Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Creamy French Toast

This recipe yields a product with a custard-like center and crispy exterior. 
1 T vegetable oil
1 T butter
4 slices white bread
2 large eggs
1/2 c milk
a pinch of salt
1 t sugar
1/2 t vanilla extract
Cut the bread in half and heat in a toaster oven at 200 F for 10 minutes to partly dry it. Beat the eggs well and stir in the other ingredients. Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and butter, and when the butter stops sizzling, soak two pieces of bread on both sides until moist, and add to the hot fat. Repeat for the remaining bread. Pour any leftover batter over the slices. Fry about 3 minutes on the first side until browned. Flip and continue frying until the second side is done. Serves two. Offer sugar, preserves, maple syrup, or fruit sauce.

Tiny Peas and Pearl Onions Steamed in Butter Sauce

Quickly prepare a versatile side dish from pantry ingredients.
4 oz frozen tiny peas
4 oz frozen pearl onions
1 T chicken or vegetable stock concentrate
1 t butter, cut into small dice
1 T water
1/2 t salt
1 t sugar
1 t tapioca starch
Thaw the peas in cold water and drain. Thaw the onions on a paper towel. Combine the vegetables in a shallow bowl, top with the seasonings, and sprinkle the starch over all. Steam for 4 minutes, mix with tongs and steam another 2 minutes, mix and serve. Serves two. Can be doubled.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

27 Jewish Family Recipes, As Is

This text file, other than concealing last names, is presented exactly as I received it from my brother-in-law Dan P in 2006. Dan, an accomplished jazz and classical performer, also enjoyed assembling family photo albums and other mementos of our lives. He copied these recipes from handwritten notes that his family used to make traditional Jewish dishes.  These cooks are all long gone but their dishes are still being prepared.

(from Dan P,,,, Jan 20, 2006
Hi A...,
Take a look at these. Evelyn M... is my Mom. Ann G... was my


1   Grandma G's Virginia Meat loaf
2   Evelynπ's Banana Cake
3   Grandma Morganπ's Donuts
4   Evelynπ's Baked Apples
5   Evelynπ's Brisket
6.  Grandma G's Mandel Bread
7.  Evelynπ's Sour Cream Cake
8   Mocha Squares   Goldie A...
9   Grandma G...πs roast Chicken
10  Blintzes    Grandma G... (They are delicious and easy to make)
11  Matzoh Balls  Grandma G...
12  Lima Bean Casserole   Evelyn M...
13  Pot Lit Jelly  Ann G...
14  Schmaltz    Ann G...
15  Potato Kugel     Evelyn M...
16  Baked Bean Sandwich  ?
17  Giovanna B's Pasta with Basil and Sweet Pepper
18  Risotto   Larry N...
19  Vegetable Soup  Grandma G...sπ
20  Evelynπs Passover Sponge Cake
21  Tzimmes  Grandma G...sπ
22  Baked Stuffed Fish - Grandma G...sπ
23  Passover Chocolate cake - Aunt Irene L...
24  Strawberries Romanoff   Evelyn (for Passover sponge cake?)
25  Babka  Evelyn M...
26  Potato Latkes
27  Kugel Grandma G...


Grandma G's Virginia Meat loaf

Beat 3 eggs till foamy
Add 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
          1 tsp salt
           1/4 cup grated onion
           1/4 cup raw oatmeal
          1 cup tomato juice
           pinch pepper
           lawrys seasoning

Make large patty. Put in greased pan.
Bake 1 1/2 hours in 350 oven. donπt cover.

After first 30 minutes baste with 1/2 cup beef bouillon.
Sprinkle top with ketchup and Brown sugar, mushrooms
and pimento slices.


 Evelynπ's Banana Cake

6 oz margarine
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix baking soda and sour cream separately. Add vanilla and let sit sit.
Cream butter and sugar well. add Eggs, bananas and nuts.
Add flour and mix well. Add sour cream mixture.
Bake 1 hour in deep 9 X 13 cake pan at 350.
Chocolate frosting


Grandma Morganπ's Donuts

1 1/2 cups self rising flour
2 eggs
3 TBS melted shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sugar and mix until stiff off of spoon
Drop 1 tsp size into grease
1 large coffee can full of crisco (store in fridge)
Brown all over - When done, roll in Powdered sugar


Evelynπ's Baked Apples

6 Roman Beauties

  Heat and pour into pyrex:
      1/2 cup lt caro syrup in pot
      1/2 cup brown sugar
       2 TBS marmalade

Core apples and peel down one inch
put apples in upside down
cover with foil
  375 for 30 minutes
Remove and turn over apples
No foil - put back in for 25 minutes and baste


Evelynπ's Brisket

For 5 lb roast
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup Chili sauce
3 TBS brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp salt
2 tsp lawrys
5 lb brisket
1 cup celery leaves
2 sliced onions

Mix salt, brown sugar, chili sauce, vinegar and seasoning salt together.
Pour over meat and let sit in fridge over night.

Tomorrow - Put in roaster, fat side up. Pour marinade over meat.
Cover with celery leaves and onions all around.

325 oven with foil over pot and baste each hour.
Cool before cutting.
Put gravy in fridge and skim

1 hour per lb for roasting


Grandma G's Mandel Bread   Itπs the best

MIX: 1/2 cup  shortening
ADD: 7 eggs
           1 1/2 TBS whiskey
           1 1/2 tsp vanilla
           3 cups flour
               2 cups sugar
               3 tsp Baking powder
               1/2 cup Almonds or walnuts

Cream shortening with sugar.
Add remaining ingredients.
Pour into 4 greased loaf pans 10 1/4 X 3 5/8.
Preheat oven to 350
Bake 35 minutes at 350.
Slice into 1/2 inch slices
Brush with melted butter
Sprinkle with mixture of cinnamon and sugar
Place under broiler in 350 oven for a few minutes. WATCH !!!!!!!
makes 80 so I usually make 1/2 of recipe


Evelynπ's Sour Cream Cake

1/2 lb butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Add baking soda to sour cream and set aside.
Cream butter and add sugar slowly.
Add  eggs one at a time
Sift flour with baking powder 3 times
Add flour and sour cream alternately to mixture
add vanilla
spread 1/2 of mixture in greased and floured pan
cover with topping
Spread remaining batter on top and cover with topping
Bake in Preheated oven 350 for 45 minutes.


Mocha Squares   Goldie A...

Cream   1 cup margarine
                1 cup sugar
Add         2 TBS Instant coffee
                 1 tsp vanilla
Add         2 cups flour
                 2 tsp baking powder
                  1/4 tsp salt

Fold in      1/2 cup nuts
                   1 cup chocolate chips

Put in un-greased jelly roll pan
Bake 20 to 25 minutes in 350 oven.
Remove and immediately cut into 48 squares
Cool in Pan


G's Roast Chicken

Melt 1/4 lb butter
Add Lemon Juice and Wishbone dressing
Dip chicken in mixture. Remove it and let
sit in fridge overnight

Brown each piece on both sides in broiler
Place in roaster (one layer) and cover with
following sauce.

Boil until celery is tender.
4 diced onions
1 carrot
2 stalks celery
1/2 cup catsup

Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours
Cover and uncover intermittently for browning


Blintzes    Grandma G...

Makes 24

    3 MED EGGS
    1/4 tsp SALT

           ANOTHER 3/4 CUP  WATER



2 TSP SUGAR (or more)



Matzoh Balls  Grandma G...

2 Eggs Beaten
1/2 cup matzoh meal
1 TBS schmaltz
refrigerate at least an hour
boil in salted water 45 minutes

Donπt look in pot during cooking
6-8 people


Lima Bean Casserole   Evelyn M...

1 large diced onion
1/4 golden pepper diced
1 piece celery diced
4 oz can mushrooms
1 can tomato soup
2 cans seaside Lime Beans drained
4 TBS corn oil
1 TBS sugar
Salt, pepper, celery salt to taste

SautÈπ vegetables in oil
add mushrooms and tomato soup
simmer for 5 minutes
Pour sauce over drained beans
Bake in 350 oven about 2 1/2 hours


Pot Lit Jelly   (Ground Eggplant Appetizer) Grandma G...
(Dec 31, 2005 - I just made this today)

1 egg plant
1 green pepper
1 carrot
olive oil - about 1 tsp

use fork to make holes in eggplant.
Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil.
Place eggplant on it.
Bake eggplant about 1 hour at 350.
It should be flat and oil will run out

Peel eggplant.
Put eggplant, pepper and carrot through grinder.

Add salt and pepper and a little oil


Schmaltz    Ann G...

Chicken fat

Cut up fat
Put in frying pan over slow fire
Cover but leave a crack
Grate in onion and a little pepper

After frying there are crunchy hunks of fat called
gribeness that are the best part.


Potato Kugel     Evelyn M...

4 large baking potatoes - peeled and hand grated
1 large grated onion
4 eggs
4 level TBS flour
2 tsp salt
dash pepper
1/2 cup oil

Heat oil in 2 quart casserole or steel
frying pan at 450.

Mix all ingredients and put in hot oil. Spattering!
Bake at 400 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. very brown.

Serves 7-8


Baked Bean Sandwich

Mash 1 cup beans
Add 2 tsp catsup
1 TBS melted butter
1/4 cup minced onion or celery
Spread on dark bread

You can use bacon


Giovanna B's Pasta with Basil and Sweet Pepper
This is the best!

7 oz pasta
3 TBS oil
1 medium red or yellow pepper
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup water
Knorr chicken bouillon
2 TBS fresh Basil
1 TBS red wine vinegar

In skillet - heat oil and add garlic and pepper.
SautÈ 3 minutes

Add water, bouillon & basil & bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Add vinegar and pour on Pasta


Grandma G's Vegetable soup

Soup bone
1 lb flank
2 quarts water
2 carrots
1 cup split peas
1/2 cup barley
Lime beans
1 can mushroom soup

Cook 2 hours


Passover Sponge Cake   E's

Beat together 6 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs

Add - 1 1/2 cups sugar
            1/2 Lemon juice and rind
             1/2 orange  juice and rind

Put 2 TBS cake meal in a cup.
Add potato starch in same cup to make
1 scant cup. Sift 3 times.
Add flour to egg mixture.

Beat 6 Egg whites (quite stiff).
Fold yolk mixture into beaten egg whites.

Bake in un-greased tube pan 1 hour. Electric stove.

350 10 minutes
325 for 50 minutes

Serve with fresh strawberries on top


Grandma G...sπ

Cook 3 bunches carrots in salted water until almost
tender. 25-30 minutes.

Slice diagonally and place in roaster with 2 lbs chuck and 3 marrow
bones, salt, and water to half cover.

Cover with  1/2 cup sugar
                     1/2 cup brown sugar
                     1/2 cup honey
                      juice of 1 lemon
Cover and and bake at 350 for 1 hour or more.
Turn to 325


Baked Stuffed Fish
Grandma G...sπ

2 whitefish  1/1/2 lbs each

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup celery
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 TBS minced parsley
2 cups crushed salty crackers
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning

SautÈπ in butter: celery, onion till golden brown.
Add mushrooms and cook 3 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients.
Season inside of fish and stuff.
Bake with Lemon Juice, melted butter and parsley flakes.
Use sliced lemons
Bake uncovered at 500 for 10 minutes.
Then 10 minutes per pound at 400.


Passover Chocolate cake - Aunt Irene L...

9 eggs
Beat Whites
add 1 1/4 cup sugar

Beat yolks
Add small amount of whites to them
Add 1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 squares melted chocolate
Fold into egg whites
mix together 1 cup of chopped nuts
2 TBS potato starch

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes


Strawberries Romanoff
Evelyn (for Passover sponge cake?)

2 quarts berries sugared
1 pt vanilla ice cream
1/2 pt whipping cream
juice of 1 lemon
2 oz cointreaux
1 oz bicardi rum

whip ice cream slightly and fold in whipping cream.
add lemon juice and liquors and pour over
sugared berries.



Cream 3 egg yolks with 1/2  lb butter or margarine,
add 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour after sifting
  plus 1 tsp salt.

Dissolve 2 pieces of yeast thoroughly in 1/2 cup luke warm milk.
Mix all this together (it will be quite moist) then refrigerate

Next day, divide dough in half and knead slightly.
Roll out 1 piece at a time 1/8≤ thick.

Spread with meringue (be sure your egg whites are at room temperature.
3 egg whites beaten until slightly firm, then add 1 cup of sugar.

Spread meringue on dough; sprinkle with chopped nuts, raisins, (grated
orange rind if you wish} and cinnamon.

Lay each roll overlapping in a greased 9 X 10≤ tube pan.

Allow to rise for 3 hours in a warm place. Sprinkle with cinnamon,
sugar and nuts on top.

Then place in a 325 to 350 degree oven for 1 hour or when really brown.


Potato Latkes    Dan P,,,

2 eggs
5 grated, drained potatoes for 2 people (15 Latkes)
1 grated onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Matzah meal
cooking oil

Peel and grate potatoes and onion
Drain them in colender
Beat eggs and add to potatoes
Add salt and pepper
Add Matzah meal to thicken so you canπt see any liquid

Fry in oil and butter until brown
Blot with paper toweling to remove oil

Serve with sour cream, apple sauce or cinnimon and sugar


 Grandma G...

1 cup long grain rice cooked to directions
5 eggs
pinch of salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisens
1 quart milk
1/4 lb butter

Mix all ingredients except butter together in a large bowl.
Melt butter in utility pan 9 X13. Pour half of butter into rice
mixture, leaving remaining butter in pan. Pour rice mixture in pan.
Bake 1 hour in 350 oven.
Makes 12 servings

Monday, April 13, 2020

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

OVID-INSPIRED. April, 2020. No-butter recipe adapted from online examples. A new mixing method to prepare the dough has replaced the customary method. The use of a kitchen scale is assumed.

2 eggs
1 T water
330 g dark brown sugar
100 g white sugar
2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
213 g vegetable oil
312 g flour
300 g dark chocolate chips
Beat the eggs and water in a large bowl. Whisk in the brown sugar and then the white sugar. Stir in baking soda, baking powder, salt, and the vanilla. Whisk in the oil until completely blended. Stir in flour with a rubber spatula and when incorporated, fold in the chocolate chips. Chill dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). Drop level scoopfuls from a #30 disher (32 ml or 1.07 oz) onto a dark, lightly greased baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake 9 minutes and remove immediately to a wire rack to cool. Permit the baking sheet to cool between batches. Store in an airtight container to retain chewy texture. Yields about 32 cookies.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

No-Knead Sandwich Bread

No-Knead Loaf Has a Soft Crumb
Isolate and bake. COVID Inspired. April 3, 2020.
Adapted from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIxAWabmkbc

250 ml warm water + 150 ml cool water
1 t active dry yeast
1 T sugar
2 t kosher salt
525 g all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
1 T vegetable oil
In a large bowl, add warm water (110 F, 43 C), sugar, salt, and sprinkle on yeast. Stir slowly with a stick or spoon handle. After 5 minutes, add the cool water. Stir in the flour, and when incorporated, add the oil, turning the dough over a few times to combine. Cover with plastic film and proof 4 hours in a warm place (about 80 F, 27 C). An oven with the light on is ideal. With the stick, degas, pull, stretch, and fold the dough, sprinkling flour on the outside to prevent sticking. Tip it into a greased 5x9 metal loaf pan and cover with plastic film. Proof a second time for about another hour, until dough rises an inch above the rim. Brush the top generously with olive oil, and bake in a preheated 400 F (200 C) oven for 40 minutes or until top is browned. Turn the loaf out onto a wire rack and let cool before slicing.