Taco Soup

My mother gave me this recipe that a friend of hers had shared. I changed their recipe a little because I think the ranch dressing mix that they added made it too salty. Also, they said to drain all of the canned beans & vegetables, then add water – this seemed ridiculous to me, so I don’t do it.

Servings: 4-6

1 lb ground beef, cooked
15 oz can corn, undrained
2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, undrained
15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
4 oz green chiles, chopped
1 pkg taco seasoning
Cheddar or Jack cheese, grated
sour cream or plain yogurt

  1. Dump all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until heated through.
  3. Serve topped with grated cheese and sour cream or yogurt.
  • I keep containers of precooked ground beef in my freezer. I use it still frozen – it will be ready by the time everything is heats.  If you don’t have this, you can cook the meat in the saucepan before adding everything else.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces. You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.

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Streamlined Lasagna

This is the recipe that my mother made when I was growing up. It is not authentic in many ways, but it is delicious comfort food using ingredients that were readily available in a grocery store in the 1970s.

Servings: 6

1 Tbsp oil
½ cup onion, diced
1 lb ground beef
1 clove garlic, sliced
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp parsley, chopped
15 oz can diced tomatoes
8 oz tomato sauce
8 oz lasagne noodles ( 8 slices)
4 oz Swiss cheese, sliced thin
1 ½ cups cottage cheese
parsley, chopped

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute onion until tender.
  2. Add ground beef, cook until browned.
  3. Mash garlic with salt and add to meat with pepper, oregano, parsley, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. If making ahead, refrigerate sauce until ready to assemble.
  5. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  6. Cook lasagne noodles until al dente. Drain & cover with cold water.
  7. Spread of sauce in a 9×13 pan. Top with half each of lasagne noodles, Swiss cheese (reserve 1 slice) & cottage cheese.
  8. Repeat, ending with remaining sauce and reserved cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces. You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
  • You can substitute mozzarella for the Swiss cheese and ricotta for the cottage cheese for a more authentic dish.

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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Dad’s Chili con Carne

This is my Dad, Steve ReVeal’s, recipe. I’m sure that he got the original recipe from a friend, but I don’t know who it was.  My father is a very good cook – his specialties are chili, pizza & Chinese food.

Makes about 3 quarts

2 lb ground beef
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped *
2 – 15 oz cans tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
2 – 15 oz cans kidney beans or pinto beans, undrained *

  1. Brown ground beef. Drain off fat.
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, salt & sugar over beef. Mix well
  3. Add onion, bell pepper. Cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, bay leaf & beans. Cover & simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  • I do not add the bell pepper.
  • My dad always used kidney beans, but my husband doesn’t like them so we use pinto beans.

Judy Joo’s Krazy Korean Burgers

This recipe is based on Judy Joo’s Korean Food Made Simple on Cooking Channel.  The recipe was not posted on the network website, so my daughter, Alycia, & I estimated the ingredient amounts while re-watching the episode – we think they turned out great!  These burgers are tender and wonderfully seasoned. 

Servings: 4

1/4 lb pancetta or bacon
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp grated ginger
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2-3 tsp gochugaru (Korean chile flake)
1 Tbsp gochujang (Korean fermented chile paste)
1 Tbsp doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste)
1/4 cup carbonated water

  1. Combine pancetta or bacon, onion, garlic & ginger in  a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Place in a bowl & add remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix gently with hands until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Form into patties and grill.
  • Judy serves this with Korean Ketchup (1/4 cup ketchup mixed with 1 Tbsp gochujang) and Asian Mayo (Korean mayo thinned with kimchi juice). I have not tried the mayo yet, but the Korean Ketchup is my new favorite burger topping! 
  • If you haven’t used gochugaru or gochujang before, this may seem like a lot of chile, but it is not a very spicy chile. You can reduce the amount if you like. 
  • We like to make these as sliders – it makes about 10.  Hawaiian rolls make delicious buns for these. 

Beef & Mushroom Pie

recipe adapted from Pet-Ritz recipe published in the late 70s

2 – 10″ pie crusts
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 can beef broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp parsley, chopped
1/2 cup red wine
3 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp water

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Put 1 pie crust in a 10″ pie pan.
  3. Brown ground beef, onion and mushrooms. Drain.
  4. Stir in broth, Worcestershire & wine.
  5. Mix flour & water. Add to beef mixture.
  6. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  7. Pour into pie crust. Top with remaining crust. Seal edges & cut slits in top.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned.
  9. Serves 4-6.
  • Tastes like beef burgundy.

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

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.

Hamburger Loaf aka Meatloaf

This is a recipe that my mother, Sherry Salvage ReVeal Bradley, had for years – I do not know where she got it.

The original recipe was called Cheeseburger Loaf, but I never put the cheese on it.  I also use less ground beef because I like my meatloaf a little softer than the typical one.

1 lb ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 tsp salt (optional)
dash pepper

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly – I usually do it by hand.
  3. Put into a deep casserole dish.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour or until browned and bubbly.
  • My favorite way to eat this is with a baked potato.  I split open the potato, spoon the meatloaf over it, and mash it into the potato.
  • You can substitute bread crumbs for the oatmeal.

Filet Gourmet Burgers

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

2 lb 80% lean ground beef
2 onions, chopped
8 oz mushrooms, sauteed in 1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp chili powder (not ground chile)
3 drops Tabasco sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup white wine
salt & pepper, to taste
6 slices bacon
paprika

  1. Mix all ingredients, except bacon and paprika. Shape into 6 – 3/4″ thick patties.
  2. Wrap bacon around patties. Secure with toothpicks.
  3. Sprinkle patties with paprika.
  4. Cook over hot coals until desired doneness.
  • Grilling times from Addicted to Grilling

    Medium Rare (130-135° F):  Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 4 more minutes.Medium (135-150° F):  Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 5 more minutes.

    Medium Well (150-165° F):  Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 6 more minutes.

    Well Done (165° F and up):  Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 7 more minutes.