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Tomato Baskets (VRP 400)

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Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H with a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below that is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time we do not know anything about the history of the box.

We do show that this box came to us with another box but at this time we are not sure if they were owned by the same person or the eBay seller grouped them together.

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Vintage Recipe Box 400
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Tomato Baskets

Tomato Baskets

Tomato Baskets (VRP 400)

Instructions

    For each basket, remove the stem from a small firm tomato with well-rounded sides. With the blossom end up, make two parallel cuts about 1/4 inch apart over the top of the tomato, slicing about halfway down the tomato. Make a horizontal cut on each side of the tomato so that they intersect the first cuts and remove the 2 pieces. Carefully remove the flesh and seeds from the remaining basket shape, leaving the flesh of the handle relatively thick. Sprinkle the inside of each basket with a little oil and vinegar, and fill it with cooked vegetable salad, potato or egg salad, or peas and asparagus vinaigrette.

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