Sunday, October 08, 2006

Elegante Mother's recipe

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I'm assuming that this is a 9" pie. The instructions simply begin with the words PIE CRUST. As I recall, you prepare the crust and put it in the pan, but don't bake it ahead of time. Also, prepare a narrow band of foil to cover the edge of the crust for part of the baking time.

1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
3 whole eggs
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients well. Add to pie shell. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Use foil to cover the rim of the pie to prevent overbaking.

One large can of pumpkin will make two pies. (214 calories per slice, serves 8)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Motherpie Recipe

Famous Chicken Spaghetti

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1 large chopped onion
3 stocks celery, chopped
6 strips bacon
2 cans mushroom soup
1 large can condensed milk (Carnation, Pet or other brand)
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 pound sharp NY cheese (sharp cheddar)
1 5 pound hen or two small ones, or large fryer
1 9 ounce package of spaghetti

Wash chicken. Put in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and then turn down heat and simmer for one hour. Let cool, then de-bone and de-skin chicken and shred into small pieces.

Fry bacon, drain. Saute onions and celery in bacon grease (now I use olive or canola or safflower oil) and cook over low heat until tender. Add soup, milk, stir in shredded cheese. Save some shredded cheese to put on top.

Cook spaghetti in the chicken stock. Add chicken and spaghetti to above mixture. Put into a casserole dish, sprinkle with cheese and cook at 300 - 350 for an hour.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Mac and Cheese

The Ultimate Mac ‘N Cheese With Peas & Bacon
Six to eight servings


• Kosher salt
• 1 pound elbow macaroni
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 4 cups warm milk
• 5 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
• freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
• extra virgin olive oil
• 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
• 1 large onion, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, smashed
• leaves from 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
• 2 cups frozen peas, thawed in a colander under cool water

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps form forming. Gradually whisk in the milk and, whisking vigorously, cook until the mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley and fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

While that going, heat a 2 count of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Fold in the peas and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, scatter the pea and bacon mixture over the mac and cheese. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some of the smoking pea mixture on each spoonful.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Kate's Recipe


Velma’s/Frankie's version:
1 head of cabbage (chopped) 2-4 cups
1 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped, OR 1 can stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped
2 tbls. Sugar
2 tbls corn oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place cabbage, celery, onion, red and green peppers, sugar, salt and pepper in skillet with small amount of oil in skillet.

Cook on medium heat approximately 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Put lid on skillet, reduce temperature and simmer, covered, approximately 5-10 minutes.

Kate’s adjustments:
I always make a bigger batch; it keeps well in the frig and we like it cold, too.
I use olive oil.
We leave out the peppers, but add crushed red pepper flakes to heat it up. Do this to taste.
I use fresh tomatoes and only one.
I add Basil and Oregano (or try something different each time).
I add fresh garlic.
I use quite a bit more Splenda (sugar substitute). We like it sweet/hot!
I add about 1 cup of fat-free chicken or vegetable stock and cook it about 10 minutes, then remove the lid and reduce the liquid to concentrate the flavors.
As you can tell, the recipe is Very flexible and Very good. Try it for yourself. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Yummy Peach Cobbler

1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups fresh peaches - peeled,
pitted and sliced
1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. To Make Peach Filling: In a large saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Stir in peaches and lemon juice, tossing until peaches are evenly coated.
3. Cook filling over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute. Pour mixture into an ungreased 2 quart casserole dish. Keep mixture hot in oven while you make topping.
4. To Make Topping: In a medium bowl combine flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly, then cut in shortening until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add milk and stir until mixture is evenly moistened.
5. Remove peach filling from oven and drop dough onto peaches in 6 equal-size spoonfuls.
6. Return cobbler to oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Easy Lasagna

2 cups sauce (I use Prego)
1 ½ cups chopped cooked meat**
1 cup cooked vegetables (I add a can of drained spinage)
½ teaspoon dried oregano or dried basil, crushed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cottage cheese
1 beaten egg
4 lasagna noodles or 4 oz of wide noodles, cooked and drained
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, Monterey Jack cheese or mild cheddar cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
2 – 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese

In saucepan combine desired sauce, meat, vegetables, herb and pepper. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine the cottage cheese and egg. Place half of the cooked noodles in a 10x6x2-baking dish. Spread with half the cheese-egg mixture.
Top with half the mozzarella, then half the meat-vegetable mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, in a 375 degree oven about 40 minutes or till bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I got this from Better Homes and Gardens October 1982. I have been making it for years. I don’t follow the directions exactly. I don’t skimp on the cheese sometimes I’ve used canned string beans and most of the time I don't use meat.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Berry Crisp

I made this recipe after all the turmoil with Steve's little accident. I used just blueberries and butter and smart choice. I didn't measure stuff because all my measuring cups were dirty. It turned out GREAT! Serverd warm with whipped cream.

Triple Berry Crisp
Submitted by: Polly Giebler
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 117 members Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour
Yields: 9 servings
"This is a wonderful berry crisp. I use a triple berry mixture of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, but just one works well too! My family loves it! Serve it with whipped cream and it looks great."
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, gently toss together blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and white sugar; set
3. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Cover with berries. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over the berries.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
This recipe appears in the Allrecipes "Tried & True Slow Cooker & Casserole" cookbook. Buy it online at

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Chili and Corn Bread

I copied this off the internet cause it looks yummy. I'll let you know how it turns out.

- 3 lbs ground beef (Get as lean as availible, I used my local butchers special grind that is 96% lean)
- 3 Onions, coarsly chopped
- 1 Head of garlic, should be about 12 cloves
- 2 28oz cans of Diced Tomatos (you can use whole or crushed depending on the texture you like, but leave the juice in)
- 2 15oz cans of black beans, drained
- 2 15oz cans of kidney beans, drained
- 1 can chipolte peppers, sliced, with the adobo sauce from can
- 1 12oz bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (I bought a 24 oz bottle knowing full well that I only needed 50% of it, the other half was consumed during this very preperation!)
- 1 can of beef broth
- 5 Tbsp oregano
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke (entirely optional, the odobo sauce is already sort of smokey, so if you don't love a lot of smokey flavor, don't add this.)
- 2.5 oz Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate (I bought this because it was on sale, you can use any dark chocolate, but I wouldn't recommend using some expensive stuff since all of the complexity would be lost in the chili.)
Beer Chili and Honey Cornbread recipe picture 1

Step 1:

To begin peel you onions and garlic and pour the beer into a big ol pot and get it warming up.
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Step 2:

Now chop the onions and garlic and get a pan warmed with just a bit of olive oil in the bottom.
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Step 3:

Toss the onion/garlic mixture into that pan and saute it. Don't be a fool and put this on high heat and burn them. Use a medium heat and only keep them on long enough to turn them translucent, this should take about 10 minuets.
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Step 4:

Meanwhile you should melt your chocolate in the now warmed beer, make sure you continue to stir so it doesn't melt onto the bottom of that pan.
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Step 5:

Once the chocolate is melted toss in all of your canned goods and spices, stir that around and dump in your onions/garlic as soon as it is ready.
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Step 6:

Now brown your beef in the same pan that you did your onions, I used worcestershire on my beef because it rules. Then dump that in and bring it all to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least a half hour. You may want to taste this after it simmers a bit and add more peppers if you want it hotter.
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Step 7:

While that gets delicious we can make the honey cornbread. Preheat to 350.

1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup yellow cornmeal
Beer Chili and Honey Cornbread recipe photos 8

Step 8:

Mix you dry ingerients, then wisk you wet ingredients in a seperate bowl. Mix the two together and pour into a greased pan or muffin pan. Bake for about 30 min.
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Step 9:

About now is where I stick half of it in the freezer and the other half in a crock pot to sit for about 10 hours. Beer chili is always better the next day.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

1 quart of Strawberries
1 cup of water (2/3 then 1/3)
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. Corn Starch

Wash and Hall Strawberries
Simmer 1 cup Berries in 2/3 cup water for 3 minutes
Blend Sugar, Cornstarch together
Add 1/3 water and bring to boiling
Stir until clear (stir constantly watch for splattering)
Put remaining berries in baked pie shell
Cover with the cooked mixture
Decorate with halves of strawberries
Top with whipped cream before serving

Refrigerate for several hours or until jelled

Friday, June 16, 2006

Marinade for Lamb or Beef

Marinade for Beef or Lamb

½ cup catsup
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp steak sauce
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
¼ cup water
2 tbsp salad oil (canola)

Heat sauce to boiling. Pour over meat and chill overnite.

Balsamic Dressing

Balsamic Dressing (Wendy’s )

½ cup of oil
salt (shake)
pepper (shake)
1/tsp garlic (optional)
½ tsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
pinch of sugar

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Green Chile Sauce

1 lb ground pork
3-4 cups water
2 cups roasted green Chile (skinned and seeded and chopped)
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 T chopped onion
1 t salt
clove of garlic chopped fine
1/4 t white pepper
1/4 t Worcestershire sauce

Brown meat, onion, and garlic. Add the water I start with about half. Add chilies, tomatoes, salt,white pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil the reduce heat and cook down to consistency you like. You can thicken with corn starch mixed with a little water for thicker sauce.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Bourbon Dogs

1 16oz pkg. Hillshire Farm Lit'l Links any variety
2 cups Ketchup
3/4 Brown Sugar
3/4 cup BOURBON
1 TB. Onion
1/2 cup Water

Combine ingredients and heat for 25 minutes ** in saucepan or 300 degree oven. Links may be heated separately, if desired. Makes appx. 50 appetizers

** I cook on top of stove on low heat for hours the thicker the sauce the better.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Asian Turkey Salad (similar to East Café in Denver)

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Chow Mein Noodles
1 head iceberg lettuce- rinsed, dried and chopped
½ lb of shaved turkey breast

1 Prepare the dressing 30 minutes ahead of time by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salad oil, and rice vinegar in a salad dressing carafe.

2 In a large bowl combine the iceberg lettuce cooked and shaved trukey breast. Let chill about 10 minutes, and just before serving add the chow mein noodles. Serve in salad bowls and offer the dressing in a pour able container so your family can add as much dressing as they want. You can also pour the dressing over the top of the salad, toss, and serve immediately.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup shorting

2/3 sugar
2 eggs well beaten
3-4 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Beat shortening until creamy; add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour mixture alternating with banana mixture beating after each addition until smooth. Pour into well greased bread pan. Bake for 1 hour @ 350.

I usually double the recipe.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Orange Flavored Chicken

Janet's Orange Flavored Chicken
2/3 cup of sugar
4 Tbsp. of soy sauce
2/3 cup of water
2 Tbsp. of Hot Garlic Sauce (I adjust for taste a little HOT)
The skin of an Orange
Mix the above ingredients and simmer.

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into large bite size pieces removing all fat.
Mix 2/3 cup of flour and 2Tbls of cornstarch in zip lock bag. Throw chicken pieces in and shake till chicken is covered.
Fry chicken in veg oil till cooked through (don't over cook) you want chicken tender
Place chicken on paper towel and pour off extra oil. Keep the flour/cornstarch stuff in bottom of pan to thicken sauce.
Pour sugar mixture into that pan and heat. If you need to add a little flour/cornstarch mixture that you make into paste in to the sauce to thicken. You don't want it runny.
Put chicken back in pan and heat.
Serve over rice.