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My late husband (jokingly) liked to relate, "My wife's culinary skills have improved since she found out that the smoke detector isn't one of those cooking-timers."  The truth is ...  I once tried to put him in charge of all culinary activities, but quickly changed my mind.  That was on the day he'd tossed a few hamburgers onto the grill - without first removing their plastic separation-discs.  Over the years I've accumulated a kitchenful of dynamic cookbooks and recipe cards - which I've given away!  The truth is, some of my best recipes are the ones that were passed along to me by family and friends. Of course, some of my favourites are my own hit 'n' miss experiments.   I'm happy to share a bunch of my favourites with you ... in no specific order.


My father was right when he said ...

  A GOURMET EATS TO LIVE - 
  A GOURMAND LIVES TO EAT  

 

 

 


 
1 small jar pimento-stuffed green olives
1/2 cup soft butter
2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese
1 cup flour
1 tsp paprika


Blend butter with grated cheddar.  Mix flour with paprika. Add flour mixture slowly to butter/cheddar mixture and blend thoroughly.  Pinch off a small piece of dough (a bit bigger than one of the olives) and roll it into a ball.  Press your thumb down into the dough to create an indent.   Place a pimento-olive into the indent and carefully press the dough up and around the olive to completely enclose it.  Dust hands with flour if necessary.  Repeat until you run out of olives ... or dough! Place olive-balls on a cookie sheet and freeze.  The frozen balls can then be stored in plastic bags until needed.  Bake frozen at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes until golden.

 

 

 

1+1/2-2 cups filling (sauteed onion, mushroom, peppers, broccoli - or any combination)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3 tbsp flour
1 cup milk (or 1/2 milk, 1/2 cream)
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 9 " pie shell


Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 9" pie tin with your own pie-crust ... or frozen store-bought pie-crust.  Spread fillings onto pie-crust.  Combine remaining ingredients, stirring until smooth and pour over the filling mixture.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
 

 

 MARINATED PEPPERS 

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4 sweet peppers - green, red, yellow or mix
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
  salt and pepper - to taste


Wash peppers and remove the seeds. Slice the peppers into strips or bite-sized chunks.  Broil or bake in the oven until they begin to brown slightly.  When cool, transfer the peppers to a large jar. Combine the balance of ingredients and pour the mixture over the peppers.  The liquid doesn't have to cover the peppers. This side-dish stores well in the refrigerator for several days ... if it lasts that long!
 

 

SALMON FILETS 

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2 salmon filets
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup cornflake crumbs
dash salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder


Brush filets with oil. Combine remaining ingredients - coat the filets with the mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees F, skin-side down for about 15 - 20 minutes.  Filets are ready when you can "flake" it with a fork with no resistance.  The filets may be pan-fried.

 

 

CREAMED TUNA ON TOAST 

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1 tin white tuna, flaked, drained
3 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1-2 cups frozen peas or mixed vegetables
  salt, pepper to taste


Preheat the frozen vegetables in the microwave. Melt butter in a medium-sized pot.  Add flour to melted butter and stir thoroughly.  Remove from heat.  Add the milk and stir until smooth.  Return to heat, and continue stirring until it thickens.  Add the tuna and vegetables.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Prepare toast.  Scoop the creamed tuna-veggie mixture onto the toast. This can also be spooned onto a dish of pasta instead of toast.
 

 

VEGGIE CHOPPED LIVER

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1 small tin of peas
1 medium onion, chopped, fried
3 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup "haimishe" roasted farfel (cooked) or 3/4 cup chopped walnuts - or combination of both
1 dollop mayo (if required to hold it all together)
  salt and pepper - to taste


Mix all ingredients together.  Service with crackers.  Unbelievable!
 

 

CANADA SALAD 

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1 Can-a-da best tuna
1 Can-a-da best peas
1 Can-a-da best corn niblets
1 Can-a-da best of anything else you like - i.e., green onion, chickpeas, cut-up yams
2-3 ounces cheddar, colby or mozzarella, cubed
1 dollop mayonnaise
  salt, pepper, garlic powder - to taste


Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Serve with fresh bread or crackers.
 

 

 MINI-PIZZAS 

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5-6 Greek-style pitas (pocketless)
1/8 cup olive oil
small tin pizza sauce
2 cups  grated mozzarella cheese
dash garlic powder
Toppings of your choice:  mushrooms, peppers, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.


Brush pitas with olive oil.  sprinkle with garlic. Coat lightly with pizza sauce. Add toppings of your choice and sprinkle with grated mozzarella.  Bake at 400 degrees F until the cheese bubbles and browns lightly.
 

 

 CABBAGE BORSCHT 

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8-10 cups water
chuck steak, cut into bit-size pieces
1/2  head cabbage, coarsely shredded
large tin crushed tomatoes
small tin tomato paste
2 tsp concentrated lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
dash garlic powder
salt & pepper - to taste


Bring water and meat to a boil.  Lower the heat and skim off the 'grungies' that form at the top.  Add all the remaining ingredients and let it simmer for a couple of hours on a low heat.  Adjust seasonings to your taste.
 

 

 SALMON PATTIES

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1 can pink salmon
2 eggs
1/4 cup bread crumbs, cornflake crumbs or matzo meal
  pepper - to taste
  oil for frying


Combine salmon, eggs, crumbs and seasoning.  Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil.  Brown on both sides.  These are great hot or cold!  For tuna-lovers, they can also be made with tuna.
 

 

CUCUMBER SALAD 

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1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced (optional)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
dash parsley flakes or dill
  salt, pepper - to taste


Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and refrigerate - this is one great side dish!

 

 

 SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS 

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2 lb lean hamburger
1 onion, diced
large tin tomato sauce, or crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp concentrated lemon juice
dash garlic powder
salt and pepper - to taste


In a large pot, place diced onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, concentrated lemon juice, and seasonings.  Heat to a slow simmer.  Form hamburger into small balls and drop into the simmering sauce. Continue to simmer for 1-1/2 hours.  Do not stir until the meat balls have "set" ... otherwise you'll end up with meat sauce! (Hey! That doesn't sound so bad, does it?)  
 

 
GRAHAM NUT BRITTLE 

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1 box

graham crackers

1/2 lb

margarine

1 cup

brown sugar

1/2 cup

slivered almonds

1/2 cup

chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line bottom of a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Separate the graham crackers along their score lines and place them (touching each other) on the lined cookie sheet.  In a small pot, melt the margarine.  Stir in the brown sugar and heat only until the mixture bubbles slightly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in nuts. Spoon contents onto the graham crackers and spread the mixture evenly - right to the edges.  Bake for 7 minutes at 350 degrees F.  When cool, place in freezer for 2-3 hours to set.  When frozen, separate the graham-nut-brittle pieces and serve, or store in plastic bags in the freezer.


 

BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE 

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2 cups sifted flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
dash salt
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cups milk, orange juice or water
3 eggs
3/4 cups oil


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  In a large bowl, beat all ingredients for 3 minutes.  Pour batter into an 8 x 13  cake tin (or Pyrex), that has been lined with waxed paper.  Bake for 55-60 minutes.  Test doneness - if a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out dry, it's done!
 

 

LAZY-GLAZY CHICKEN 

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1 cut-up chicken
1/4 cup French or Russian salad dressing
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/2 envelope of onion soup mix


Clean chicken.  Coat with mixture of dressing, jam and onion soup powder.  Cover pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour, removing the cover for the last 15-20 minutes.
 

 

PRUNE - YAM TZIMMIS 

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1 onion, diced
1 lb chuck-steak - cut up, or "flanken" (ribs)
1 cup water
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar or honey
3/4 lb pitted prunes
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper - to taste


Combine onion, meat and water in a large saucepan.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Add remaining ingredients and cook 1/2 hour longer.  Place in a casserole and bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for one hour, or until potatoes are browned.  Amazing side-dish!
 

 

COOL ASPARAGUS SOUP 

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1 lb asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 onion, finely chopped
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 cup water
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tbsp chopped dill
1 tbsp  lemon juice
salt and pepper - to taste


Snip off asparagus tips and set aside.  Chop the remaining stalks.  Cook onion in butter for about 5 minutes (until soft).  Stir in chopped asparagus, potato and 1 cup of water.  Bring to a boil.  reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Transfer to blender or processor and puree until smooth.  Stir in milk, dill and lemon juice.  Add salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate.  In a separate pot, cook asparagus tips for a few minutes.  Ladle chilled asparagus soup into bowls and top with tips.  This can also be served hot!
 

 

 BREADED CHICKEN 

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1 chicken - cut up
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs
onion powder - to taste
garlic powder - to taste


Season the Italian dressing with onion powder and garlic powder.  Marinate chicken pieces in this mixture for 1 to 2 hours.  Coat thoroughly with crumbs.  Arrange in baking pan and bake for one hour at 350 degrees F.
 

 

 MICRO-POACHED SALMON 

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3-4 salmon filets
1 onion - sliced
1 lemon - 1/2 juiced, 1/2 sliced
1 clove garlic
1 sprig dill
1 bay leaf
3-4 tbsp water
  salt, pepper - to taste


Place water and onion slices into into microwave-safe pan.   Place salmon filets onto onion slices.  Squeeze lemon juice over the filets.   Add garlic, dill, bay leaf, salt and pepper.  Cover with lemon slices.  Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.  Serve hot or cold.

 

 

 VEGETARIAN KISHKE 

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2 stalks celery
2 carrots
1 large onion
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups  flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt


Finely chop celery, carrots and onion.  Add remaining ingredients.  Place onto aluminum foil and roll into a sausage-like shape.  Bake 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.  Scrumptious side-dish!
 

 

 BEST POTATO KUGEL 

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5 lb potatoes, finely grated
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
5 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil


Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 9" x 12" pan or two round cake tins - 400 degrees F for one hour.

 

 

EGG-FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE 

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1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line the bottom of an 8" x 8" pan with waxed paper, cut to size.  Combine all ingredients in electric mixer bowl.  Beat until smooth.  Pour into baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out dry.
 

   
1 chicken carcass or necks, backs, etc
1 onion
2 sprigs dill
2 celery stalks - cut into 1/2 inch slices
1-2 parsley root, peeled and sliced
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
8-10 cups water
  salt and pepper - to taste
   
Bundle the first three ingredients in a piece of cheesecloth.  Lower into a pot of water.   Bring to a boil.  Remove pot from heat and skim the "grungies" off the top.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.  Discard the cheesecloth bundle.  Of course, chicken quarters may be used for those who do like boiled chicken (I do!)  
 
 

VEGETABLE - BARLEY SOUP 

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2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 springs dill
1/4-1/2 cup barley
2 tbsp butter or margarine
8 cups water
  salt, pepper, garlic - to taste


Cook onion in butter until softened.  Add water, carrots, potatoes, celery and barley.  Bring to a boil.  Season to taste.  Simmer until it thickens.

 

 

 GEFILTE FISH 

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1 lb minced fish 
1 onion
1 carrot
eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp matzo meal
1-1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


Grease a loaf pan and line with waxed paper.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place fish in food processor (or mixer).  Let it whirl while adding the remaining ingredients.  Transfer fish-mixture to loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.  This freezes well.
 
 




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