Our Director of Development, Jennifer Trainer Thompson, is also the author of the Fresh Egg Cookbook. Here, she blogs about the intersection of 2 of her passions: MASS MoCA and food.
As I listen to Bang on a Can practicing below my office, in anticipation of their daily concerts in the galleries and the Marathon on July 28, Iâ€™m reminded that our predecessor â€“ the Sprague Electric Company â€“ was also musically inclined on Marshall Street.Â In the Sprague Electric Victory Log (the company newsletter put out monthly during World War II), there was a â€śMarshall Musicâ€ť column that was written by â€śShipping and Cancellationâ€ť, and a big advertisement for an upcoming concert by the Sprague Electric Orchestra.Â The concert was to be held at Drury Auditorium and tickets were $1 (you could purchase them at the Plant Dispensary).
The Sprague Electric Victory Log was filled with chatty news and ideas â€“ from the birth of a granddaughter to someone who worked in the Payroll Department to a snazzy new knitting pattern for a vest (just â€ścall for instructions at the Beaver Street Dispensaryâ€ť).Â But my favorite column is the recipe of the month, which was often provided by Gertrude Hall of the Tubular Assembly Department.Â I love the simple writing style of the day â€“ she assumes common sense will tell you what size pan to use.Â Gertrudeâ€™s Fool Proof Fudge was published in February 1946, and she noted that itâ€™s for â€śfolks who do not have to count their caloriesâ€ť.
Fool Proof Fudge
2 Â˝ packages chocolate chips*
1 square bitter chocolate*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk*
1 cup chopped nut meats
Place chocolate chips and chocolate in the top of a double boiler.Â When melted, add the vanilla and the condensed milk.Â Cook for 3 minutes.Â Remove from fire, add chopped nuts.Â Pour into a greased pan to cool.Â When cool cut in to squares.
(*Note from Jennifer: assuming that packages and can sizes may have changed, you could substitute 3 cups of chocolate chips for the first two ingredients, and that a can of sweetened condensed milk is 14 ounces, unless youâ€™d like to wing it.)