The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

World War II Homefront Muffins

I have a milk bottle from World War II with the slogan "Food Fights Too!  Use It Wisely!" emblazoned on it.  During the war, rationing permeated practically every facet of daily life, including food.  Once a person ran out of their allotted ration book stamps, they could not obtain any more of that commodity (milk, sugar, flour, etc.) until they received their next monthly ration book.  This circumstance led to creativity on the home front, with meal plans and recipes designed to make the most out of available ingredients, and avoid waste.  The National World War II Museum posted this recipe for corn-meal muffins from a wartime cook book.

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