My very FAVORITE Recipes ~~~~

I believe you have most of these from last years postings but it is simplified when  you ask for my “very favorite” recipes.  That can mean for holidays or just the “norm”.  Here they are.

MEAT LOAF

1 pkg. Stovetop Dressing (The Herb one), 1 c. warm water, 1-1/2 lb. Gd. Beef, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 pkg. Onion soup

Mix dressing, water, onion soup.  Let stand for 5 min.  Add eggs and beef.  Mix.  Place in bundt pan or muffin tins.  Bake at 350 deg. for 60 min.

CAKE

1 pkg. regular white cake dry mix, 1-12 oz. diet soda (any flavor)

Mix cake mix with the 12 oz diet soda.  Stir until cake is completely mixed in, some lumps will remain.

Suggestions:  diet root beer plus spice cake.  diet 7up and any flavor cake.  diet cherry coke and devils food or chocolate cake.  diet cherry coke and white cake mix.

SNOW PIE. (Double the recipe)

Prepare plain crust pastry. Bake.

Beat 1 c. Whipping Cream until thick.  Fold in 1-7 oz. jar Marshmallow Cream.  Add 1/2 c. Flaked Coconut fold gently.  Shave 1 sq. Semi-sweet Chocolate.  Sprinkle 1/2 the Chocolate and 1/4 c. Coconut over bottom of sheet.  Spoon Cream mixture into pie shell.  Top with 1/4 C. Coconut and remaining Chocolate.  Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Lovely and so tasty.

CHRISTMAS SALAD

1-14 oz. can EACH:  Bing Cherries, Apricots, Fruit Cocktail.  Drain them ALL good. 1 can mandarin oranges, drained, 2 c. min marshmallows (white ones), 1 c. whipping cream 2 T. pwd. sugar, 1/2 c. mayonnaise.

Whip cream stiff.  Stir in sugar and mayonnaise. Fold in the fruit.  Refrigerate over night. Serves 8 servings. Place it in an elegant dish and perhaps some parsley tucked here and there.

FROSTED CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1/2 c margarine, 1 egg, 2 oz. choco, melted, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3/4 c. buttermilk, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1-3/4 c. flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 c. pecans.

Cream margarine, add eggs and sugar.  Then add vanilla and chocolate.  Beat.  Add dry ingredients with the margarine mixture and add the buttermilk.

Icing:  3 T. cream, 1 sq. chocolate, 1-1/4 . pwd. sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla.  Heat cream and chocolate.  Beat in sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

These I always made for the holiday season to have with coffee and cookies.

If you live in the high country and when you have that first snowfall, make some SNOW ICE CREAM.

1 c. milk, 1/4 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and 4 c. clean snow.

Mix ingredients together and FOLD IN the snow. Freeze. ENJOY!!

SWEET ONION CASSEROLE

1/2 c. long grain rice, uncooked.  7-8 c. Imperial Sweet Onions, chopped, 1/4 c. melted butter, 1 tsp. salt, 1 c. grated Swiss cheese, 2/3 c. half and half

Cook rice in 5 c. water for 5 minutes.  Drain.  Set aside. Cook onions in large skillet until limp. Combine all ingredient.  Mix well and pour into greased 2 qt. casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.  Serves 8.

MY RECOMMENDATION

Don’t always have only comfort recipes.  Husband doesn’t like this.  Family doesn’t like that. Gotta do things ONLY that they are aware of.  Great Greek word for this. HOGWASH!!

Try a different recipe from time to time.  You will be surprised how it might be liked or others may be surprised and happy to get something new and better than the old worn out recipes.  Be one of a kind.  Try something new. Get rid of the crutch of someone else always directing the direction of your cooking for guests. Step out and be bold. Do it just once.  JUST ONCE.  You will see what I am saying.

And always keep that table looking nice to sit down to.  Get yourself a sprig of flowers from Michaels that will look nice on the table. Something small.  if you live where pinecones are plenty.  Get a nice big one.  BE SURE YOU HAVE CLEANED IT GOOD.  Spray it gold.  Sprinkle it with green glitter if you are using green napkins or red glitter if you are using red, or use both colors on the same cone and alternate the two colors of napkins on the table.  Use the color napkin under your centerpiece if you do not have a mirror centerpiece to use.  Nice.

Of course it takes some effort on your part, but it is so worth it all.  Don’t just slop a butter dish on the table that has been used out of.  Don’t have every thing around your table looking like a tornado just left.  Everyone gets enough of that at home.  If you are hosting a dinner, a lunch, even a waffle lunch. Our Sunday noons saw a lot of waffles made, but the table ALWAYS looked nice. Do it up nice. Memories galore will flow to you some day when you’re hostessing days are behind you and you are in the mode of having to be on the receiving end instead of the giving end of details.  The day will come when you have to gulp and take a deep swallow and sit down to a table that is a mess in your sight. It will be worth it all some day. I can vouch for that.

Enjoy my recipes.  I am giving you a gold mine.  Really.  Marge.

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