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Mousse of Chicken Livers


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


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.


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


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 *
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



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


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
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.

Spooks ‘N Goblins Party

Black Cat Cupcakes

Carve a pumpkin, play spooky games or come for an early supper and go on “tricks-or-treats” together. Masks or made-up faces and costumes are essential for this party.

Bake any flavor of our layer cake mixes in paper baking cups as directed on package. Prepare our fluffy white frosting mix as directed on package, or Fluffy Frosting (below). Tint orange with 1 to 2 drops each red and yellow food color. Frost cupcakes.

Decorate each with a gumdrop cat: Slice 1-inch black gumdrops horizontally into 3 slices. Use small rounded slice for head, largest slice for body; cut tail and ears from third slice.

Fluffy Frosting

2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and water in top of double boiler. Beat on high speed 1 minute with electric mixer. Place over boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat on high speed 7 minutes. Remove pan from boiling water; add vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer on high speed.

Serve Witches Cauldron Soup (any vegetable soup) from a large bowl set inside a kettle covered with black paper. If served in mugs, children can drink broth and spoon out vegetables.

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

Paper Bag Party

Pink Popcorn Surprises

7 cups popped corn
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
Few drops red food color
8 to 10 lollipops

Measure popped corn into large buttered bowl. In top of double boiler over hot water, heat marshmallows, butter and salt, stirring frequently, until marshmallows melt and mixture is smooth. Stir in food color.

Pour mixture over corn in bowl; toss gently to coat. With buttered hands, quickly shape mixture around lollipops into 3 inch balls. 8-10 balls.

Small bags are handy, too, for take-home favors. Label one for each guests ahead of time so prizes, treats and favors don’t get lost.

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

Be A Clown Party

Clown Cupcakes

Bright paper streamers from the ceiling make a circus tent table; a loaded camera will inspire your clowns to do their funniest, wildest tricks!

Bake any flavor of our layer cake mixes in paper baking cups as directed on the package. Cut cone-shaped piece for hat from top of each cupcake; set aside.

Just before serving, top each cupcake with a scoop of ice cream. Use red cinnamon candies, peanut halves, pieces of gumdrops, candy wafers, jelly beans and silver dragees to make clown faces on ice-cream balls. Top each with reserved piece of cupcake for a hat.

Serve with Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joes

6 hamburger buns, split and buttered
1 pound ground beef
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325°. Wrap hamburger buns in aluminium foil; heat in oven 15 minutes. In medium skillet, cook and stir meat until brown. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer over low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon into warm buns. 6 servings.

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