Creamy Onion Frankfurters

I found this recipe and Cheesy Herbed Frankfurters in a magazine in the late 1970s, but neither recipe says where I got them.

Servings: 2-3

¼ cup butter
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
⅛ tsp dried basil
⅛ tsp dried thyme
⅛ tsp dried rosemary
⅛ tsp dried tarragon
¼ cup sour cream
3 large frankfurters (about 7″ long)
1 baguette, about 21″ long

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic and herbs. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are limp and golden, about for minutes.
  4. Blend in sour cream until heated through.
  5. Cook frankfurters as desired (broil, grill, boil).
  6. Cut baguette into 3 pieces.  Cut each piece almost in half lengthwise. Toast lightly.
  7. Place frankfurters in baguettes and top with creamy onion mixture.
  • You can substitute yogurt for the sour cream.

Fettuccine with Peas, Mushrooms & Ham

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Servings: 4

5 Tbsp butter
6 green onions
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 ¼ cups whipping cream
4 oz ham, chopped
1 cup Parmesan
1 lb fettuccine, cooked
salt & pepper, to taste
10 oz frozen peas

  1. Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add green onions and saute until soft.
  3. Add mushrooms, increase heat to high and cook until mushrooms are slightly browned.
  4. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in peas and cook until almost tender, about 30 seconds.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Stir in ham, Parmesan and fettuccine. Toss until heated through and sauce clings to pasta.
  7. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • You can substitute other pasta such as tortellini or ravioli for the fettuccine.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

These are a cookie that we make every year at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. It is similar to many of the “tea cake” cookies, but I’m not sure where my mother got the recipe.

Makes 36 cookies

1 cup butter
green food coloring
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts, ground or chopped very finely
powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 325℉.
  2. Beat butter until fluffy.
  3. Add food coloring.
  4. Mix in remaining ingredients until well combined. The dough will be a little dry.
  5. Roll in 1/2 – 3/4″ balls (they will expand when baked). Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.
  7. Remove from pan and roll in powdered sugar while hot.
  • You can omit the food coloring if you like, or use a different color, but we always color them green.
  • We usually use walnuts or pecans, but you can use any nuts you like. 

Pan-Seared Scallops with Shallots, Tarragon & Chives

adapted from Food & Wine

1 lb large bay scallops
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

SAUCE

2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 med shallot, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp fresh tarragon, minced
2 Tbsp fresh chives, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Pat the scallops dry.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil and butter. Heat until butter is melted and sizzling.
  3. Pat the scallops dry once more, then add onto the pan in a single layer. Do not overcrowd. Let sear for 1 to 1 minutes.
  4. Using tongs, turn the scallops and sear until the other side is equally browned (another 1 to 2 minutes). Scallops should be almost firm to the touch.
  5. Remove the scallops from the pan, and set aside to keep warm.
  6. Return the pan to the stove and lower the heat to medium. Add 1/2 Tbsp butter and shallots. Sauté until shallots are tender, about 1 minute.
  7. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  8. Add the herbs, then reduce the heat to low.
  9. Add the remaining butter to taste, and whisk constantly until all the butter is melted.
  10. Salt & pepper to taste.
  11. Return the scallops to the pan, and spoon sauce over them.
  • I served this with corn on the cob – the sauce was delicious with the corn, also.

Moussaka

My mother cut this recipe out of a magazine in the 70s. I have a photocopy of it, but it does not show the magazine’s name. Like many old photocopies, it is faded and very difficult to read. The recipe, however, is as delicious as always.

Servings: 6

Meat Sauce

2 Tbsp butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 ½ lbs ground beef or lamb
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ tsp oregano, dried
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp cinnamon
dash freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
16 oz tomato sauce
2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs

  1. Melt butter in 4 quart Dutch oven.
  2. Add onion and meat, stirring until brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, herbs, & spices. Cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, 1/2 hour.
  5. Stir in bread crumbs.
Eggplant

2-2 ½ lbs eggplant
½ cup butter, melted
salt

  1. Halve unpeeled eggplant lengthwise, then slice ½ inch thick.
  2. Place in broiler pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  3. Broil 4 inches from heat, 4 minutes per side, or until golden.
Bechamel (Cream Sauce in original)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
dash pepper
2 c milk
2 large eggs

  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter; remove from heat and stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Add milk gradually. Bring to a boil, stirring until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs.
  4. Temper eggs by adding a small amount of hot bechamel sauce, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan. Mix well and set aside.
Topping

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. In the bottom of 9″x13″ baking dish, layer 1/2 of the eggplant, overlapping slightly.
  3. Mix cheeses. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons over eggplant.
  4. Spoon meat sauce over top.
  5. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese.
  6. Layer rest of eggplant, overlapping as before.
  7. Pour cream sauce over all.
  8. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. If desired, brown top under broiler for 1 minute. Cool slightly before serving.
  • You can replace the Cheddar cheese with more Parmesan.

Plantation Ham Pie

Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library 1971

2 Tbsp butter or oleo
3 cups ham, cubed
1 med onion, chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk

Parsley Pinwheels

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

  1. Heat oven to 425 F.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  3. Cook and stir ham and onion in butter until ham is golden and onion is tender.
  4. Stir in soup & milk. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour into greased 8″ square baking dish. Place in oven while you make the Pinwheels.
  6. Stir Bisquick and water to a soft dough. Roll into 12×7 rectangle. Sprinkle parsley over dough. Roll up tightly, beginning at long side. Cut into 9 slices.
  7. Arrange on top of hot ham mixture.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until pinwheels are cooked.
  • The trick to non-soggy biscuits is to make sure the filling is hot before the biscuits are put on top.

Homemade Pot Cheese

this is a recipe that my mother has had for years – I do not know where she got it

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup blue cheese
1/2 lb Gouda, shredded
2 Tbsp wine vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 Tbsp chives, chopped
dash cayenne

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter, blue cheese & Gouda.
  2. Stir in wine vinegar, sour cream, chives, & cayenne.
  3. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until well combined.
  4. Cool slightly & pour into small crocks.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze.
  6. Serve at room temperature.

Spicy Toasted Pecans

recipe from Ceilia Haynes, a friend of my mother

1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
4 cups pecan halves
salt to taste

  1. Heat oven to 300 F.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add Worcestershire & Tabasco, mix well.
  4. Remove from heat & add pecans. Stir at least 5 minutes to absorb all of the sauce.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Drain on paper towels. Salt to taste while hot.
  • NOTES

Swiss Mushrooms

This recipe was card number 17 of a collection that was sold in the late 70’s or early 80’s. It does not give the name of the company that sold it. I only got a handful of the recipes as a sample set and this was one of only a few that I kept.

1 lb small mushrooms
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp parsley, chopped

Sauce

1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup half & half
1 cup Swiss cheese or Gruyère

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Saute mushrooms in butter. Remove from pan.
  3. Saute onion and garlic until soft. Mix with mushrooms.
  4. Distribute mixture into 4 small baking dishes.
  5. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in paprika.
  6. Slowly add half & half and bring to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
  8. Pour over mushrooms.
  9. Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • If mushrooms are large, slice or quarter before sauteing.

Pâté Maison

Lyn Ortega, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1980)

This is the best pâté I have ever eaten.

1 med onion, chopped
1/4 lb butter
1 lb chicken livers
1 1/2 med apples, peeled
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup Madeira
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 lb butter, melted

  1. Saute onion in butter until soft.
  2. Stir in livers, apples and wines; cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Season with salt & pepper.
  4. Put liver mixture and eggs in food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  5. Pack mixture into small crocks.  Pour melted butter over pate.
  6. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  7. Refrigerate or freeze for longer storage.
  8. Makes about 4 cups.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and thinly sliced onion on toast.