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Plátanos al Horno (Baked Bananas)

August 2, 2021

4 servings

You will need
4 large, ripe bananas
1 cup orange juice
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Optional: cream or whipped cream as a topping.

Peel and halve the bananas. Arrange them in a shallow buttered baking dish. Pour orange juice over the bananas. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes, basting occasionally with juice. Serve warm or cold. Fresh or whipped cream may be used as a topping.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1975

Pochouse de Verdun-sur-le-Doubs (Freshwater Fish Stew)

July 10, 2021

3 pounds fish
3 onions
2 cloves
10 cloves of garlic
5 ounces diced fresh (not smoked) bacon
1 bay leaf
1 fresh sprig of ½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 bottle dry white burgundy wine
2 ounces Burgundy marc or brandy
4 ounces butter
1 Tablespoon flour
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup toasted thin slices of French bread, rubbed with garlic

1. Clean the fish. Cut off the heads and cut the fish into thick slices.

2. Mince the onions. Stud the garlic with the cloves. Heat the bacon. Sauté the onions in the bacon, seasoning with the bay leaf and thyme until the onion becomes transparent.

3. Place the fish heads over the onions. Salt and pepper to tasted. Add the fish and wine. Increase the heat and simmer for 10 more minutes.

4. Pour the marc or brandy over the soup and ignite. This will eliminate the acidity of the wine, which has not cooked sufficiently in this short time.

5. Remove the pieces of fish. Strain, and set the resulting “court-bouillon” aside.

6. Make a roux by blending flour and butter. Add to the strained court-bouillon. Simmer for 10 minutes.

7. Remove from heat and add the cream. Place the fish over the croutons. Cover with the sauce.

You may use any freshwater fish, but the real recipe is made with pike, perch, and eel or river ling.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan, 1971. Published in the United States and Canada by BOBLEY PUBLISHING, a division of Illustrated World Encyclopedia, Inc. Printed in Japan.

Tarte au Fromage Blanc (Cream Cheese Pie)

June 29, 2021

For the crust:
1 stick + 1 Tablespoon butter
9 ounces whole wheat flour
1 cup vanilla-flavored sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 or 2 Tablespoons water

For the filling:
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups milk
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 beaten eggs
9 ounces cream cheese
1 handful raisins
cinnamon to taste


The crust:
1. Melt the butter in the top of a double boiler.
2. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Make a “well” in the center.
3. Gradually stir in the butter and mix lightly.
4. Add the sugar, salt, the slightly beaten egg, cinnamon and water.
5. Knead the dough for a short time, then set aside in a cool place for 30 minutes.
6. Place this dough in a buttered mold, lining the sides. Prick the surface with a fork.

The filling:
1. Prepare a white sauce with the butter, flour, milk and salt.
2. Remove from the heat and add the sugar, eggs, cream cheese and raisins. Sprinkle with cinnamon and mix well.
3. Pour the mixture into the mold. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
4. Serve warm or cold.

This pie, together with a fruit salad, makes an excellent meal.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan, 1971. Published in the United States and Canada by BOBLEY PUBLISHING, a division of Illustrated World Encyclopedia, Inc. Printed in Japan.

Jambon Persillé (Jellied Ham with Parsley)

June 20, 2021

2 pounds ham (or whole ham) uncooked
½ to 1 pound veal shank
1 or 2 fee of veal
3 or 6 shallots
1 bay leaf
2 fresh sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 fresh sprigs or 1 teaspoon dried chervil
1 fresh sprig or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 or 2 bottles white Burgundy
½ cup or 1 cup minced parsley
1 or 2 Tablespoons wine vinegar


  1. Place ham in a deep kettle. Cover with cold water. Cook over moderate heat for 1 hour to remove the rind.
  2. Place the ham in a large saucepan. Add the veal shank, calf’s foot or feet, shallots and herbs. Pepper. Add the wine. Cook over very low heat until a tablespoon of the liquid dropped on a cold dish jellies; this should take about 20 minutes per pound of meat.
  3. Taste the seasoning, add a little salt if necessary. Remove the ham. Break the meat with a fork, mixing the fact and lean parts.
  4. Alternate layers of parsley and ham in a large bowl.
  5. Before the stock cools completely, add the vinegar. Strain the stock and pour it over the ham. Press down firmly. Refrigerate.
  6. Unmold before serving.

In Bourgogne, this dish is traditional for Easter.
For 4 people, use 2 pounds of ham; for a larger group, the whole ham. If you do not have a large serving bowl, use several small ones.
This dish keeps very well if refrigerated.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan, 1971. Published in the United States and Canada by BOBLEY PUBLISHING, a division of Illustrated World Encyclopedia, Inc. Printed in Japan.

Chinese Chicken Liver with Eggs

June 16, 2021

To serve 4 you will need:

½ lb. chicken liver
¼ leek
¾-inch piece of fresh ginger or ⅙ teaspoon ginger powder
1 ¼ tablespoons sesame seed oil

2 ¼ tablespoons sherry
8 tablespoons soy sauce
2 ¼ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

4 boiled eggs
1 ¼ teaspoons sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon sugar
several leaves of lettuce for garnish

Dip the liver into water to draw off the blood and cut into bite-size pieces. Boil briefly and drain. Crush the leek and ginger. Heat the oil and sauté the liver, leek and ginger. Add ingredients (a) and the eggs and boil down over a medium heat until the liquid is almost completely reduced. Remove the leek and ginger and sprinkle the liver with the oil and sugar. Cut each egg into quarters. Arrange the liver and eggs on the lettuce as shown in the picture.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1972

Spiced Fried Liver

June 11, 2021

To serve 4 you will need:

½ lb. liver (pork or beef)

½ tablespoon sherry
¾ teaspoon salt
⅓ leek (chopped) or 3 scallions

1 clove garlic (chopped)
¾-inch piece of fresh ginger (chopped) or ⅙ teaspoon ginger powder
1 ¾ teaspoons soy sauce
1 ¼ tablespoons sherry
1 ¼ tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ¾ teaspoons sesame seed oil

2 tablespoons cornstarch
salad oil for frying
a few leaves of lettuce for garnish

Dip the liver into cold water and wipe dry with a cloth. Slice the liver into bite-size pieces about ¼ -inch thick. Mix ingredients (a) with the liver and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain. Mix ingredients (b) together and set aside. Coat the liver with the cornstarch and deep-fry briefly over a medium heat. Remove the liver from the pan. Reheat the oil and deep-fry the liver again over a high heat. Remove the liver from the pan and mix with ingredients (b). Arrange the liver pieces on top of a few decorative leaves of lettuce. Pour any remaining ingredients (b) over the liver.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1972

Sliced Liver

June 7, 2021

To serve 4 you will need:

13 oz. pork or chicken liver
½ leek
¾-inch piece of fresh ginger or ⅙ teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon sherry
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon pepper
a pinch of salt
a pinch of monosodium glutamate

a sprig of parsley for garnish

Dip the liver into water for 15 minutes to drain off the blood. Cut the leek and slice the ginger. Bring water to a boil and add the leek, ginger and liver. Boil until the white foams come out. Drain the water and bring ingredients (a) to a boil in the same pan. Add the liver and simmer, covered, over a low heat until the liver is cooked. Then take off the lid and boil down the liquid. Let the liver cool and slice into 1 inch thick pieces.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1972

Crevettes au cidre (Shrimp in Apple Cider)

May 26, 2021

2 cups of hard cider
½ cup coarse salt
4 cups water
1 pound tiny raw shrimp

1. Put the cider, salt and pepper in water. Bring to a slow boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes until the salt has dissolved completely.

2. Put the shrimp in the boiling liquid. Continue to boil gently for 5 minutes, shaking the saucepan from time to time. Drain.

3. Serve warm with fresh butter.

Hard cider is the Normandy drink, par excellence. It is used like wine in cooking, but not as frequently. It adds, however, its special taste to numerous recipes.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan, 1971. Published in the United States and Canada by BOBLEY PUBLISHING, a division of Illustrated World Encyclopedia, Inc. Printed in Japan.

Oyster Rumaki

May 15, 2021

¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Sherry wine
⅛ teaspoon pepper
24 medium oysters, fresh or frozen
24 canned water chestnuts, drained
12 slices bacon, cut in half

Preheat broiler or oven to 500°. Blend soy sauce, Sherry and pepper. Drain oysters and dry on paper toweling. Put oysters and water chestnuts in a bowl with the sauce and turn several times to coat. Wrap an oyster and water chestnut with a bacon slice and secure with a wooden pick. Broil, turning occasionally, 4 inches from the flame until bacon is crisp – watch carefully to prevent overcooking. Rumakis can be kept warm at the table on a cocktail-size hibachi.

Recipe makes 8 servings for 3 rumakis per person at approximately 120 calories per serving.

HELPFUL HINT: This appetizer makes a gala first course for any party meal. Other seafood, such as scallops, shrimp or lobster, can be substituted for the oysters.

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

English Muffin Pizza

May 13, 2021

2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
6 English Muffins, cut in half
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Romano cheese, shredded

TOPPINGS: anchovies, green pepper strips, sliced mushrooms, sliced olives, sliced pepperoni sausage

Heat oven to 425°. Combine tomato sauce, oil, Italian seasoning, salt and garlic powder. Spread about 2½ tablespoons of sauce on each muffin half. Sprinkle with mozzarella and romano cheeses. Add variety of toppings as desired. Bake in hot oven 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned and cheese is melted.

Serves 12
Preparation time: 30 min
Approximate calories per serving… 185

HELPFUL HINT: This dish would make a great luncheon entree, using 2 halves per serving. Pizza can be prepared ahead of time and frozen – ready to be baked.

From the Kitchens of Dorothy Taylor

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