I was sitting in my kitchen listening to the CBS full day broadcast from September 21st 1939 when this announcer introduced a PET Milk Experimental Kitchen recipe section. As soon as I heard "Stuffed Vanilla Wafers" my ears perked up and I quickly pressed pause so I could grab a pen and paper. As I transcribed the recipe from this segment, I wondered who this Mary Lee was and if this PET was a long standing segment. Turns out, Mary Lee was quite a figure in kitchens from 1933 until the mid-50s, with many books and radio segments under her belt.
Her recipe program was "the longest-running cooking program on radio," initially starting as 15 minutes segments and expanding to half hour runs by the late 40s. If you are interested in vintage recipes at all, the Taylor oeuvre is definitely a great place to look. Curly Wurly has a nice digital collection of Mary Lee Taylor books on her blog, if you are interested in looking as some of her print recipes. If you are more keen to hear her radio program archive.org has about 13 episodes.
Enough jabber, here is my transcription of the recipe:
Stuffed Vanilla Wafers, makes ample for 6
Melt over boiling water, two tablespoons butter. Blend in 2 tablespoons flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in slowly 1/2 cup PET milk. Cook until thick and smooth, stirring constantly. Then add 16 marshmallows (ounces needed is listed at end of recipe).
Continue cooking while stirring until marshmallows are melted. Remove from hear and fold in 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut. Cool thoroughly.
Spread on flat sides of 18 vanilla wafers (I see sheets of these in Ukrainian and Croatian food markets). Cover with 8 vanilla wafers, putting flat side of wafers next to filling.
Notes: Can also be used with graham crackers (26 total) or other plain cookies. Amounts needed: Vanilla wafers, 16 oz; shredded coconut, 4 oz; marshmallows, 1/4 lb. Use whole milk or cream.
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You can hear this 1939 PET Milk recipe for yourself on archive.org. Her segment starts around the 3 minutes mark on track 5 of this series of files that are free to listen to and download.I recommend playing/downloading the entire day of this broadcast as it is quite interesting due to the historic significance of the day. The news flashes dispersed throughout the day give you a glimpse at how the beginning of WWII unfolded to Americans.