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Friday, May 24, 2013

Okay, Give It Up

This blog is a few years old now and I've had the pleasure of getting to know quite a few of you. And one thing we all talk about is food. So now I'm throwing a ball out there and hoping it gets caught and tossed back a few times.

What I want is your very favorite recipe. The one that says something about you, your background, your family and traditions- but that you still love. The one you'd pick to pass on to posterity if it could only be one. The one you'd have for sure at a last supper.

I think the one I'd pick would be Swedish Meatballs since nobody I've ever met disliked them. Even vegetarians have slipped on them. To this day there is someone who won't come to my parties because she ate a meatball and won't trust herself around them. And I love them maybe more than any other food there is. Even lasagna. They take me back to Brooklyn.

So yes, please give this a think if you would and tell us what that all-defining, all-beloved food recipe is. Perhaps we'll have a "cook someone else's love" weekend? That'd be fun!


Anonymous said... know, all my favourites are things I can't have anymore. Of the foods I can eat...I don't really have a favourite. Tonight I made scotch meatloaves and macaroni and cheese (soy cheese) casserole. That went over well.

Elephant's Child said...

I will have to give it some thought. It might even be something from my meat-eating days. Or perhaps not.
It will have cheese in it. And I do like the idea of 'cook someone else's love'.

Lisa said...

This one is easy...

It's the 'Nut Tart'. It was a family recipe passed to my Aunt Sharon and she passed it on to Mom's family. I'm in possession of the original recipe card that was given to Mom. I've passed the recipe on to the step-sibs and they to their families. Now, it's made it's way to Canada :D

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

According to friends and family,I make the best potato salad they have ever had. When I make it for a party, I double the recipe so people can bring it home. It includes lots of onions, a dozen hard boiled eggs and the secret ingredient of Crazy Salt. The right amount of Hellman's Mayo is key.

Healthy is not a word to describe this dish, but every now and then, we should indulge.

Lisa said...

OH! Another favorite is the Cauliflower Salad. I could easily sit down with the bowl and have only it for a meal.

klahanie said...

Hey Laura,

I do love Swedish meatballs! Actually, I love the Swedish :)

Don't know the recipe, but I think a "Nanaimo Bar", defines my dessert tastes.

A peaceful weekend to you, dear lady.


Austan said...

Well all right, everyone. There are your faves, but where are the recipes????? How can we cook each other's faves without the recipes?

Anonymous said...

Recipe is on the Recipe page of my blog.

Austan said...

Here's mine, for the i dunno how manyeth time:

2 lbs. meatloaf mix- beef, pork, any combo of ground meats
1 1/2 - 2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs
2 eggs (3 for non-gluten cooks)
1 T dry parsley
1/2 tsp cayenne or red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp mace
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tblsp. butter

Combine all but butter and mix well until thoroughly smooth. Form meatballs by rolling between palms into 1 1/2 inch balls. In a large fry pan, melt butter on medium high heat and saute meatballs, rolling them around in pan so all sides brown. Remove meatballs from pan with a slotted spoon and set to the side.
Add to fry pan:
1 c. apricot preserves
1/2 c. cherry preserves
1/2 c. chutney
1 c. coffee
1 beef bouillion cube *
1 c. water*
*(if you have beef stock, use 1 c. stock and add salt to taste )
2 splashes worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp gravy master or kitchen bouquet
Bring to a simmer, stirring often.

In a cup, combine
1/2 c. water
2 Tblsp cornstarch
Stir with a whisk until fully dissolved and add to sauce. Turn heat up and bring to a boil, stirring constantly- sauce will thicken.Turn heat down to low. If sauce looks too thick, add water to desired thinness. If sauce is too thin, repeat water & cornstarch mix but add by degrees, allowing each addition to cook, until desired thickness. Return meatballs to pan and simmer on low 5- 10 minutes.

Turn off burner & allow to cool. Stir. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Reheat well and serve over egg noodles or alone as an appetizer.

Austan said...

But what recipe, Lawless?

Lisa said...

Nut Tart

5 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups chopped pecans
1 large and 1 small vanilla instant pudding
3 or 4 bananas
1 9 0z cool whip
slivered almonds

Separate eggs; mix 1 cup sugar with whites and 1 cup sugar with yolks
Beat until stiff
Combine white mixture with yellow mixture; add graham crackers and pecans - mix well
Pour into 9x11 greased pan
Bake 30 mins at 350
Press crust down with spoon
Prepare pudding according to package
Layer banana slices over crust
Cover with pudding
Cool whip over pudding
Sprinkle with slivered almonds
Refrigerate at least 2 hours

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'd hoped to catch up on all the comments on my blog before going to bed, but since it's going on 2AM now, I think I'd better come back to answer your question later. I like so many different foods, I'm not even sure what one dish I'd choose right now, so I'll have to sleep on it.

Take care. Later, kiddo...

Munir said...

I have started a food blog just to familiarize my family with foods that are healthy. After my husband's heart surgery it was getting really hard for me to change my family recipes into heart healthy recipes. I am not even sure any more of the ingredients we used to use and the damages that could have been caused because of those ingredients.

Jan said...

Unfortunately, I come from a long line of women who can't cook. It really is an embarrassment. And none of us are good at math - could there be a connection?! Luckily my husband loves to cook so we don't starve. What's really funny is that our son is a great cook (he's also an engineer on a nuclear submarine). See, it is the math gene! -- Jan

Elephant's Child said...

Back again. This is a recipe for a mild, slightly sweet pumpkin curry. True comfort food.

Austan said...

Great, thanks for the recipes so far! Keep em coming!

Anonymous said...

The scotch meat loaves and soy macaroni and cheese are the last two recipes but feel free to indulge in any of them that look interesting.

Austan said...

Cool, thanks Lawless! I just made a rice flour dough pizza. Yum!