I decided that today I would share some of my favorite recipes that have been passed down from my mom. My mom and I definitely share a love for good food and cooking. She is an excellent cook. One of my most special wedding gifts was a binder of her favorite recipes that she passed down to me. Here I will share some of my favorites (without pictures–sorry). I guarantee that these are all tried and true (and loved).
Vidalia Onion Dip
1 cup chopped Vidalia onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 degrees until warm and bubbling (approximately 15 minutes). Serve with crackers (I prefer Keebler’s Club crackers). I know this sounds kind of strange, but I promise, it is amazing! Everyone always wants the recipe.
Goat Cheese Salad
3/4 tsp. fresh thyme, basil, chives (snipped small)
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Take 1 small log of goat cheese and roll in above.
Cut into 4 pieces and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.
Take 4 cups packed field greens. Add 2 cups sliced endive and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Dress greens with 3 Tbsp. olive oil; 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar; 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar; 1 Tbsp. walnut or salad oil.
Top with the warm cheese pieces.
Pete’s Baseball Sauce
This recipe was passed down from a family friend (great for bratwurst, sausage or grilled meat)
8 oz. can chipotle peppers in sauce
8 oz. lime juice
8 oz. molasses
4 Tbsp. cumin
1 cup chopped cilantro
Process in a food processor.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 large mashed bananas.
Mix together 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
Bake in greased loaf pan for 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees.
German Apple Pancakes
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in small oven-proof dish.
Mix together 2 large eggs and 6 Tbsp. flour and 6 Tbsp. milk. Add to dish.
Top with 1/2 cup apple sliced and tossed with 2 tbsp. brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Sausage and Cheese Strata
1/2 lb. sausage, browned
3/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese; grated
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
8 sliced white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
Grease 1 qt. casserole dish. Arrange 1/3 of bread crumbs in casserole. Sprinkle with 1/3 of cheese. Arrange sausage over it. Add remaining 1/3 of bread and cheese. Repeat–reserving last 1/3 of cheese.
Press layers down. Mix together eggs and seasonings. Pour over top. Drizzle with butter. Refrigerate overnight. Before baking let stand 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Salmont 3 Ways:
1. Grilled Salmon—mix together soy sauce and maple syrup—baste salmon and grill.
2. Slow Cooked Salmon–cut up carrots and onions. Place salmon on top. Bake at 225 degrees for 45 minutes.
3. Salmon in Parchment–cut out parchment paper to wrap salmon in. Place piece of salmon on paper. Top with 1 Tbsp. of marinade (I prefer an Asian fish marinade), slice of red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms, zucchini. Wrap and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
5-6 lb. chuck roast
1 can coke
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 bay leaf
Combine all ingredients and bake for 3 1/2 hours covered at 325 degrees. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours.
Aunt Josie’s Barbecue
1 lb. hamburger
1 onion chopped
Brown these together and then add:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
1 1/2-2 lbs. flank steak
Marinade: 3/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
Marinade at least 12 hours, then grill after draining marinade. Slice thin and serve.
Comforting Shredded Beef
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bottom round roast (4 lbs.)
salt and pepper
Heat butter and oil and brown roast on all sides.
Put roast in 2 cups beef stock and 1 cup red wine.
Simmer slowly, 3 hours, adding stock and wine as needed so there is always 1 cup liquid.
Remove beef from heat and shred.
Serve with buns.
Black Bottom Cupcakes
1 box chocolate cake mix
Make cupcakes as directed on box until time to fill cups.
Mix together: 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, dash salt, 1 egg, 1 cup chocolate chips.
Fill cups 1/2 full. Add 1 spoonful of cream cheese mix. Bake as directed.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
Put ingredients for crust together and make dough.
Press dough over bottom of 12-14 inch pizza pan
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Top with 2 cups mini marshmallows and 6 oz. chocolate chips.
Bake for 5-8 minutes or until chips are melted and marshmallows largely browned.