Category Archives: Memorable Summer Meals

Haitian Rice Ring

2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 cups raw long-grain white rice

2 tablespoons salad oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup green pepper cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup red pepper, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1 large tomato (8 oz), peeled and chopped
1 pkg (6 oz) frozen crabmeat, thawed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Dash cayenne
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 can (7 oz) tuna, drained and flaked
1 can (7 3/4 oz) salmon, drained and flaked

1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salad greens

1. Make Rice Ring: Oil a 4 1/2-cup ring mold. In 5-quart Dutch oven, combine 3 1/2 cups water, salt, butter, bay leaf, and turmeric.

2. Bring to boiling. Add rice. Simmer, covered, 25 minutes, or just until water is absorbed and rice is tender.

3. Remove bay leaf. Pack rice into prepared mold. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours, until chilled.

4. Make Filling: In hot oil medium skillet, sauté onion, stirring, 5 minutes, until golden.

5. Add green and red peppers, tomato, crabmeat, thyme, cayenne, and white wine. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

6. Add tuna and salmon; toss lightly to combine. Turn into bowl. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours, until chilled.

7. To serve: Run spatula around edge of mold; invert onto cold serving platter; remove mold. Fill center with filling. Sprinkle with parsley. Garnish with greens. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Batter-Fried Chicken


1/4 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (2 /12-3-lb) broiler-fryer, cut in serving pieces
Salad oil for frying

1 1/2 cups sifted* all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoon salad oil

1. In large skillet, combine celery, onion, bay leaf, salt and 1 cup water. Add chicken pieces.

2. Bring to boiling; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Drain chicken pieces; pat dry with paper towels and let cool.

3. In deep-fat fryer or deep skillet, slowly heat oil (at least 2 inches deep) to 375F on deep-frying thermometer. Also, preheat oven to 300F.

4. Meanwhile make Batter: Sift flour with baking powder, salt, and pepper; set aside.

5. In medium bowl, with rotary beater, beat eggs, milk and oil until combined.

6. Add flour mixture gradually, beating until smooth.

7. Dip chicken pieces in batter, coating evently.

8. Deep fry a few pieces at a time, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown and tender; drain well on paper towels. Keep browned pieces warm in shallow pan in oven while rest of chicken cooks.

Makes 4 servings.

*Sift before measuring.

© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Tongue in Aspic


1 cup dry white wine
1 can (10 12 oz) condensed beef consommé, undiluted
3 medium onions, peeled
3 whole cloves
2 tablespoons salt
2 bay leaves, crumbled
6 whole black peppers
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 smoked tongue (about 5 lb)

1 envelope unflavored gelatine
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Lettuce leaves
4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved

1. in 6-quart Dutch oven, combine 6 cups water, 1 cup wine, and consommé. Add 2 onions, quartered, and one onion, studded with whole cloves. Add 2 tablespoons salt, bay leaves, black peppers, and thyme. Bring to boiling, covered.

2. Meanwhile, wash tongue under cold running water. Add tongue to boiling liquid. Return to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 3 hours, or until tender.

3. Lift out tongue; let cool. With sharp knife, carefully remove skin; cut off and discard root. Refrigerate tongue until well chilled, 4 hours or overnight.

4. Slice tongue thinly on the diagonal. On platter, arrange slices, slightly overlapping. Refrigerate while making aspic.

5. Make Aspic: Sprinkle gelatine over wine in small saucepan; let stand to soften, 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and lemon juice. Over low heat, dissolve gelatine, stirring. Refrigerate, until consistency of unbeaten egg white.

6. Brush aspic on sliced tongue, making thin glaze. Refrigerate tongue (not remaining aspic) to set; reglaze. Refrigerate until serving, at least 1 hour. At serving time, garnish platter with lettuce and hard-cooked eggs. Makes 6 servings.

© Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.