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In great grandmother's day, the Christmas dinner took days and days of work, but little planning. There was, perhaps, a family of fourteen, and twice as many guests. The food problem was solved by cooking every available vegetable, cake, pie, pudding and fowl. Quantity was the chief goal. But when families decreased from fourteen to four, there came new difficulties. Now we must plan well-balanced meals. We no longer have five kinds of cake and four kinds of pie for one meal. For that reason our pie or cake must be more carefully planned, so as to fit in with the rest of the menu.
"Christmas Dinner for Two,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 3
, Article 9.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol3/iss9/9