There will be a holiday cookbook this year, but it’s going to be different. We’re taking a break from the usual recipe contest and instead, we are going through the previous editions of cookbooks and featuring some of the most popular recipes.
It’s going to be fun to see some recipes that perhaps you tried and liked, but have lost them along the way. Now will be your chance to file them for use throughout each year.
And – I am excited that I am going to have the opportunity to share some of my favorite recipes collected over the years. I’ll be calling on some other well known cooks in the Daily Home’s coverage area for a few of their family favorites also.
We are sure this cookbook is going to be a keepsake, and we’ll be sharing more details about it all along until press time in October!
School has started and with that event comes a lot of extra expenses like books, supplies and fees. The list just seems to go on and on.
As a result, we all feel the pinch on the food budget for September and October, which means we need to look for good, hearty dishes that can be made as economical as possible. That ‘s what is featured today. All three are simple, but economical, and very tasty.
I am hooked on fresh vegetables cooked in olive oil and garlic, and when I found the recipe for the Smoky Hobo Dinner, I saw the perfect opportunity to pass along a recipe with a sample of this cooking method. However, if you are working or want a meal ready on a busy day of any kind, this recipe is perfect for the crockpot.
All of the vegetables are chopped and placed in a Dutch oven or slow cooker. Add the smoked sausage and you are “good to go!” Either way, dinner can be on the table before you know it!
The recipe for Hamburger Macaroni Casserole is a combination that’s really hard to beat. I discovered the more compatible ingredients you add, the better it gets. It’s a combination the whole family is likely to go for, and it can be made very economically.
The only thing to say about apples, butter, brown sugar and oatmeal is m-m-m good, and that’s the way to describe the dessert featured today. Add a little vanilla ice cream and you simply can’t ask for better!
4 cups peeled and sliced apples
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon flour
One-half stick butter, softened
3 small bags of quick-cooking oats
(I used 2 maple and brown sugar and 1 cinnamon)
One-half teaspoon cinnamon
One-eighth teaspoon nutmeg
Mix sugar and flour and toss with apples. Place in an ungreased pie plate. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the top of apples. Cut butter into quick oats until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle over apples and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until topping is golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Serve warm, with ice cream.
HAMBURGER and MACARONI CASSEROLE
1 package of macaroni and cheese
2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 can tomato soup
1 small can tomato paste
Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on box. Saute onions and bell pepper in a little cooking oil, and when the vegetables are wilted, add the ground beef. Cook and stir and separate the ground beef until it is brown. Drain off fat. Add macaroni and cheese, tomato soup and tomato paste and mix well. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Top with 4 slices of American cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted.
SMOKY HOBO DINNER
5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 pound baby carrots
1 onion, thickly sliced
1 (14 ounce) package smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
One-half cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Dutch oven method:
Pour water and one-fourth cup olive oil in the bottom of Dutch oven. Add 2 teaspoons garlic powder and mix well. Place all prepared vegetables in the pot and toss with oil and powder mix. Place top on and casserole and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove and place pieces of smoked sausage on top. Return to oven and bake 15 more minutes.
Slow cooker method: Layer vegetables in cooker sprinkling each layer with pepper and salt. Place sausage on top. Pour water down 1 side of the cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.