Monthly Archives: September 2014
My mom used to belong to the Women’s Institute when I lived on the farm. This salad often appeared at family functions with different variations. I was surprised to see it again at a recent birthday party, brought along by our friends Jack and Carlos. This was Jack’s version. If you leave out the bacon it is VEGAN!
Chop up romaine lettuce and spinach and place in the bottom of a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish.
Add the following in layers –
1 cup shredded celery
6 hard boiled eggs chopped
10 oz. frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
8 green onions sliced
6 oz. sliced water chestnuts
8 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
Dressing – 1 cup mayonnaise + 1 cup sour cream + 2 Tablespoons sugar. Spread the dressing over the bacon layer!
Top with –
1 cup grated medium cheddar
8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon.
Cover with Saran wrap and place in refrigerator for 24 hours!! Trust me on this one…it sets better…
When ready to serve cut into squares and place on chilled salad plates.
Going way back into my memory bank, this recipe was always one of my favourite Mom dishes. She wasn’t a great cook, but this recipe still gets an A in my books! Some 50 years later I am still making this… a true comfort food! Serve them with mashed potatoes and enjoy the sauce…
Smothered Pork Chops
4 medium thick pork chops
1 or 2 white onions sliced
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup orange juice
1 orange sliced
In a fry pan, brown the pork chops with a little oil. Add the sliced onions and cook on low for about 5 to 10 minutes till they appear transparent. Pour in the ketchup and orange juice. Reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Check to see that the sauce does get too thick. If so, add a little more orange juice. When the chops are ready, they should be a little pink in the middle still. (Mother always overcooked pork back in those days). Add the slices of orange to heat.
Serve the chops with the mashed potatoes, pouring the sauce over the potatoes.
I am in the process of completing a recipe book with over 150 of my favourite recipes since I started the blog. It is tentatively called Travels with My Cookbook, in that it contains photos from our many trips. The question is –
Do I make it available in hard-copy or Do I make it so it can be downloaded to any computer? I have had people tell me they are not interested in having a hard copy cookbook around when they can find almost any recipe online…
If I made it available as a download would you consider buying it at a modest price via Paypal? A portion of the proceeds would be given to the local food bank here in Yucatan.
No commitments, just your thoughts would be appreciated… It has a complete index and would be in the form of a PDF file….
I came across this recipe from my friend in Toronto who has a blog, Closet Cooking. Indeed, it was great! Check out Kevin’s blog at www.closetcooking.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4
A quick, easy, light and tasty Chinese orange chicken dish that is way better than takeout!
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
• 1/3 cup orange juice
• 3 tablespoons honey
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 1 teaspoon chill sauce such as sambal oelek or sriracha
• 1 tablespoon orange zest, grated
• 1 clove garlic, grated
• 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1/4 cup green onion, sliced (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until cooked through, about 2-4 minutes per side.
2. Add the mixture of the orange juice, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chill sauce, garlic, ginger and the mixture of the water and the corn starch, toss to coat and cook until the sauce thickens, about a minute.
3. Remove from heat and serve garnished with sliced green onions.
Option: Replace some or all of the honey with orange marmalade.
Option: Add some vegetables to the mix such as broccoli, peas, peppers, etc.