0421-0427 Recipes ©1942 by Meta Givens (with Occasional Adjustments)
EGGS IN BACON CUPS
Microwave this dish for a quick breakfast
|3 slices bacon, tempeh or soy
|5 slices bread, Ezekial or favorite
||salt and pepper to taste
|Butter if using vegetarian product
Pan-broil bacon until half done, remove to a plate. If using pork bacon, pour off all drippings except for 1 teaspoon full. If using vegetarian product, add 1 teaspoon butter or oil. Brown the bread on both sides in the oil, then press into a muffin tin. Line sides of bread with broiled bacon. Break an egg into each muffin cup and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 325° F. for 20 minutes. Remove carefully with spatula. 5 servings.
Note: You can bake these eggs in a microwave. Prepare the dish in a ramekin. With a very sharp knife, poke the egg yolk twice. Cover loosely with a paper towel. Microwave on high 1 minute 20 seconds for one ramekin.
ESCALLOPED SWEET POTATOES AND APPLES
Add a little cayenne to the potato tops before baking to add zing!
|5 medium sweet potatoes
||½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
|2 tart apples
||3 tablespoons butter
|¾ teaspoon sea salt
||2 teaspoons cinnamon
|juice of 1 lemon
Scrub potatoes, peel and slice. Peel, core and slice apples, toss them in lemon juice. Mix cinnamon with the brown sugar. Arrange potatoes and apples in alternate layers in a buttered casserole, sprinkling each layer of potatoes with salt and each layer of apples with cinnamon-sugar. Dot with butter, cover casserole, and bake at 375° F. until both potatoes and apples are very tender and flavors are well-blended, about 45 minutes. 5 servings.
BEET, CHEESE, AND ONION SALAD
|2 cups diced, cooked beets
||½ cup mayonnaise
|¾ cup diced cheese, your favorite
|1 tablespoon chopped onion, or to suit your taste
Combine beets with cheese, onion and mayonnaise, tossing all together lightly. Serve on lettuce leaves, sprinkling with chopped parsley. For a tart salad, use pickled beets, or add cider vinegar to the salad to your tastes. 5 servings.
RAW SPINACH SALAD
|½ lb young spinach
||French Dressing (MFC841 0414)
|2 fresh tomatoes, cherry or Roma
|5 green onions
||1 hard-boiled egg
|½ teaspoon salt
||½ cup diced celery
Carefully wash spinach leaves through 3 or 4 waters. Drain well, shred coarsely and combine with tomatoes, green onions, celery, salt and dressing. Serve on lettuce leaves, if desired, and garnish with hard-boiled egg. 5 servings.
ASPARAGUS TOAST ROLLS
Trim crusts from large slices of fresh, soft bread, roll so opposite edges of the slice come together, and fasten with toothpicks. Toast on all sides in broiler or hot oven, watching carefully. Fill rolls with sautéed asparagus and arrange on platter. Serve with Cheese Sauce (MFC920) in which vegetable broth has been substituted for part of the milk. Garnish with caramelized onions and parsley. Two asparagus rolls make 1 serving.
To the White Sauce (MFC919 0414) after it has thickened, add ¼ to 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese, according to flavor desired. Stir quickly until blended. If diced or sliced cheese is added to the sauce, it it advisable to place the sauce over boiling water while the cheese melts, stirring occasionally. One-fourth cup diced cheese is about equal to 1/2 cup grated.
“SALADS – Nowadays it’s considered perfectly good etiquette to eat every bit of food on the salad plate, and to use both knife and fork if that seems most efficient. Your family will be glad of it when you begin using recipes from this chapter, for there are so many appetite-tickling new combinations, both simple and elaborate, than you can serve a different one every day. Remember that nowhere else than in salad greens and other raw salad ingredients can folks get so many precious vitamins.” I’ll second what Meta wrote and amend it with my preference for organic and locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits. It’s always best if you can grow your own or know your farmer. B.
GRATED CARROT SALAD
|5 medium-sized carrots
||1/3 cup French Dressing (MFC841 0414) or mayonnaise
||chopped, stuffed salad olives
Wash (and scrape if you like) and grate carrots coarsely, rubbing over grater only one way. Combine lightly with French dressing or mayonnaise and pile on lettuce leaves on individual salad plates. Garnish with a few olives if desired. Chill before serving. 5 servings.
Note: Half of the carrots may be replaced with coleslaw mix or grated cabbage.
|¼ cup whole wheat flour
||3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
|2 teaspoons baking powder
||½ cup sugar
|1 egg, slightly beaten
||¾ cup milk
|½ teaspoon salt
||¼ cup chopped walnuts
|¼ cup chopped dates
Mix dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter, blend in sugar, add egg, and beat well until smooth and fluffy. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour and beating after each addition. Add nuts and dates, stirring just enough to distribute. Turn into a buttered 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan and bake at 375° F. for 25 minutes, or until it begins to leave sides of pan. Serve hot, cold, or room temperature, with Lemon Sauce (MFC394). 6 to 8 servings.
|1 tablespoon cornstarch
||1 egg, separated
|¾ cup sugar
||1 tablespoon butter
|¾ cup water
||2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix cornstarch, sugar and salt in a saucepan; add water and cook over direct heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Off heat, stir into beaten egg yolk; return to heat, and cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and lemon juice. Cool. Beat egg white until stiff and fold into the sauce. Serve hot or cold as a sauce for Daytona Bars or ginger bread.
Note: By increasing the cornstarch to 3 tablespoons, this recipe makes a good cake or pie filling. Makes enough for 5 servings.
Make shortcakes (MFC 309) using stewed rhubarb (MFC 307)
MFC 307 STEWED RHUBARB
|1 pounds fresh rhubarb
||2 tablespoons water
|1 cup sugar
Cut off leaves of rhubarb and scrub stalks thoroughly. Do not peel unless the skin seems particularly tough, as the skin gives the stewed rhubarb it attractive color. Frozen rhubarb is more convenient if you can find it as it’s already processed. Cut stalks in 1-inch pieces, add the water and sugar. Cover saucepan and cook slowly until rhubarb is tender. Chill and serve plain or with cream. 5 to 6 servings. This is a delightful spring addition to your table.
MFC 309 SHORTCAKES
|2 cups all-purpose flour
||½ teaspoon salt
|4 teaspoons baking powder
||1/3 cup shortening or half coconut oil, half butter
|2/3 to ¾ cup milk or half and half for extra-tender biscuits or coconut cream for vegan biscuits
||1 tablespoon sugar
These are sweet biscuits. If vegan biscuits are desired, purchase full fat, not “lite” coconut milk. Place the can in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Open can and use just the top layer of coconut cream. Measure out flour by scooping out the flour from the bag and dropping it into a measuring cup. The flour is meant to be fluffy, not packed. Mix dry ingredients; flour, salt, and baking powder, in a large bowl. Rub in shortening with your fingers in a “snapping your fingers” motion. Mixture will resemble coarse sand with tubes of shortening. Add milk all at once and stir vigorously until the dough just comes together into a shaggy lump. The larger amount of milk will probably be required in cold weather; dough should be rather soft. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured parchment, lightly knead a few times, folding the dough over on itself. Handle as little as possible. Pat the dough out ¾ inch thick. Cut out with a biscuit cutter dipped in flour. Cut straight down; do not twist the biscuit cutter. I cut my biscuits with a knife into squares. It saves me from re-rolling scraps. Over-worked biscuits are tough. Lift biscuits and parchment onto a baking sheet. Bake at 450° F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. To serve, place one biscuit on serving dish, drizzle with melted butter, and a dollop a generous spoonful of stewed rhubarb and juice over it. You can also use sugared strawberries. Cover with another biscuit, or the top half and drop more rhubarb or berries and juice over top. Serve immediately with whipped cream. 5 generous servings.
*NOTE: The meal plan reads “MFC331”. Oops.
|2 slices bacon, or meatless bacon
||3 cups hot water
|2 slices onion
||3 tablespoons butter or Earth Balance
|1-1/2 cups diced potatoes
||1 cup whole milk or soy creamer
|2 cups fresh or frozen corn
||2-1/2 teaspoons salt
|Dash of black pepper
Chop bacon or meatless bacon and onion coarsely and put into a large saucepan; cook until onion is soft and bacon is cooked. Add potatoes, corn, and water, and cook until potatoes are tender. Add butter, milk, and seasonings; reheat to boiling and serve piping hot. 5 servings.
“Various interesting flavors may be introduced into the home-made French dressing. One way is by the use of flavored vinegars such as tarragon, nasturtium, mint and marjoram. These are prepared by adding those herbs to plain vinegar, usually the cider or wine type, and letting them stand until a definite flavor is imparted to the vinegar. A little chopped onion may sometimes be added to the dressing itself; and some people laike the flavor giving by storing it with a clove of garlic in the bottle. Crumbled blue cheese or grated snappy cheese (Vermont cheddar type) may be added and will be especially good with plain green salads.” M. Givens
|3 small grapefruit
||1/3 cup French dressing (MFC841 0414)
Peel the grapefruit and section between the membranes. This is called “Supreme” and it’s literally: ” to remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds of a citrus fruit and separate its wedges.” Arrange chilled sections on lettuce leaves. Serve with French dressing. 5 servings.
CABBAGE AND RAISIN SLAW
|3 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
||¼ cup mayonnaise
|½ cup seedless raisins, plumped – see below
Combine first 3 ingredients lightly and serve on lettuce. 5 servings.
To plump raisins in the microwave, put raisins in a microwave safe glass container, like a Pyrex measuring cup. Add water to just cover the raisins. Heat on high for 3 minutes; allow to cool. Use the left over water in a smoothie. Alternately, put the raisins in a colander or sieve and place over a saucepan of simmering water. Cover saucepan and steam for 10 minutes or until raisins are puffed. Puffed or plumped raisins give an unusual flavor to cakes, pudding and cookies.
CHILI CON CARNE
|5 slices of bacon, meatless bacon or tempeh bacon, chopped coarsely
||1, 28 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes or regular tomatoes
|1 medium onion, sliced
||salt to taste
|1 lb ground beef or meatless crumbles
||1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
|15.5 oz canned kidney bean
Sauté bacon and onion in drippings or oil, if using meatless product. Add chili powder and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add meat or meatless crumbles and brown. Add tomatoes and kidney beans. Simmer until the flavors are well blended. This dish can be prepared in a slow-cooker. If desired, the chili may be served over potatoes or hot cooked rice. 5 servings.
BROWN SUGAR SYRUP
|2 cups dark brown sugar firmly packed
|1 cup water
||flavorings as desired: cinnamon, vanilla, coffee extract, hazelnut, maple, etc.
A wonderful addition to your breakfast table! Combine sugar, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and cook at a moderate rate for 10 minutes, until thin syrup is formed. Keeping the pan covered prevents formation of crystals around sides of pan. Cool and put into covered jar. Makes about 2 cups.
PINEAPPLE DATE SALAD
|1, 15 oz can of sliced pineapple or fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
|1 cup pitted, chopped dates
Drain canned pineapple, cut slices into wedges and mix with dates and mayonnaise. Cover and chill. Serve of lettuce. 5 servings. Note: use 1-1/2 cups of fresh pineapple when in season, in place of canned.
|3 large, tart eating apples
||½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
|1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
||½ cup mayonnaise
|1 cup sliced celery
Peel apples, if desired, cut around core in quarters; cut pieces into ½ inch dice. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Cut celery into slender lengthwise strips; hold together and cut crosswise in ½-inch lengths. Add to apples and toss together. Cover and chill. Just before serving time, add nuts and mayonnaise to mixture, and toss lightly to distribute dressing. 5 or 6 servings.
PEA AND CHEESE SALAD
|2 cups fresh or frozen peas, thawed
||½ cup chopped celery
|¼ lb favorite hard cheese, like cheddar
||½ cup mayonnaise
|3 tablespoons chopped sweet or hot pickle
Have the peas chilled thoroughly chilled before mixing so that they don’t fall apart. Dice cheese about the same size as the peas. Lightly combine all ingredients (except lettuce) and serve on lettuce leaves. 5 servings.
Note: Use whatever pickle you prefer. I use a sweet and hot pickle.
|1 package orange-flavored gelatin or vegetarian gelatin
||3 tablespoons lemon juice
|1 small can crushed pineapple
||2 egg whites
|pinch of salt
||¼ cup sugar
|water to make 1 cup liquid
Soften gelatin in the cold water. Drain pineapple; measure juice and add enough water to make 1 cup liquid. Heat to boiling, add softened gelatin, and stir to dissolve. Add drained pineapple and lemon juice. Chill in refrigerator until mixture begins to confeal. Beat egg whiles until stiff; add salt and gradually beat in sugar until very stiff and smooth. Whip gelatin mixture and fold thoroughly into whipped egg whites. Turn into a mold rinsed in cold water, and chill in refrigerator until firm. Unmold; slice and serve with whipped cream if desired.
TO UNMOLD GELATIN: Dip mold to the depth of the gelatin in lukewarm, not hot, water for a minute; run a sharp knife around the edge and shake mold vigorously to loosen. Turn out onto a chilled plate. Repeat if it does not slip out readily.
Personal note: Molds are pretty, but unless you’ve practiced, please don’t try to use one for a special event as they can be tricky and can ruin your night. Use a glass casserole, or pretty individual glasses.
ORANGE COCONUT SALAD
|3 oranges, supreme the segments
||½ cup moist coconut
||French dressing (MFC841)
Arrange orange slices to overlay on crisp lettuce and sprinkle with coconut. Serve with French dressing. 5 servings.
Variation: A little grated or very thinly sliced red or Vidalia (super-sweet) onion combined with the orange is a daring but pleasing addition.