This recipe was contributed by Maria Tsagrinos in honor of her father.
Meat Sauce Ingredients
½ stick butter
1 tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 lg. yellow onion, finely chopped
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tbsp. oregano
1 cup red wine
1 small can tomato paste
1 carton basil
2 lbs. ground beef
1 pkg. sage pork sausage
1 lg. can (1lb.) tomato sauce
2 reg. cans sliced, stewed tomatoes, Italian Style
½ clove nutmeg, grated
2-3 bay leaves
Preparation: Meat Sauce
Mix red wine and tomato paste in a small bowl or cup, set aside.
In large saucepan, heat oil/butter.
Add onions, sauté until translucent.
Add garlic, oregano, meat, and salt to taste. Brown the meat, slowly adding small portions of the **tomato paste/wine mixture throughout browning process.
**Add SLOWLY so as not to cool temperature of browning ingredients drastically.
Add stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chopped basil, bay leaves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Turn down heat, and let sauce simmer for one hour.
1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup and 2 tbsp flour
1 qt. whole milk, room temperature
1 pinch fresh nutmeg
salt, pepper to taste
1 cup grated parmesan
In saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.
Add flour, whisk until smooth (about 2 minutes).
While stirring continuously, add milk **gradually until all gone.
Whisk well until smooth.
Simmer until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 10 mins.)
Remove from heat.
Stir in nutmeg, cheese, salt, and pepper.
1 lb. penne
1 ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan or kefalotiri
1 Pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)
2 tbsp. olive oil
While the meat sauce is simmering, prepare the pasta. Cook until slightly underdone, remove, drain, toss with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to prevent sticking, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In an 11x15x3-inch baking pan, add 1/2 the pasta for the first layer and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Add the meat sauce evenly over the pasta, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Add the remaining pasta on top. Carefully pour the béchamel evenly over the top.
Bake at 350F (160C) for 30 minutes, then sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese and nutmeg / cinnamon (optional) on top, and continue to bake for another 15 to 30 minutes until the sauce rises and turns golden brown.
Remove from oven, cool for 20 minutes. Cut, and serve.
Lashings of glossy, sticky, sweet apple barbecue sauce sets this smoked chicken apart.
Chef’s Note: This recipe will need to be started the day before serving. You will need a barbecue with a lid or a smoker for this recipe.
Total: 24 hours
Ingredients – brine
3 tablespoons cooking salt
3 tablespoons garlic salt (I skipped this and used 5 fresh garlic cloves)
Ingredients – chicken, rub and sauce
1 (1.4 kilogram) chicken, spatchcocked (I left mine whole and cooked it on a vertical stand)
1 bag natural charcoal
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt (this is too much, 1 tsp. is plenty as the chicken has been brined. Salt-sensitive might leave it out of the rub completely)
250 ml (1 cup) apple juice (substitute apple sauce otherwise WAY too runny and unuseful)
250 ml (1 cup) barbecue sauce
100 grams unsalted butter, melted (skipped completely, this is insane to add IMO)
1 kilogram (2.2 lbs.) wood chips or chunks (apple wood, ironbark or hickory), soaked in water for 1 hour
In a large saucepan, combine the cooking salt and garlic salt with 4 liters of water and bring to the boil. Dissolve the salts, then remove from heat and cool completely before adding the chicken to the brine. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day, remove the chicken from the brine, pat dry and refrigerate, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours to dry the skin. (In my opinion this is unnecessary especially for a BBQ’d bird as the sauce wipes out all crispiness)
Add some charcoal to the barbecue and light with firelighters – the coals will need to be red hot before adding any wood chips.
Meanwhile, combine the paprika, pepper, and kosher salt in a small bowl. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and generously season with the paprika mix. Set aside for 30 minutes while the charcoal comes up to
Whisk the apple juice, barbecue sauce, and melted butter in a bowl and set aside.
Add a handful of wood chips to the hot coals. Place the chicken in the barbecue or smoker and cover with the lid. Keep adding charcoal and wood chips as needed – but don’t open the lid unnecessarily – to maintain the smoke and a temperature of about 155°C (311° Fahrenheit).
Brush the apple barbecue sauce on the chicken after 1 hour, and again after 1-1/2 hours. By this stage, the chicken should be almost ready – if you have a probe thermometer, you’re looking for an internal temperature of 75°C (165° Fahrenheit).
Once cooked, remove the chicken from the barbecue and brush one last time.
Wrap the chicken in foil and rest for 30 minutes before serving.
This is a recipe we grew up with as kids. Our Mom, Ann Barczay Sloan, used to cook this. I went ahead and made my own version but while she was living with me, before she passed away, I asked her for HER recollection of the recipe. I present both, you can try both, hers is probably faster. I think mine is pretty rockin’, too.
Mom’s Tamale Pie
Chili – can or scratch
Layer or two of corn tortillas in casserole
Layer on chili
Layer sharp cheddar
Layer green onions
Keep layering to top
Add water to the last bit of chili so it is like a soup. This will soak the layers
Top w cheese and sliced olives
Bake covered at 350. Uncover last few minutes to crisp.
1 can of enchilada sauce 19 oz. (example but in a bigger can size)
I like to brown the onions in pan, Salt and pepper to taste and then set them aside
Now brown turkey in the same pan with a little more olive oil as turkey can be very low fat and stick to the pan. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add back the onions and mix well to spread the flavors around
I like to grind the Mexican oregano (slightly stronger smelling and more like
whole flowers than standard oregano) between my palms and into the pan.
Sprinkle cumin on.
Add the salsa, not too much, its meant to be edible by kids and people who can’t handle spice
In your baking dish: start by pouring out a thin layer of the enchilada sauce then add a layer of tortillas followed by a layer of the spiced meat and onions mix followed by most of the cheese
Next layer starts with tortillas then enchilada sauce, spiced meat and onion mix then cheese
Final layer, the top most layer, is tortillas, the enchilada sauce then cheese then decorate with a freshly sliced olives placed around evenly. Sometimes it put a sprinkle of chili powder lightly across the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, remove from oven and let it cool/set up a bit before serving.
This dish is even better the next day as all the flavors have melded, the enchilada sauce has been incorporated into the tortillas and it reheats amazingly well in the microwave
This recipe is a combination of one found in Luchow’s German Cookbook, aka Speck Salat, and suggestions from my dear mother from her own recipe. The version in Luchow’s is a bit on the extreme/ridiculous side of things as when scaling up for more than 2 servings (to say enough to feed my family, ie. 5 lbs.) it would require 30 pieces of bacon.
One thing to keep in mind is that this dish is most impressive when served fresh and hot with all the ingredients mixed together at the last minute. That having been said it stores and reheats well.
*read entire recipe including notes before beginning.
5 lbs. red skinned potatoes (russets won’t retain their firmness)
2 medium onions, diced
1-1/2 lb. bacon ends and pieces
4 cups white vinegar
3 cups beef stock made from bouillon
4 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1-1/2 cup green onions, sliced along length into tiny rings
Boil potatoes keeping a close eye on them so that they don’t get too soft. The skins splitting is a sign that they need to be checked but I start checking after 20 minutes with a fork just to keep a handle on things. When the potatoes are done drain and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle the skins will slide off when squeezed with a small amount of clean up here and there with a paring knife.
While the potatoes are cooking render off the bacon draining it periodically to save the bacon grease for future use. Once the bacon is nice and crisp and brown set it aside. Leave the bacon grease in the pan.
Cook off the onions in the bacon grease until they are clear.
Add the vinegar, beef bouillon
Add back bacon grease to get a nice balance between the vinegar, sugar and bacon flavors
Add salt, pepper to taste
All ingredients in the dressing should be done to taste! You’ll want to experiment!
Right before serving mix firs the dressing mixture and lastly the green onions and parsley to the salad and serve.
***NOTE: we ended up with a sizable amount of the dressing left. If we used it all the it would be too much liquid versus the amount of potatoes. We used it for a hot bacon dressing on spinach salad!
This is a variation on a recipe that used to appear on the Sunmade Currants box. I found a similar recipe and updated it with what I had on hand, ie. oranges and dried, sweetened cranberries. They came out very good.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (I used salted and they were fine)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries (cut them up small!)
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in sour cream and egg.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until they are well combined. Stir in cranberries, orange zest, and lemon juice.
Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough about 1 1/2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies are puffed and golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheets before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Update: I did a modified version of this with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. of cloves and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg. Very favorable addition. Next time I will try adding crushed pecan pieces.
This recipe is still in the refinement phase which means that I may come back and adjust the amounts slightly in order to “perfect” it. Please check back as I like to try things out multiple times before calling them done.
2 lb. red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters lengthwise and the cut across to make wedges. Don’t over cook, keep them al dente!
2 lb. green beans, ends trimmed, steamed
3 good sized shallots, minced fine
1 lb. bacon (I just tried this new California bacon with no nitrites and was very happy with the flavor and quality)
1/8 cup white vinegar
3 tsp. sugar
3 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
I cook the bacon, potatoes and green beans ahead. I have them in a large shallow baking dish in the oven to keep them warm while I prepare the dressing. The shallots go in the pan with the olive oil. Once the shallots are cooked clear on a medium heat add the vinegar then sugar. Pull the pan out of the oven add the dressing and mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste. Cut the bacon into good sized chunks so it retains its flavor next to the dressing and only add it just before serving, same with the parsley.
Simple, fast, delicious. Goes great with soups, stews and Italian food.
Crusty sourdough bread
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. heaping) fresh chopped parsley
Either let the butter sit out to soften or cut it up with a knife and cream it with a fork. Add the other ingredients and mix. Spread on crusty sourdough and toast in the toaster oven. Looks and tastes amazing. For a treat add some fresh garlic as well.
This batch of soup actually contains bones from chickens and turkeys that I collected over the recent months. I have about two freezer bags full of both bones and vegetable trimmings like celery and carrot ends, green onion ends and parsley stems. I try to squeeze the air out every time I reseal the bag to keep the ice buildup down as the air at the beach is moist.
I put them in a stock pot and cover them with water added very little salt and pepper and cook them for 24 hours. The next step is to pour off the broth through a colander and into a bowl so that all of the bone and vegetable mass is strained out. I do set aside the bone/vegetable leftovers taking out all of the large pieces and picking through the remaining meat to return to the stock.
I bring the stock back up to a boil and add the following chopped vegetables one and 1/2 onions, one bag of carrots, one entire head celery 1/3 of a bunch of parsley, choppped salt and pepper thyme and chicken bouillon to taste. On the side I cook four cups of brown jasmine rice separately and I only added 3 of the cups of cooked rice that at the very end before serving. Careful, the rice will soak up some liquid.
The turkey meat was very lean and there was not much fat so I added a small amount of olive oil. In addition I included 1/4 cup of malt vinegar to extend the flavor pallet. You always have to be careful with the amount of vinegar that you add to recipes, go slowly and taste frequently as you can’t take it back out once its added.
You had better be prepared to either store a large amount of soup , give it away to friends and family, or have a large party.
1-1/2 large yellow onions chopped
1 bag carrots, peeled and cut into coins
1 head celery, sliced thin to cook quickly
3 cups brown jasmine rice, fully cooked
1 tbsp. dried thyme
5 tbsp. (heaping) of Knorr chicken bouillon
1 cup chopped fresh parsely
1/4 cup malt vinegar (could be apple cider vinegar as well)