Friday, June 28, 2013

Food Friday: Cooking with the General Petroleum Girls Club

Today's recipes are from the Cooking in General cookbook from the General Petroleum Girls Club (Los Angeles, 1951).

What is  the General Petroleum Girls Club? To be honest, I have no idea. It appears to have a connection to a gas company. My guess is Mobil Gas since the Pegasus icon is on the title page.

Their explanation about  the proceeds from the cookbook make it sound as if  the group had something to do with a company.

Tamale Pie sounds good right about now and this cookbook provides a few pages of recipes. The first says "Very Good" in the title line and notes that it has been served to club members and they all want the recipe. The last one includes canned tamales, something I grew up with, and raisins. The recipe says to remove the husks on the tamales but in the canned tamales that I have had, that would actually be a plastic wrapper. I have ate  a similar casserole at a bowling league potluck once but it was a mixture of  canned tamales and canned chili.

Were you or someone you know a member of the General Petroleum Girls Club? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear more about this group.


  1. It's fun to see three "competing" recipes -- invites people to make their own composite. General Petroleum must have been an LA company in the 50s. Actually, there is an entry for "General Petroleum Building" in LA on Wikipedia. Built in 1949. Now added to the National Register of Historic Places.

  2. It was fun to find this reference to the General Petroleum Girls Club. The Girls Club must have been prolific: I have a copy of "More Cooking in General" dated 1955. The tamale pie recipe is courtesy of Ethel Storms.