This week in the U.S. of A it’ll be a good old fashioned Thanksgiving with a good old fashioned pumpkin pie. This week is also the start of Hanukkah, which brings good old fashioned latkes and jelly donuts (sufganiyot). Next month it will be an old fashioned Christmas with another good old fashioned pumpkin pie AND sugar cookies. But what the hell is an old fashioned Thanksgiving, and old fashioned Hanukkah, and old fashioned Christmas.
Old fashioned holidays are supposed to be something to aspire to, even when ‘old fashioned’ has a double meaning of quality, like with the idea of an old fashioned Christmas, or awful; Old fashioned lemonade = YUM, while wearing your hair in an old fashioned bun = ho-hum, their furniture was so old fashioned = outdated and therefore ugly. But wait a second here. There’s another curious line of demarcation when ‘old fashioned’ becomes ‘vintage’ and quality, and suddenly old fashioned is all the rage. Oh, the CONFUSION!
So you tell me. What’s old fashioned mean to you? Is it good? Is it bad? Is it nothing more than a fantasy that originated in Victorian times, or sheer consumer greed? And what makes old-fashioned, ‘vintage’?
I don know why these cookies are “old fashioned” besides the fact they come out of the Betty Crocker Cookie Book from 1963. They taste mighty fine. The ones that last longer than a week at my house never smell musty or browned with age. They are simply dee-lightful.
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies p. 79
- ½ cup shortening (part butter) 1tsp baking powder
- 1 cup sugar ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 egg ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 2 2/3 cups flour ½ cup sour cream
Mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly.
Blend dry ingredigents; add to sugar mizture aternatly with sour cream.
Roll out to ¼ inch thick on well-floured surface. Cut with 2 inch cutter; place on greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with sugar (you can colour the sugar red or green for Christmas)
Bake8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Serve with a medium roast coffee.