Monday, June 23, 2014

Historical Food Fortnightly Challenge #2 - Soups and Sauces

Ellis Grade School was across 7th Avenue, through Ellis Park which was an entire city block, then across Stuntz Avenue.  The kindergarten building was the newest addition on the right side and the fire station was on the left.  There was a large silo-type structure attached to the building and it was where the fire escape was housed.  It was the most awesome and scary circular slide in the world!  Or at least it was to a 4-year-old little girl.  That little girl was me and every day when I came home for lunch my mom would have tomato soup and buttered saltine crackers waiting for me.  A nice memory.

Challenge #2 for the Historical Food Fortnightly is Soups and Sauces.  In looking through our CBS Homemakers Exchange Recipes I find several tomato soup recipes but non so intriguing as the recipe for Orange Tomato Soup from July/August/September 1950.
The little voice in my head says, through all the laughter, Seriously?!  How can tomato juice and orange juice turn into a soup and how can it possibly taste good?  So I just HAVE to make it.  Wouldn't you?


Heat the tomato juice, add the orange juice, reheat.  Seriously??!!

Yes, and seriously good!  Smooth, light, tomato with just a tiny hint of citrus and perfect for summer.

While I stood over the hot stove making soup *wink*, Patrick made grilled burgers with onion and Worchestershire topped with Provolone cheese and a tomato and ranch dressing pasta salad.

We do have a bit of history to share with you.  Ellis Grade School in Ashland, Wisconsin was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1980 as being noted for its Revival architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

And the serving piece for the soup was given to Patrick by his mother, Bernice.  While he doesn't know the origin of the set, he can tell you that his cat, Bullette, knocked the sugar bowl off the counter.  What we've been able to find is that the manufacturer is Noritake China Made In Occupied Japan which firmly dates its origin to between 1948 and 1952 according to the mark.  We also know the pattern is Greenbrier.  And, sadly, we haven't been able to find a sugar bowl.  If you are interested there are more details about Noritake here:     Noritake China

Historical Food Fortnightly

The Challenge:  #2 - Soups and Sauces
The Recipe:  Orange Tomato Soup, CBS Homemakers Exchange Recipe Jul/Aug/Sep 1950
The Date/Year and Region:  1950, United States television
How Did You Make It:  Standing over a hot stove for hours *wink and smile*
Time to Complete:  Truthfully, only about 5 minutes.
Total Cost:  Approximately 75 cents
How Successful Was It?:  4 thumbs up
How Accurate Is It?:  Couldn't be easier.

Give it a try!  Seriously!!
Patrick and Jeanette


  1. I would never have thought of making tomato soup this way. I am going to try it.

    Here is a Greenbrier sugar bowl :

    1. Thank you so very much, generationsb4! We will get the sugar bowl! Please try the soup, it is really delicious. Let me know if you like it.