Category Archives: Picnics

Deep Fried Chicken – Three Coatings for Fried Chicken

Wash, dry and cut up a 1 ½ to 2-pound ready-to-cook chicken. Coat with one of the coatings below. If time permits, before frying, place the chicken on a rack for about ½ hour to allow coating to dry.

Heat for or pour cooking oil into a deep fryer to a depth of 2 or more inches. Fat should be heated to 350° on a fat thermometer, or until a 1-inch cube of bread browns in 60 seconds.

Place 2 or 3 pieces of chicken in a basket; gently lower into the hot fat. Fry chicken until tender and golden brown or 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels and keep warm. Continue frying until all the pieces are fried. Makes 2 servings.

SEASONED FLOUR COATING: Dredge chicken in seasoned flour. (For each pound of chicken combine ¼ cup flour, ¾ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper and, if desired, 1 teaspoon paprika.) Then fry as directed above.

EGG AND FLOUR COATING: Dip chicken first in beaten egg which has been seasoned with salt and pepper, then in Seasoned Flour Coating.

CRISPY COATING: Dip the chicken first in beaten egg and then in one of the following: bread, cracker or cornflake crumbs, crushed potato chips, or corn meal.

Published by –COOKINDEX– Division of H.S. Stuttman Co., Inc., New York © Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Instituted, Inc., New York

Rancher’s Salad

½ pound elbow macaroni
Boiling salted water
1 can (1 pound) kidney beans
4 beef frankfurters
½ cup sour cream
½ cup chili sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
Few drops Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horse-radish
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Crisp salad greens

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package instructions, until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water and chill in a large bowl.

Drain kidney beans; discard liquid. Cut frankfurters into thin diagonal slices. Add beans and frankfurters to macaroni. Combine sour cream and next 8 ingredients. Pour sour cream mixture over the macaroni mixture; toss until thoroughly mixed. Turn salad into a bowl lined with crisp salad greens. Makes 8 servings.

FOUR SALAD NOTES: 1. Shake a few drops of onion juice in French Dressing. 2. Garnish a bowl of mayonnaise with a dash of paprika. 3. Rub a whiff of garlic on your salad bowl. 4. Top a fruit salad with a sprinkling of coconut.

Published by–COOKINDEX–Division of H.S. Stuttman Co. Inc., New York. © Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Institute, Inc., New York

Banana Jelly Flan

Cooking time: 25 mins.
Preparation time: 25 mins.
Main cooking utensils: 7- to 8-in. pie pan, saucepan
Oven temperature: 425-450°F.
Oven position: center

For 4-6 people you need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt
1/4 cup butter
grated rind of 1/2 orange
1-3 tablespoons water

1/2 package orange or apricot flavored jello
1 cup boiling water
2 bananas
2 candied cherries

If taking a fruit, jam or other type of open pie, bake it in an ovenproof dish, or in a pan, and carry it in the pan to prevent any possibility of the pastry breaking. Cover the top with foil.

  1. Sift flour and salt, rub in butter, add the grated orange rind, and blend with the water to a firm dough.
  2. Roll out and line the pan. Decorate the edge with small semi-circles of pastry – see picture.
  3. Prick and bake blind (see Card 8) until crisp and brown. Allow to cool.
  4. Dissolve the jello in the boiling water and allow to cool. Slice the bananas lengthwise, arrange in the cold pie shell. Pour the cooled jello over the bananas and leave to set. When set, decorate with the halved candied cherries.


TO VARY: Use raspberry or strawberry jello.

TO STORE: In the refrigerator.

Printed in Canada. © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd 1967

Two Family-Style Entrées


1 pound (5 or 6) large frankfurters
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup catsup
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
3 slices (3 ounces) American cheese, cut into strips

Advance preparation: Cut franks lengthwise almost to opposite side. Cook onion in butter till tender but not brown. Combine stuffing mix, onion, water, catsup, and relish; mix well. Mound stuffing atop franks. Place on baking sheet. Cover; chill till serving time.

Before serving: Bake in 400° oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Top franks with cheese strips; return to oven and heat about 3 minutes longer or till cheese melts. Makes 5 or 6 servings.


1 7 1/4-ounce package macaroni and cheese dinner mix
1/2 cup American cheese spread
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 9 1/4-ounce can tuna, drained and flaked
4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Advance preparation: Prepare macaroni and cheese dinner according to package directions; except up 1/2 cup milk instead of milk called for. Stir in cheese spread. Add mayonnaise, tuna, bacon, hard-cooked eggs, pickle relish, and mustard. Chill several hours.

Before serving: Spoon into a lettuce-lined bowl and garnish with additional bacon, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

©Meredith Corporation, MCMLXXVIII, All Rights Reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Prune and Marshmallow Coupe


Preparation time: 5 mins. plust time for prunes to stand
Main utensil: fork

For 6 people you need:
12 bananas
1 cup milk or cream
sugar 2 taste

6 whole prunes (optional)
walnut halves

1 Pour boiling water over the prunes if using them and leave for several hours.

2. Take the prunes, walnuts, marshmallows, and the sugar in screw-top jars, and carry the milk or cream in a small vacuum flask.

3. To make the coupe, mash bananas and the milk or cream with a fork. Add sugar to taste.

TO SERVE: Put the mashed bananas in individual dishes or glasses and top with whole prunes, nuts, and marshmallows. This is an easy picnic dessert because it is easy to transport and there is very little preparation. Each person can easily make his own in his individual bowl.

Printed in Canada. © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967

Pork and Herb Terrine


Preparation time: about 45 min.
Baking time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Oven temperature: 375°F
Chilling time 4 to 24 hrs.

Elegant, yet economical, this tasty chilled meatloaf can be served in little squares on crisp croutons as an appetizer, in a thick slice on lettuce as a main dish, or with mustard for picnic fare.

For 1 9-by-5-inch loaf or terrine you will need:
1 lb sliced bacon
1 lb. ground lean pork
1 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 pkg (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
1 Tbsp. dried tarragon leaves
1 tsp. each dried rosemary, oregano, thyme and marjoram leaves
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup dry sherry; optional
2 Tbsp. (2 pkgs.) unflavored gelatin
1 cup whipping cream
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 lb. boiled ham, diced 1/2-inch optional
1 bay leaf


1. Line by 9-by-5-inch loaf pan or terrine with bacon, overlapping slightly to cover pan. In skillet try remaining bacon (4 to 6 slices) until crisp. Remove and reserve. Pour out all but 2 Tbsp. fat.

2. Put pork into large mixing bowl. Set aside.

3. Add onion and garlic to bacon fat. Sauté 3 min., stirring. Lower heat. Add spinach and heat through.

4. Add to pork with herbs, seasonings, sherry, if used, gelatin, cream and eggs. Blend well.

5. Spread half the mixture into lined pan. Top with crumbled bacon and ham. Cover with remaining meat mixture, patting down well. Fold bacon lining the pan over the top. Center bay leaf on top.

6. Cover with foil, sealing well. Place in another pan. Add 1-inch boiling water.

7. Bake at 375°F for 1 hr. 45 min. until juices are no longer pink. Remove foil. Weight down. Cool and chill 4 to 24 hrs. before slicing.

MCMLXXXIV My Group Recipes, All Rights Reserved, Printed in Holland

Cheese Scotch Eggs and Cheese And Date Pasties


Cooking time: 10-15 mins
Preparation time: each about 20 mins.
Main cooking utensils: saucepan, deep fat pan, 2 1/2- 3-in. cutter, baking sheet
Oven temperature: 475°F.
Oven position: above center

To make 4 Scotch eggs:
4 eggs
6 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
pinch cayenne
1 egg
1-3 tablespoons milk

Crips bread crumbs
fat for frying

To make 12 Pasties:
1/4 lb. frozen puff pastry
18 dates, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
pinch nutmeg

Cheese Scotch Eggs:

1. Hard-cook the eggs, then shell.

2. Mix the flour with the finely grated cheese and all of the other ingredients except the crisp bread crumbs.

3. Use just enough milk to bind the mixture.

4. Divide this into four and roll each portion around an egg with damp fingers.

5. Coat evenly in the bread crumbs.

6. Fry in hot fat for approximately 2 minutes – do not overcook.

7. Drain on paper towels.


1. Roll out the pastry and cut into 12 rounds.

2. Mix dates, grated cheese and nutmeg together, and place a little on each round.

3. Damp edges of pastry and bring to center, pinching firmly.

4. Place on baking sheet with joins underneath, make 3 slashes across the top of each pastry, and brush with water; bake until crisp and brown.

TO SERVE: With salad; cheese and date pasties may also be served as a dessert.

Printed in Canada ©Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967

Creamed Liver Loaf


Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Preparation time: 25 mins.
Main cooking utensils: saucepan, grinder, 2-lb loaf pan, pan for water
Oven temperature: 300-325°F
Oven position: center
For 4-6 servings as a main course or up to 12 for an hors d’oeuvre you need:
2 medium onions
1 glove garlic (optional)
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup whipping cream
2 eggs
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons brandy
1 1/4 lb. lamb liver
1/2 lb. pork liver
1/2- 2/3 lb. bacon slices

1-2 pickled cucumbers

1. Chop or grate the onions finely, crush the garlic: heat the butter in a pan and toss the onions and garlic in this, then stir in the flour and cook gently for 2-3 minutes.

2. Gradually add the milk, bring to a boil and cook until thickened (the mixture will look very buttery but that is correct.)

3. Gradually add the cream, beaten with the eggs, the rind and juice of the lemon, and brandy.

4. Put the two kinds of liver through a fine grinder twice, to give a very smooth texture; blend with the sauce and season well.

5. Line the pan with the bacon slices, letting them overlap slightly.

6. Press in the liver mixture and cover with greased aluminum foil.

7. Stand in the pan of water and cook for 1 1/4 hours at temperature given.

8. Put a weight on the loaf as it cools; garnish with sliced pickled cucumber and watercress, serve with potato salad.

TO CARRY: In the pan in which it was cooked.

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd 1973

Potato Salad Log


1 quart mashed potatoes
Salt and Pepper
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3-ounce package cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons sliced stuffed olives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Prepare mashed potatoes. Season with salt, pepper and prepared mustard. On a damp cloth, or aluminum foil, roll out to 1/2-inch thickness in a rectangular shape. Blend together mayonnaise, cream cheese and sour cream; add remaining ingredients. Spread over mashed potatoes and roll up like a jelly roll. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour; cut in 1-inch slices and serve.

Serves 8
Preparation time: 40 min.
Approximate calories per servings: 260

Marinated Tomato Salad
Cold Turkey Loaf
Potato Salad Log
Pineapple Chiffon Pie

From the Kitchens of Dorothy Taylor

© 1973 Curtin Pulications, Inc., New York, N.Y. Printed in U.S.A.

Party Picnic Loaf


Preparation time: 20 mins.
Main utensil: bread knife

For 1 large loaf:
Suggested fillings:

a) cream cheese blended with crushed pineapple, nuts, or olives
b) liver sausage blended with a little cream cheese or butter
c) chicken, shrimp, egg, or salmon salad
d) cottage cheese blended with chopped chives, celery, or green pepper and seasoning

1 cup cream cheese or small curd cottage cheese
1 cup salted peanuts

parsley or watercress

1. Choose and prepare three of the suggested fillings.

2. Remove all the crusts from the loaf, then slice lengthwise to give four long slices.

3. Spread three slices with butter; sandwich the slices together with the different fillings.

4. Coat the top and sides, not the ends, with the cream cheese or cottage cheese, softened and blended with a little milk if necessary; press the chopped salted peanuts against the sides.

TO SERVE: Garnish with cucumber and parsley before serving for an outdoor buffet. To carry on a picnic wrap the loaf in foil before coating and take the cream cheese or cottage cheese and chopped peanuts in screw-topped jars to put on just before serving.

TO VARY: Use one slice white bread then one slice brown bread.

TO STORE: In the refrigerator

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd 1967