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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

100 years ago in Spokane: Cottage cheese makes a comeback

Cottage cheese, or “smearcase,” was put forward as a substitute protein to compensate for wartime meat shortages. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Spokane cooks were learning all about “smearcase,” aka “Dutch cheese,” aka “cottage cheese.”

This “old-time dish” was experiencing a comeback because of wartime meat shortages. Housewives were urged to use it as a protein source, “guaranteed to make all husbands come home to dinner,” said The Spokesman-Review.

Experts from the United States Department of Agriculture were in Spokane doing lectures and demonstrations at schools and clubs in how to use cottage cheese.

They were touting two recipes that they said were favorites among men: the cottage cheese and nut loaf and the cottage cheese pie. The first recipe was a kind of meat loaf substitute, using bread crumbs, nuts and cottage cheese. The second was similar to a cheesecake, with cottage cheese mixed with whipped cream and egg whites, piled into a cooked pastry shell.

From the police beat: A group of rail yard workers from Hillyard were in trouble after a series of drunken escapades. A patrolman stopped an auto downtown driven by an obviously inebriated driver. The officer fought with the driver and subdued him, but two passengers intervened, freed the driver, and they all roared off in the car.

The officer noted the license plate, however, and the men were later found “engaging in a free-for-all fight” under a viaduct. They were booked for disorderly conduct and drunkenness.