Goulash Soup

Adapted from The Ground Beef Cookbook by Joanne Waring Lindeman. I reduced the amount of meat and changed the seasoning.

Servings: 6

1 pound ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup potatoes*, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced
½ cup celery, chopped
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 – 15 oz cans diced tomatoes*, undrained
1 ½ cups water
1 cup rice*
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt, or to taste
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese*, grated

  1. Saute beef and onion in a hot large pot until browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add veggies and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until rice and veggies are tender.
  4. Serve topped with cheese.
  • The potatoes and rice are not cooked before adding them to the pot.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces.  You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
  • Parmesan cheese is also very good on this soup.

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Irish Seafood Chowder

After my daughter Alycia came back from a semester abroad at Cork University College in Cork, Ireland she wanted to recreate some of the wonderful food that she enjoyed there. She found this recipe on the website for Poachers Inn in Bandon, Cork. This is a wonderful, rich chowder with salmon, shrimp & crab.  I have added conversions from grams & liters to cups & ounces as well as instructions for a few of the steps that they assumed you would know how to do.

Servings: 4-6

150g (⅔ cup – about 2 ½ Tbsp each) carrots, fennel, celery & onion, diced
oil
1 liter (≈ 1 quart) milk
500ml (≈ 2 cups) cream
1 Tablespoon fish bouillon powder or 2 shrimp bouillon cubes (see notes)
salt, to taste
Roux, to thicken (equal quantities of oil & flour mixed to a paste)
1 ½ lemons (zest & juice)
6 star anise (wrapped in cheesecloth for easy removal)
½ teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
250g (½ lb) salmon, cut into ½” pieces
150g ( lb) firm white fish (e.g. cod, haddock) , cut into ½” pieces
3 Tablespoons white wine
100g (¼ lb) crabmeat
100g (¼ lb) prawns (shrimp)
1 Tablespoon chives, chopped

  1. Heat skillet over low heat. Add enough oil to just cover bottom of the pan. Add carrot, fennel, celery & onion. Cover pan. Stir occasionally, cooking until veggies are translucent and soft, but have not started to brown – about 5 minutes.
  2. Place the salmon & white fish on an oven tray and place in a pre-heated 180 ℃ / 350 ℉ oven for 10 minutes. It should be slightly undercooked, since it will be cooked further after adding to the chowder.
  3. Place the cream, milk, bouillon, salt & garlic in a pot and place on full heat and whisk well.
  4. When the pot is just at boiling point (be careful here not to let it boil over as it can “split” the milk) add a tablespoon of roux and whisk it well for a couple of minutes and leave to cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the flour taste to cook out (add more roux at this point if you think it needs more thickening).
  5. Add lemon juice & zest, whisking as you add.
  6. Add salmon & white fish and stir well, then add star anise.
  7. Add white wine and cook for 10 minutes. If it is too thick, whisk in some hot water to thin it out.
  8. Add crab & prawns. Cook just until done.
  9. To finish, remove star anise and stir in cooked vegetables.
  10. Garnish with chives and serve with fresh homemade brown bread.

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Newport Beef Casserole

McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection 1973

1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1 lb ground beef
1 can (6 oz) mushrooms, drained
1 cup sherry
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 can (17 oz) diced tomatoes
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried basil
8 oz small shell pasta
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach
1 cup sharp Cheddar, grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Parmesan, grated

  1. In hot oil in large skillet, saute onion, garlic, carrot, and celery until onion is golden – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add beef; cook, stirring, until browned.
  3. Add mushrooms, sherry, tomato paste, tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil: simmer, uncovered 1 1/2 hours.
  4. If desired, cool, cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  5. About 45 minutes before serving time, preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Cook shells and spinach as package labels direct. Drain well.
  7. Reheat sauce if needed. Add shells and spinach.
  8. Turn into 3-quart casserole.
  9. Top with bread crumbs and Cheddar.
  10. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until bubbly and browned.
  11. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
  12. Makes 8 servings.
  • NOTES

Shrimp Mold with Cucumber Sauce

Dorothy Mynard, a friend of my mother

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can tomato soup
2 Tbsp gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
10 oz shrimp, peeled, deveined, cooked and chopped

Dressing

1 large cucumber, diced
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp chili sauce

  1. Heat cream cheese with tomato soup in a double boiler until smooth.
  2. Dissolve gelatin in cold water.  Add to soup mixture. Cool.
  3. Fold in mayonnaise, celery, onion & shrimp.
  4. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.
  5. Make dressing: mix all ingredients until well combined.
  6. Serve portions of shrimp mold with dressing ladled over the top.
  • This is a fairly simple, but elegant dish for brunch on a warm day.

Split Pea Soup

from my daughter, Marissa Davis Hefner

2 cups dried split green peas, rinsed
2 cups chopped carrots (not necessary to peel them)
2 cups chopped celery (don’t forget the leaves)
1 head cauliflower, chopped

  1. Add all ingredients in a large pot, pour over enough water or broth to cover by 1″. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
  2. Cook until peas are tender, about an hour. As long as you cook on low with a lid, it is difficult to overcook this.
  3. When peas are tender, the soup will be a bit chunky – you can blend with an immersion blender or regular blender to a consistency of your liking.
  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder – or any other seasoning you like.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, sliced green onions, chopped ham or bacon… it’s very versatile.
  • You can substitute 16 oz frozen cauliflower.
  • You can also pour everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • I like to add a bay leaf, dried thyme (1+ tsp), and a pinch of cayenne while cooking – these are the seasonings used at Pea Soup Andersen’s.
  • I don’t usually salt & pepper while cooking – some folks don’t want salt & my daughter Alycia does not like pepper.  I like smoked salt & fresh-ground pepper on mine.
  • If the soup is too thick, add water or broth.