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Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Oh my..yes. Blackberry dumplings; cook down berries; some sugar; drop in dumpling dough; cover and simmer..serve with fried chicken. Steam fried eggs; break into a lightly oiled pan; cook to set the whites; add a tsp of water; cover and steam til opaque. Coffee so strong you could melt a spoon in it--and it was on purpose! BLTs with pickled beets. Snow cream--made in the winter; a heaping bowl of fresh snow; vanilla; milk; sugar to make a slush. Salt pork--all lean; no fat. Vanilla cookies; not too sweet--as soft as cake. Hard ginger bread with a thick slab of government cheese. Frozen blueberries with milk and sugar.

Mar 09, 2014
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

LOLOLOL!!!!

Mar 08, 2014
Charlotte313 in General Topics

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

How generous..I'll keep these--every detail. :o) Your daughter is going to love this! :o)

Nov 17, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

Do you share recipes? I'd love a couple of them..

Welsh Cakes
Armagnac and Prune Cake
Spinach and Goat Cheese Pie
Miso Soup..

..didn't think it would hurt to ask. :o)

Nov 16, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Well, it was but..they qui\t making that stuff, so now--every secret is now ancient AND Chinese. :o)

Nov 06, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Yes! :o) Its very good.

Nov 06, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

You're hired! :o) But seriously..if thats true? You could make some serious money. I like to organize too but..factor in the info I have on the computer and I want to flush it all. I seriously doubt I'm the only one.

Jul 25, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

LOL! Actually, I'm more likely to be embarrassed by something like this (cuz I do it. Often)..than I would be to dish up jello. :o)

Jul 25, 2013
Charlotte313 in General Topics

100 Recipes Every Mom (or Dad) Should Know, Chowhound edition

Well? I have a son, close to grown now. We've always been a family that enjoys trying new things. There's a few things I think he'll take with him--none of them terribly exotic; top of the list is definitely the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; things like..beef burgundy stew; meatloaf; chicken and rice soup; definitely the minestrone; cornbread; honey limeade. Basic things like that, but above all? I think he will remember times like when we pulled the cars out of the garage; set up tables covered with butcher paper in the middle of December; did a giant crab boil and invited the neighbors. All of us..freezing or patooties off--eating steaming hot crab, shrimp, corn and potatoes, or our annual Halloween tradition. My husband rolls out the barbecue; makes mini tacos by the boat load and "treats" the adults..while I give out candy to the youngsters. You can smell them for blocks.

There've been tons of tailgate parties--in our own drive way; lots of barbeque--no matter what time of year it is. My husband took a tractor disc and make a huge "wok" out of it, to do vegetables and sides for the meat. There's the family campouts--in my sister's back yard, where we take turns cooking for 50 or so. Some great; some..nosogood--but everyone takes a turn and no one complains.

Because I try so many things--our "go-to" file is pretty big. With him getting older, I asked him not too long ago, if he wanted a copy of those recipes. His eyes got..SO big; he said..yes! How else will I EAT?? :o)

Jul 23, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

BIG smile. So..when should I be over? :o)

Jul 23, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking
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Deschutes in Philly

ohh..homesick. Was born and raised in Bend--about 4 blocks from..Mirror Pond.

Jul 22, 2013
Charlotte313 in Beer

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

Sorry; I meant toasted bread rounds. I pick them up at the market sometimes. Its basically a buttered sliced baguette thats been toasted to the point of dried.

Jul 22, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I can't resist; gotta share. I don't know what it is about cream cheese. You can add it to anything and folks go nuts. My favorite combination is a half a jar of Harry and David's onion relish; give it a turn in the blender to break it up; mix it with a block of cream cheese and sprinkle with pecans, or walnuts or..whatever. I put out carrot and celery sticks with it, along with dried bread rounds or..whatever. The only determining factor I can see with whats favored as accompaniments is..what will deliver the biggest bite to your mouth. Doesn't matter; the stuff always goes like wild fire.

Jul 22, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

Omigosh...I'd forgotten.

My father would do a similar thing with leftovers. He would start a base and just add whatever he could find in the fridge--called it "Mulligan Stew". Actually..it didn't go too badly most of the time--til he added the cottage cheese. Thats where I stopped.

Jul 21, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

Your post makes me nostalgic. :o) We had tongue too, only baked. I still remember her pulling out the roaster to check on it; I'd invariably--find myself sticking out my tongue at it. It was actually very good..especially chilled. Dad would slice it very thin; butter slices of white bread and make sandwiches. Well, not butter. We only bought Nucoa margarine. Cakes mostly came around birthdays--always a mix--til she got hold of a mayonnaise cake--not chocolate; it was spicy--and a zucchini cake recipe. She would fry potatoes in a cast iron skillet--cubed them directly into the pan. They'd come out all soft and crusty. A big favorite was barbcqued beef; VERY complicated: 1 bottle Kraft Barbecue sauce; sliced leftover roast beef; heat together on the stove and spoon it over bread slices--or..if we had them--hamburger buns.

Spaghetti, for us, was Chef Boy Ar Dee; pizza was the same--a kind of Bisquick crust with tomato sauce and a little parmesan cheese. We used to have a potato soup that was basically seasoned warm milk with potatoes and onions in it. I thought it was the essence of comfort food--and blackberry dumplings which has got to be my family's best secret. You start with fresh blackberries; cover with water; sweeten to taste; a little salt. Cook them down until they're slightly syrupy; drop dumpling dough in; cover and cook 10 minutes--no peeking. We have them with ice cream for dessert now, but back then, they were a side dish with fried chicken--which always had a cream gravy with it. A green salad was always the same--iceberg lettuce chopped up, with a chopped tomato, and a dollop of mayonnaise stirred in. The mayo would mix with the tomato juice and turn it pink.

We had a lot of the stuff you saw in the sixties--regular Cream of Wheat; Chicken Noodle Soup; Minute Rice; Cheerios; Franz white bread; American cheese sandwiches with Miracle Whip; fried bologna; Hamburger Helper; Jello; Nestle's Chocolate Milk--or Strawberry. I learned the fine art of toasting marshmallows over an electric burner.

You would find at almost any given time, at our house--a jar of pickled pig feet; a large jar of maraschino cherries, and a jar of Russian tea--instant tea mixed with Tang Orange drink and some spices; fruit cocktail mixed with Cool Whip on special occasions; banana pudding; snow cream in the winter. You wait for the second snow; get a big spoon; break through the crust and fill a big bowl to the rim with fresh clean snow. add vanilla; a pinch of salt, and some sugar. Stir in milk until it resembles a soft slush.

We had a milk man, who left two glass narrow necked gallon jugs of milk, with the cream floating on top--on the step, once a week.

Probably, of all the things I remember, the one thing I miss the most was my mother's homemade bread and cinnamon rolls, which, always came together. It only happened a couple of times a year, but no one made bread, like my mother.

Jul 21, 2013
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Would you be embarrassed to share a really trashy recipe?

I'm glad you started this thread. I'm careful not to use mixes with additives or preservatives, mostly because they make me feel ill. Even so, there's a few things my family loves that I just haven't been able to improve upon. One in particular is from my mother-in-law. Along with the usual holiday suspects, she makes Turkey Noodles for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its pretty simple. You heat up a couple of cans of chicken broth; add just as much water; 8 oz wide egg noodles. When the noodles are done--add 2 packages of turkey gravy powder, some sage, some pepper, and some chopped turkey. Thats it. Don't use homemade stock; don't use your own gravy--I've tried it all; its just not the same.

Jul 21, 2013
Charlotte313 in General Topics

Do you have a recipe that works so well that you have no interest in trying another?

It could be because its an older recipe. I've got one here for Nut Tree's original fudge cake; it came out about as you described, with a light chocolate flavor. When I saw that the cake was going to turn out so light--I added a little cinnamon and some cardamon to change the direction. It went over bigger than the chocolate one generally does.

Good luck!

Oct 15, 2011
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking

Do you have a recipe that works so well that you have no interest in trying another?

Hi! I was just passing through and saw your post. I used to make a cranberry orange bread that was much more like a cake; I was famous for it! I bet you anything that..the reason your friend doesn't remember it is bacause--the recipe comes off of the Ocean Spray Cranberry bag. I've made this recipe dozens of times for friends..and am known for it.

Hope this helps!

Jul 26, 2011
Charlotte313 in Home Cooking