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Pumpkin-Apple Pie

Pastry for single-crust pie (see Divider Card No. 20)
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 slightly beaten egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
1 5⅓ ounce can (⅔ cups) evaporated milk
Unsweetened whipped cream

Prepare and roll out pastry. Line a 9-inch pie plate. Flute edge high; do not prick. Bake in 450° oven for 5 minutes. Cool.

For filling, in medium saucepan combine brown sugar, water, butter or margarine, cornstarch, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture comes to boiling. Stir in sliced apples. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or till apples are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Spread the hot apple mixture evenly in the bottom of the partially baked pastry shell.

In mixing bowl combine egg, pumpkin, granulated sugar, ginger, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cloves; mix well. Stir in evaporated milk. Carefully pour pumpkin mixture over apples. To prevent over browning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake in 375° oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil; bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or till knife inserted off-center comes out clean. Cool pie thoroughly on rack. Serve with whipped cream. Cover; chill to store.


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Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

Nothing could be more magnificent for a dinner party than a crown roast of pork. Juice and roasted to a succulent perfection. It is fitted here with green rice stuffing but other stuffings can be used.

Preparation time: 30 min.
Roasting time: about 2 hrs.
Oven temperature: 400°F and 375°F

For 6 to 8 servings you will need:
1 crown roast of pork, about 8 to 9 lbs.
Salt and black pepper
Green Rice Stuffing (recipe follows)
Stuffed olives, orange slices and parsley for garnish

Green Rice Stuffing: In skillet, sauté 1 cup thinly sliced green onions. in 2 Tbsp. heated butter or margarine. Cook stirring, for 3 to 5 min. Add 1/2 cup chopped parsley. Cook 2 to 3 min. longer. Add to 4 cups hot, cooked, seasoned rice.

Preparation:

  1. Have butcher prepare a tied crown roast of pork. Wipe with damp paper toweling. Cover tips of ribs with foil to keep them from charring. Rub roast with salt and black pepper. Place in foil-lined roasting pan.
  2. Roast at 400°F for 10 min. Reduce heat to 375°F. Continue roasting, uncovered, for about 2 hrs. or until thermometer registers 175°F to 180°F. Juice should run clear with no trace of rosy color.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Green Rice Stuffing.
  4. Transfer roast to serving platter. Remove string from roast. Wrap strip of foil around base of roast. Spoon rice stuffing into center. Garnish ribs with stuffed olives skewered in place with toothpicks. Surround platter with orange slices and parsley.

Good served with: Stuffed tomatoes, glazed onions, butter-lemon asparagus, and a lemon soufflé for dessert.

©MCMLXXXIV. My Great Recipes. All Rights Reserved. Printed in Holland.

Seafood in White Wine

4 (8-oz size) frozen rock lobster tails
2 lb raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 pkg (6-oz size) frozen* king crab, thawed and drained
10 tablespoons butter or margarine
⅔ cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon paprika
Dash white pepper
3 to 3½ cups half-and-half (half milk, half cream)
1¼ cups dry white wine

*Or use 2 cans (7½-oz size) king crabmeat, drained

  1. In large kettle, bring 2½ quarts water to boiling. Add lobster tails; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 8 minutes. With slotted utensil, lift out lobster tails, and set aside until cooled enough to handle.
  2. Return water to boiling. Add shrimp; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  3. Drain crabmeat, removing any cartilage and leaving pieces as big as possible.
  4. Remove meat from lobster shells; cut into bite-size pieces.
  5. Melt butter in Dutch oven; remove from heat. Stir in flour, salt, paprika, and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in 3 cups half-and-half, mixing until smooth.
  6. Bring to boiling, stirring. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
  7. Add wine, stirring until well combined. Add seafood; stir gently until combined. Cook over low heat until heated through. (Do not boil.) Add more half-and-half if sauce is too thick. Makes 12 servings.

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

Mousse of Chicken Livers

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1/2 cup sweet butter
1 large onion, sliced (1 cup)
1 1/4 lb chicken livers
1 hard-cooked egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Cognac
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
Chopped green onion (scallions)

1. In 2 tablespoons hot butter in skillet, sauté sliced onion until tender – about 10 minutes. Remove from skillet.

2. Heat remaining butter in same skillet. Add chicken livers, and sauté over medium heat, 30 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. (Liver should be pink inside.)

3. Put half the sautéed onion, chicken livers, egg, and Cognac in blender; blend at low speed just until smooth. Turn into bowl. Repeat with remainder of onions, livers, egg and Cognac. Stir in salt and pepper. Turn into crock or small bowl.

4. Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled. Turn out of bowl onto serving plate. Garnish with green onion. Surround with toast or crackers.

Makes 3 cups.

Pâtés are always the hit of a cocktail party and this is an especially good one. It makes a great hostess gift, especially welcome during the holidays.


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

Impromptu Party Seafood

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Crunchy Rice Ring (below)
2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of shrimp soup
3 cans (4 1/2 ounces each) deveined small shrimp, rinsed and drained*
1 can (6 1/2 ounces) tuna, drained and broken into chunks
1 jar (2 ounces) sliced pimiento, drained
1/4 cup apple cider

Prepare Crunch Rice Ring. Heat soup, shrimp, tuna, pimiento and cider just to boiling in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Serve with Crunch Rice Ring. 8 TO 10 SERVINGS.

*1 can (7 ounces) fish flakes can be substituted for 1 can of the shrimp.

CRUNCHY RICE RING

4 1/2 cups water
2 cups uncooked regular rice
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons salt
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and sliced

Heat water to boiling in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in rice, butter and salt; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

Stir in water chestnuts. Grease 6-cup ring mold or coat with vegetable spray-on for cookware. Pack rice mixture lightly in mold. Let stand 2 minutes. Unmold on serving platter.


©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Chicken Terrine De Luxe

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Cooking time: 1 hour for stock, 1 1/2 hours for terrine
Preparation time: 30 mins.
Main cooking utensils: saucepan, 2-lb. loaf pan, pan for water
Oven temperature: 300-325°F.
Oven position: Center

For 8-10 servings you need:
3 1/2 – 4 lb. roasting chicken with the giblets *
seasoning
bouquet garni
1/2 lb. lean ham
2/3 blanched almonds
3 tabelspoons brandy
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter

*Omit the giblets for milder flavored stock.

1. Cut the raw chicken flesh from the bones: keep the chicken skin.

2. Simmer the bones and giblets with seasoning, bouquet garni, and water to cover in the pan for 40 minutes.

3. Remove lid, boil until only 2/3 cup stock is left. Strain carefully.

4. Cut the breast into neat slices, grind all the rest of the meat with the ham.

5. Blend with half the stock, coarsely chopped nuts, brandy, cream, and seasoning.

6. Spread a generous layer of butter over the sides and bottom of the tin.

7. Arrange a third of the sliced chicken and stock on this then half the ground mixture.

8. Add another third of the sliced breast and stock and the rest of the ground mixture.

9. Top with the last of the sliced chicken, stock, chicken skin, and butter.

10. Cover with foil, stand in a pan of col water and cook at temperature given.

11. Remove from the oven, put a weight on top, leave to cool; if any stock rises to top of the pan pour this away. Remove chicken skin when cold. Serve sliced with toast and salad.


Printed in Canada. © Copyright The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd 1972

Wassail

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6 cups apple cider or juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon eel
1 can (18 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice (2 1/4 cups)
Orange Stars (below)
Cinnamon sticks

IN large saucepan, heat cider and one cinnamon stick to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 5 minutes. Uncover; stir in remaining ingredients except Orange Stars and cinnamon sticks and simmer 5 minutes longer. Serve in punch bowl; float Orange Stars in bowl. Use cinnamon sticks as individual stirrers. 16 servings (about 1/2 cup each).

Orange Stars: Cut an orange into 1/4-inch slices. Insert 5 whole cloves at equal intervals in edge of each slice. Cut out a wedge peel and pulp between each 2 cloves.

Floating Cloved Oranges can be used instead or Orange Stars: Heat oven to 325°. Insert whole cloves about 1/2 inch apart in 3 oranges. Place in baking pan with just enough water to cover bottom of pan. Bake uncovered 30 minutes.

These oranges can be baked a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Aquavit in Ice Sheath & Christmas Goose with Scandinavian Smorgasbord

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Christmas Goose with Scandinavian Smorgasbord

Plan on am ambitious smorgasbord for a gala holiday get-together; to cut costs and effort, make it a potluck party. Use a fruit-stuffed roast goose as the base of the smorgasbord; place it on a separate table along with the Aquavit in Ice Sheath and shot glasses (1 shot glass straight aquavit per guest); place a Scandinavian Punch and the smorgasbord on a separate table; guests wander from table to table, helping themselves to aquavit and goose at one, punch and smorgasbord at the other. (Estimate 20 shot glasses aquavit per fifth bottle.)

1 goose, 8-10 pounds
1/4 cup aquavit

Fruit stuffing:
1 pound fresh cranberries
1 pound dried prunes, chopped
2 pounds apples, cored and chopped
2 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup aquavit

Preheat oven to 325 F. Clean goose; splash 1/4 aquavit inside carcass. Mix together fruits and flavorings; stuff goose with fruit mixture and truss up.

Prick goose skin with tines of fork to permit fat to drain off during cooking; place goose breast side down in shallow roasting pan; rub skin well with salt.

Cook goose 1 hour; using oven mits covered with plastic bags, grasp goose with both hands and turn over. Cooke goose, breast side up, 2 1/2 hours; turn heat up to 450 F and cook goose additional 1/2 hour. Remove from oven; cover lightly with foil; let goose stand at room temperature 20 minutes before carving.


Copyright© 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Mini Hot Dog Roast

1 large head red cabbage (about 3 pounds)
2 cans (about 2 1/2 ounces each) cooking fuel
Assorted relishes
Mini buns (below)
2 can (8 ounces each) cocktail wieners

Cut cabbage in half; place each half cut side down on a tray. Hollow out center of each cabbage half; insert 1 can of cooking fuel in each hollow. Spear relishes with wooden picks; insert in base of cabbage halves. Prepare Mini Buns.

Heat wieners in boiling water 5 minutes; drain. Ignite cooking fuel. Your guests can toast their own wieners over the flaming cabbage. 6 to 8 servings.

Mini Buns

2 1/4 cups biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon catsup
Catsup
Prepared mustard

Heat oven to 450°. Stir baking mix, cheese, water, 1 tablespoon mustard and 1 tablespoon catsup to a soft dough; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Gently smooth into a ball on floured cloth-covered board. Knead 5 times. Roll into rectangle, 14×10 inches, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Spread about 1/2 teaspoon catsup or mustard on half of each square; fold in half. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.


©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

St. Patty’s Punch/Ham Spread

St. Patty’s Punch

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice, chilled
8 drops green food color (optional)
3 cans (6 ounces each) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 can (46 ounces) white grape juice, chilled
1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice, chilled
About 32 ice cubes
3 cans (12 ounces each) beer, chilled

Tint pineapple (with liquid) with 4 drops of the food color. Mix lemonade concentrate, juices and pineapple. Tint with remaining food color: pour on ice cubes in punch bowl. Just before serving, stir in beer. About 52 servings (1/2 up each).

Sweetheart Punch: Omit food color. Substitute pink lemonade for the plain; tint with 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup.

Ham Spread

2 cans (4 1/2 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 cans (4 1/2 ounce each) deviled ham spread
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 teaspoon horseradish (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Snack-size rye bread

Cook and stir mushrooms in butter in skillet over low heat about 5 minutes; cool. Stir in remaining ingredients except bread. Refrigerate 3 hours. Garnish with snipped parsley. Serve with bread. About 2 cups SPREAD.


©1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.