Thanksgiving 1954: Saltines and Navy Blended Coffee Aboard the USS Yorktown

Ever in the holiday spirit, Patriots Point, which sent us a USS Yorktown cookie recipe for Veterans Day, shared the below menu from the aircraft carrier’s 1954 Thanksgiving dinner.

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The menu is stamped with a few oldfangled touches, such as the hot mincemeat pie and after-dinner cigars. But it’s also testament to how little the standard holiday menu has changed in more than half a century: Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, two kinds of potatoes, pumpkin pie and Parker House rolls are immediately recognizable as a Thanksgiving meal. Continue reading

Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Vets and Servicemembers Today

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Much to the chagrin of a reader who called this morning, most restaurants offering Veterans Day deals aren’t extending them to military family members. But if you’re an active or former service member (and have the ID or uniform to prove it), you’re eligible to eat for free at dozens of chain restaurants today.

Locations aren’t required to participate in the national promotions, so make sure to call your chosen destination before dining. And prices don’t include beverage, tax or tip, unless otherwise noted.

About.com has compiled perhaps the most comprehensive online list of Veterans Day offers. The following freebies are likely to be of interest to eaters in the Charleston area; click the links for further details: Continue reading

Observing Veterans Day with USS Yorktown’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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In honor of Veterans Day, Patriots Point sent over the above photo of the USS Yorktown’s 1953 bake shop crew, charged with preparing sweet desserts and savory breads for 3500 fellow sailors. As these gentlemen remind us, thousands of men and women have served our country by seeing to the nutritional needs of those defending it.

Military kitchens also help keep service members’ spirits high by coming up with homey treats, such as the chocolate chip cookies once popular aboard the Yorktown. Spokesperson Holly Jackson didn’t share the instructions which accompanied the ingredient list, but you probably don’t have a big enough oven to make a batch anyhow.

Chocolate chip cookies

Makes 10,000 cookies

112 lbs. chocolate chips

165 lbs. flour

500 eggs

100 lbs. granulated sugar

87 lbs. shortening

75 lbs. brown sugar

12 lbs. butter

3 lbs. salt

3 c. vanilla extract

1 qt. water

1.5 lbs. baking soda