A Week of Menus for Mid-November (Mid-Century Menu Monday)

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Meal planning is the hardest part of eating at home all the time.

Being creative, coming up with new ideas, and then getting those meals onto the table on time is tough.

Here are 7 vintage dinners for mid-November to inspire your adventures in square meals.

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A Week of Menus for Mid-November

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There are many vintage cookbooks that contain complete menu plans for a full year, based on providing nutrition and variety to the vintage housewife’s meals. The best one is Meta Given’s The Modern Family Cookbook, but only the earliest editions. Some of my favorites are:

These are hearty warming meals from one of my vintage meal plans. They all center around cold-weather dishes and seasonal foods. Here are some other menu plans for November:

Seasonal Foods For Mid-November

The idea of sticking to the foods that were in season was very important to the thrifty vintage housewife! It saved money and helped to keep people healthy. Here are some of the things that are in season right now:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Oranges, pears, persimmons, quinces, almonds, filberts, butternuts, chestnuts, walnuts.

Vegetables

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers (hothouse)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions and garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Winter squash
  • Spinach
  • Turnips, rutabagas, and swedes
  • Various herbs.
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned corn

Meat and Fish

  • Beef
  • Mutton
  • Pork
  • Veal
  • Chickens
  • Geese
  • Fowls
  • Turkeys
  • Blackcock (no idea what this one is — a kind of game bird)
  • Goose
  • Grouse
  • Opossum (no, thank you)
  • Partridges
  • Pheasants
  • Quails
  • Rabbits
  • Snipe
  • Venison
  • Woodcock.
  • Bass
  • Carp
  • Chub
  • Cod
  • Dace
  • Eels
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Plaice
  • Smelts
  • Sprats
  • Trout
  • Turbot
  • Whitefish
  • Whiting
  • Crabs
  • Crayfish
  • Lobster
  • Oysters
  • Prawns
  • Shrimp

Monday’s Dinner

Tuesday’s Dinner

  • Roast Boston pork butt and gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Savory creamed spinach
  • Cornbread and butter
  • Applesauce cake with whipped cream
  • Coffee and milk

Wednesday’s Dinner

Thursday’s Dinner

  • Chop suey (basic vintage version above)
  • Boiled rice
  • Buttered carrots
  • Bread and butter
  • Sliced cucumber salad
  • Tapioca cream with canned cherries
  • Coffee and milk

Friday’s Dinner

Saturday’s Dinner

Sunday’s Dinner

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References

The Modern Family Cook Book, Meta Given, 1961

Sunset All-Western Cook Book, Genevieve Callahan, 1933

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