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Wartime Roundup Cooking Recipes

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

By Dick Perue

Over 100 years ago, World War I food shortages dominated most Wyoming newspapers. Following are a couple of the items, which ran state-wide.

A book just out has the breezy western title, “A Roundup of War Time Recipes.” It is a revised collection of war recipes, signed and contributed by well-known Cheyenne housewives and displayed at the War Food Show, May 4, 1918. There are 126 recipes, including later additions.

There are 40 tried recipes, which will convert the substitutes on shelves into wholesome war bread and delicious hot biscuits and muffins.

Several pages are devoted to meat alternates, soups and preparation of vegetables. “Potatoes for Patriots” may be served in a multitude of attractive styles, making it no hardship to obey the command, “Eat potatoes, save the wheat; Drive the Kaiser to defeat.” 

There are all kinds of Liberty griddle cakes, cookies and war cakes. Dozens of recipes for light, flaky crust made of substitute flour for patriotic pies. Directions are given for making a variety of attractive desserts fit to grace a sumptuous dinner or a simple menu.

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