Friday, March 6, 2009

Any-meat Rollups - inspired by "Aunt Sammy"

My good friend, Debbie Maynard (check out her blog -, has quite a collection of OLD cookbooks, and let me borrow one that really appealed to me. It is dog-eared and SO nostalgic that it I couldn’t resist stopping what I was doing and reading it cover to cover. Published in 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression, Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes grew out of an enormously successful radio show, “Housekeeper’s Chat”, that was written and sponsored by the US Bureau of Home Economics. Aunt Sammy was it’s star, Uncle Sam’s wife. This book gives you an idea of how American’s ate during those economic times - and who knows - before long, we may be following their advice.

Here is a recipe that caught my eye - and I tried to duplicate it using today’s equivalents... Since I didn’t have leftover roast beef, I used the convenient bagged grilled chicken breast strips. The homemade gravy I substituted with creamed soup & cream cheese. It was an adventure in food experimentation - well worth it tonight!

For the recipe and instructions for this "Any-meat Rollup" (including pictures) see ("empty nest" tab)

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