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Southern Chess Pie


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.

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Banana Split


Small ripe bananas
Vanilla ice cream
Strawberry ice cream
Chocolate ice cream
Prepared fudge sauce
Prepared creamy marshmallow topping
Whipped cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Maraschino cherries, with stems

1. For each serving, peel 2 bananas, cut one in half lengthwise, and place one half on each side of oval dish. Cut other banana in quarters, and place at ends of dish.

2. Using large, number-6, ice-cream scoop, make 1 vanilla, 1 strawberry, and 1 chocolate ice-cream ball. Place vanilla and strawberry balls in center of dish; place chocolate ball on top.

3. Spoon 2 tablespoons fudge sauce over vanilla ice cream. 2 tablespoons Strawberry Sauce over strawberry ice cream, 2 tablespoons marshmallow topping over chocolate ice cream.

4. Decorate with whipped cream in pastry bag, using number-6 decorating tip. Sprinkle with walnuts; garnish with cherry.


1 pkg (10 oz)frozen sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons strawberry preserves

1. Drain strawberries, reserving syrup. Add water to syrup to measure 1 cup. In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add strawberry syrup, stirring until smooth.

2. Over low heat, slowly bring to boiling, stirring until mixture is thick and translucent.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in strawberries and preserves.

4. Stir until preserves are melted. Refrigerate until cold. Makes 1 1/3 cups.

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Tongue in Aspic


1 cup dry white wine
1 can (10 12 oz) condensed beef consommé, undiluted
3 medium onions, peeled
3 whole cloves
2 tablespoons salt
2 bay leaves, crumbled
6 whole black peppers
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 smoked tongue (about 5 lb)

1 envelope unflavored gelatine
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Lettuce leaves
4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved

1. in 6-quart Dutch oven, combine 6 cups water, 1 cup wine, and consommé. Add 2 onions, quartered, and one onion, studded with whole cloves. Add 2 tablespoons salt, bay leaves, black peppers, and thyme. Bring to boiling, covered.

2. Meanwhile, wash tongue under cold running water. Add tongue to boiling liquid. Return to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 3 hours, or until tender.

3. Lift out tongue; let cool. With sharp knife, carefully remove skin; cut off and discard root. Refrigerate tongue until well chilled, 4 hours or overnight.

4. Slice tongue thinly on the diagonal. On platter, arrange slices, slightly overlapping. Refrigerate while making aspic.

5. Make Aspic: Sprinkle gelatine over wine in small saucepan; let stand to soften, 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and lemon juice. Over low heat, dissolve gelatine, stirring. Refrigerate, until consistency of unbeaten egg white.

6. Brush aspic on sliced tongue, making thin glaze. Refrigerate tongue (not remaining aspic) to set; reglaze. Refrigerate until serving, at least 1 hour. At serving time, garnish platter with lettuce and hard-cooked eggs. Makes 6 servings.

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Paella, Portuguese Style


2 (2-lb size) broiler fryers, each cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup olive or salad oil
1 lb lean pork, cut in 1-inch cubes
2 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups raw long-grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1 lb Italian sausages, halved
2 medium-size fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
3 cans (10 3/4-oz size) condensed chicken broth
1 1/2 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen peas, thawed
1/2 jar (4-oz size) pimientos
2 lemons, each cut in 8 wedges

1. Wipe chicken with damp paper towels. In hot oil in large skillet, brown chicken, about 5 pieces at a time, until golden. Remove as it browns.

2. Add pork cubes to skillet; brown well on all aides. Remove.

3. To drippings in skilled, add onion, garlic, pepper, and oregano, sauté, stirring, 5 minutes, until onion is golden. Add salt, rice and saffron; cook, stirring – about 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in another skillet, brown sausages, turning on all sides – about 10 minutes. Drain and discard fat. Place chicken, sausages, and pork in roasting pan. Heat oven to 375F.

5. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, and chicken broth to rice mixture and bring to boiling. Add shrimp, spoon evenly over chicken and sausage in pan. Bake, tightly covered with foil, 1 hour.

6. If mixture seems dry, add 1/2 cup water. Sprinkle peas over top, without stirring. Bake, covered, 20 minutes longer.

7. To serve: Turn Paella into heated, round serving platter or paella pan. Garnish with pimiento and lemon. Serves 10.

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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.

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Taffy Apples


2 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup
2 bottles (1 3/4-oz size) cinnamon candies (1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon red food color
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 medium red applies (see Note)
6 wooden skewers

1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and cinnamon candies with 1 cup cold water.

2. Over medium heat, stir constantly just until sugar and candies are dissolved. (Do not boil.)

3. Add food color and cinnamon; stir to mix well.

4. Bring syrup to boiling; continue cooking, without stirring, to 300F on candy thermometer.

5. Meanwhile, wash apples, and dry well. Remove stem from each; insert skewer partway in stem end, far enough to hold apple firmly.

6. Remove syrup from heat.

7. Working quickly, dip each apple ( holding by skewer) into syrup, to coat completely. Place, skewer end up, on well-greased cookies sheets, to let taffy harden. LEt stand at room temperature until serving.

Makes 6.

Note: Use ripe, red eating apples, such as McIntosh or Delicious.

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Tomato Aspic



1 can (1qt. 14oz) tomato juice
12 whole black peppers
8 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 envelopes unflavoured gelatine


1. In medium saucepan, combine 5 cups tomato juice, peppers, cloves, bay leaves, and salt. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, then simmer 5 minutes.

2. Sprinkle gelatine over remaining tomato juice to soften. Add to hot mixture; stir until gelatine is dissolved. Remove from heat.

3. Strain mixture. Pour into 12 individual molds or 1 1/2 quart mold.

4. Refrigerate until firm – at least 3 hours.

5. To unmold: Run small spatula around edge of mold. Invert on serving plate, place a hot, damp dishcloth on bottom of mold, and shake gently to release. Garnish as desired – with sliced olives, green peppers, cucumber, or salad greens. Serve with mayonnaise.

Makes 8 servings.

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1 cup dried white navy beans (Great Northern)
1 small head cabbage, sliced
3 carrots, pared and diced
2 white turnips, pared and diced
1 can (1 lb) Italian-style tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon olive or salad oil
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 large tomato, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
Dash pepper
1 cup broke up thin spaghetti
Grated Parmesan Cheese

1. Day before serving: In medium bowl, cover beans with cold water. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

2. Next day: Drain beans. Turn into 5-quart Dutch oven or kettle with 3 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt.

3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer very gently, covered, 1 hour.

4. Add cabbage, carrots, turnips, and canned tomatoes. Cover and continue to cook 1/2 hour longer.

5. Meanwhile, in hot oil and butter in medium skillet, sauté sliced onion until tender and golden – about 5 minutes.

6. Add chopped tomato, celery, parsley, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; cook slowly, 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add to bean mixture along with spaghetti. Cover; cook slowly, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Serve soup, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 10 servings; 2 1/2 quarts.

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Braised Lamb Shanks


4 lamb shanks (about 3/4 lb each)
1 1/2 teaspoons unseasoned instant meat tenderizer
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups boiling water
1/2 lb white onion, peeled
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 lb carrots
2 stalks celery

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Wipe lamb shanks with damp paper towels. Trim off any fat. Sprinkle shanks with meat tenderizer.

2. In nonstick Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown hanks on all sides, turning with tongs, 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water; pour over shanks. Add onions, bay leaf, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bake, covered, 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile pare carrots. Cut celery into 1-inch pieces. Add vegetables to Dutch oven. Bake, covered, 60 minutes longer, or until vegetables and meat are tender.

Makes 4 servings.

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Lime and Melon Salad Mold


1 envelope (from 5/8 oz pkg) low-calorie lemon flavored gelatin
1 envelope (from 5/8 oz pkg) low-calorie lime flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups (1 lb) diet creamed cottage cheese
1 cup ginger ale
4 large strawberries, washed and hulled
1 cup melon balls (Spanish or honeydew)

1. Combine gelatins in large bowl. Pour boiling water over gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Stir in lime juice.

2. Remove 1 cup of gelatin mixture; set aside. Add cottage cheese to remaining gelatin mixture. Refrigerate.

3. In bowl, combine reserved gelatin mixture and ginger ale. Set bowl in large bowl of ice and water; stir until consistency of unbeaten egg white.

4. Set 7- or 8-cup mold in large bowl of ice and water; pour 1/2 cup gelatin mixture into mold. Slice strawberries, and arrange slices, overlapping, on gelatin in mold. Let stand just until set.

5. Add melon balls to remaining gelatin mixture. Spook over gelatin layer in mold. Let stand until just set.

6. Spoon chilled cottage cheese mixture over melon layer in mold.

7. Refrigerate until firm – at least 2 1/2 hours.

8. To unmold: Run small spatula around edge of mold. Set mold in bowl of warm water for 15 seconds. Invert over serving plate; shake to release; lift off mold. Garnish with watercress.

Makes 6 servings; 125 calories each.

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