribution to your happiness–let her know you appreciate it and you’ll eliminate a lot of apparently unreasonable quarrels. According to Johnstone,

“There’s no formula for understanding a woman, but there’s a secret I’ll let the men in on. Often a woman has to be illogical, for a perfectly good reason: it may be the only way she can make her husband act like a man.”


“When a woman’s ‘no’ means ‘yes’ time and time again, it should be a clear sign to her husband that his masculinity is slipping.”

Okay, seriously WHAT? What she’s saying here is that the “no” means “yes” thing is a type of reverse psychology the wife plays on the husband in an attempt to trick him into being more proactive in the relationship. She claims its particularly easy for couple that have lost that we-feel to fall victim to  this type of behavior. Women speak in code as a way of challenging their husband. She also explained that sometimes women reacted the way they did out of fear that their husbands no longer loved them. Starting an argument was a form of fishing for compliments. One woman interviewed for the article explained,

“A lot of women never bother to make breakfast for their husbands. I do, and what thanks do I get? No matter how I try, you take everything for granted. You never even say you love me. I often wonder if you do. I can’t ask you, for your answer wouldn’t mean anything. Perhaps if I tell you what I really fear–if I say you don’t love me–you’ll tell me you do.”

Rule 3. Respect your differences. Agree to disagree. Don’t fight your partner–remember you’re on the same team. In this section, Johnstone provides quite a few statistics about the overall happiness of the average marriage. She states that realistically, “Marriage, of course, should be a 50-50 proposition. But the experts find only one couple in three ever achieves that goal.” The statistics focused on the issue of domination, stating that of the male dominated relationships examined only 61% were happy and of the female dominated relationships only 47% were happy, but of the 50-50 relationships examined 87% reported being happy.  Some of the couples interviewed expressed their distaste for how much arguing they experienced, and Johnstone assured them that while constant bickering is unhealthy, a once-in-a-blue moon fight to re-balance the marital harmony was totally okay.

Rule 4. See to it that she gets an occasional change of scene and interest. Most women spent their entire day in the home with a few brief trips to the shops and the school. They didn’t share the same luxuries and daily freedoms as their contemporary counterparts do now. Women often waited for their husband to come home from work and then they would spend the evening out on the town. But when the husbands worked late frequently or wanted to spend their evenings in, it was common to feel restless and imprisoned in the home. This one is probably the least applicable today, as most stay-at-home partners are quite mobile and can have change of scenery much more easily than in 1953. However, a change in pattern is always applicable and a good idea whether you work out in the world or in the home.

Johnstone wrapped the article up with a suggestion that husbands make a bigger effort to re-balance their marriages through small steps and provides another anecdote about a mother and daughter she encountered out to lunch. The mother received a surprise gift of jewelry and claimed to be happier than a schoolgirl.