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Madrilène-Cheese Salad

June 30, 2016


1 cup boiling water
1 packet instant chicken broth and seasoning mix or 1 chicken bouillon cube
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/3 cups cottage cheese
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lettuce leaves
Parsley sprigs

Combine water and broth mix; stir until dissolved. Sprinkle gelatin over broth mixture; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add tomato juice, celery salt, and pepper; blend well. Chill until mixture is syrupy. Pour half the mixture into a 1-quart mold. Chill until firm.

Combine cottage cheese, water, lemon juice, and salt in a blender container. Process at low speed until mixture is smooth. Chill. Spoon cheese mixture over jelled mixture in mold. Pour remaining jelled mixture over cheese. Chill until firm. Unmold on lettuce leaves. Garnish with parsley. Divide evenly. Makes 2 luncheon servings.

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Fruit and Cheese Mold

June 24, 2016


2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups orange-flavored dietetic soda
Artificial sweetener to equal 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 medium cantaloupe, seeded and cut in balls
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons grated orange rind
2 small oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 medium grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
Lettuce leaves

Sprinkle gelatin over soda in saucepan. Stir in sweetener, salt, and cloves. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Arrange cantaloupe balls in bottom of a 2-quart ring mold. pour 1 cup gelatin mixture over melon. Chill until set. Combine cottage cheese and orange rind wth remaining gelatin mixture in blender container; process until combined. Pour 1/2 mixture over set gelatin. Chill until firm. Arrange orange and grapefruit sections over set cheese layer; top with remaining gelatin-cheese mixture. Chill until firm. To serve, unmold and garnish with lettuce leaves. Divide evenly. Makes 6 servings. (Weight Watchers® Members: Supplement as required.)

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Pieathalon 2016 – Transparent Pie

June 8, 2016


Function:	adjective
1 a : transmitting light so that objects lying beyond are entirely visible b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through 
2 : easily detected or understood
- trans·par·ent·ly adverb 

Things that are transparent:

This Dress

This Dress

This Chair

This Chair

This Creepy Fish

This Creepy Fish

Things that are not transparent:

This Pie

This Pie

What is also not transparent is the reason why anyone would want to eat this. While I’m a fan of butter and sugar, there is SO MUCH of it in this pie that it’s weirdly unpleasant to eat.


The recipe comes from the 1955 edition of Massillon Cook Book, which is a regional cookbook from Massillon, Ohio. If this pie gives you a hankering to visit the area, you can find fun things to do there on Facebook.

The Recipe

The Recipe

I beg to differ with the cooking time. It took over 90 minutes at 250°F to get it to cook. The recipe also made enough filling for 2 pies when I made it. So now I need to find some poor unsuspecting neighbor to eat the other pie since my husband, The Poor Bastard, can’t eat both.

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Split Pea Patties

June 3, 2016


6 ounces cooked, dried split peas
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon sage leaves
1/8 teaspoon marjoram leaves
1/8 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce (below)

Preheat oven to 400°F. In blender container, combine split peas, skim milk, salt, herbs, and pepper; process at medium speed for 3 minutes, or until mixture is smooth. Chill. Shape mixture into 8 equal patties, about 2 inches in diameter. Place in baking pan. Bake at 400⪚F (hot oven) for 15 minutes. Turn patties once during baking. Remove from oven. Spook 1 tablespoon of Barbecue Sauce on each patty. Makes 1 luncheon serving.

Barbecue Sauce

2 cups tomato juice
2 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar replacement
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until mixture is reduced by half. Divide evenly. Makes 2 servings, about 1/2 cup each.

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Cauliflower Center Meatloaf

May 23, 2016

Preparation time: 20 min.
Baking time: 45 to 50 min.
Oven temperature: 350°F

This savor meatloaf shaped around a whole cauliflower, giving you meat and vegetable all in one casserole. You might place potatoes in the same oven to bake along with the meatloaf.

For 4 servings you will need:
1 small cauliflower (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
Salted water
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 egg
1/4 cup catsup or chili sauce
1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
Dash pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef

Tips: A straight-sided soufflé dish, glass or ceramic, is the ideal baking dish for this meatloaf.

For 2 servings:
Half of the ingredients. Use 1/2 head of cauliflower.

For 8 servings:
Double the ingredients. Bake 2 meatloaves.


1. Rinse cauliflower. Remove and discard leaves and lower part of core. Place, stem end down, in 1 inch of boiling salted water in a deep pan.

2. Cover and steam for 5 min. Drain. Place in greased, deep 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

3. Cook onion in heated butter until lightly browned. Remove from heat.

4. Beat egg in a medium bowl. Mix in catsup, bread crumbs, garlic salt, and pepper. Then lightly mix in onion mixture and ground beef.

5. Mold ground beef mixture evenly around sides and top of cauliflower.

6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 to 50 min. or until meat is well browned and cauliflower is tender when a knife is inserted to test it.

7. Let stand 5 min., then cut in wedges to serve.

Good served with: Baked potatoes and lettuce and tomato salad.

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Beer-Braised Rabbit

May 11, 2016


1 2- to 2 1/2-pound dressed rabbit, cut up, or one 2- to 2 1/2-pound broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
3 or 4 carrots, bias cut into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup beer
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Season rabbit or chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Brown on all sides in hot cooking oil; drain. In an electric slow crockery cooker place potatoes, carrots, and onion; place rabbit or chicken pieces atop. Combine beer, chili sauce, brown sugar, and minced garlic. Pour over rabbit or chicken pieces. Cover crockery cooker; cook on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Remove meat. Drain vegetables; reserve cooking liquid. Return meat and vegetables to cooker; cover. Measure liquid; add beer or water if needed, to make 1 1/2 cups. In saucepan slowly blend cold water into flour; stir in reserved liquid and the salt. Cook, stirring constantly, till thickened and bubbly. Place meat and vegetables on platter. If desired, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with parsley. Pass gravy. Makes 4 servings.

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Cheesy Tuna Chowder

May 3, 2016


1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 11-ounce can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup milk
1 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 7-ounce can tuna (water pack), broken into chunks
1 tablespoon snipped parsley
Dash coarsely ground pepper

In saucepan cook onion in butter or margarine till onion is tender but not brown. Add condensed cheese soup and gradually blend in milk. Stir in undrained tomatoes, undrained tuna, parsley, and pepper. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Shrimp ‘n Rice Soup

2 cups water
1/2 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons uncooked long grain rice
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 10 1/2-ounce can condensed chicken with rice soup
1 10 3/4-ounce can condensed cream of shrimp soup
1 cup milk
1 4 1/2-ounce can shrimp, drained
1/2 cup dairy sour cream

In medium saucepan combine water, celery, uncooked rice, and bouillon granules. simmer 15 minutes or till rice is tender. Stir in canned soups and milk. Add shrimp. Heat through. Just before serving, stir in a little soup into the sour cram; return to soup in saucepan and blend well. Heat, but do not boil. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley springs if desired. Makes 4 servings.

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