"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
Anybody who knows ME, knows that I am a lover of food. I love to shop for it, cook it myself and watch others cook it. I love to order it in but more than ANYTHING, I love to eat it in a restaurant.
When I was a little girl, I used to derive immense pleasure from watching my Grandma Sarah cook. If I was a good girl (which was quite a rare occurence ) My Grandma would allow me the privilege of assisting her in the kitchen by way of gathering and/or separating the ingredients for whatever culinary concoction she would be creating at the time. Want to hear something HYSTERICAL? I think this is SOfunny and SO true of ALL of the great cooks of the world...when it came to the actual measuring of the ingredients, my Grandma Sarah would use her eyes as her guide in that she would say "I need a little bit of this" or a "tiny bit of that" and to HER way of thinking,THAT as how she did her recipe measuring! my Grandma was (and still IS) an EXCEPTIONAL cook, and I remember hearing our family as well as our friends constantly begging her to cook her various recipes that she delighted in preparing for us.
Over the years, my Mother Harriet and also myself (at least I would like to THINK so, anyway have pretty well mastered my Grandma's most treasured recipes. And now with your kind permission, I would very much love to SHARE these recipes with you, as well as many OTHER people's recipes (cooked by famiy, friends, etc.) that have found their way into my vast collection.
I have a GREAT IDEA!!! If YOU would like to share YOUR favorite recipes, (and I sincerely hope that you DO) simply e-mail me the recipe, along with your name and e-mail address, and I will post it right here for everybody to ENJOY!
Please remember to try your best to eat healthily and in moderation (easier said than done ) and I hope you will enjoy these comfort food recipes as much as WE do!!!
1 head of cabbage (3 lbs.), 2 lbs. lean ground beef, 1 small onion,
2 large eggs, lightly beaten, 1/2 c. ketchup, 1/2 c. bread crumbs, 1/2
oven to 350 degrees. Combine all sauce ingredients and mix in blender
food processor with metal blade. Pour into a large kettle and let
over medium heat while you prepare the cabbge rolls. Cut core out
the cabbage. Pull off as many leaves as possible till they become too
to hold filling. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, place the leaves in
water, cover, turn the heat to simmer and let cook for 10 min. until
Combine ground beef, chopped onion, eggs, ketchup, bread crumbs and
Mix well. Fill the cabbage leaves by placing about 1 Tbspn. (or a litte
bit more of the
beef mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf. Fold over the
of the cabbage leaf and roll the cabbage ball away from you.
seam side down in the sauce. Continue this procedure until all of the
leaves have been used (if you have some ground beef left over,
make some more balls and add them to the sauce Simmer,
on top of stove for 20 minutes. Bake in the oven (uncovered) for
20 more minutes to brown the top. Let me tell you...this dish is
one of my FAVORITES!!!
2 (8 oz.) pckgs. cream cheese, 1 3 oz. pckg. cream cheese, 3 eggs, 1 (16 oz.) container sour cream, 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream (all items at room temperature), 1 c. sugar, 2 tspns. vanilla, 1 box crushed graham crackers, 1/4 lb. butter, melted, cooking spray
recipe makes a 9" cheese cake. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix
but sour cream together in a big bowl. Add sour cream and blend
12 minutes with an electric mixer. For the crust, mix
graham crackers with melted butter in another bowl and then put in
of 9" springform pan. VERY IMPORTANT: Coat sides of pan with
spray or cake will stick to pan and be ruined (NO!!! we can't have
Add cream cheese mixture to pan and bake in oven for 40-45 minutes. Now
here comes the fun part! Turn the oven off and let cake stay in oven
1 hour. Open oven door and let cake stay for another hour. Then remove
cake and cool for 3 hours. Cover top of cake with foil and pop in the
This cake is so RICH you'll go WILD for it!!!
stick butter, 1 lb. bag medium sized egg noodles, 6 eggs, 1 pint sour
4 oz. container cottage cheese, 3/4 c. sugar, 1/2 tspn. vanilla,
1 tspn. lemon juice, cinnamon, 1/2 c. raisins.
oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a lasagna pan in oven.
Set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients
for corn flakes, some sugar and cherries. Pour mixture into
pan, mixing butter through. Crush cornflakes and mix some sugar
taste) into them. Sprinkle them over the pudding mixture. Place
cherries on top of the pudding and then bake in oven for 1 hour or
golden brown. I used to help PREPARE this delicious pudding! oh
1 1/2 lbs. stew beef, 2 bell peppers (different colors) sliced into strips , 2 Tbspns. Olive Oil (where's Popeye?) , 1 jar Uncle Ben's Pepper Steak Sauce, 1 can sliced water chestnuts, 1 onion, sliced into strips, rice
a large skillet, heat oil and then add meat which has been cut into
slices. Cook until meat is brown, then add pepper steak sauce and
a little water. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Add strips of
peppers, onions and the water chestnuts. Cover and simmer about 10 more
minutes or until meat is tender. Serve over a bed of rice (I LOVE
3 cans solid white tuna, 1/4 c. bread crumbs, 1 small can French Fried Onions, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 large can Veg-All, 1/4 c. mayonnaise, 1 egg, beaten
oven to 350 degrees. On a dinner plate, mash the can of Veg-All
with a potato masher (not TOO mushy though!). Set aside. In a large
bowl, combine tuna (after you have taken it out of the cans and rubbed
it well with your fingers like Al Pacino did in "Scent of a Woman )
and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Place
in a loaf pan and bake in oven for 1 hour or until golden brown. I love
this dish with macaroni and cheese as a side dish.
Corn starch, water, cold cream, food coloring, muffin tins
each cup of the muffin tin, mix 1 tspn. corn starch, 1/2 tspn. water,
tspn. cold cream and a couple of drops of food coloring (a different
for each cup). Stir. Kids LOVE this so make sure you have a
lot of cleaning liquid and paper towels on hand for cleanup!
CREAMY PASTA AND VEGETABLES
2 Tbspns. butter, 2 c. broccoli florets, 2 medium carrots, sliced, 2 (10 3/4) cans of Campbell's Home Cookin' Cream of Chicken Soup, 1/2 tspn. garlic powder, 1/2 tspn. pepper, 4 c. cooked corkscrew style pasta
a large saucepan over medium heat, in hot butter, cook broccoli and
until tender-crisp stirring often. Add soup, garlic powder,
and pasta. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Great side
1 large eggplant, 2 large green peppers, 2 hard-cooked eggs, oil, 1 large onion
oven to 350 degrees. In large baking pan, place eggplant and
Bake until REALLY soft), about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. While they
are baking, saute a diced onion in a skillet until slightly brown. When
they are ready, remove eggplant and pepper from oven and allow to
cool. Wearing latex gloves (so your hands don't burn from the
peel the eggplant and peppers as best as you can and then place in a
chopping bowl or if you don't have THIS, try a food processor with the
metal blade in. Slice the hard-cooked eggs using egg slicer if possible
(it works better this way )
until the eggs are in very small pieces. Add to eggplant and
and then chop with a chopper (or metal blade of food processor) until
is a smooth as you desire it to be. Add sauted onion and chop a
bit more. Place mixture in a container with cover and then chill if
until use. I love to spread it on pita bread or on a bagel with
(ok so I'm weird).
RAINBOW POPCORN BALLS
1/2 c. packed brown sugar, 1/4 c. butter, 1/2 c. dark corn syrup, 1/4 tspn. salt, 8 c. microwaved popcorn
all ingredients except popcorn in 3 or 4 quart microwaveable bowl or
Microwave uncovered on HIGH for about 2 minutes or until boiling.
Stir until smooth. Microwave uncovered about 1 minute longer or
boiling. Stir in popcorn until well-coated; cool slightly.
Dip hands into cold water. Shape mixture into 8 balls, each about
2 1/2" in diameter. Place on waxed paper; cool. Wrap
in plastic wrap or place in plastic bags and seal. You can tint
balls to whatever color you choose by adding a few drops of food
to the corn syrup. This is FUN for EVERYBODY!!!
1 lb. ground beef, 1 c. chopped onion, 1/2 tspn. salt, 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. Bisquick baking mix, 2 eggs
oven to 400 degrees. Cook ground beef and onions; drain.
in salt. Spread in greased 9" pie plate; sprinkle with
Stir remaining ingredients with a fork until blended. Pour into
Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until knife inserted into the center
out clean. They ALWAYS say this when you bake cakes or pies,
1 lb. crabmeat (imitation is fine too) broken up, 2 Tbspns. mayonnaise, 1 finely chopped green pepper, 1 tspn. parsley flakes, 1 tspn. mustard, 1 tspn. seafood seasoning, 1/4 tpsn. salt, 1/4 tspn. pepper, 1 egg, beaten (poor egg!), 3 slices white bread with crusts crumbled, butter.
a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the butter.
well and form into 6 or 8 patties. Melt butter in a large skillet
and cook patties over medium-high heat until browned on both
Oh these are sooo GOOD!!!
1 8 oz. pckg. shredded carrots, 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained, 2 small boxes raisins, 1/4 c. mayonnaise (or more or less to your taste), 1 Tbspn. sugar
a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, pineapples, raisins, mayonnaise
sugar. Mix very well and chill for at least 5 hours before
It's even better the next day!
2 pckgs. instant vanilla pudding, 3 3/4 c. milk, 1 pckg. Oreo cookies crushed; 1/2 c. butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 large container Cool Whip whipped topping, 12 Gummy worms, 1 trowel, 1 flower pot, 1 plastic or silk flower
pudding with milk and let stand until thickened. Cream butter and
cream cheese together. Hmmm...how do you cream cream cheese???!!!
Add to the pudding along with 2/3 of the crushed Oreos and fold in the
Cool Whip. Pour into well-scrubbed flower pot. Top with
crushed Oreos. Garnish with strategically placed Gummy Worms
Put flower in place. Foil wrap pot with colored foil (if you can
GET it) and tie with large decorative bow. Don't forget to serve
with a trowel!
8 strips of bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled, 1 c. shredded Swiss cheese, 1/3 c. finely chopped onion, 4 eggs, beaten (poor eggs! ), 2 c. whipping cream (heavy), 1/4 tspn. salt, 1/4 tspn. pepper, 1/8 tspn. cayenne pepper (red), 1 9" pie shell, 9" pie plate
oven to 425 degrees. Cook bacon in microwave. Crumble and
aside. Prepare pie shell. Ease shell into pie plate.
Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion in pastry-lined plate. Beat eggs
3 c. cooked and cooled spaghetti (or pisghetti as any kid would say) , 2 eggs, beaten (oh those poor eggs again!) 3/4 c. Parmesan cheese, pckg. sweet Italian sausages, browned, cooked and cut up, 1 lb. lean ground beef, browned, a jar of your favorite pisghetti sauce ), 1 lb. shredded Mozzarella cheese, 1 (16 oz.) container Ricotta cheese
and cool spaghetti ahead of time. Prepare meats and add to the
Set aside. Mix cooked spaghetti, eggs and Parmesan cheese
Pack into bottom of 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Cover pasta with
cheese. Spread sauce and meat mixture over cheese. Spread
Mozzarella cheese over top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30
Cool at least 10 minutes to let form. This dish is really yummy!
KITTY LITTER CAKE
1 pckg. spice cake mix, 1 pckg. white cake mix, 1 pckg. vanilla sandwich cookies, green food coloring, 12 small Tootsie Rolls (now what do you think THESE are for?!), 1 pckg. vanilla pudding mix, a brand new kitty litter box with liner, a brand new kitty litter scoop
cake mixes and bake according to package directions. Prepare
mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble vanilla sandwich
in small batches in a blender (they tend to stick so scrape often). Set
aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a
few drops of green food coloring and mix using a fork. When cakes
are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss
half the remaining cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding; gently
Line a brand new kitty litter box. Put mixture into it. Put 3
Tootsie Rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable.
Shape ends so that they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Oh
this is so funny I just can't stop laughing!!!!
Repeat with 3 more Tootsie Rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle
other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie
lightly over the top (this is supposed to resemble the clorophyll in
kitty litter). Heat remaining Tootsie Rolls, 3 at a time in the
until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle
with cookie crumbs. Serve with a brand new kitty litter scoop. Oh
this is TOO MUCH!!!!!!
I've gotta try this one real soon MYSELF at someone's next
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, 1 c. chopped onion, 1 garlic clove minced, 1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce (I love the taste of Prego Garden Combination) :), 1 can (8 oz. tomato sauce), 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste, 3/4 c. water, 1 pckg. (7 oz.) pasta shells, cooked and drained, 1 pckg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained, 2 eggs, beaten (but not too hard please! , 1 c. (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/2 c. bread crumbs, 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook beef, onion
garlic until meat is no longer pink and the veggies are tender;
Add the next 7 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover
simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in macaroni, spinach, eggs, cheese and
crumbs. Pour into a greased (I use cooking spray for greasing)
baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake in oven for
30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before
This is a great way to get kids to eat their spinach!
STAWBERRY FRENCH TOAST FINGERS
2 eggs, beaten (don't hurt them TOO much though ), 1/4 c. milk, 1/2 c. strawberry preserves (or any OTHER flavor that you prefer), 8 slices day-old white bread, confectioners' sugar
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and milk; set aside. Spread preserves on 4 slices of bread. Trim crusts. Cut each sandwich into 3 strips. Dip both sides into egg mixture. Fry in buttered skillet for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve. Kids love THIS dish TOO!