Food Will Win The War


By Erika Janik | November 17, 2014

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When most people think of food rationing, they think of WWII. But Americans were first urged to conserve during the First World War and many of the programs were pioneered in Wisconsin. Historian Erika Janik tells us how Wisconsinites learned to cut back on wheat, meat, fat, and sugar.

This story is part of the Wisconsin Life series, “Wisconsin in the First World War.”

RECIPE: The Women Students’ War Work Council, together with the University of Wisconsin’s Home Economics Department, produced a booklet of recipes using alternative ingredients to show how everyone could do their part to support the troops. Find more wartime recipes here.

Scalloped Cheese

  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fat
  • 5 slices of bread
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  1. Spread bread with fat and cut into 1-3 inch cubes.
  2. Beat eggs, add milk, salt and a sprinkling of paprika.
  3. Arrange bread cubes and grated cheese in alternate layers in greased baking dish. 
  4. Pour over egg and milk mixture.
  5. Bake in a moderate oven from 1/2 to 3/4 hour or until set.
  6. Serve hot. 

Erika Janik

Erika Janik spins multiple “Wisconsin Life”-related plates as she acquires, edits, records, and mixes radio stories for broadcast — all while searching for new roadside attractions, hiking trails  and local beer to explore.  She is the author of five books including “Apple: A Global History“, and most recently “Marketplace of the Marvelous:...
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