Over a dozen historical Thanksgiving menus are included in the following four posts: here, here, here, and here.
Five posts have covered Thanksgiving pies:
Pumpkin, Pecan, Cranberry, Apple, Mincemeat.
Other Thanksgiving foods featured in the past have been:
Succotash, Sweet Potato,Vegetarian ‘Mock Turkey’,Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey Dressing,
We have also had fun with:
Thanksgiving Ideas for the Bride Housewife.
Now, as the military seem to be under-represented in the posts for this special day, here is the
Thanksgiving Day menu for 1945 from U.S.S. PC-1138, in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
Celery and Ripe Olives
Cream of Tomato Soup
ROAST TOM TURKEY
Vegetable Dressing Giblet Gravy Mashed Potato
Pie Plum Pudding
Cigars and Cigarettes.
For the today’s recipe, I give you a military quantity of Cream of Tomato Soup from the U.S. Navy cook-book (1920). I doubt that the military were doing it much differently a couple of decades later when the men aboard U.S.S. PC-1138 enjoyed their turkey and cigarettes in 1945.
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP
10 gals. stock
3 lbs. onions
5 lbs. flour
3 lbs. milk
1/8 oz baking soda
5 lbs. bread for croutons.
Boil together the tomatoes and onions until they become a pulp, then mash and strain through a fine colander; add to the stock and thicken well with a white roux. Simmer for 30 minutes; then add the soda and then the milk. Season and serve with the croutons. The consistency of this soup should be that of a good thick cream.
Quotation for the Day.
What's a soup kitchen?