My Favorite Foods Yesterday And Today

I love food and always have. I enjoy cooking and also trying out new recipes.
I still use some of the old recipes that my mother used when I was a child growing up and want to preserve them for others to enjoy also.
I like trying new things; but don't have a lot of patience for playing around with recipes that take forever to prepare.
Hope you enjoy reading the recipes and trying them too.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cream Sauce For Pasta

I found the original recipe for this on Allrecipes; but changed some of the ingredients.
Roy likes this sauce a little thinner so add a little milk also if it is too thick.

Cream Sauce for Pasta
1 cup cream
3 Tbs. butter
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat cream and butter (don't boil), add cheese and stir until melted.
Serve over pasta


Corndogs were never on my menu in Canada, I think they are more of a USA food. Nevertheless I wanted to try this recipe off of the Allrecipe site and so the other day I did. Naturally I made homemade french fries to go with them.
I use Rosarito brand meat hot dogs as I do not like the chicken or turkey hot dogs.
I am not able to buy cornmeal where I live in Mexico; but the bagged Maseca works fine for most things that call for cornmeal.

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup white sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 - 16 oz. packages of hot dogs (weiners)
Mix dry ingredients, add egg and milk. If you have sticks stick them into one long end of the weiner. I don't bother buying them for us; but if you have children you might want to. Roll wieners in batter until covered and deep fry until golden.

Chocolate Pudding Cake ll

I got this recipe off of the Allrecipes website and tried it. When I lived in Canada I used to buy this type of cake desert mix in a box and prepare it. (It was one of the few boxed type things that I used to make as I am not in love with the preservatives that the prepared type foods have in them.) Since moving to Mexico I hadn't had it as there are few boxed pre-prepared type products available in our town. This is mostly a good thing and I don't miss not having things like that available as I rarely used them in Canada anyway.

Chocolate Pudding Cake ll

Cake Batter

1 cup flour

3/4 cup white sugar

2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

½ cup milk

2 Tbs. oil

1 tsp. vanilla

Sauce Mix

3/4 cup brown sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ cups boiling water

Recipe says to use an ungreased 9 " cake pan, I sprayed a bit of Pam in mine to keep it from sticking.

Stir together the flour, white sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Mix with fork until smooth and smooth out in pan.

Sprinlke with brown sugar and cocoa. Pour the boiling water over top.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until cake part is cooked. The recipe says 40 minutes; but mine only takes about 20 minutes so watch and adjust baking time to your oven.

Let stand 15 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bran Muffins

I love bran muffins, they are my fast food and I eat them at any time of the day.
I have no idea where I got this recipe.

Bran Muffins

1 ½ cups wheat bran ( not cereal, real wheat bran either regular or toasted)
1 cup buttermilk ( I can't get buttermilk where I live in Mexico so just use regular milk and they turn out well)
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup raisins or any dried fruit ( I sometimes used dried cranberries) or if your family doesn't like the fruit in them just leave it out.

Mix bran and milk and let stand for 10 minutes. Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to milk mixture.
Sift flour, powder, soda, salt and add to milk mixture.
Fold in raisins and nuts and spoon into greased muffin pan or use the paper muffin liner cups.
Makes about 12, depending on the size of your muffin pan.

Bake: 375 oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I believe that I found this recipe on the website Allrecipes. It is a good tasting cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. hot water
½ tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugars, beat in eggs and add vanilla. Dissolve soda in the hot water and add to the batter along with salt. Add flour and chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Note: I don't bother with the nuts as we prefer our chocolate chip cookies without them, I add a bit more flour instead. I usually spray PAM on my cookie sheets even when the recipe says "ungreased sheet".

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done depending on your stove.
(My stove is the cheapest/smallest Mabe (Mexican brand) gas stove that you can get, so I need to watch things in the oven carefully as the temperature tends to fluctuate a lot.)

Moms Salad Dressing (Cooked Mayonnaise)

Growing up I don't really ever remember having bought mayonnaise in our home. Mom always made this recipe and I still much prefer it over the bought mayonnaise. It adds so much to egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad and any sandwich. I also thin it with a bit of milk and vinegar sometimes and use it on a tossed green salad. It works well anywhere that you would use regular store bought mayonnaise and keeps a long time in the frig.. One of my favorite recipes.

Moms Salad Dressing (Cooked Mayonnaise)

1 cup white sugar
2 Tbs. dry mustard powder
1 Tbs. flour
4 or 5 eggs (depending on the size)
1 ¼ cups cold water, or 1 cup cream or 1 cup milk (tastes best when heavy cream is used)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 cup vinegar
butter the size of an egg (added after it is cooked)

Mix dry ingredients together and then slowly add the wet ingredients stirring to prevent lumps.
Cook in a double boiler, (I just cook it in a regular pot; but you have to stay near and stir it often so it doesn't burn then). When it is nice and thick take off of the heat and add the butter. Stir until the butter melts. Put in a jar and store in the frig..

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sweet And Sour Meatballs

This is a recipe that I have been using for the last 30 yrs. or more. I can't remember where I found it and it isn't one of my moms. It is different from the usual Sweet and Sour with Pineapple.

Sweet And Sour Meatballs
1 ½ lbs. ground pork
½ cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. ginger
1 beaten egg
2 Tbs. oil
Mix and fry in oil until brown. Remove and drain.

½ cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
2 Tbs. cornstarch
¼ tsp. ginger
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 cup chicken bouillon
½ cup syrup from canned peaches
¼ cup vinegar
1 cup diced canned peaches

Sauté onion and celery in 1 Tbs. fat. Combine remaining ingredients except peaches. Add to pan and stir until thickened and clear (2 minutes). Add meatballs and peaches. Cover and simmer gently 10 minutes.
Serve with rice or noodles.