Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Salmon Patties

This isn't a strict recipe so much as the general idea for how to make salmon patties. Then... maybe we grill them? There's a lot of room to tinker with this one.

Salmon Patties
(salmon... canned or otherwise),
add chopped almonds
sour cream
cracker crumbs

-Mix together and shape into salmon burgers

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Coffee Breakers

I'm blogging from the office at the moment, and starting to hit that pre-lunch hunger feeling. Needless to say, it would be wonderful if someone put something like this in the break room... all we have in craft services at the moment are those mini cereal boxes, cheetos, and an entire fridge full of Diet Coke. So goes the movie business.

Click on this image to enlarge the recipe:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Blueberry Salad

Grammy has a whole section of her recipe box marked "Salad"... which almost exclusively refers to Jello Salads. Here's a good one for the summer. Note the usage of "canned blueberries".

Blueberry Salad

1 cup coffee cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 pack gelatin
1 tsp vanilla
1 pint sour cream
1/4 cup cold water
1 pack strawberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 can blueberries with juice

Layer 1
-Heat coffee cream and sugar.
-Dissolve gelatin in cold water.
-Add hot mixture and stir well.
-Remove from heat and add vanilla and sour cream.
-Blend well and pour into square pan. Chill until set, 1 hour.

Layer 2
-Dissolve strawberry jello in boiling water. Add blue berries and juice.
-Pour in pan over cream mixture and chill to set.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bread and Butter Pickles

I'm not entirely sure why these are called "Bread and Butter Pickles"... that conjures all sorts of weird images.

Bread and Butter Pickles

1 qt cucumbers, sliced
3 or 4 onions, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced

- Soak above ingredients in 1/4 cup salt and water for 3 hours.
- Drain well.


pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp tumeric

- Bring syrup to a boil.
- Add cucumber mix to syrup.
- Bring slowly back to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
- Put in canning jars.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Broccoli Casserole

Mmm... frozen broccoli.
(do they even sell it frozen these days?)

Broccoli Casserole

2 pkgs frozen broccoli
1 cup onion, chopped
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 stick butter / margarine

- Cook broccoli half the time of package directions.
- Drain thoroughly.
- Mix all ingredients, including broccoli.
- Sprinkle extra cheese on top.
- Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spare Ribs

There's probably a way to cook this on the grill too, now that it's summer.

Spare Ribs

1 rack baby back ribs, separated
1/3 cup cider vinegar
5 TB sugar
1/4 currant jelly
2 TB chili sauce
1 TB soy sauce
1 TB cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
2 TB butter
2 TB brown sugar

-Place ribs in oven proof dish
-Combine next 5 ingredients in sauce pan and cook. Gradually add cornstarch until thick.
-Dot ribs with butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
-Pour sauce over ribs.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Custard Pie

Happy Friday! We've reached high 80s temperatures in Massachusetts today -- probably not the best day for baking. If, however, you happened to have one of these pies already made, it might be a nice cool dessert option.

Custard Pie

5 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

-Mix ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell.
-Bake at 375 for 1 hour.
-Cool, sprinkle with nutmeg, and serve.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kit's Chicken Casserole

What lovely alliteration in the title of this recipe. This one comes from my Aunt Kit:

Kit's Chicken Casserole

1 cup uncooked rice
1 pkg dry onion soup
4 pieces uncooked chicken
1 can mushroom soup
1 can undrained mushrooms

-Mix the rice, onion soup and chicken, and put mixture in casserole dish.
-Layer mushroom soup and undrained mushrooms over top.
-Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
-Uncover and bake for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Creamy Rice Pudding

A week and a half ago, a few of us went out for Chinese with Grammy. She ordered her usual Tsing Tao beer, as the rest of us ordered way too much food. When it came time to pack everything up, the waiter asked if we wanted to take the untouched snowball of rice. Normally, I wouldn't want that for leftovers -- empty carbs and all. Grammy, however, said, "You should take it home and make rice pudding."

I'd never thought of that! Chinese restaurants be warned - I'm taking the rice from now on.

Creamy Rice Pudding

2 cups unsalted cooked rice
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 eggs
3 TB sugar
1/2 ts vanilla
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon

-Combine rice, milk, raisins in saucepan and bring to boil. Stir, then simmer for 30 minutes.
-Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Stir into rice mixture.
-Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
-Cool, then chill in fridge.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Home Style Salad Dressing

For some reason, most of Grammy's salad dressing recipes include ketchup as an ingredient....

Home Style Salad Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, cut into wedges
2 TB sugar
2 TB white vinegar
2 TB ketchup
1 ts salt
1/2 ts celery seed
1/3 cup vegetable oil
(Salad greens and vegetables, blue cheese)

- Blend mayo, onion, sugar, vinegar, ketchup, salt and celery seed in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Gradually add oil in a steady stream.
-Serve with salad and blue cheese

Monday, June 14, 2010

Red Cross Jello Salad

Grammy is an enthusiastic supporter of the Red Cross; she volunteered there for years. Though we're all well aware of their quality medical aid, I'm not entirely sure what to think of their cooking skills.... horseradish in a jello mold?

Red Cross Lois Chapman - Jello Salad

1 pkg lime Jello
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp horseradish
9 oz pineapple, crushed
1/4 cup nuts, chopped

-Follow the package directions for the Jello
-Mix other ingredients together and mix them into Jello while hot.
-Put mixture into mold and allow to cool.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Happy Friday!

This post was written while streaming the first day of the World Cup. Quite a work distraction.

I couldn't find any soccer-related recipes to mark the moment, but this one caught my eye as strange. Chocolate and mayonnaise. Huh.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Swiss Potato Kugel

I thought kugel was a traditionally Jewish dish, but apparently there's also Swiss variations.

Swiss Potato Kugel

1 cup onion, finely chopped
2 TB butter
4 cups potatoes, shredded
2 cups swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 cup flour
1 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
3 eggs
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
optional tomato slices and/or fresh thyme

-In a large skillet, saute onion.
-Remove from heat, add potatoes.
-Toss cheese with flour, s&p, and add to skillet.
-In a small bowl, mix eggs and cream. Stir in potato mixture.
-Bake in greased 9" dish at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
-Allow to cool for 5 min, cut into squares and serve.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mrs. Burn's Relish

This recipe card doesn't have a yield on it, but I suspect the portions here are quite large. You might want to half this recipe (or quarter it... or perhaps even divide by 12).

Mrs. Burn's Relish

2 dozen green tomatoes
2 dozen green peppers
2 dozen red peppers
1 dozen onions
2 TB salt

-Grind and mix ingredients. Cook for 20 minutes.
-Drain for 1/2 hr.

-Mix in:
1 tsp cloves
2 TB mustard seed
2 TB celery seed
3 sticks cinnamon

- Separately cook into a roiling boil:
3 pts sugar
2 quarts vinegar

-Mix everything together.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lemon Cake Pie

Happy Friday. On this blog, weekends make us think of desserts!

Lemon Cake Pie

1 cup sugar
1 TB butter
2 TB flour
1 cup milk
1 lemon, juice and rind
2 egg whites

- Blend together sugar and butter.
- Stir in the well beaten yolks...

(and... AND?! Oops, this card is missing something. No worries, I'm going to see Grammy Gertie tomorrow. Let me see if I can find it!)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Punuche Fudge

This isn't exactly healthy, but it's delicious... in moderation.


2 cups brown sugar
2 TB butter
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

-Combine sugar, milk and butter, and heat until sugar is dissolved (until a little dropped in cold water forms a soft ball - 238 degree F).
-Remove from heat, cool to lukewarm, and beat mixture until it holds shape.
-Stir in walnuts and turn into greased pan/tray.
-Cut into squares when firm.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Salad Dressing

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day. Here's one of many salad dressing recipes:

Salad Dressing by June Rubin

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
2 TB lemon juice
2 ts salt & pepper
2 small onions, grated
4 TB ketchup
1 cup salad/olive oil

-Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor, blend for 4 minutes.