Children Will Like This Valentine Party by Sister Mary (1929)

A Valentine party always has a distinct appeal to small people and it afford unusual opportunities for decoration for any party. Hearts, cupids, bows and arrows, roses, violets and lovers’ knots are all symbolical of the good saint and lend themselves to practical use. Rose color or pink offers a pleasing color scheme that can be worked out in the food to an unusual degree.

Since so many mothers choose February fourteenth for children’s parties,  am suggesting this as an early supper menu for children:

Love Apple Soup     Toast Sticks

Hearts of Celery

Creamed Salmon in Rice Cups

Heart Sandwiches

Raspberry Sponge

Milk  or Cocoa

Love apple soup is nothing more than Tomato cream soup, using the name our grandmothers gave to tomatoes. Each cup of soup could be topped with a small spoonful of whipped cream made faintly pink with paprika to delight the eyes of the small guests.

Creamed salmon in rice cases is an inexpensive, nourishing and easily digested dish suitable for children but quite partified and attractive.

Creamed Salmon in Rice Cases

One large can salmon, 3 cups milk, 4 tablespoons flour, 2 canned pimentos, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, 2 cups rice, 2 quarts cold water, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 eggs, bread crumbs.

Remove salmon from can and pour over boiling water. Drain and remove skin and bones. Flake, melt butter, stir in flour and slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Rub pimento through sieve and add with sale and paprika. Add salmon and keep hot over hot water.

Wash rice through several waters. Put in large kettle with butter and water and bring to the boiling point. Simmer until tender. Spread on dripping pan or platter, making a sheet about two inches thick.  When cold and firm cut with a two-inch cookie cutter. Dip in eggs slightly beaten with 2 tablespoons cold water. Roll in crumbs and brown quickly in deep hot fat. Drain on brown paper and scoop out the center when cool, leaving a case not more than ½ inch thick (note – this measurement difficult to read in the original). Reheat in the oven when ready to use and fill with creamed salmon.

Raspberry sponge is a simple dessert to carrying out the pink color scheme. A sponge cake could be used in place of angel food but the white cake is suggested since it is rather prettier with the dessert.

Raspberry Sponge

Prepare package of raspberry gelatine according to directions. When beginning to set, beat with a dover beater until frothy. Add one cup of heavy cream whipped until firm. Fold in one cup diced candied cherries and turn into a mold to chill and become firm. Serve with a garnish of whipped cream slightly sweetened and flavoured with vanilla.

This little supper served daintily and with appropriate favors is sure to please children as well as mothers since there are no over-rich and too-sweet dishes planned.

Source: The Meriden Daily Journal, February 1929

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