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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tangelo Meringue Pie

Tangelos are my favourite orange.  They are actually a hybrid of a tangerine and a grapefruit or pomelo and not a true orange as such, but I don't really care how they came about, I just love them.  I can eat 2 or 3 in one sitting if I let myself have such unrestrained pleasure but I try to spread them out more judiciously so I can at least have one a day during the only time they are in season--which is NOW!  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mushroom Loaf with White Onion Sauce

This Mushroom Loaf is reminiscent of a frittata in texture but not in the method of starting it in a frying pan as everything is mixed together and baked.   I don't know where this recipe came from.  It's in my recipe box written out in my handwriting so I must have gotten it somewhere many years ago.   The original recipe calls for 1 cup of cream and for the onions and mushrooms to be cooked in half a cup of margarine!  I think that's a bit excessive so I scaled it down to 2 tablespoons of oil and use evaporated milk in place of the cream.   I used 1 egg and 2 eggs worth of egg replacer (like Egg Beaters).  Some of these old recipes are so heavy on the butter, eggs and cream it's a wonder any of us survived long enough to pass them on. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Oatmeal Spice Cake

Don't be fooled by the title of this cake.   "Oatmeal" in the title doesn't make it healthy.   There's hardly anything healthy about this cake except your healthy state of mind when you experience it's wonderful taste and texture.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cottage Cheese Patties

I received an email from my niece Katherine with a forwarded recipe from my cousin.  He was sending her this Cottage Cheese Pattie recipe that he'd found in his mother's binder and thought they were very good.  Immediately, I realized I had the same recipe in an old church cookbook that Aunt Joan, his mother, had actually typed the manuscript for many years ago. I've made these patties several times over the years and we always enjoy them.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Creamy Homemade Tomato Soup

I don't like tomato soup.  I seldom eat it, even when we have grilled cheese sandwiches.  Don likes the stuff so I dutifully have opened cans of tomato soup over the course of our 35 years of marriage but have not eaten much of it myself.  When I did eat the canned soup I always poured milk in mine as I think it makes it more palatable.  

Now, I must take back most of the last paragraph.  I do like tomato soup.  I still don't like canned tomato soup but I can almost say I "love" Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup."  And Don likes (loves) it as much or more than I do.  I don't think we'll be buying much of the canned stuff anymore as this homemade soup is soooooooooooo good.  I never thought tomato soup could taste so delicious but this one definitely gets an A+ from me.  I made it at Thanksgiving when the kids and grandkids were here and everyone enjoyed it, so I guess the old saying of "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" holds true for soup as well. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

7-Layer Dinner

I guess this casserole has been around for years.  I never heard of it until I was married and don't even remember when or where I became aware of its existence.  I would occasionally make this over the years using ground beef as the topping and then I became vegetarian.  What to do for the 7-Layer Dinner now?  I made it without the meat topping but it just never tasted right so I stopped making it.  And then a few years ago I had the flash of a light bulb going off in my head, the "ah, ha" of everything coming together about the lost 7-Layer Dinner.  I would make it with vegetarian patties or "meatballs" and mushroom soup.  I would lay the uncooked patties on top of the vegetables and rice and pour diluted mushroom soup over all, thus recreating this easy to assemble and serve meal.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Banana Layer Cake

If you like banana bread you'll love this Banana Layer Cake.  This recipe was in one of my mother's cookbooks that I "lifted" from her apartment.  Mom had a nice little collection of cookbooks of various kinds and I liked to get them out and read through them when I was visiting.  I often scribbled down a few recipes when I was there but on one visit I persuaded Mom to give me a few of the books.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bran Muffins--The Best Bran Muffins

When I was a kid I really liked cupcakes (and still do).  I remember reaching for what I thought was an unfrosted cupcake only to bite into a muffin.  What a disappointment!  You see, when I was a child muffins weren't the sweet things they sell now.  I wouldn't have been disappointed if I'd bitten into a muffin of the 21st century.  I've got a few old cookbooks with muffin recipes and I can tell you most of them barely have enough sugar to warrant taking the sugar bag out of the cupboard.  I have since learned to appreciate muffins, even the ones with almost no sugar, and have actually been known to cut down on the amount of sugar in modern recipes.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sandwich Loaf

When I was a little girl my mother used to buy a product called "Nuteena."  I hated that stuff and would make a great display of displeasure calling it "dog food."    Mom was always quick to tell me not to repeat that in front of my uncle because it may offend him as he liked the wretched stuff.   We were expected to eat what was placed before us so I ate the disagreeable Nuteena and swore I'd never eat it when I grew up.  Funny how tastes change...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Bean Soup

Here's a nice, easy bean soup for a cold winter day.  You may use whatever vegetables you like and make it your own.  I don't usually put potatoes in this soup as I find the beans and potatoes too starchy for my taste but Don would like the potatoes, but as I'm making the soup, I win, ha, ha.  

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Veggie "Meatballs"

These "meatballs" are in big demand whenever I make them and wherever I serve them.  From small family meals to church potlucks to large family reunions they are lapped up with great enthusiasm.  Now, you might think only the vegetarians love these but just about anyone who tastes them really likes them and at the least they are impressed with their meaty texture. 

Monday, January 06, 2014

Banana Bread

I find people often have over-ripe bananas this time of the year.  With Christmas just barely past and lots of sweets and goodies still around the house, fruit sometimes gets overlooked and bananas don't last long.  When this happens I throw the bananas in a freezer bag, skin still on, and have them ready to bake with when the frantic pace of the holidays brings more rational eating into place.  

I was poking through the freezer this morning and came across four frozen, very dead looking bananas in a bag marked September 2011.  I think the bag may have been reused from blueberries I had frozen the year before so that would mean the bananas were actually frozen 2012.  At any rate, I thought it was about time I put them out of their misery and bake a banana bread. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hippie Granola

Granola has been around in one form or another since the middle of the 19th century.  It wasn't until the 1960s that it became revitalized by the hippie movement with the addition of fruits and nuts to the dry cereal.  In the 1970s the food industry saw its financial benefits and began marketing the product under various brands and with lots of added sugar and fats.  You can read the granola history here if you are interested.

I was first introduced to Granola on a long road trip from Oshawa, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1972.  I was a poorer than poor student who needed to get back home and find a job.  A friend, Kathy Wood and her parents were making the trip from Oshawa to Halifax and kindly and generously took me along so I could get a flight from Halifax to St. John's.  I don't think I had more than a couple of dollars left after I bought my ticket and I will always remain grateful to those wonderful people who got me home.