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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