The Crazy Suburban Mom: Pant Muffins

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pant Muffins

This morning I was looking at a cookie recipe in a fun community cookbook. Fun because it was old and wildly non-specific.  A  little bit wacky, a lot dated. 

I stopped at that one because it was odd, as those are wont to be, but that's not what got me thinking so much about it.   It was the serving size that got me thinking, 'dozens' it said.   It wasn't the word that got me, it was that the recipe didn't seem all that big to me so I started looking in other books and know what I found?

Serving sizes are way askew these days. And yes yes, that's not exactly - OMGreen Beans! Call CNN! Because intellectually I knew that (Hello, every restaurant I've been to in the last decade, I'm talking to youse all!).  You only have to eat anywhere to know that but I never saw it in print before.

Here's a few examples...  Most old drop cookie recipes have you drop a teaspoon of dough.  In  new recipes you drop (this does vary) a rounded tablespoon.  And pies used to serve  nine (or more) people; now they serve six to eight.

 No wonder people used to eat dessert without muffins coming out the top of their pants.

Serving sizes stayed pretty consistent until recently when they exploded along with us.

*Interestingly if you go back to the early 1900's  protein serving sizes are much smaller - The uncooked weight for beef per recipe seemed to be 2.5 to 3 ounces a person.    And that's BEFORE  cooking. And even soup portions were smaller in general at less then eight ounces.  Which explains why both vintage dishes and pants seem small to me*


Babes Mami 6/2/11, 2:45 PM  

I make monster cookies for my bakery where I use 1/4 cup of dough per cookie lol but they are for fun not like order six and eat them all at once!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 6/2/11, 2:47 PM  

I know what you mean, I used to get ben a cookie cake for his birthday!

Vonlipi 6/2/11, 9:39 PM  

I'm so with you on that one! Portions are crazy now, huge and so is our waist bands....

Lin 6/2/11, 10:13 PM  

It's crazy! Look at the size of drinks at fast food places--not to mention the fries!! yikes.

We were at the DMV the other day and while we waited for Em to get her drivers license, I couldn't believe how many HUGE people (especially black women) that were there. And they were HUGE--not even just chubby. I mean, like how did you find clothes kinda huge. Scary.

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