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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As I am new to Blogging, I would welcomes any comments you may have on my Blog.  I also welcome any cooking questions, or recipe requests you may have.  Thanks for reading about This Old Guy.


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