Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Edna's Seafood Casserole

For anyone throwing a New Year's party tonight, here's a recipe that Grammy has designated for the holiday. I especially like the use of crushed potato chips as a topping! Yes! My inner five year old says: Best casserole ever!

Edna's Seafood Casserole

1lb crab and lobster meat
1 lb cooked shrimp
1 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 ts salt
1 TB worcestershire sauce
2 cups potato chips, crushed

- Mix ingredients except chips and paprika, and pour into casserole dish.
- Top with paprika, then with chips.
- Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

French Dressing... again

Good evening,

Today's recipe is one of several French Dressing recipes. Hoping to discover why Grammy had more than one, I tried to look up the popularity time range of French Dressing. Alas, I didn't find what I was looking for...
...but thanks to Wikipedia, I did find this:


In the UK the most common recipes for “French Dressing” contain olive oil and white or red wine vinegar or lemon juice as a base and can often contain salt, sugar, pepper, mustard, and garlic. There is no set manufactured recipe and companies often make several different types of dressing to suit different tastes.

[edit]United States

In the United States “French dressing” is almost always a reddish orange color (never true red, never white). It is a homogenized, pureed, uniform viscous sauce with a tangy sweet flavor. Unlike a French vinaigrette, there are no bits of herbs or spices floating in it. It is generally made from vegetable oil, vinegar, ketchup (or tomato puree), water, paprika, other spices, and sweeteners, all thoroughly blended.


In Switzerland, French style salad dressing is not a “vinaigrette” but a white dressing with mayonnaise or cream,[3] which is often called “French dressing” when ready made and bottled.[4]

Grammy's got both English and Swiss heritage, so I hope she enjoyed that trivia bit. Onwards!

French Dressing

1 cup catsup (aka ketchup)
1 cup veg oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 ts salt
1 TB worcestershire sauce
2 lemons' juice
3 or 4 garlic cloves, chopped

-Combine all of the above.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Ah, the magic of Christmas....

Every year, my family throws a neighborhood Christmas Eve party for our primarily Jewish neighbors. It involves a lot of food, alcohol, and pointed questions, like, "Amanda, I hear that the local film industry is failing. What are you going to do for work now?"

There will be latkes, Christmas cookies, chips, dips, little bowls of nuts, and hot cider on the stove. Our neighbor will tell her adult daughter that she's "had enough to eat", and my sister will be told repeatedly that she's "had enough wine." The three sons of our Irish Catholic neighbors will slyly drink enough to walk into trees/shrubs/telephone poles on the 100yd journey home. Everybody has a great time.

Today's Christmas Eve recipe is actually made by my mother and served at the above-mentioned party. Grammy Gertie liked it so much, that she started making it too.

Ellen's Hot Crab Appetizers

1 stick butter
1 jar Old English Cheese spread (Kraft, 5 oz)
1 1/2 ts mayonnaise
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1 can crab meat
6 English muffins

-Let butter and cheese spread soften to room temp.
-Mix both together with mayo, garlic salt and seasoned salt.
-Add crab meat.
-Spread mixture onto English muffin halves.
-Freeze for 10 min.
-Cut each half into 8 triangles and broil until bubbly.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ginger Snaps

Though I can't recall ever eating ginger snaps, it sounds like a Christmas cookie recipe. Check below for Grammy's tips.

Ginger Snaps

1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup dark molasses
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups pastry flour
2 ts baking soda
1 ts cinnamon
1/2 ts cloves
1 heaping ts ginger
dash of salt

-Mix ingredients into dough. Spoon into drop cookies and place on baking sheet.
-Bake at 350 for 10 min.

"If you want them to be fancy -- when thoroughly mixed, take a rounded ts of dough, roll into ball in hands, then roll that in white sugar. Place on baking pan."

"I just make drop cookies, they taste just as good."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries

We just had something remarkably similar to this at my mother's house over the weekend. Must be a holiday thing!

Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries

3 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cup apple juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 TB butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 ts all spice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup chopped green onions.

-Cook potatoes until half done.
-Add the spices, remaining ingredients, into sauce pan. Cook until the juice is syrup.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gingerbread Cake

Good evening,

As we narrow in on the Christmas, it seems a nice time to pull out some holiday recipes.

Gingerbread Cake

1/2 cup oleo (or butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 ts baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup molasses
1 cup hot water

-mix ingredients together
-bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meat Rollups...

I wish, WISH this recipe card had a date on it!
1960s? Maybe?

This recipe takes the best that processed meat has to offer, and glams it up by turning it into some sort of hybrid pig-in-a-blanket, then, THEN suggests pouring condensed soup over the top. With American cheese. Whoa. I'm so excited and disgusted that grammar escapes me! And what an enticing name....

"MEAT Roll-ups"

2 cups flour (our sponsors suggest GOLD MEDAL)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup cooking oil (again, the sponsors suggest Wesson)
2/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups chopped bologna of "chopped luncheon meat"

-Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add oil and milk. Stir until dough forms.
-Mix together egg and meat-like product (my phrasing, not theirs)
-Roll the dough out like a pizza crust. Top with meat-egg mixture and roll into a jelly roll shape.
-Slice into smaller pastry sizes.
-Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

WAIT! It gets better! There's a sauce!
-Bring to boil 10 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup. Stir in 1 cup of grated American cheese.

Et voila! Meat roll-ups.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Hannukah!

Greetings, all!
We're closing in on the end of Hannukah. Though the Treat family is not particularly Jewish (at all), Grammy would encourage us to partake in our neighbors' celebration. Thus, she has not 1, but 2 recipes for latkes!
The gist of both recipes is:

3-4 potatoes, coarsely shredded
1 egg, beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 TB flour

One of the recipes is calling for shredded carrots, but NO! That's gross!

-Basically, mix everything up like pancake batter, then make little potato pancakes out of them. Fry them up and serve hot with applesauce. The applesauce is non-negotiable.

Happy Hannukah!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sandwich Spread

Good evening,
Here's a quick notecard for "Sandwich Spread". I'm not sure if this is meant to be layered or all mushed together. It all tastes the same, I suppose.

"Sandwich Spread

3/4 lb pressed ham
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 TB onions
2 eggs, mashed
1/2 cup mayonnaise"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cream of Tomato and Cheddar Soup

Another warm recipe from The Red Lion Inn. If you double click on the image, it informs you that:
"This is the official soup of the Red Lion Inn Golf Tournament!!"


Cream of Tomato and Cheddar Soup

1 sm onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, leaves removed
3 carrots, peeled
2 lbs Italian plum tomatoes
3 tsp pickling spice tied in cheesecloth bag
4 TB extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 ts Tabasco
2 Qts Veal Stock
3/4 lb Cheddar Cheese, shredded
5 oz butter
5 oz flour
8 oz butter
1 cup heavy cream
S&P to taste

-Chop the onions, celery and carrots finely. Saute in olive oil.
-Add tomatoes, bag of spices, sauces, and simmer for 1 hr. Stir often.
-Remove spice bag and puree mixture until smooth.
-Simmer mixture with the spice bag and the veal stock. Bring to boil and simmer until reduced by 1/4.
-Heat 5 oz butter and flour until stirred together into a roux.
-Beat roux into soup. Gradually add Cheddar Cheese, remaining butter, cream, and s&p.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mumford & Sons and Applesauce Cake

Technology Oops.

In attempting to upload this recipe, I accidently dragged it into my iTunes. It now appears as the album art for "White Blank Page" by Mumford & Sons... oh well.

I'd like to think that band enjoys a good applesauce cake.

Betty Crocker Applesauce Cake

2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 ts baking powder
1 1/2 ts baking soda
1 1/2 ts salt
3/4 ts cinnamon
1/2 ts cloves
1/2 ts allspice
1/2 cup shortening/butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup raisins, chopped
1 1/2 cup applesauce
1 large egg

-Mix all dry ingredients.
-Beat together butter, water, raisins and applesauce.
-Beat in egg.
-Add dry and wet mixes, and stir.
-Bake in 9" x 13" pan for 45-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grammy Gertie used to cook an enormous Thanksgiving feast, usually to feed 2 dozen people or so. I remember walking into the house, and seeing all available counter space being used to cool pies -- including in the hallway. It made it very challenging to chase ones siblings around the house without knocking over the pies.

To Emily, Ethan, Lydia, Mike, Craig, our parents, our kids, our families...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Pumpkin Pie

1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 TB molasses
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt

-Mix above ingredients together, and pour into pie crust.
-Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Peeny Cheese Ball

Speaking of untraditional, I have very clear memories of Grammy serving cheese balls as part of the Thanksgiving appetizer spread. They werebright orange, and about the size of a small grapefruit. She used to sit it on her wooden hutch on a plate with some crackers. Self service.

"Peeny Cheese Ball
made by Ethel Decker
Clarence Decker

8 oz Rotarian
3 pkgs Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 lb Roquefort Cheese
1/4 lb butter

-Leave ingredients at room temperature.
-Mix together and mold into a ball.

-Then mix together
18 oz cream cheese
3 TB butter
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

-Use this as a coating for the ball.
-Refrigerate for 24 hours. Take out of the fridge 1 hour before serving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Failure to Pie...

Good evening everyone,
I just spoke to Grammy Gertie a few hours ago, and she extends a Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

I called her tonight because my new office (of my new job, of my new career!) held a Thanksgiving potluck today. There were some untraditional dishes -- guacamole, greek salad, Elmo cupcakes, etc. I chose to bring the pie.
Unfortunately, I'm not as flawless at this pie making thing as Grammy is....

Literally, I got up at 5 a.m. this morning, and proceeded to roll out dough and slice apples in the dark. It took forever. I more or less slept-cooked, not realizing until 7am that I'd forgotten to add some non-essential ingredients. No bother. These were going to be amazing pies.

By 8am, the pies had baked, but not cooled. It was time to leave for work, and I have a half hour commute on a crowded subway. Hmm... clearly I didn't work out the logistics ahead of time.
First, I tried walking with them in a bag to the T stop. They were too fragile even for that. I ended up hailing a cab -- an expensive, luxurious ride for my baked friends. I was determined that they make it to the office in one piece.

It was pointless. When I got there, the pies were all smashed up into a mush of crust and filling. I might as well have brought apple crisp. Pies make terrible commuters. Luckily my coworkers were nice about it.

The best thing though, was when I told Grammy about my pie troubles, she said, "Well, how many pies did you make?" It almost sounded a little competitive.
"Two," I said.
She quietly chuckled and said, "Well that's... okay."

On to the recipe! This never appeared on the Thanksgiving table to my memory, but it was in the recipe box. Double click the image to enlarge it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cranberry Nut Loaf

We're one week out from Turkey Day, which used to be Grammy's main event. You're going to have to figure out how to roast a turkey on your own, because she didn't have a written recipe for that. She must have memorized it.

In the mean time, this would be nice to have on the table.

Cranberry Nut Loaf
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 ts baking powder
1/2 ts soda
1 ts salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
1 TB grated orange rind
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

-Sift flour, sugar, baking power, soda and salt.
-Cut shortening into mixture until coarse.
-Combine orange juice, egg and grated rind.
-Pour wet mix into dry mix and stir. Add cranberries and nuts.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Harvard Beets

You know what vegetable sounds wicked smart?

Harvard Beets

3 cans whole beets
2 TB whole cloves
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
3 TB vegetable oil
3 TB ketchup
1/8 ts salt
3 TB cornstarch
1 ts vanilla

-Drain beets, but save 1 1/2 cups juice.
-Cut beets into wedges.
-In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, ketchup and salt. Put cloves in a strainer, and add. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cloves.
-Combine cornstarch and beet juice until smooth. Stir into sugar mixture. Bring to boil.
-Add beets and vanilla.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quiche Lorraine

Happy Monday everyone,
Grammy's recipe collection includes this one for Quiche Lorraine. Though the recipe itself has instructions for how to make the pie crust, I'm going to leave that part out. You can double click on the recipe if you really want to know... but remember, Grammy used to occasionally cheat with store bought pie crust :)

Quiche Lorraine

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
3 lg eggs
1 TB flour
1/2 ts salt
1/8 ts nutmeg
2 cups milk
1 TB butter or margarine

-Preheat oven to 425.
-Roll pie crust/pastry into 11" circle. Fit into 9" pie plate, fill with weights, and bake for 12 minutes.
-Reduce oven temp to 375.
-Sprinkle bacon and cheese evenly on pastry shell.
-Whisk eggs together with flour, salt, nutmeg and milk. Pour into crust.
-Melt butter in saucepan until browned, and drizzle over top.
-Bake 30-35 minutes.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kit's New Orleans Shrimp Mousse

This recipe comes from my Aunt Kit!
Grammy Gertie appears to have halved the recipe (the original recipe yielded 1 quart!). We're going to use the measurements written in the margin.

New Orleans Shrimp Mousse

1/2 can condensed tomato soup
1 envelope gelatin, dissolved in 1/8 cup cold water
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
2 cans shrimp, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped

-Heat tomato soup, add gelatin.
-Combine the remaining ingredients, and pour into (Jello) mold.
-Chill, and serve with crackers.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Hey baby, it's cold outside....

Okay, it's not quite Christmas season or anything (though Macy's employees were putting up garlands today), but it's cold enough to feel like it.

Here's a nice, warm, Americana-sounding soup recipe for election night.
(Double click the recipe image to enlarge)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spanish Fillet

Given that I pretty much hate fish (and I live in New England, yes, I know), I probably won't be trying this one... but don't let me hold the rest of you back:

Spanish Fillet
Fillets of flounder, sole, turbot (or other white fish)
Toasted Almonds
Green Olives, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
lemon juice

-Saute the onion and celery in butter.
-Add olives and almonds to mixture. Reserve some olives and almonds for topping.
-Roll or stuff the fish fillets with mixture.
-Top with additional almonds and olives.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 min.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pecan Puffs, aka Canon Balls

These cookies, which I associate with Christmas, also go by the name "Canon Balls". You can thank my 3 year old self for that. I misheard the word "pecan", and since they are ball-shaped... well, you can kind of see the logic. Kids know way more about pirate weaponry than about nut varieties.

Pecan Puffs

1 cup butter, softened
4 TB sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups pecans, chopped
2 cups flour

-Cream the butter and sugar.
-Add the vanilla, pecans and flour. Mix.
-Roll the dough into small balls (the circumference of a quarter)
-Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 300 for 45 minutes.
-Roll balls in powdered sugar.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Buttery Corn Bread

Autumn has certain foods associated with it, apple pie, roast turkey, etc. For some reason, I always wait until fall to make cornbread. If you like your corn bread on the... cornier side... (sorry, that sounds like something Grampy Chuck would have said), switch the measurements for the flour and the cornmeal.

Buttery Corn Bread

2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 2/3 cup milk
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
4 1/2 ts baking powder
1 ts salt

-In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
-Add eggs and milk.
-Mix in flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
-Pour into greased 13" x 9" baking pan.
-Bake at 400 degrees for 22-27 minutes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pickled Fruit

When we think of Grammy and pickled fruit, usually it's all about the watermelon rind. According to this recipe, though, you can pickle just about everything.

Pickled Fruit

5 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup vinegar
12" stick cinnamon, broken
2 ts whole cloves
5 lbs fruit, washed, seeded and peeled
(peaches, pears, pineapple, melon, papaya, citrus, kumquats)

-In a large Dutch oven combine sugar, water, vinegar, cinnamon and cloves.
-Heat until boiling, reduce heat.
-Add fruit to syrup and...
(oops! okay, that's all we have of that recipe. Still, Grammy knew how to pickle, so I bet if we follow the instructions for pickled watermelon rind, we'll have good results)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Carrot Broccoli Casserole

Good morning!

Hope everybody had a wonderful 3 day weekend (if your job gave you Columbus day off, that is). Here's a warm fall dish that can work either as a side dish, or could work as a main dish if you're going vegetarian.

Carrot Broccoli Casserole

1 pkg baby carrots
1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli, chopped (or 2 pkgs frozen broccoli, chopped)
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
3/4 cup butter, divided
1 3/4 butter flavored crackers, crushed

-Place 1" of water in saucepan; add carrots and bring to boil.
-Reduce heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes.
-Add broccoli, cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes.
-Drain and set aside.
-In a saucepan, melt the cheese and 1/4 cup butter until smooth. Add broccoli and carrots.
-Melt the remaining butter and toss with cracker crumbs.
-Layer the buttery crumbs, then vegetable mix, crumbs mix, vegetables, top with crumbs.
-Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dorcus Lamson's Salad

As always, a slightly surprising ingredient pops up here...

Dorcus Lamson's Salad

small marshmallows
green grapes
canned pineapple chunks
mandarin oranges
sour cream

-mix everything together!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cream of Carrot Soup

It's been a cold, wet week up here in Massachusetts. Perfect for some soup. This recipe also came from The Red Lion Inn.

Cream of Carrot Soup
3 TB butter
1/3 cup leeks, diced
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/3 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
3 TB flour
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup light cream
salt, pepper, thyme
1/3 cup white wine

-Melt butter in sauce pan and add leeks, onion, celery and carrots. Saute for 5 min.
-Blend in flour, then add chicken stock. Bring to boil.
-Add salt, pepper, thyme and wine. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
-Puree in blender.
-Return to low heat and add cream just before serving.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

(Double click on the image to enlarge)

It's starting to get cold again, so we're posting something hearty. Double click the recipe's image to enlarge it -- though the jist of it is roast 6-7 lbs of beef at 325 for 2 1/2 hours... a meat thermometer would be a big help.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cranberry Sauce for Pork Chops

I made pork chops the other night... wish I'd seen this sauce recipe before hand!

Cranberry Sauce for on Pork Chops

3 TB brown sugar, packed
1 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp balsamic/red wine vinegar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 TB dried sage
1 TB vegetable oil
1/2 ts salt

-simmer ingredients together and stir for 10 minutes.
-to thicken and develop flavors, add thinly sliced shallots or green onion

Friday, September 24, 2010

Date Torte Cookies

Something sweet, to kick off your weekend!

Date Torte Cookies

2 eggs
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 ts vanilla
3 TB flour
1/2 ts salt
1 ts baking powder
1 cup dates, cut up
1 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup coconut

-Beat eggs until light. Add sugar and beat until thick.
-Mix together dry ingredients. Mix in dates, nuts and coconut.
-Mix all together.
-Spread into 9x10" pan that has been greased.
-Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
-Cut into squares, dust with confectionary sugar

"From Mom Sept. 4 1972"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hollandaise Sauce

Since this recipe comes from the Red Lion Inn, we trust it to be excellent.

Hollandaise Sauce

4 egg yolks, unbeaten
4 1/2 TB fresh lemon juice
12 TB frozen clarified butter
salt and cayenne to taste
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce

-Place egg yolks, lemon juice and 6 TB butter in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring continuously with wooden spoon.
-When butter has melted, add remaining butter and stir until sauce thickens.
-Add salt, cayenne and worcestershire sauce.

Suggested serving over Chicken Almondine, Veal Oscar.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Molded Tuna Ring

File this one under "Names that make you go Huh?"... the more I read, the more this recipe sounds disgusting... creative, but disgusting. It's basically a tuna fish Jello mold. So 1960s!

Molded Tuna Ring

2 cans tuna
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped stuffed olives
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 TB unflavored gelatin
1/4 cold water
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream "(optional) I didn't."
1 TB minced onion
1/2 ts salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 TB finely minced parsley

-Drain tuna and flake it. Combine with eggs, olives and celery.
-Soften gelatin in cold water for 5 min, then heat it until it dissolves. Stir in mayonnaise, sour cream, onion , salt, lemon juice, and parsley.
-Combine tuna mix with gelatin mix.
-"Pile into 1 qt mold or six individual molds and chill until firm. Serve with greens and dressing."

If you look at the recipe, there are notes at the bottom, and a recipe for a cucumber dressing that even Grammy wasn't so sure about.

Cucumber dressing

1 cup cucumber, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream
1 ts minced onion
2 ts lemon juice
s&p to taste

-Combine ingredients, chill and serve.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pauline Hermann's Salad Dressing

We still have many salad dressings to post, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of salad options over the next few months.

Pauline Hermann's Salad Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
dash of Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp lemon juice

-Mix all ingredients, and pour over salad.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tropical Dump Cake

Good afternoon,
I remember eating this "cake" on visits out to Grammy's... though it's almost more like a pineapple crumble. Now I see that "package white cake mix" plays a key role in the recipe. Oh well, it's still delicious.

p.s. Look at Grammy Gertie's stationary. Does anyone else recall her actually having that lamp in her house?

Tropical Dump Cake

2 cans crushed pineapple (20 oz), undrained
1 package white cake mix
1/2 cup butter, cut up
2 cups pecans, toasted
ice cream or whipped topping

-Drain 1 can of pineapple, and spread all pineapple on the bottom of lightly greased 13x9" pan.
-Sprinkle cake mix over fruit.
-Dot evenly with butter and sprinkle with pecans.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 45 -50 minutes (until golden bubbly)
-Serve with ice cream or topping.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kidney Bean Salad

This may, despite the mayonnaise, be the healthiest recipe that we've found in Grammy's recipe box. It has no oleo, no added sugar, no suet....

Kidney Bean Salad

1 can (16oz) kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup sliced olives
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 TB chili sauce
2 TB green onion, sliced
1/2 tsp salt

-Put all ingredients together and mix!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tangy Salad Dressing

We're back from Alaska! Time for more recipes!

Tangy Salad Dressing

1/2 cup balsamic/red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup onion, chopped finely
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 ts salt
1 cup olive/vegetable oil
salad greens and croutons

- In blender, combine vinegar, sugar, ketchup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and salt until smooth.

- Gradually add oil in steady stream.
- Serve over salad and croutons.

Monday, August 30, 2010

We'll be back after the holiday!

Hello readers,
Emily and I are off on a vacation to Alaska this week. We'll be back and posting more recipes after the holiday.

Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Seafood Casserole

There's a note addressed to "Gert" at the bottom, advising to use croutons on top instead of breadcrumbs. Your call!

Seafood Casserole

1/4 lb butter
3 TB flour
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups milk/cream
salt and pepper to taste
2 TB parsley, chopped
1 lb scallops
1 lb crabmeat
1 lb shrimp, cleaned
1 lb lobster meat
1 cup white wine
buttered dry breadcrumbs

-Brown butter and flour (like a roux).
-Add sliced mushrooms and onions.
-Add milk and cream and seasoning. Thicken, then add parsley.
-In casserole dish, place scallops and cover with cream sauce.
-Layer crabmeat, and cover in sauce. Layer more scallos, sauce. Shrimp, sauce. Lobster, sauce.
-Sprinkle with paprika.
-Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
-Remove from heat, add wine and stir. Cover with breadcrumbs.
-Bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes until the top browns.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fabulous Fettuccine

There aren't a lot of Italian style dishes in Grammy's recipe box, but this one sounds delicious!

Fabulous Fettuccine

1/2 lb sliced bacon, diced
3 TB olive oil
2 lg onions, chopped
3 lbs fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (alt, 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB fresh tarragon, minced (alt, 2 tsp dried tarragon)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 lb fettuccine
Shredded parmesan cheese

-In skillet, cook bacon until crisp, remove, and drain pan of excess fat.
-Add oil and onions to bacon drippings and saute.
-Add tomatoes and garlic, simmer for 5 minutes.
-Stir in tarragon, s&p, cayenne, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
-Cook fettuccine.
-Add parsley to tomato mixture, simmer, and stir in bacon.
-Serve fettuccine with bacon tomato sauce, and top with parmesan cheese.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nobby Apple Cake

Happy Friday, everyone!

From the kitchen of Edna Hall, we have a dessert recipe for you today.

Nobby Apple Cake

1 cup sugar
3 TB oleo/butter
1 egg
3 cups apple, diced
1/4 cup nuts
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour

-Cream oleo/butterr with sugar, add beaten egg and mix well.
-Add diced apples, nuts and vanilla.
-Add sifted dry ingredients.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Citrus Chiffon Salad

I have concerns when mayonnaise appears unexpectedly in a recipe -- as it seems to so often in 1960's style cooking....

Citrus Chiffon Salad

1 cup orange juice
1 TB lemon juice
1 pkg lemon or orange gelatin
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1 cup whipped topping
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
1/3 cup mayonnaise

-Bring orange and lemon juices to boil and stir in gelatin until dissolved.
-In a blender, mix cream cheese, whipped topping, pineapple and mayonnaise until smooth.
-Add gelatin mixture to blender, and mix.
-Pour into 4 cup mold coated with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate overnight until firm.