Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dips ands Spreads

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Cheese School 101Image by niallkennedy via FlickrWith Christmas and New Years parties coming soon, here are some easy and tasty appetizer dips and spreads that are “tried and true”. I have made them all, and my friends and family love them. I hope your friends and family will too.

Layered Taco Dip

1 can re-fried beans
1 jar of your favorite salsa
4-6 ounces sour cream
4 ounces shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
chopped green olives
thinly sliced green onions

In a pizza pan, spread the re-fried beans in an even layer. Next cover with sour cream. Then spread the salsa in a even layer. Sprinkle with the sliced olives, green onions, and shredded cheese.
Serve with tortilla chips or Frito’s.

Shrimp Dip

2-( 8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cans tiny shrimp, drained
2 tablespoons sugar
1 small onion, grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a small saucepan, slowly melt together the cream cheese and butter or margarine. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Chill for several hours or overnight. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Cream Cheese with Grape Jelly

Two of my Mom's Quick cream cheese appetizer.

1-( 8 ounce) Cream Cheese (at room temerature)
Grape Jelly
Place Cream Cheese on a serving plate. Spoon Grape Jelly on top (2-3 tablespoons or more if you like)

Serve with your favorite crackers.

Crab Dip
1- (8 ounce) Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
1 can Crab flakes
¼ cup Chili Sauce
Place Cream Cheese on serving plate. Top with Chili Sauce and then sprinkle with Flaked Crab
Serve with your favorite crackers.

The Old Guy

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dips and Chili courtesy of my friend "Big Bill"

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays to all.
The following recipes come from a friend I worked with at TSA in 2002 at Seatac Airport and Boston Logan Airport.  We we both were Lead Screeners doing training there learning the government way to screen Airport passengers.  We then traveled to other airports across the country teaching the private screening force how to run the checkpoints "the government" way.  He loves to eat as much as he loves to cook.  He prepares these recipes for his football buddies, and with the Super Bowl, and other bowl games coming soon, you can prepared these recipes for your friends as well.

Dip Recipe

1 package of ground beef

2 jars of salsa (any kind you prefer)

1 package of taco seasoning 1 large package of Velveeta cheese

1 packages of sharp cheddar cubes

1 Green pepper

Jalapenos (if you want it hot)

2 beers (One for you to drink the other one goes in the dip)
Cook up the ground beef add the taco seasoning. Throw the beef, cheese,

salsa, green peppers, jalapenos, and beer in a Crock pot on low to medium

heat.(My football watching crew love this dip)


7 Layer Mexican Dip
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1 tablespoon Taco Bell Home Originals Taco seasoning mix

1 cup EACH guacamole(optional), Taco Bell thick "N Chunky Salsa and shredded lettuce

1 cup Kraft shredded mild cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives
Mix cream cheese and seasoning mix. Spread onto bottom of 9 inch pie plate or quiche dish.

Layer guacamole(optional), salsa, lettuce, cheese, onions, and olives over cream cheese mixture; cover. Refrigerate.

Serve with crackers or tortilla chips

*I put optional for the guacamole because the recipe calls for it but I hate guacamole and never put it in this dip. And it still tastes great.


Chili Cheese Dip
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese

1 can (15 ounces) chili with or without beans (I use Hormel no bean chili)

1 cup Kraft cheddar cheese

spread cream cheese onto bottom and up sides of 9 inch microwavable pie plate or quiches dish. Spread chili over cream cheese. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Microwave on high 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated

Serve hot with tortilla chips


Hot Artichoke Dip
1 package (8ounces) cream cheese

1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped (I use two cans)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated Parmesans cheese

1 clove garlic, minced (I use a dash of garlic powder instead)

Mix all ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Spoon into 9 inch pie plate or quiche dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until very lightly browned.

Serve with crackers or baked pita bread wedges. (I use cut up pieces of french or Italian bread. Whatever is on sale at the bakery shop at your local Grocer


2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 (8 ounce) jar salsa (adjusted to the level of hotness)
4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix (adjusted to the level of spice)
1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desire
Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.
This is an awesome and simple recipe. I usually make 5 batches of this stuff for games and never have I had any leftovers.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas
The Old Guy and Big Bill Strittmatter

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Absolutly No Fail Easy Fudge

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SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 19:  Packages of Nestle T...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThis is the easiest, fastest, no fail fudge recipe I ever found. The flavor combinations are limited only by your imagination.

The basic ingredients are:

1 (12 ounce) package Nestle baking chips (or your favorite brand)
1 can Pillsbury Frosting Mix (or your favorite brand)

Melt chips in a saucepan over very low heat or in the microwave 1-2 minutes til shiny, then stirring until smooth. Combine with frosting. At this point you can add in whatever extras you like such as nuts, candied fruit, marshmallows, cookie pieces, M & M's etc)
Pour into a 8 or 9 inch square pan which has been lined with foil that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 36 pieces.

Here are some ideas:
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 can of Coconut Pecan frosting.

1 package of white chips, 1 can of Vanilla frosting, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring. After candy is poured into pan, drop several drops of red food coloring on to surface and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy, pressing in slightly.

1 package of white chips, 1 can Cherry frosting, 1/2-3/4 cups chopped candied cherries, and 1/2-3/4 cups blanched, slivered almonds.

1 package white chips, 1 can Lemon frosting, 1/2-3/4 cups chopped blanched almonds or macadamia nuts, 1/2 cup flaked coconut.

1 package butterscotch chips, 1 can Carmel Pecan frosting, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2-3/4 cup almond brickle baking chips.

1 package milk or semi-sweet chips, 1 can any chocolate frosting, 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, 3/4 cup chopped mixed nuts.

1 package peanut butter chips, 1 can Vanilla or Caramel frosting, 3/4 cup chopped cashews, 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows.

The Old Guy
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Slow Cooker Stuffing

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Slices of French BreadImage via WikipediaWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, here is a recipe I came across many years ago.  It tastes great and will free up your precious oven space on Thanksgiving Day.

Slow Cooker Stuffing

1 can mushroom stems and pieces
4 ribs celery, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 tbsp. dried parsley
1/2 - 3/4c. Butter or margarine
13c. day old bread, cut into cubes
1 1/2tsp. salt
1 1/2tsp. sage
1tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 eggs
Sauté the mushrooms, celery, and onions in butter until tender. In a large bowl toss the bread cubes with the seasonings. Add the mushrooms mixture. In a measuring cup drain the mushrooms and add water to equal 14 oz. Add 1 Tbsp. chicken bouillon. Pour over the bread mixture and toss well. Put into a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
You can use your slow cooker to keep mashed potatoes warm too.
The Old Guy
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Oreo Marshmallow Brownies

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  The following recipe came from    http://bethsfavoriterecipes.blogspot.com/
  Check out her blog.  She has some really good stuff on it.
Oreo Marshallow brownies

These were very rich and very yummy. I had seen this recipe and bought the chocolate marshmallows thinking this was what the recipe called for. It called for something else, but I used what I bought and everyone liked these. They are gooey, so you will need to eat them with a fork! Warm, is the preferred way!

Oreo Marshmallow Brownies                                           


1 brownie mix

16 oreos, broken in quarters

1 c. marshmallow fluff

1 bag Kraft jet puffed chocolate covered mallow bites, frozen(we used choc mallows--see picture)

4 crushed oreos

Preheat oven to 350*. Mix up brownie mix using the 2 egg directions. Spread 1/2 the batter in greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Place quartered oreos on top of the batter. Drop fluff by spoonfuls on top of oreos. Toss half the chocolate covered marshmallows on the batter. Drop spoonfuls of the rest of the brownie batter on top and carefully spread it out. It is OK if the marshmallow isn't covered all the way. Sprinkle the top with the crushed oreo crumbs and the rest of the chocolate covered marshmallows. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool and consume!

The Old Guy

Enjoy Beth's Blog too                           
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shucking and Cooking Corn on the Cob

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Award-winning stalks of corn or maize (Zea may...Image via Wikipedia A friend emailed this tip to me tonight.  I wish I had it while sweet corn was in season here in Michigan. I have been cooking it the way it shows in the video, but the trick is how to clean it easily without having the silks stuck to the corn. I also run some water on the corn to soak the husk and to create a little steam.

Watch the video and then you can thank me for finding it for all of us.

You can bet that I will be trying this trick!

For those of us who love corn on the cob, this is an absolute must see!   
No mess to preparing it, no silks to try to brush out of the corn, it comes out clean.
The Old Guy

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Squares

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A container of pumpkin pie spice.Image via WikipediaWith Thanksgiving around the corner I started going through my files trying to figure out what I will cook this year.  I came across this recipe I found in 1996 that is as good today as it was then.  This recipe yields 16-20 servings.

Pumpkin Pie Squares
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 cans (15 ounces each) pumpkin
2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly; press into a greased 13-in x 9-inch x 2-inch baking pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, beat filling ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth; pour over crust.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Combine brown sugar, pecans and butter or margarine; sprinkle over the top.  Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool. Store in refrigerator.  When ready to serve, cut into squares.

The Old Guy
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

One Pot Spaghetti

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A pot containing "spaghetti" with to...Image via WikipediaFast, easy, cooks in one pot, about a half hour.  Nothing wrong with this picture.

One Pot Spaghetti
1-1/2 pounds ground beef (could use half mild Italian sausage)
1 small onion, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried minced onion)
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, pressed
1-1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (6 ounce can) tomato paste
2-1/2 cups tomato juice
3-1/2 cups water (may need more)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (more of less to taste)
8 ounces regular spaghetti

In a 3 quart pot on the stove, mix together and brown the first six (6) ingredients over medium high heat. Drain any accumulated fat.
Add the tomato paste, tomato juice, water and brown sugar and mix well.

Bring to boil and simmer 20-30 minutes.  Add the spaghetti (uncooked) broken in  half if you prefer.  Mix well and cover,  Cook until spaghetti is done al dente and sauce has thickened.  Check and stir every few minutes to make sure spaghetti is not sticking together, and add more water if necessary.  Should be ready in about 20 minutes,

The Old Guy
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

If your rice gets gummy............

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Rice grainsImage via Wikipedia I found the following tip in the September issue of Cooking Light. (great magazine) and just had to share it..  I never woulda thunk it but I tried the following and it really works well.

"When rice is cooked in the traditional way.....simmering in a lidded pot...the close-packed grains rub together and release starch, often leading to the dreaded sticky rice.  The solution is ratio-free ( no 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water).

Use more water.  Lots more, so you cook the rice like pasta until it reaches the proper consistency, then drain.  The pasta method keeps the rice from rubbing together too much as it cooks; draining ensures it won't suck up more water than it needs.

Check brown rice for doneness at around 25 minutes.
For white rice, which absorbs water more readily, try sauteing the grains before boiling, for about two minutes in a tablespoon of oil.  Then add roughly four times as much cold water as rice to the pan, and boil.  Check for doneness at around 15 minutes (timing starts when water boils)."

Hope this helps your rice cooking, and thanks to Cooking Light for the information.

The Old Guy
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pizza Pancakes

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Mozzarella cheeseImage via WikipediaCame across this recipe last may.  Found it on Google on a website called plainchicken.com. Check out the site and try this recipe. . Thanks  to palainchicken.com.  I really enjoyed it that thought I would pass it on.  Enjoy
The Old Guy.

2 cups Bisquick
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes if desired
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped peperoni
1 cup Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled with casings off)
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced.
pizza sauce (warmed)

In a large bowl, combine the the biscuit mix, Italian seasonings, and red pepper flakes (IF USED).  combine the eggs,and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in cheese, pepperoni sausage and mushrooms.  Pour batter by 1/4 cupful's (could use a large cookie scoop) onto a lightly greased hot griddle.  Turn when bubble form on top; cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

The old guy
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kugeli Potatoes

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Potato cultivarsImage via WikipediaI LOVE church cookbooks.  The recipes you usually find there is my kind of cooking.  The following is similar to potato Kugel (or Pudding).  I found it in the First Presbyterian Church  Sesquicentennial Cookbook from 1986.

Kugeli Potatoes
6-8 potatoes, grated*
2 eggs, well beaten
6 tablespoons butter (melted)
3/4's of a small onion, grated
1 cup hot milk
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to combine.  Place in a square 8 inch x 8 inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
* Grate potatoes into a bowl of cold water to prevent them from turning dark, and then squeeze dry using a kitchen towel)

The Old Guy

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hot Dog Casserole

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Grilled hot dogsImage via WikipediaMy grandson Wes loves Hot Dogs.  The following recipe is sure to be a kid pleaser for most kids and kids at heart too.
7-9 hot dogs, sliced bit size
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 can baked beans
3/4 cup cooked rice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and place in a casserole dish.  Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes or until bubbly.

The Old Guy
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Flavored Coffees

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Classic cappuccinoImage via WikipediaDo you love flavored coffees?  Now you can make your own mixes with these simple recipes.....

Cafe' Vienna
1/2 cup instant coffee powder or granules (your favorite brand)
2/3 cup Sugar
2/3 cup non-fat dry milk solids
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir ingredients together.  Process in a blender until powdered.  Use two teaspoons to one cup water.
Store unused powder in a tightly sealed container.

Italian Mocha Espresso
1 cup instant coffee powder or granules
1 cup sugar
4-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk solids
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Stir all ingredients together.  Place in blender and process until powdered.  Use 2 teaspoons to one small cup of hot water.  Serve in demitasse cups.

Instant Cappuccino
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (plain or flavored)
1 cup powdered chocolate milk mix
2/3 cup instant powdered or granulated coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together.  Place in blender and process until powdered.  Use 1 heaping tablespoon per cup of boiling water.  Store in airtight container.

Mocha Fireside Coffee
2-1/2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
2 cups hot cocoa mix
1 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup Ovaltine chocolate drink mix
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place in blender and blend until powdered. Use 1 tablespoon mix to 3/4 cup Boiling water.  Store in airtight container.

The Old Guy

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Magic" Butter

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Margarine in a tubImage via WikipediaThis recipe came to me from a friend who lived in Colon, Michigan, the "Magic Capital Of The World", birthplace of Harry Blackstone.

1 pound margarine at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
2 drops yellow food coloring

Have Margarine at room temperature.  Heat buttermilk but, DO NOT BOIL.  Put margarine in a mixing bowl.  Using an electric mixer, slowly whip warmed buttermilk into margarine along with the food coloring.  Place in a resealable container and place in refrigerator.
You may never buy butter again!
The Old Guy
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ham Crouquettes

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Honey Baked HamImage by dklimke via FlickrIn an earlier post, I had a recipes for Bill Knapp's Escalloped Potatoes.  The following recipe is the perfect "go with"

Ham Croquettes


3 tablespoons butter

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup milk

2 to 3 teaspoons prepared mustard

1 teaspoon grated onion

2 cups coarsely ground fully cooked ham

2/3 cup dry bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons water

Oil for deep-fat frying


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Dash pepper

1-1/4 cups milk

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in curry powder and flour. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard and onion; add ham and mix well. Cover and chill thoroughly.

With wet hands, shape mixture into 10 balls. Roll balls in bread crumbs; shape each into a cone. Whisk together egg and water. Dip cones into egg mixture; roll again in crumbs.

Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer to 375°. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; keep warm.

For the cheese sauce, melt butter in a saucepan; stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheeses; stir until melted. Spoon over croquettes. Yield: 5 servings.

The Old Guy

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Potato Puff

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Whisking egg whitesImage via WikipediaI've been making this recipes for many years.  It looks fancy, but is very easy to prepare.
It puffs up like a soufle', but will deflate very quickly so serve it straight from the oven so it looks it's best. 

Potato Puff
1-Box Instant Mashed Potato for 8 servings

1-cup cottage cheese

1-cup sour cream

¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced

1 (2-ounce) jar pimentos, drained and chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1 clove garlic, minced

3 eggs, separated

2 tablespoons butter

Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions using an electric mixer. Add cottage cheese, sour cream, onion, pimento and egg yolks. Beat until fluffy. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into potato mixture. Turn into a buttered 1-1/2 quart casserole. Dot with butter. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour.

The Old Guy
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

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Duncan Hines cake mixImage by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake via FlickrI found this recipe on the back of a box of Duncan Hines Cake Mix about 30 years ago.  It is a wonderful sour cream pound cake.

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

For Cake:
1 package Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/2 cup Crisco Oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
4 large eggs

For Filling:
1 cup chopped pecans
2tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, blend cake mix sour cream, oil, 1/4 cup sugar, water and eggs.  Beat at high speed for 2 minutes.  Pour 2/3 of the batter in a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan or fluted pan.  Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle over batter in pan.  Spread remaining batter evenly over filling mixture in pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly.  Cool right side up for about 25 minutes, then remove cake from pan.
Glaze: Blend 1 cup confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons milk.  Drizzle over cake.

The Old Guy

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Onion-Wurst Pate'

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Philadelphia cream cheese. Photographed and ed...Image via WikipediaThis recipe makes a great appetizer.  It comes from my friend Joe and is sure to be a hit.

Onion-Wurst Pate'
1 cup finely chopped Sweet Spanish onion
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 pound Liverwurst
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon milk
Chopped fresh Parsley (for garnish)
Sweet Spanish onion ring (for garnish)
Sweet paprika

Combine onion, half the cream cheese, liverwurst and Worcestershire sauce, and blend well.  Place in a plastic-lined bowl and chill until firm.  To serve, unmold on a serving plate.  Combine remaining cream cheese and milk.  Mix until smooth and "frost" the pate'.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley.  Garnish with onion rings dipped in paprika.  Serve with a choice of crackers or Melba toast.
Yield is about 2-1/2 cups.

The Old Guy

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Three of my favorite Salad Dressings

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A picture taken, of A Green Salad.Image via WikipediaThe following three salad dressings are sure to please your salad palate.  Use your favorite greens and fixin's and enjoy.

"Just like the Olive Garden" Salad Dressing

1 bottle of Paul Newman's Vinegar and Oil Salad Dressing
2 tablespoons Wishbone Italian Original Salad Dressing
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
2 teaspoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Pour over your greens and toss well.  Add more dressing if desired.
Placed in sealed container and store in refrigerator.

French Dressing

1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup minced dry onions
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 can Tomato Soup (undiluted)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium.  Add 1 cup tomato soup.  Blend on high to mix well.
Put in sealed container and stores for weeks in the refrigerator.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 onion, grated
1-1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and using a whisk, mix well.  Place in sealed container.  Keep refrigerated.

The Old Guy

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Triple Decker Strawberry Stuff (Hungarian Pastry)

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Egg yolks.Image via WikipediaThis recipe appeared in the "Tast of Home" magazine in the February/March 2007 issue.  I got it from my Mom, who got it from my cousin Mickey Freidman.
It is not for the inexperienced baker.  The dough must be worked quickly after it comes out of the fridge as it becomes soft.  I got banned from my sister-in-law Linda's kitchen after I made a bit of a mess from the flour "flying" everywhere.  But I will tell you this....all the trouble is worth it!  This IS my all time favorite dessert.
Anyone I make it for knows they are loved alot for me to prepare this Strawberry Hungarian dessert for them. 

Triple Decker Strawberry Stuff
2 pounds Strawberry Jam

5 cups Flour

1-Cup Sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 egg yolks

½ pint Sour Cream

1-teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

½ pound margarine plus 2 tablespoons Crisco


2-1/2 cups ground walnuts

½ cup sugar

Sift dry ingredients together. Add Crisco and butter. Mix as for piecrust. Add egg yolks, sour cream and vanilla. Mix well. Divide dough into 3 portions. Place in plastic wrap and chill well.

Roll out first portion of dough as for piecrust and place in a 15” x 1” x 12” jellyroll pan.

Sprinkle with ½ sugar and nut mixture.

Roll out second portion of dough and place on top of first layer.

Spread with Jam and remaining nut mixture.

Roll out third portion of dough and cut into lattice strips. Weave lattice strips over jam and nut mixture-sealing strips on the edges.

Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cool and cut into squares.

The Old Guy

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuna Salad Coney's

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New York Central Railroad DepotImage by MI SHPO via FlickrAbout 20 years ago, I helped compile and edit a cookbook for the Chamber of Commerce in Sturgis, Michigan as a fundraiser.  We called it "A Taste Of Sturgis". We asked community members to submit their favorite recipes.  We ended up with a cookbook that contained over 600 recipes and 320 pages. This recipe comes from that book.

1/4 pound American cheese, cut into small cubes
3 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained
2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
2 tablespoons stuffed green olives, chopped
2 tablespoons sweet pickle, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
6 hot dog buns

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients, except buns, and stir to combine.
Fill hot dog rolls with tuna mixture.  Wrap individually in aluminum foil and place in oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes and serve hot.

The Old guy

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dottie's Lemon Cake

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The rind of a lemon is exceptionally bitter, w...Image via WikipediaI got this recipe from my good friend Dottie.  This cake is moist and light and is one of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy..............
Dottie's Lemon Cake

 For the Cake:
1 box Lemon cake mix (not the kind with pudding in the mix)
1 (3.4 ounce) box Jello Lemon Instant pudding
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
4 large eggs

For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Place all cake ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer with the paddle attached, and mix for 8 minutes.

Pour into a 9-inch x 13-inch x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray and place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 1 hour or until sides of cake pull away from the sides and top springs back when lightly touched.  Remove from oven, and while cake is still hot, poke holes in the top using a fork.

In a medium size bowl, place all glaze ingredients, and mix well to combine.  Pour evenly over hot cake.

The Old Guy
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Passover Apple Fritters

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Passover Seder PlateImage via WikipediaI just looked in the cigar box I got from my Mom (La Corona Belvederes) that contains her recipes, some handwritten.  As April 19, 2011 is the first day of Passover, I would like to share Mom's recipe for Apple Fritters, my favorite Passover dessert. It really brings back warm memories.

Apple Fritters

3 tart apples (like Granny Smith), peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup Matzo Meal
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted chicken fat (Schmaltz)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix all ingredients except apples, together in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Add apples.
Drop by large spoonfuls about the size of a Potato Latke,  in hot oil, heated to 375 degrees and fry until golden brown.  Drain on brown paper (or paper towels)

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture liberally, on both sides of warm fritters.
 Good warm, good cold.  Happy Passover (Pesach)

The Old Guy

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

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A cast iron chip pan with an aluminum basket b...Image via WikipediaI love Casseroles!  They are truley comfort food, and they last a couple- three days,  This one is a favorite.  It's quick, and inexpensive.

Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole

6 servings

50 minutes 15 mins prep

2 lbs lean ground beef

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can cheddar cheese soup, undiluted

1 package frozen French fries, any style

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Scramble fry ground beef until cooked.

Drain off grease.

Then add salt, pepper and garlic.

Add both soups and stir until well blended.

Heat through on stove and then transfer to 9 X 13 glass pan.

Cover beef mixture with the french fries.

Bake for 30 minutes, until fries are crispy.

Sprinkle cheese over top of casserole and return to oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Tuna Zucchini Patties

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I seem to be stuck on a tuna kick, but, with the Lenten season, this will be a good Friday dinner.

Tuna Zucchini Cakes

½ cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon butter

1 can (6-1/2 ounce) water-packed Tuna, drained and flaked

1 cup shredded zucchini

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided

2 tablespoons canola oil

In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Remove from heat. Add the tuna, zucchini, eggs, parsley, lemon juice, seasonings and ½ cup bread crumbs. Stir until well combined. Shape into six ½ inch thick patties; coat with remaining bread crumbs.

In a large skillet, heat oil. Cook the patties for 3m minutes on each side or until golden brown.
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