Mom's recipe shows how versatile stew was. The specifics called for? Beef; an assortment of winter vegetables of any amount - frozen or fresh; and for liquid..your choice of tomato juice, water or bullion. For the sake of the recipe program, I randomly picked exact measurements and lazily choose the frozen vegetable route. But if you keep reading you'll find mom's original directions, so relax and do whatever works.
No pantry was complete without a supply of cream of chicken soup on hand for recipes such as this. For a generation of women just beginning to flood into the workplace, these quick fix recipes paved the way for Hamburger Helper and other "meal-in-a-box" solutions.
I found this recipe listed by a few others with the addition of butter, fresh sliced mushrooms, chopped onions and cooking sherry. This would certainly add a level of punch to the recipe, but mom's version again stresses the quick and easy aspect of our family dinners. Either way, this was good!
This might as well be titled, "Mom's Hodge-podge Home-made Hamburger Helper." Although I seldom cook with hamburger, this is a wonderful example of how mom taught us how to improvise, adapt, and experiment to the nth! This one's being added for posterity! The next time I pour in a cup of salsa because I'm out of tomatoes, I'll think of mom and blow her a kiss. MUAH!
Notice that this recipe doesn't call for ANY spices...not even salt and pepper. Yet I have nothing but great memories for mom's ham hocks and beans. Other recipes include garlic, oregano, bay leaf and pepper. Give it a try with or without embellishments.
This is one of the two staple recipes I cook for company when I don't know what they like. It is simple and really easy. Everyone always enjoys it. I think it is called holdiay spaghetti because it is red and green but we make it all year round.
Fajitas from Primo's Mexican Restaurant were judged tops overall of the 12 restaurant entries in the Houston Restaurant Associations Fajita Meet in 1986. We were already fans of the restaurant, so when the Houston Chronicle printed the recipe, I clipped it and have been pulling out the yellowed copy ever since. Now that my daughter is heading out on her own, it's time to send the family treasure with her.
This was one of Dad's favorites, plus it felt special whenever mom made it because I didn't know of any other families who ate salmon. It was especially good when Mom added a little fat to the skillet to give a crispy golden brown crust to the patties.
Simple, quick and easy, and oh so good. I've found many other more elaborate recipes, but mom's no-nonsense style of cooking was a perfect instruction book from an always busy mom to her soon to be busy professional daughters.
It may be true only in my memory, but orange jello with carrots and pineapple was a staple with our meals, almost as much as a green lettuce salad is in other households. The addition of cream cheese and marshmallows makes this the company deluxe version.