Monday, November 29, 2010

Cottage Cheese-Special K Casserole

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A tub of cottage cheese.Image via WikipediaI got this recipe from my Sister-In-Law this past Thanksgiving in Brookville, Maryland. It is a vegetarian side dish.  It savory,not sweet, and would go well with either meat, poultry, or vegetarian dinner.  Thanks Darlene.
The Old Guy

Cottage Cheese-Special K Casserole 

Cottage cheese-Special K loaf

1 (16 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese

5 large eggs, well beaten

1 stick butter, melted

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 cups Kellogg's Special K cereal (plain)- crushed

1-tablespoon garlic salt

2 Tablespoons chicken granules (use Mrs. Kaus Chicken Seasonings to make it Vegetarian)

Sauté onion in butter until translucent. In a large mixing bowl as the beaten eggs, cottage cheese, sautéed onions and melted butter.

Mix in crushed Special K. Add a little extra if too soupy.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2 inch glass casserole dish with cooking spray. Place all in casserole dish and bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is slightly browned.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Chicken Caesar Tetrazzini

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Parmigiano ReggianoImage via WikipediaI found this recipe in a cookbook put out by the members of the S.A.A.D Chapter of Athens High School in Southern Michigan.  It was postedby a student named Bill.  Good job Bill!  I made it tonight, and it was SUPER.
The Old Guy

Chicken Caesar Tetrazzini

8 ounces cooked spaghetti
2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup Caesar Salad dressing
1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained (I used a 4 oz can)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Combine cooked spaghetti with the chicken broth, Caesar dressing, and mushrooms in a large mixing bowl.  Place the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish; (I used a 9 x 13x 2 inch dish) Mix together the Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs in a small bowl and sprinkle over spaghetti mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees in a pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly.
Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a quick and easy dinner or lunch.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Potatoes and Hot Dogs

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Hot dogs in heated water - NYC Hot dog cart - ...Image via WikipediaThis was one of my all time favorites when I was growing up.  Today I still make it because it is fast, easy, and still as good as I remember it.  It takes only 30 minutes to make.  Add a salad and you have a complete meal.
The Old Guy

Hot Dogs and Potatoes

1 package of your favorite brand hot dogs (I like Koegel brand skinless) cut into bite size pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 (22 ounce) can tomato juice
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 or 5 potatoes cut into bite size chunks
1 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
Oil for cooking onions

In a large deep skillet, over medium heat, add oil and onions and cook until onions are translucent.  Add potatoes, tomato sauce, water, paprika and tomato juice, cover and cook about 12 minutes. Add hot dogs, cover, and cook until potatoes are tender and hot dogs are hot, stirring occassionally. You can add more water if necessary. Add the salt and pepper to taste and dinner is ready. It's sort of a "hot dog stew".

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Roasting Garlic

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Roasting garlic in the oven usually takes about 45 minutes.  Here is a quick way to do it if you are in a pinch.
TheOld Guy

 Roasting Garlic

Slice off the top of the head to reveal all the cloves. Place the head in a small, deep dish, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of good olive oil. Spoon 2 tablespoons of water into the bottom of the dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and cook at medium power for 7 to 7½ minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before unwrapping.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One Pot Spaghetti

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A can of tomato paste next to two heads of garlicImage via WikipediaYou make this recipe in one 3 Quart pot on top of the stove.  No other pans to dirty. Best of all it's fast and easy.
The Old Guy

One Pot Spaghetti

1-1/2 pounds ground beef (could use a 1 pound package)
1 small onion, chopped, or 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, pressed, or finely minced
1-1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder (may omit if desired)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2-1/2 cups tomato juice
3-1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons (more or less) brown sugar
1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti (uncooked)

In a 3quart pot on top of the stove, add ground beef and brown until crumbly; drain.
Add minced onion, salt, garlic, oregano and chili powder and stir well.
Add tomato paste, tomato juice, water and brown sugar.  Stir well to combine.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.  Add uncooked spaghetti.  Stir, and cook uncovered, until spaghetti is tender and sauce is thick (about 20 minutes).  Stir occassionally during cooking to be sure spaghetti is not sticking together.  Add a little more water or tomato juice if necessary.
Serve with a salad and garlic bread for a complete and easy Italian meal.  Sprinkle spaghetti with grated parmesan cheese if desired.    

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Runza (sometimes called Bierocks)

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Campbell's condensed soups: cream of mushroom ...Image via WikipediaKnow how to tell if a recipe is good as you look through your cookbooks or recipe cards?  Look for the ones that are the most soiled, and covered with water spots and food stains.
The following recipe fits all of the above.  Really stained, and really good tasting. 
This is a casserole version of the individual Runzas.  Economical, quick, easy, and tasty.
The OldGuy

Runza (Casserole version)

2 packages crescent rolls
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium head of Cabbage, chopped
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup,  undiluted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cook cabbage and onion in oil in a large frying pan until cabbage is tender.  Brown ground beef; drain and add to cabbage and onion.  Unroll 1 package of crescent rolls in the bottom of a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish and seal perforations. Place beef mixture over crescent roll dough and spread evenly. Pat down slightly, and spread with Cream of Mushroom soup and sprinkle with cheese.  Unroll 2nd package of crescent rolls, seal perforations, and place on top of cheese.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Left-overs freeze well.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lazy Cabbage Casserole

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Raw Ground beefImage via WikipediaI learned how to cook from my Mom "long distance".  Both Mom and Dad worked.  When I got home from school, I would call Mom, and she would tell me what's for dinner and how to prepare it.
This is one of my "over the phone" recipes.  So easy even a 12 year old could make it, and it is really tasty.
The Old Guy

Lazy Cabbage Casserole (Inside Out Cabbage Rolls)

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1-can condensed Tomato Soup
1 soup can water
3 tablespoons uncooked regular rice (could use Minute Rice)
2 cups chopped cabbage
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (taste the sauce, you may want to add alittle more brown sugar)
a squirt of lemon juice
a splash of white vinagar
Prehear oven to 350 degrees.  Generously butter a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish (could use cooking spray).  Place chopped cabbage in the baking dish and set aside.
In a large skillet, lightly brown the ground beef and onion; drain well.  Add uncooked rice, and all remaining ingredients. Mix well and simmer for 10minutes.
Pour ground beef mixture over chopped cabbage.

Cover with allumium foil and bake 1-1/2 hours, or until cabbage and rice are tender.
Tastes like stuffed cabbage only without all the work.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Strawberry Shortcut Cake

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Fragaria × ananassa 'Chandler,' a short-day co...Image via WikipediaI seem to be on a dessert kick lately.  By the way, did you know that a cake that has been cut results in calorie leakage?  Lol.
This recipe comes from an old church cookbook from my collection.  It is really good.
Tried and True as TOH puts it.
The Old Guy

Strawberry Shortcut Cake
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 cups (10 oz. pkg.) frozen strawberries, sliced, in syrup, thawed completely
1 (3 oz) package Strawberry Jello
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup solid shortening
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs

Generously grease the the bottom only of a 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan.  Thoroughly combine completely the strawberries in syrup with dry gelatin; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except the marshmallows.  Place the marshmallows in an even layer in bottom of cake pan.  Pour batter evenly over marshmallows.  Spoon strawberry mixture evenly over the batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
When you remove from the oven you will see that the strawberries have sunk to the bottom, the cake is in the middle, and the marshmallows are on top.  WOW! It's Magic!
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Chocolate Eclair Cake

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Modern graham crackersImage via WikipediaThis recipe has been around for a long time.  Some people call it "Robert Redford", some call it "BTS Cake" (Better Than Sex"), I call it one of my favorites.
The Old Guy

Chocolate Eclair Cake
2 (3 ounce) boxes French Vanilla or Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 cups milk
1 (9 ounce) Cool Whip, thawed
Graham Crackers
1 can chocolate Ready-to-use frosting

Whip pudding mix and milk until thick; then fold in CoolWhip. Line the bottom of a 9-inch x 13-inch cake pan with whole Graham Crackers, breaking to fit if needed.  Add 1/2 pudding mixture.  Repeat another layer of whole Graham Crackers on top.  Add the rest of the pudding mixture.  Top with one more layer of whole Graham Crackers.  Frost with the chocolate ready-to-use frosting.  Place in refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.
Slice into squares.  (After you get the first piece out it is a breeze) (That first piece is always mine anyway.)
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Chicken Fiesta

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Campbell's condensed soups: cream of mushroom ...Image via WikipediaI wrote a food column for my local newspaper for 6 years.  This was one of the recipes I received the most positive comments on.  It is fast and easy.
The Old Guy

Chicken Fiesta

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 small tomatoes, chopped (could use canned)
1/3 cup picante sauce
1 medium green pepper, chopped (omit if you don't have any)
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 teaspoons chili powder
12 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1-inch strips
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese

In a largebowl, combine soups, tomatoes, picante sauce, green peppers, onion,
and chili powder.  In a greased 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish,layer half the tortilla strips, chicken, soup mixture and cheese.  Repeat layers.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for40-50 minutes or until bubbly.
Will serve 6-8

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Endless Summer Minestrone

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Minestrone El RinconinImage via WikipediaWhen I came accross this recipe, it reminded me of my new friend and follower of this blog, Merut.  He had a Minestrone recipe on his blog site, so I thought you, and he would enjoy this one from the Rachael Ray Everyday Cooking website.  Thanks Rachael, and thanks Merut.  I used to live in a neighborhood where everyone had a garden.  During "Zucchini season" at night, if you did not lock your car, you would find the front seat filled with Zucchini in the morning. (Lol)
The Old Guy

Endless Summer Minestrone
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup orzo
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes. halved
1/3 pound green beans, cut into thirds (a generous handful)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup white wine
1 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (could sub. a different brand)
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
3 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 garlic clove, halved
2 teaspoons grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
Crusty bread for passing and dunking

In a deep skillet or soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.  Add the orzo and toast for about 2minutes.  Add the zucchini,tomatoes and green beans; season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the tomatoes are softened, 8-10 minutes.  Add the wine and boil for 1 minute.  Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in the scallions and cook until the orzo is al dente, about 3 minutes.
While soup is working, in a food processor, puree the basil, cheese, parsley, tarragon, pine nuts, garlic, lemon peel and lemon juice.  Scrape down sides and then, with the motorrunning, pour in theremaining 1/3 cup olive oil.  Season with salt andpepper and transfer toa small bowl.
Divide the soup among 4 bowls and stir in somepesto.  Serve with the bread.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baked Beef Brisket

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A pan of beef brisket, just out of the oven.Image via WikipediaRosh Hashanah begins at sundown September 8th this year.  First day services are on the 9th.
I am sorry to admit that I am a High Holiday Jew, just as some Christians are Easter or Chistmas Christians. I go when I can. But I go on the high holy days.  I don't risk not being included in the "Book of Life" on Yom Kippur which follows on the 8th of September..  I do oberserve the anniversary of both my parents dealth by lighting a yahrzeit light or candle.  They burn for 24 hours to honor the deseased person. This is a special year for me as I have purchased for them in their honor. 2 bronze plates with their names on them to go on the Yahrzeit Board on the wall of the Temple,  along side some of our other family members. Thus accomplishing for me a promise I made to my dad.  That I would be his Yahrzeit.  I did it Dad!

And I beleive that being in a synagogue doesn't make you jewish any more then standing in a garage makes you a car.  It's what's in your heart! That said, here's my sister-in-law Linda's (she should rest in peace) recipe for beef brisket as taught to her and me by my mom. My Hungarian mom.
The best cook in the family as attested to by her sister-in-laws.
The OldGuy (I'm only 70)

Baked Breef Brisket
1 4-5 pound fresh beef brisket (not a corned beef Brisket0
4 or 5 roughly diced potatoes, peeled
Lawry;s Seasoning Salt
Garlic powder or granuals
Sweet Hungarian Paprika
1-envelope Lipton dry onion soup mix
2 cup beef broth (I like Swanson's)
4 or 5 peeled and chucked up carrots
3 or 4 stalks of celery
1 fresh sliced onion

Rub the brisket with a well sprinkled amount of the Lawry's, garlic salt or granulas, paprika on both sides and rub it in.  Place the brisket in the pan, resting on the celery ribs, onion and carrots fat side up.  Sprinkle with dry onion soup mix. surround with beef broth to cover half of the brisket.  Cover with foil and bake about 2 hours at 300 degrees. Then add potatoes chunks and some sliced carrot.  Cook 1 or more hours until potatoes, carrots and brisket is tender.  Let cool. Slice ACROSS the grain. after disguarding "fat cap".

Stain the juices and thicken if desired using a four slurrey.

If you don't want to use potatoes, use falfal ( roasted barley)

Happy 5771

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Italian Chili

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Bowl of Chili con Carne, made of ground pork, ...Image via WikipediaI love Chili anytime, Spring, Summer,Fall, and Winter. I learned to cook Italian food from our family friend, Rose Provanzano. This Italian variation is one of my favorites.  I serve the leftovers over pasta.  Have a salad and some crusty Italian or French bread and you have a complete meal to die for.
The OldGuy

Italian Chili

1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage (could use hot if desired)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper chopped (could leave out if ya don't have any)
2 or 3 cloves minced fresh garlic ) could use garlic granules if no fresh garlic)
1 (28-32 ounce) jar of your favorite brand spaghetti sauce (I like Prego)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce ) can chili beans, drained
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained (sliced fresh Portabella mushrooms would be killer)
1 cup water
1/3 cup sliced pepperoni, cut into 1/4's
3 tablespoons chili powder (more or less to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
A little crushed red pepper flakes to taste

In a large pot, brown ground beef, sausage, onion, green pepper and garlic until meats are brown and crumbly, and vegetables are translucent; drain well.
Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. (If you cover the pot, condensation will form, drop in to the pot, and make your chili watery.)
This recipe could also be make in the Crock Pot set on low and cooked all day.

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Cheesy Crock Pot Chicken

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a slow cooker Oval Crock PotImage via WikipediaRecipes don't get much easier the this.  Some years ago, it was one of the most popular recipes for crockpots.
The Old Guy
Cheesy Chicken~ (Crock pot)

More like comfort food and SO good!


1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 can cheddar cheese soup

3 cups prepared rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes

Place chicken in a slow cooker and sprinkle with seasonings. Pour soups over the top.

Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours, until chicken falls apart. Spoon over rice, noodles, or potatoes.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cabbage and Noodles

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Wide, uncooked egg noodles.Image via WikipediaCabbage and Noodles is one of my favorites.  It is a Hungarian/Polish dish called "Kapuska". A quick dish and easy.  If you don't have time to bake it, mix all ingredients in a frying pan and do it on your stove top.  I like to "burn" the bottom so it is really crisp and even a little black in color.

The Old Guy


1 sm. head of cabbage (shredded)

1 sm. onion, chopped

1/4 c. butter

2 tbsp. water

8 oz. pkg. med. egg noodles, cooked

1 c. sour cream

1/2 tsp. salt

Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large pan, sauté cabbage and onion in butter for 10 minutes or until brown. Add water, cover, and cook over high heat two minutes until water evaporates. Add noodles, sour cream, salt and pepper. Turn into buttered 2-quart casserole. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serves 8. Good hot or cold.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rice Krispie Sweet Potato Casserole

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Whenever we had a potluck at work for a Holiday, this is the recipe everyone always asked me to make.
It is not "gloopie" like the usual marshmallow topped sweet potatoes usually are.  It could almost be eaten as a dessert.  I don't like sweet potatoes,but I like this!
The Old Guy

Rice Krispie Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes, or 1 large can and 1 small can store bought sweet potatoes, drained, to equal 3 cups.

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs, well beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and spoon into a greased casserole dish.


2 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup chopped pecans

1-cup brown sugar

1 stick butter, melted

Combine all ingredients and spoon over casserole, and pack down slightly.

Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 400-degree oven. Topping will be browned.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mexican Style Meatloaf

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A meatloaf with a tomato sauce topping.Image via Wikipedia
I love this ethnic meatloaf receipe.  It has the flavor and taste of Mexico.Serve it with some salsa on top and some warm, buttered tortillas.
The Old Guy
Mexican Style Meatloaf

3 tablespoons onion, chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2-1/2 cups tomatoes, cooked or canned

1-cup cornmeal

1-pound ground beef

¾ cups whole kernel corn, cooked or canned

2 large eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons salt

1-teaspoon paprika

1-teaspoon chili powder

Fry onion in vegetable oil until lightly browned. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add cornmeal very slowly and cook and stir 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend lightly. Turn mixture into a greased 9 inch x 13 inch x 5 inch load pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Salmon Wellington

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If you liked my Aunt Frita's Zucchini Appetizer in a previous post, you'll love her recipe for Salmon Wellington.  My greatest tribute to her is to keep her memory alive by sharing her recipes with you. The recipe here is presented exactly as she wrote it.
Our family is Hungarian.  We equate love with food.  Here is your dose of love for today. You'll be seeing some of my Mom's recipes at a later date as well. She was a great cook.
The Old Guy

Aunt Frita’s Salmon Wellington

1 large can Salmon (pink or red), drained and boned

¾ cup crushed soda crackers

1-cup sour cream

1 teaspoon melted butter or margarine

1-teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 egg yolk, slightly beaten

1 package of 8 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

A little lemon juice

1. Roll and pat out dough into oblong piece, pinching lines together to stop leakage.

2. Combine all ingredients. Mix and form into oblong shape on top of dough.

3. Fold sides up and pinch ends over.

4. Brush egg yolk over the top

5. Bake on cookie sheet 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

6. Slice to serve

Salmon Wellington Sauce

1 8-ounce Sour Cream

2 tablespoons Miracle Whip

1 good size cucumber chopped

A little paprika

Mix all ingredients together and spoon over sliced Salmon Wellington.

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Strawberry-Pretzel Dessert

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This is one of my Mom's receipes.  It was a favorite dessert of mine when i was a kid. (and it still is)
The Old Guy


2 c. chopped pretzel sticks

3 tbsp. sugar

3/4 c. melted butter

Mix ingredients together and spread in 9x13 pan. Bake 7 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool 1 hour.


8 oz. cream cheese (softened)

1 c. sugar

1 lg. Cool Whip

Cream together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add container of Cool Whip to this and beat together for 1 or 2 minutes. Spread this onto cooled crust. Chill until topping (next step) is complete.


1 lg. pkg. strawberry Jello

2 c. boiling water

2 (10 oz.) containers frozen strawberries (or 1 frozen and 1 fresh container)

1 sm. can drained crushed pineapple (drain well - at least 2-3 hours)

Dissolve Jello in 2 cups boiling water. Add strawberries and pineapple and mix. Chill slightly, about 30-45 minutes. Pour onto cream cheese mixture. Chill completely.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Corn on the Cob

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Sweet Corn Season is here (at least in Michigan).  The only better time of year for produce is when the home grown tomatoes are ready.

Just a quick suggestion for cooking sweet corn on the cob.

Just throw the corn, husk, silk and all in the microwave after rinsing in coldwater.

Cook for 3:30 for 1 ear, 6 minutes or so, for 2 ears. When done, use a hot pad and towell or glove to clean. The husk and silk comes off easily. Butter and season if you prefer. (I prefer). Keeps all flavor and nutrients in the corn. Ever notice when you cook corn in water, the water turns yellow? That's the flavor and vitamins! If you still prefer to boil the corn, place in boiling water and add a little sugar, return to a boil, and it's done. Don't overcook or kernels will become tough.

The Old Guy

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fuzzy Navel Cake

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This cake tastes just like the drink.  The alcohol in this recipe is cooked out.  Only the flavor of the peaches remain.
The Old Guy

Fuzzy Navel Cake

1 can drained, chopped peaches

½ cup peach schnapps

¼ cup orange juice

1-cup granulated sugar

1 package yellow cake mix

1 small size package vanilla instant pudding

4 large eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup chopped pecans

1-½ cups powdered sugar

Combine drained peaches, schnapps, orange juice and granulated sugar in a glass bowl. Stir well to combine. Cover and marinate 24 hours at room temperature. Drain peaches and reserve marinade.

In a large mixer bowl, combine eggs and oil. Add cake mix, pudding, ½ cup marinade liquid and oil; mix at medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add peaches to cake mixture along with chopped pecans, mixing by hand just until well blended. Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes. Invert cake onto a cake plate and carefully remove pan.

Make a glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and ¼ cup marinade liquid. Stir until smooth. Pour glaze over cake while the cake is still hot.

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Sweet Noodle Pudding (Noodle Kugel)

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Noodle Kugel is my all-time Sunday morning brunch favorite. My 100% Hungarian Mom would make it for us almost every Sunday for brunch, along with scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, toasted bagels, and what she called "Farmer's Chop Suey" a mixture of small curd cottage cheese, sliced scallions, sliced radishes, diced celery and green peppers and a little sour cream to make it creamier.
I made it sweeter than hers and my family likes it better.
The Old Guy

Sweet Noodle Pudding (Kugel)

About 10 ounces cooked and drained medium wide egg noodles

1/8 cup melted butter or margarine

1 cup sour cream

1 (8 ounce) package small curd cottage cheese

12 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

3 large eggs (separated)

1 (16 ounce) jar Strawberry jam


3 cups crushed Corn Flakes

1/8 cup melted butter or margarine

1 tablespoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

Beat egg yolks in a large bowl. Add butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, raisins, and cooked egg noodles. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then fold into noodle mixture. Place into a greased 9-inch x 13-inch Pyrex baking dish. Dot with generous spoonfuls or Strawberry jam.

Mix all topping ingredients together, mixing well. Sprinkle on top of noodle mixture and pat down slightly.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or until sides are brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into generous squares and serve while still warm.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Onion Patties

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This recipe also came out of my "Amish of St. Joseph County" Cookbook.  The onion patties tastes as good or better than regular onion rings and are easier and keep warm better.

Onion Patties

¾ cup flour

1-tablespoon sugar

1-tablespoon corn meal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1-teaspoon salt

2/3-cup milk

2-½ cups finely chopped onion

Mix dry ingredients together, and then add milk. Batter should be fairly thick. Add onions. Mix thoroughly. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. Flatten and brown on both sides.

Tastes just like fried onion rings and makes a great side dish with grilled steak.

The Old Guy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amish Cole Slaw

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Found this recipe in a Amish Cookbook from St. Joseph County, Michigan.  Here in the county,we have a very large Amish population, and this is my favorite cole slaw recipe.  It is vinegar based, and will last a long time in the refrigerator.
The Old Guy

Cole Slaw

1 medium size head cabbage-shredded*

1-tablespoon salt

1 medium onion-finely diced

1 green pepper-finely diced

1-cup celery-finely diced

1 cup carrots-shredded*

1-teaspoon celery seed

1-teaspoon whole mustard seed

1 ½ cups white sugar

¾ cup white vinegar

½ cup vegetable oil

*You may use a package of ready-to-use coleslaw mix instead of shredding the cabbage and carrots yourself.

Place cabbage and carrots in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Sprinkle with salt. Do not stir for 1 hour. Stir cabbage and salt and then add onion, green pepper, celery seed, mustard seed and celery. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, boil together sugar, vinegar and oil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cabbage mixture while still boiling hot. Do not stir until cool. Cover and refrigerate. Best served cold.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zucchini Appetizer

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Today's post offers one more way to use up your excess Zucchini.  This recipe came from my Aunt Frita.  She was a school teacher in Detroit in the 30's, and was the accomplished author of 3 books, a maker of porcelein dolls, an artist, who used a variety of media including watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints.  She also did china painting, ceramics, and stained glass.  The recipe I am posting is copied exactly as she wrote it.  She passed away at the age of 93.

The Old Guy

Aunt Frita’s Zucchini Appetizer

3 cups thinly sliced zucchini (do not peel)

1 cup Bisquick

4 large eggs, slightly beaten

½ cup onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons sniped fresh parsley

½ cup Canola oil

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1-teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together. Spread in a 9’ x 2’ x 13” greased baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut into small squares. Warm before serving.

“Everyone loves it with a small cocktail, juice or wine before dinner"

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chicken Chow Mein Soup

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Ok.  I'll give in and post something healthy.  It tastes good too.

The Old Guy


2 C. cubed cooked chicken

2 med. stalks of celery, sliced

1 c. sliced mushrooms

1 C. bean sprouts

1 C. shredded cabbage

1/4 C. shredded carrot

1/4 C. sliced green onion

2 3/4 Cups of water

1/4 c. dry sherry or water

3 TBS. low sodium soy sauce

4 oz. uncooked vermicelli, broken into thirds

1 can 14 1/2 oz. chicken broth

1 8 oz. can bamboo shoots drained

Heat all the ingredients. in a 3qt. sauce pan. over medium high heat.

Stir occasionally, reduce heat cover and simmer 15 minutes.

6 servings

200 cal.

4 gm. fat

Comments, questions, suggestions etc.

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Awesome Meatloaf

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MeatloafImage via Wikipedia I have dozens of meatloaf recipes.  This is the one I use the most.  It is fast and easy, and is as good cold for sandwiches as it is hot.

The Old Guy

Awesome Meatloaf

1-pound ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
1 package Stove Top Stuffing Mix (any flavor) * I like the Turkey flavor
1 large egg
1- 14.5 ounce can Swanson’s Beef Broth (or similar)
Ketchup or BBQ sauce

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended. Put in loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Cover top of meatloaf with ketchup or BBQ sauce, or just leave it plain. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes’.  Let cool before slicing.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Uncle Merle's Bloody Mary Mix

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I look forward to enjoying homegrown tomatoes soon.  As the season progresses, and you find you have more tomatoes than you expected, here is a recipe that may help.  It appeared in the Taste of Home Holiday 2009 issue on page 32.  They called it "Spiced Tomato Beverage".  I still call it "Uncle Merle's Bloody Mary Mix".

Uncle Merle’s Bloody Mary Mix

8 cups tomato juice

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon onion powder

3 tablespoons white vinegar

1-tablespoon sugar

2 drops Tabasco sauce

2 beef bouillon cubes

½ teaspoon celery salt

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 (1 inch) cinnamon stick

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Chill and drink now, or put in hot jars and seal tight with hot lids.

*May add more hot sauce if desired.

Pour into tall glass with ice cubes and Vodka and celery stick for the best Bloody Mary ever, or plain over ice for a “Virgin Merle”.

The Old Guy 

Mock Crab Cakes

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In my neighborhood this time of year you have to lock your car at night.  If you don't, you will find the front seat filled with zucchini.  Thefollowing recipe will help you if you forget to lock your car.


2 cups zucchini peeled and grated (I never peel it)

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1 egg beaten

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

butter flavored Crisco

Mix all ingredients together. Form mixture into patties and roll in more breadcrumbs. Fry patties in Crisco until golden brown.

Can serve as a vegetarian main dish by serving a marinara sauce over the top. Add a salad and some hard rolls for a complete meal.


The Old Guy