Sunday, January 23, 2005

Bits and Bites

Grandpa was always going on about the good old days, and the lower cost of living, in particular...

"When I was a kid, my mom could send me to the store, and I'd get a ham, two pints of milk, 6 oranges, 2 loaves o' bread, and a magazine... all for a quarter!! You can't do that any more...
they got those darn video cameras everywhere.

Q: Why do men ask for a woman's hand in marriage?
A: Because they are tired of using their own.

This is tooooo funny....for the nose pickers out there!!!

A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a
family in Egypt and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain;
they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his
birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she
wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, Why"They're twins!
If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."


Parmesan Baked Potatoes

4 medium to large potatoes
melted butter, margarine or olive oil (1/3 cup)
grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
Cayenne pepper-dried powder
dried Parsley flakes

1. Boil potatoes until just fork tender
When done, allow them to cool enough
to handle. Cut into quarter slice wedges and
place in a large flat casserole dish (I use my
glass lasagna dish.
2. Brush with the melted butter. Quickly sprinkle
a light dusting of the paprika, salt&pepper,
cayenne pepper, parsley flakes & parmesan
3. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until light
golden brown.

Baked Apple Pancake

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine maple syrup, brown sugar
3. Butter in a 9 inch round baking pan.
4. Put in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the butter melts.
5. Remove.
6. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
7. Arrange apple slices, overlapping, over the syrup mixture in the pan.
8. Set aside.
9. Whisk together the egg, milk and melted butter.
10.In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
11.Pour in the milk mixture.
12.Stir until smooth.
13.Pour batter over the apples.
14.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
15.Remove from oven.
16.Turn out onto a serving plate.


1 can cherry pie filling
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 can coconut
1 large container Cool Whip
1 can drained pineapple chunks
1 C chopped nuts
1 C miniature marshmallows, optional
Mix together and refrigerate.
This will make a very large salad. Can also be frozen.

Salisbury Steak

1 lb. ground beef
2/3 to 1 cup crushed cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons catsup
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 whole egg
1/3 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can mushroom soup
2 to 4 tablespoons oil

In a mixing bowl add the first 7 ingredients and mix well. In a skillet over medium to medium hot heat add 2 tablespoons of oil and let get hot. Shape the ground beef mixture in patties and coat with the flour, salt and pepper. Add the coated patties to the oil in the skillet and brown on both sides. When that is done add the mushroom soup and cook at least another 20 to 30 minutes or until done.

(from Nancy's Kitchen)..I tried it last week, I didn't have regular crackers so I used ritz crackers, and it tasted great.


1 stick butter

2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1 medium onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

1-2 medium zucchini, chopped

1 lb. frozen, peeled crawfish, thawed and drained

2 tsps. Creole (or Tony Chacheres) Seasoning

2 pkgs. Cornbread Mix (Jiffy if you like a sweeter cornbread, if not, any brand)

1 3/4 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large saucepan, melt butter and stir in Old Bay seasoning. Add onions, celery and zucchini and sauté. Stir in crawfish tails and heat thoroughly, then set aside. Prepare cornbread mix according to package directions and stir in Creole seasoning. Stir in 3/4 cup of cheese and crawfish mixture and blend well. Pour into 9x13 greased baking pan. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.NOTE: If crawfish is unavailable in your area you may substitute 1 lb. chopped shrimp.

(from Nancy's Kitchen)

That's it for this week....

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