Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cottage Cheese [&] Thighs

To a weighty woman in the 50s & 60s - cottage cheese was a savior. It was seemingly the only diet alternative to everymeal for everywoman. Woe is the woman who didn't have access to Morningstar Farms back in the day. For here is what she was instructed to construct at mealtime, from that pesky Better Homes & Gardens Eat and Stay Slim cookbook (c)'68:
Creamy Cottage Dip
Beat one 12-ounce carton (1 1/2 cups) cottage cheese, not creamed [wtf is that?], 6 tablespoons skim milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons instant minced onion, and 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt with electric mixer. Stir in 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned pimento and 1 tablespoon sipped parsley. Chill. Makes 1 3/4 cups. Four tablespoons equals 1 Meat Exchange. Good on baked potato, too [wow - now you can live the life].

So the trick to keeping the cottage cheese off your thighs is to spoon it into your mouth. Novel.


  1. I remember when the standard "diet plate" in every restaurant was cottage cheese(full fat of course), a greasy hamburger patty and sliced tomatoes. Then came the low fat diet fad, followed by Atkins diet and the return of the "diet plate". I can't keep up. Think I'll just eat a cheeseburger.

  2. I had to look this up because I too have seen recipes stating "not creamed" appears that we are negligent in our cottage cheese knowledge.

    "Creamed" is what we are used to now - the kinda wet looking stuff. However, it appears "dry" is just that - cottage cheese that has no wet. Seems odd, but people seem to like it. I'll have to search around for it and try it myself.

  3. thx for doing the homework, lady! guess it's no more than a bucket of cheese curds then? eww.

  4. I know! Sounds pretty gross actually!