11 oz. pkg. vanilla wafers
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup bourbon
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
These travel well, taste great and are wonderful during the holidays.
Good hostess gift, and no cooking!
Put a few of the wafers into and electric blender. Cover and blend 5 to
10 seconds at med. speed to make fine crumbs. Pour crumbs into large bowl.
Repeat with remaining wafers. Add the 1 1/2 cups of confectioners
sugar, the nuts, cocoa and salt to crumbs; mix well. Add bourbon and corn
syrup and stir with a fork until ingredients are moistened; then mix with
hands until thoroughly combined. (Mixture will be very stiff.) Put about
1/2 cup confectioners sugar on a pie plate or wax paper. Shape bourbon
mixture into balls, using 1 tbsp. for each. Roll balls in confectioners
sugar and place in a single layer in a plastic container or on a baking
sheet. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Bourbon
Balls keep well for several days. Makes 36 balls, if they last that long.
Per bourbon ball: 93 calories, 1 gram protein, 2 grams fat, 16 grams carbohydrates,
1000 grams good.
Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Casserole
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
2 cups cubed, cooked ham*
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese
1 tbsp. grated onion
2 tbsp. dry mustard
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup thickly sliced mushrooms, sautéed
3 to 4 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly. I use
a Cure 81 ham and save the rest for my Moms Ham Salad.
Melt butter. Add flour. Cook and stir until frothy, then add milk. Whisk
until creamy. Add salt and cayenne. Simmer 2 minutes. Combine rest of
ingredients in a lightly greased casserole. To make crumb topping, melt
butter. Add bread crumbs and cheese. Combine and spread on top of casserole.
Bake at 375° for 30 to 40 minutes until bubbly. Serves 4-6
I added the Jarlsberg & mushrooms to a good basic recipe. The grated
onion is optional, I dont always include it. This and a salad made
a satisfying meal on a cold night.
Aunt Lydia's Cheesecake
2 lbs. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 lb. melted butter
1 pint sour cream
My Uncle Joe Catalano first made this for the family. And since Aunt
Lydia was very special to me - its especially nice to have it.
In a large bowl or food processor, mix cream cheese until smooth. Gradually
add sugar; add eggs one at a time, beating well after each, then add lemon
juice and vanilla.
Combine cornstarch and flour and add to the cheese ingredients. Make sure
melted butter has cooled - then add and mix well. Fold in sour cream and
pour into a 9 buttered and sugared spring form pan.
Bake in 325° oven for one hour. Turn oven off and leave in for 2 more
hours. Best 24 hours later!
Who knew Uncle Joe baked?
Helen Biondos Famous Ham Salad
A chunk of ham from a left over baked ham,
or buy a Cure 81 ham
Sharp cheddar cheese
Proportions: 3 parts ham to 1 part cheese
Sweet pickle relish to taste
Grainy mustard (not yellow mustard)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Mom was famous for several dishes, but this one remains is the most
versatile. She would mix this up, spread on toasted english muffins and
top with crisp bacon. Served with a big plate of scrambled eggs, it was
our favorite brunch.
Process ham in a food processor to a coarse chop and empty into a large
mixing bowl. Process cheddar to the same consistency and empty into same
mixing bowl. Combine until cheese is evenly distributed. Add some pickle
relish, a few tablespoons at a time. Just enough to add the taste. Now
comes the eyeballing. Plop some mayo on top of the mixture, swirl in some
mustard, and grind some pepper on that. Swirl it all together until the
mayo, mustard and pepper are combined. Then mix thoroughly into the ham
and cheese. Best to do this twice then to over do it the first time.
This is a great spread - in a wrap or just with crackers. Trust me
on this one. Thanks, Mom!
1 cup salad oil (safflower)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar*
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. basil leaves, dried
1/8 cup chopped parsley, fresh
1 clove garlic, minced
I like Spanish sherry vinegar in this recipe
Ive been calling this my vinaigrette for so long I
forget if I really made it up! Probably not. No matter, its good.
Barbara's Summer Sauce
2 Cups fresh basil leaves or 1 pkg. frozen spinach
(cooked & squeezed dry)
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan, locatelli or asiago cheese
1/4 cup pignoli nuts
1/2 cup drained sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup virgin olive oil + or -
1/2 to 1 large can Redpak crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: anchovies, garlic
For garnish: capers and pitted slivered oil-cured olives
This sauce changes every time you make it because the quantities are really
all to taste. It is robust and colorful.
In a food processor combine basil, cheese, nuts, sun-dried tomatoes and
ground pepper and optional ingredients. Process until coarsely chopped
then add olive oil in a stream to make a spread-like consistency. Add
tomatoes (half at a time until you like the look and taste) and process
till well combined. Correct seasonings.
The recipe lends itself to variations, try any ingredients you think
2 bunches of broccoli
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
1 cup raisins
1 cup mayo
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. white vinegar
Recipe from Pam Masterson, my childhood friend, a wonderful cook and
the most welcoming hostess I know. This dish is a real crowd pleaser.
Trim broccoli into florettes. Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar. Mix with broccoli
and onion. Marinate 2 to 3 hours. Add the rest of the ingredients just
before serving. Serves 4 to 6
The broccoli must marinate for the allotted time to allow vinaigrette
to begin breaking down and tenderizing it.
Blue Cheese and Walnut Potato Salad
2 lbs. red potatoes
1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) blue cheese
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 tsp. celery seed
1 cup chopped scallions (some green too)
Salt and pepper
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
My friend Will Tanner first served this to us at the beach. He is a great
cook and never fails to impress us with his menus.
Boil potatoes until just tender. Skin and slice. Combine rest of ingredients
and gently mix into warm potatoes. Can be served warm or room temperature.
2 tbsp. finely diced white onion
8 ripe tomatoes (1 lb.)
2 serrano chilis
2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lime juice
Adam, Bethanie and I used to devour a bowl of this before dinner, sipping
on Blue Kamikazes.
Chop all vegetable to an even dice - mix with cilantro, sugar, salt, and
lime juice. Makes about 2 cups
Chill to let flavors combine. We never waited even one minute!