Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mashed Potato Pancakes

I think everyone knows how to make mashed potato pancakes but we just ate them last evening and they were so good I thought I'd put the recipe here even just as a reminder of another way to fix potatoes.

Left over mashed potatoes or fix some from instant mashed potatoes.
Stir in an egg.
Season with salt & pepper

Pour a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a frying pan, just to cover the bottom.
Drop scoops of mashed potatoes on the hot olive oil.
Brown on both sides.
Flip over like a pancake.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Broiled Chicken Breasts

I learned to fix chicken in the broiler from a distant cousin, Mona, in Chicago.
It's so simple to fix, delicious to eat, and healthy for the body!
It only takes about 20 minutes total to cook the chicken through.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Olive oil
salt & pepper

Lay chicken breasts in shallow pan
Sprinkle dots of olive oil and spread over breasts with pastry brush.
Place in broiler until light brown
Turn breasts over
Sprinkle with dots of olive oil, spread oil with pastry brush.
Place back in broiler until light brown and cooked through.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Country Fried Steak

This is Sunday dinner, as my mom taught me how to make years ago. I still make it today.
It's even one of Jerry's favorite meals.

Round steak

Pour small amount of cooking oil in roasting pan (I use olive oil).
Cut the swiss steak into portion size pieces and coat them with flour.
Put meat in hot oil to brown.
Take meat out of pan, set aside.
Mix flour with the oil for a thick base.
Add water (or milk)
Stir to make thin gravy. It will thicken as it bakes.
Put the meat into the gravy in the pan.
Potatoes, carrots, and onions can be added but are optional,
because mashed pototoes go well with this dinner. Hmmm!
Cover tightly.
Bake in 250 degree oven for two to three hours.
Dinner's ready!

Vernor's Salad

This is such a delicious salad and was given to me by a former sister-in-law.
Vernor's Ginger Ale gives a zing that everyone loves! I don't know if other brands of ginger ale will work. I understand Vernor's is a Michigan brand.

2 boxes lemon jello
1 pt Vernor's Ginger Ale
1 c hot water
1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 c red grapes
marchino cherries

Put it together and let it set in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Baked Beans

These are the best baked beans I've ever eaten! The recipe was given to me by my daughter, Christy, and it was given to her by her mother-in-law, Caroline. Try'll like it!

2 lg cans Bush's original baked beans, mostly drained

1 can pineapple tidbits, drained

1 lb bacon, chopped & cooked

1 bell pepper (opt)

1 lg onion, chopped

1 c brown sugar

1 TB Worcestershire Sauce

1 Sm bottle catsup

Bake at 250 degrees for three hours.