For your sweet tooth.
2 c sugar 2 T butter
1/2 tsp salt 1 t vanilla
1 c milk 1/2 c chopped walnuts (opt.)
2 squares unsweetened chocolate 1/8 c chopped candied cherries (opt.)
Butter a shallow dish and set aside. Combine sugar, salt and milk in a large
saucepan. Add chocolate and cook over low heat until chocolate is melted.
Stirring occasionally, increase heat and bring to full rolling boil. Continue
cooking until it reaches soft ball, 234 degrees F on your candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and add butter. Let cool to about 130 degrees. Add vanilla
and beat until fudge begins to thicken. RAPIDLY fold in walnuts and cherries
(if desired), and INSTANTLY turn the mixture into buttered dish. It's ready to
eat almost immediately. Cut into squares and serve.
Serves at least 4.
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For backpack or snack.
1 flank steak 4 T lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 c soy sauce
1/2 c honey 1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
Put steak in freezer for about half an hour, just until firm. Slice steak
across grain, about 1/4-inch thick. Combine remaining ingredients and marinate
steak strips in this for at least 2 hours. Place slices on rack in pan and dry
in oven at 150 degrees, 12 hours.
Makes 1 batch.
KEY WORDS: snack, kids, hi-pro, easy, outdoor
Just like Mom used to make ...
1 chicken and giblets, cut in pieces 1 onion, chopped
1 T salt 1 clove garlic, minced
4 carrots, chopped 1 c rice or noodles
6 celery stalks w/leaves, chopped
Put chicken pieces in large pot with water to cover. Add salt and bring to a
boil. Reduce heat to simmer and skim off fat. Add vegetables and garlic,
cover and cook until tender. Remove chicken and either serve separately or
dice and return to soup. Season to taste. Add rice or noodles and cook until
KEY WORDS: soup, easy, lunch, main dish, freezes well, make ahead
A treat for the barbecue gourmet.
1 1/2 lbs bass or other lean fish, cubed 1/4 c vinegar
16 mushroom caps 1 tsp salt
2 green peppers, cut in chunks 1/4 tsp pepper
16 chunks pineapple 1/2 c oil
3 onions, cut in chunks 1 pinch cayenne
3 firm tomatoes, cut in wedges 1/4 tsp powdered mustard
Combine ingredients to make marinade and shake well. Marinate fish for at
least 1 hour. Thread onto skewers alternating fish with fruit and vegetables.
Brush kebabs with remaining marinade. Place skewers on grill 4 inches above
coals. Cook only until edges of fish begin to curl.
KEY WORDS: main dish, hi-pro, easy, outdoor
A terrific alternative to chocolate, despite the fact that Jim says there IS no
alternative to chocolate.
Peanut Butter Cookies
2 c light brown sugar 2 c enriched flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt
1 c chunky peanut butter 1/2 c cashews, chopped (opt.)
Combine sugar and eggs, mixing well. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Sift
together flour, soda and salt, and add to peanut butter mixture. Stir until
blended. If desired, add cashews.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees
for 12 minutes or until done.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
KEY WORDS: cookies, dessert, easy, baked goods, holiday
An unusual but winning combination...
Banana Blueberry Bread
1 3/4 cups sifted flour 2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder 2 eggs
1/4 tsp baking soda 1 cup bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp salt 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup butter
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream butter
and gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture and banana alternately in three
parts. Gently stir in blueberries. Turn into oiled 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake
at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Turn out of pan to cool.
Makes 1 loaf.
KEY WORDS: baked goods, gift, breakfast, snack, dessert, leftover, brunch,
bread, entertain, freezes well, potluck, menu-4
They'll line up at the bake sale for these.
Michele's Triple C Cookies
1 c butter, softened 2 c + 2 T unbleached flour
1 c sugar 3/4 tsp baking soda
1 c dark brown sugar 1 tsp salt
2 eggs 2 c chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 c pecans, chopped
Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until well-blended. Add eggs, one at a
time, blending well. Mix in vanilla.
Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to butter mixture. Stir until mixed.
Add chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto well-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for
Makes about 48 large cookies.
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...not just another burger...
2 lbs ground round 1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c onion, coarsely chopped 2 T wheat germ
1 1/2 c green pepper, coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 c tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1/2 c sliced mushrooms
2 c cheddar cheese, cubed 1 c sliced green olives
Mix all ingredients. Shape into patties. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Press
patties together to prevent crumbling. Cook 10 minutes on each side.
KEY WORDS: hi-pro, main dish, make ahead, lunch, outdoor
Replaces your old standby.
Sweet and Sour Meat Loaf
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce 1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 c brown sugar 1/4 c onion minced
1/4 c vinegar 1/4 c crushed crackers
1 tsp mustard 1 tsp salt
2 lb ground beef 1/4 tsp pepper
1 c sliced mushrooms
Combine first 4 ingredients to make sauce. Combine remaining ingredients,
kneading together with hands. Add 1/2 tomato sauce mixture. Put in loaf pan.
Pour remaining sauce over loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
KEY WORDS: quick, easy, lunch, hi-pro, kids, potluck, main dish, make ahead
3 lbs stew meat, chopped 1 clove garlic, diced
5 T butter 1 1/2 c water
1 dash salt 1 bay leaf
1 dash pepper 2 lb small white onions
1 onion, chopped 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste 3/4 lb jack cheese, grated
2 T red wine vinegar
In a heavy kettle, brown meat in butter. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Add chopped onion and saute until clear. Mix in tomato paste, vinegar, garlic
and half of the water. Add bay leaf. Cover and simmer 1 hour, adding
additional water as needed. Add white onions and mushrooms. Cover and simmer
1 more hour or until meat and onions are tender. Add cheese, cover and cook 5
minutes, or until cheese melts.
KEY WORDS: main dish, hi-pro, freezes well, make ahead, ethnic
9 potatoes, grated 1 egg, beaten
4 slices bacon 2 T (heaping) sour cream
1/2 onion, chopped 1 dash salt
1 cup milk, boiled 1 dash pepper
Put potatoes into colander and press out juices. Cook bacon and keep the fat.
(Vegetarians omit meat.) Combine potatoes, bacon, onion and hot bacon fat, and
pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour milk over top. Pour on egg and sour
cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until
light brown on top. Serve immediately or let flavors blend overnight.
KEY WORDS: make ahead, freezes well, main dish, holiday, vegetarian, ethnic
Cookie lovers rejoice.
Secret Kiss Cookies
1 c butter 1 c walnuts, chopped fine
2/3 c sugar 1 pkg chocolate kisses or carob stars
1 tsp vanilla 1 c powdered sugar
2 c flour
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add
flour and nuts on low speed until well-blended. Chill dough 2 hours. For each
cookie, use about 1 T of dough to encase one candy piece completely. Place on
ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until set but not brown, about 8-
10 minutes. Remove and roll in powdered sugar.
Makes about 36 cookies.
KEY WORDS: sinfully rich, cookies, gift, holiday, dessert, baked goods,
Thank Heaven Aunt Rozzie parted with this one.
Chocolate Chip Cake
2 T cinnamon 2 c brown sugar
1 c walnuts, chopped 1 1/2 c salad oil
3/4 c chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sugar 3 c graham crackers, crushed fine
4 eggs 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pint sour cream 1/2 tsp baking soda
Combine cinnamon, walnuts, chips and white sugar; set aside. Blend eggs, sour
cream, brown sugar and salad oil until creamy; add vanilla. Combine cracker
crumbs, baking powder and soda; stir into batter. Pour half the batter into an
oiled 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle batter with half the cinnamon/sugar
mix. Pour rest of batter in pan. Sprinkle top with remaining cinnamon/sugar
mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
KEY WORDS: baked goods, dessert, easy, entertain, sinfully rich, gift,
potluck, holiday, menu-5
Another look at the bird.
Turkey Strips with Artichokes
2 T flour 1 onion, sliced
1/4 tsp salt 1/4 c butter
1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 c chicken broth
1/8 tsp paprika 1 T lemon juice
3/4 lb turkey breast, sliced 2 T grated Parmesan cheese
and pounded 1/2 c sour cream
1 jar (6 oz) marinated artichoke 1 pkg (8 oz) noodles, cooked
Combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Coat meat slices with it. Pour
artichoke liquid into a frying pan and cook on medium heat until bubbly. Add
meat slices and brown 3-5 minutes; remove from pan. Add onion and butter to
pan. Saute 5 minutes. Add broth and stir in lemon juice, cheese, and sour
cream. Add turkey and heat through. Serve over noodles. Garnish with
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Summertime or anytime.
1 c honey 3/4 c lemon juice
1 c hot water 8 c cold water
Stir honey and hot water over low heat until blended. Let cool and add lemon
juice and cold water. Pour into iced glasses.
The honey/water syrup may be refrigerated and used to make lemonade a glass at
a time. To serve, mix 4 T syrup to 1 1/2 T lemon juice and 1 c water per
person. Pour into iced glasses.
KEY WORDS: beverage, snack, kids, lunch, easy, outdoor, make ahead, menu-3
Worth getting out of bed for, even on Sunday.
Banana Sour Cream Waffles
1 c flour 1 egg, separated
1/2 T sugar 1 c sour cream
1 tsp baking powder 1/4 c milk
1/4 tsp soda 1/4 c butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt 1 banana, mashed
Sift together dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix together beaten egg yolk, sour
cream, milk, butter and banana. Add to flour mixture, mixing well. Fold in
whipped egg white, and pour into oiled waffle iron or oiled pan. Cook each
side until brown.
KEY WORDS: breakfast, kids, brunch, lunch
A meal in itself.
Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup
2 lb stew beef, cubed 1 1/2 c corn
3 1/2 qts water 2 onions, sliced
1 onion, chopped 1 large potato, cubed
1 T salt 1 c spinach, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme 1 c green beans, chopped
1/2 c split peas 1 c green peas
6 carrots, sliced 1 c lima beans
3 c celery, diced 1 c ketchup
1 green pepper, diced 2 T parsley, chopped
3 medium tomatoes, cubed
In large kettle, cover beef with water and add chopped onion, salt, thyme.
Bring to boil. Skim fat from surface. Add split peas, cover and simmer over
low heat, 3-4 hours. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 30
minutes. Adjust seasoning.
KEY WORDS: main dish, soup, kids, lunch, make ahead, freezes well, leftovers
A delight to the eye, and tasty too.
Creamed Carrot Soup
5 T butter 3 1/2 c milk
4 onions, chopped 1 pinch salt
4 c carrots, sliced 1 pinch pepper
4 T flour 1/4 tsp nutmeg
5 c beef broth or vegetable bouillon
Melt butter in kettle. Saute vegetables until onions are clear. Blend in
flour. Mix in broth and stir until smooth. Simmer covered 30 minutes. Put
soup through blender to puree. Stir in milk. Adjust the seasonings. Stir
until hot, but not boiling. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Makes 8 servings of about 1 1/4 cups each.
KEY WORDS: soup, vegetarian, easy, main dish, lunch, freezes well, make ahead
For the World Series and football season, known to the non-sports fan as
Pumpkin Bread or Muffins
3 1/2 c pumpkin, pureed 1 tsp cloves
1 c butter 2 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs 2 c walnuts, broken
2 1/2 c flour 2 c honey
2 1/2 c pastry flour 1 c cream or milk
6 tsp baking powder 4 T vanilla
1/4 c molasses
Combine pumpkin, butter, and eggs. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Pour
into oiled loaf pans or muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or
until tops brown. To give as gifts, bake in oiled empty coffee or tea tins.
Makes 3 loaves.
KEY WORDS: gift, entertain, holiday, kids, brunch, bread, baked goods,
This one is from Rita's Canadian mother. They're so good you'll make seconds.
2 c flour 2 eggs
1 pinch sea salt 1/2 c honey
1 1/2 c apple juice or milk 2 tsp baking powder
2 T oil 1 pippin apple, grated
Combine all ingredients except apple with mixer. Add apple and mix by hand.
Spoon into oiled fry pan, at medium heat. Turn when bubbles appear and harden.
Brown other side. Serve immediately with your choice of topping. We like
honey and maple syrup best.
KEY WORDS: breakfast, brunch, kids
Even your kids will love this one. Great for the bridge club too.
Tuna Apple Salad
1 can (6.5 oz) tuna 1 can (4 1/4 oz) chopped olives (opt.)
3 c torn lettuce 1/4 c cheese, grated (opt.)
1 apple 1 boiled egg, chopped (opt.)
1 stalk celery, chopped 3 T Thousand Island dressing
Drain tuna. Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Core apple and cut into
eight wedges. Cut each wedge crosswise into 4 or 5 chunks. Each apple piece
will still have peel on one edge. Red apples look especially nice.
Combine tuna, lettuce, apple and chopped celery. Add optional ingredients as
desired. Add Thousand Island dressing and toss until well blended. Serve with
crackers or specialty bread.
KEY WORDS: salad, hi-pro, quick, easy, lunch, kids
Direct from Linda in Istanbul via the Orient Express.
2 lbs lamb, cut in 1-inch cubes 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground
1/2 c salad oil 6 bay leaves
1/4 c lemon juice 4 small tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 green peppers, cubed
1 tsp salt 2 small eggplants, cubed
Prepare marinade: combine oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and bay
leaves. Marinate meat cubes for 4 to 5 hours in refrigerator.
Thread meat, vegetables, and bay leaves on skewers. Brush with marinade.
Broil 3 minutes on each side, or barbecue 5 minutes on each side. Serve
KEY WORDS: main dish, make ahead, easy, outdoor, entertain, ethnic, menu-2