Baked Potatoes in Half Shell

Page 13 from the notebook is from the government’s playbook.

The November 2, 1917 edition of the St. Petersburg Daily Times includes a nearly identical recipe to the one here, save that it suggests including two beaten eggs in the potato mixture and topping with cheese. It’s part of a list of meat-free potato dishes supplies by the government “for this meatless age.”

As to which version is better, the newspaper assures us, “Very palatable without the eggs.”

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From the notebook of J.L. from Avon Lake, Ohio. Dated 1915.
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Baked Potatoes in Half Shell


Select six medium-sized potatoes and bake. Remove from oven; cut slice from top of each and scoop out inside.

Mash; add two tablespoons butter, then salt and pepper and three tablespoons hot milk. Refill skins and bake five to eight minutes in hot oven.

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