Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book – Part 2

Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book – Part 2


I have read a few more pages of this wonderful old book and found the most amusing paragraphs about Cereals.

“Gone forever are they days when persuading Junior to eat his porridge was a major diplomatic feat.  Now, so many are the variations on the basic cereal foods – wheat, corn, oats and rice – that Junior’s father eats a breakfast cereal, too, and the only family argument is over which cereal to serve.  The answer is usually, “Keep several on hand.”  Certainly this should be done when cereals form both the morning and the evening meal of young children.”

Under the heading Cereal Cookery was the following advice:

“Experiments have proved that prolonged cooking does not, as once was thought, make cereals more digestible.  Once a cereal is cooked through there is no point in prolonging the cooking period.”

And under the heading Tempting Ways to Serve Cereals they provide suggestions on how to get Junior to eat cooked cereals with examples like:

“Sprinkle some of the flaked ready-to-eat cereals over a bowls of cooked cereal, or mix grapenuts with it.  Serve with light cream and brown sugar.  This will tempt the child who turns down cooked cereal for ready-to serve.”

There is even a substantial list for use of leftover cooked cereal, including adding a cup to scrambled eggs before cooking.  Hmm, I’m not sure I would enjoy that.