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Southern Chess Pie

November 29, 2016


9-inch unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup butter or regular margarine, softened
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried currants
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
Whipped cream, optional

1. Prepare pie shell. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

2. Preheat oven to 375F.

3. In bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and butter until creamy.

4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, currants, and nuts.

5. Turn into unbaked pie shell. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or just until filling is set in center (shake pie gently; center should be firm).

6. Let cool on wire rack. If desired, serve garnished with whipped cream.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

TO FREEZE UNBAKED PIE SHELLS: Prepare pie shell as recipe directs. Prick pie shell if it is going to be baked without filling. Freezer-wrap, label, and freeze. TO USE SHELLS: Preheat oven to 450F. Remove freezer-wrap. Immediately bake frozen pie shell – about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely on wire rack. Fill as desired. TO BAKE SHELL ALONG WITH FILLING: Remove freezer-wrap. Let stand in refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw. Fill as desired, and bake as specific recipe directs.

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

Terrine aux Aromates (Herb Pâté)

November 26, 2016


Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
To serve: 4

You will need
1 lb. spinach or 10 oz. carton frozen spinach
1 lb. lean belly pork, minced
4 oz. cooked ham, diced
1 heaped tablespoon mixed chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chevril, basil, marjoram, etc.)
2 oz. onion, finely grated
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1 level teaspoon salt
ground black pepper
1/4 level teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 egg
4 rashers mild streaky bacon

A rough textured green flecked and herb flavored pâté. Cook prepared fresh of the frozen spinach in boiling salted water, drain and press as dry as possible. Chop finely or mince with the pork. Into a basin put the spinach, pork, ham, herbs, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Mix very thoroughly. Press into 1 1/2 pint capacity oven-proof dish. Remove the rind from the rashers of bacon and lay them on top of the mixture in the dish. Cover and stand in a baking tin with hot water to reach halfway up the dish. Cook in centre of a pre-heated moderate oven (350° F. or Gas Mark 4), for about 1 hour. When cold, cover and mature in refrigerator for 24 hours.

Serve from the terrine, garnished with olives and herbs when available.

©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Blanquette de Veau

November 22, 2016


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 1/4 hours
To serve: 4

You will need
1 1/2 lb. shoulder or breast of veal
1/2 lemon
1 carrot, quartered
1 onion, peeled
bouquet of bay leaf, thyme and parsley, tied
1 oz. butter
1 oz. flour
1 egg yolk
1/4 pint (U.S. 5/8 cup) thin cream
4 cooked mushrooms
few cooked peas
triangles of bread fried in butter

This is an excellent dish from the cheaper cuts of veal. Cut meat into 1-inch cubes. Put into a pan with 1 teaspoon salt, slice of lemon and cold water to cover. Bring slowly to the boil, drain and rinse (this is to blanch and whiten the meat). Return meat to rinsed pan with the prepared carrot, and onion, herbs and 1 pint (U.S. 2 1/2 cups) water; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Strain off and reserve the liquid. Discard the vegetables and herbs. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add flour and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add 3/4 pint (U.S. 1 7/8 cups) of the liquid all at once, whisk until boiling, and boil for 3 minutes. Blend the egg yolk with cream, add gradually to the sauce, whisking briskly all the time. Add 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, check seasoning and replace meat. Heat gently for 5 minutes but do not let it boil.

Serve garnished with mushrooms, peas and fried bread.

©Shufunotomo, Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Champignons à la Grecque, Ouefs à la Toulonnaise

November 20, 2016


Champignons à la grecque
Mushrooms stewed in oil and wine

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
To serve: 2-4 (depending if other dishes are served)

You will need

4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 level tablespoon chopped onion
1 level teaspoon tomato purée
1/2 bay leaf
salt and ground black pepper
8 oz. small button mushrooms

Put all ingredients except the button mushrooms into a pan and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Wash the button mushrooms (if large cut into halves or quarters) and add to the ingredients in the pan. Simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the mushrooms and arrange in a shallow dish. Reduce liquid to syrupy consistency by boiling rapidly for minute or two, pour over mushrooms. Serve cold, alone, or in a mixed hors d’oeuvre.

Ouefs à la Toulonnaise
Hard-boiled eggs Toulon style

Preparation time: 15 minutes
To serve: 3 (more if part of a mixed hors d’oeuvre)
You will need
3 hard-boiled eggs
2 oz. anchovy fillets
1/4 pin (U.S. 5/8 cup) thick mayonnaise

Cut the hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise and arrange cut side down in a shallow dish. Cut the anchovy fillets into thin strips. If necessary thin the mayonnaise to a thick coating consistency with creamy milk, then coat the eggs. Band each egg with anchovy strips.


Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
2 fresh egg yolks
1/2 level teaspoon salt
1/4 level teaspoon dry or 1/2 level teaspoon French mustard
1/2-1 tablespoon wine or tarragon vinegar, or lemon juice
about 1/2 pint (U.S. 1 1/4 cups) olive oil

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Put egg yolks in a small pudding basin standing on a folded damp cloth. Add salt, mustard and a fe drops of vinegar or lemon juice and beat thoroughly before adding any oil. Use a small wire whisk or wooden spook for mixing. Have the oil in a measuring jug with lip but add drop by drop from a teaspoon to start, beating all the time. When the mayonnaise thickens half teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice and increase the flow of oil to an intermittent thin stream, beating continuously. Continue until all the oil is added.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd. Japan 1968 English text ©The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd.,1968

Pork Marengo

November 14, 2016


2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
dash pepper
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1 3-ounce can chopped mushroom, drained
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Hot cooked rice

In skillet brown half of the pork cubes and chopped onion at a time in hot oil; drain off fat. Transfer meat and onion to an electric slow crockery cooker. In same skillet combine undrained tomatoes, chicken bouillon granules, marjoram, salt, thyme, and pepper. Stir together, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet; pour over pork. Cover crockery cooker, cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Turn to high-heat setting. Stir in drained mushrooms. Blend cold water slowly into flour; stir in pork mixture. Cook, uncovered, on high-heat setting 15 to 20 minutes or till thickened; stir occasionally. Serve over hot, cooked rice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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

Old Fashioned Indoor Weenie Roast

October 22, 2016


What better to go with an Old Fashioned than an old-fashioned weenie roast? This creation, which reached its apex in the mid ‘fifties, fell into low repute as fondue cookery caught on and upstaged it; but recently, as more and more apartment dwellers yearn for the pleasures of outdoor living, the humble indoor weenie roast is coming back into its own.

1 large head cabbage
Frankfurters (or Vienna sausages or smoked frankfurters)
Canned liquid heat
Cabbage-Mustard Sauce (see below)

Trim soiled outer leaves from cabbage head; slice off bottom of cabbage so cabbage sits upright steadily; hollow out top of cabbage to make well for canned liquid heat; place can in well.

Cut frankfurters crosswise into thirds and skewer on 8-inch bamboo cocktail skewers. Spear into sides of cabbage. TO serve, ignite canned heat; invite guests to roast their weenies over flame. Serve with Cabbage-Mustard sauce as dip.

Cabbage-Mustard Sauce

Finely grate cabbage pieces left over from making well in cabbage head; place in saucepan; add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar; bring to low boil and cook over medium heat 15 minutes. Remove from saucepan and drain; blend in 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup prepared mustard. Serve at room temperature.

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

Skillet Veal on Rice

October 18, 2016



3 cups hot cooked rice
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley, if desired

Grease a small ring mold lightly. Combine all ingredients; turn into ring mold. Pack down with a spoon. Let stand about 2 minutes. Unmold on a serving dish. Or, turn rice mixture onto a serving dish and shape into a ring, using 2 spoons.

RICE-CARROT RING: Combine 3 cups hot cooked rice with 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine. Add 1 cup cooked shredded carrots and 1 Tbsp. minced sautéed onion; season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn mixture into a greased ring mold; pack down with a spoon. Let stand several minutes and unmold. Makes 4 servings.


1 lb. boneless veal, shoulder or rump
2 Tbsp. fat or cooking oil
2 Tbsp. salt
Dash pepper
1/2 cup hot water
1 can (11 oz.) condensed mushroom soup
1 can (3 oz.) sliced mushrooms
Hot Rice Ring

Cut veal into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Heat fat in a skillet. Add veal and brown on all sides, stirring often to brown meat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour, or until tender.

Stir in undiluted mushroom soup. Drain the mushrooms, reserving liquid; stir mushrooms into meat mixture. Heat and stir will. Thin gravy with liquid from mushrooms, if necessary. Serve in Rice Ring garnished with paprika. Makes 4 servings.

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