WOMEN AND THE HOME

Gifts Go Electric

Practical suggestions for pleasing a June bride

HELEN G. CAMPBELL May 15 1938
WOMEN AND THE HOME

Gifts Go Electric

Practical suggestions for pleasing a June bride

HELEN G. CAMPBELL May 15 1938

Gifts Go Electric

WOMEN AND THE HOME

Practical suggestions for pleasing a June bride

HELEN G. CAMPBELL

Director* Chatelaine Institute

YOUNG couples about to listen to their own wedding bells are properly grateful for any gift received. But being as sensible as they are romantic—-they have to be in this year of grace and recession—what they are really hoping you will send them is something practical. If it combines smartness with usefulness, so much the better, and if it earns its keep they’ll call down blessings upon you.

Electric appliances for the new home will continue to delight the July housekeeper as well as the June brideand groom. So there’s a way to settle the problem when you’re giving a present on your own hook or chipping in with the bridge club, office staff, choral society or some other group. There is a range of prices to suit the private or communal purse, and enough variety in the equipment to serve the cause of domesticity in a dozen and one different ways.

Coffee-maker: Here’s a grand donation bound to make the recipient regard you as a benefactor. Everybody knows that good coffee keeps a man easier to live with, and that a bitter or weak-kneed brew puts him behind his morning newspaper quicker than anything. There seems to lie something about this beverage that starts a train of pleasant or unpleasant thoughts, according to its quality.

Of course no home needs half a dozen coffee-making devices, SÍ) don’t all buy one. Your favorite bride might find grxxl use for the smaller size in tête-à-tête meals, and one of sufficient capacity to serve a crowd. There are different types to choose from, if your gift takes this form, for good coffee can lx: made by several methods. The vacuum type utensils are the latest contribution to consistently fine flavor,

and are as good-looking on the table as they are efficient at the job. The very thing to delight this year’s romantic but practical bride. Be sure directions for using it go along with the wedding present. Otherwise, the young housekeeper might not be sure what grind to use or what measurements are required. She might not know enough to turn off the heating element when nearly all the water has risen into the top part. And she might not realize the importance of washing filter cloths in clear, not soapy, water, and of replacing them with new ones frequently. Whisper in the bridal ear that, in the interests of a beverage which gets the day off to a good start and winds it up to your satisfaction, these instructions should be obeyed with as much grace as she obeys her new lord and master.

Iron: A gift to smooth out troubles.

New models are streamlined, designed to fit the hand and operate with little effort. They are lighter in weight than older types, heat up more quickly, and do an even more efficient job. Many of them are equipped with a conveniently-placed temperature control which holds the heat at any desired degree suitable for the material on your board. When set at “high” such an iron deals effectively with linens and cottons, at “low” it presses wrinkles from synthetic fabrics without doing them any harm. Lucky the bride who receives one of these modern irons to keep her brow as unfurrowed as her husband’s shirt bosoms.

Toaster: For browning bread to the

proper complexion. No young couple could do without one, with toast the universal breakfast dish and a well-liked accompaniment to any meal. You can’t expect the fondest husband to relish anaemic slices or appreciate an ebon one.

What he wants with his marmalade is a beautiful suntan and a moderate amount of crispness to sink his teeth into. SÍ) your gift, if you decide on a toaster, will have its place on the table for browning purposes. To speed things up on busy mornings or when there is a crowd in line, you can get models which attend to all four sides of two slices at once. And when you want to present the last word in toaster efficiency, you will probably select one with an automatic device. This eliminates watching for variation in the finished products, as the slices pop up when they are just the shade desired. You can’t go wrong with this gift.

Electric mixer: It’s considered a downright necessity by modern brides. Many of them would hardly set up a home without it. and any couple will simply adore the friends or relatives whose card it bears. It does so many things—beats, stirs, whips, blends, extracts juices, and so on—with such dispatch and deftness. Altogether it makes cooking easy and as successful as any mother-in-law can turn out. Cakes are lighter, omelets puffier, icings fluffier, meringues and soufflés frothier when the mixer has a hand in the beating.

Meals for two or as many as the table will accommodate are served equally well, for it beats one egg or a dozen, whips cream in any quantity, mashes potatoes, and blends few or many ingredients as the case demands.

This is a grand gift from the family, the groom’s business associates or the bride’s bridge club. It isn’t much when everyone chips in. and if you think you can put up with a husband who boasts about his wife’s good cooking, you couldn’t make a better selection.

Roaster: Mother and dad might give

this. It’s a portable oven that cuts down housekeeping bills and has 101 different uses in any kitchen. Just the thing for twosome cooking, and equally useful as an auxiliary to the range when a dinner party is the order of the day. It plugs into any wall socket, and cooks either one dish or a whole meal with the same efficiency. Grand for casseroles, meat loaves, steamed puddings, custards, roasts, stews, or any combination of these in appropriate quantities. Y'oung chatelaines will be thrilled to pieces with the cakes, pies, biscuits, rolls, and so on, they can bake in it, and the beautiful brown crust it gives to things. They’ll love it for buffet suppers when it sits on the table and keeps the food piping hot until everyone is served, no matter how they dally. It’s smart enough to appear with the best linen, but good looks is only one of its many virtues. Chief among these is its real roasting and baking efficiency, its economy, and its adaptability in the kitchen.

Waffle iron: Not quite but almost a

necessity to gay young folks who like to gather their friends about them. The very thing for those midnight snacks after a table of bridge, these leisurely Sunday morning breakfasts, or an easy ending for dinner en famille. Directions come with the appliance and are meant to be followed. When they are, this smart, commodious iron, complete with tray, is capable of crisp, tender waffles in any quantity.

Sandwich toaster or grillette: A fine gift to any hostess—or host. Everyone, it seems, goes for sandwiches in a big way, particularly if they are toasted. With one of these, it is easy to entertain, but the usefulness of this appliance isn’t limited to late refreshments. Hearty fillings and perhaps a bit of sauce or gravy are all that

are needed to make the sandwich a supper main course. Quite an idea for left-overs, that bane of many a cook, inexperienced or otherwise.

To double its usefulness, the top turns back level with the lower grid to make a sizable flat surface for cooking chops, bacon, eggs, fish cakes, sausages, pancakes, or what not. Nice for table cooking if anyone is so inclined.

So if a sandwich toaster becomes the answer to your gift problem, you will have found a good one.