I found this in Bernard Clayton's Cooking Across America. I've had this cookbook for years and it's the first thing I've made from it! The original name of the dish is "Pasta Prima Peschke", named for a chef on a ranch in Wyoming who made it up, but that's not very descriptive, so I changed it. I also changed some of the amounts - I only used half of the butter and bacon and chicken called for in the original and it was plenty.
This is a simple, hearty stew adapted from the More with Less Cookbook. The crushed red pepper is my own addition, and of course it's optional if you don't like that sort of thing - but I like it to have a little zip.
A new take on macaroni and cheese, from Taste of the Caribbean. I added spinach and parmesan cheese to the original recipe, and I forgot all about the egg - but since it was completely devoured by my husband and son, it must have been okay. Don't let the cinnamon scare you - it is very subtle.
Note: I've included a bit more information in the directions after the first review that informed me I'd left a couple things out (thanks Ellie).
This is a delightful dish from Taste of the Caribbean by Rosamund Grant. This comes together quickly (after marination) and can easily be made as mild or spicy as your family likes. Note: the original recipe calls for marinating the shrimp using "spice seasoning" - I used garam masala, but I'm sure other spice combinations that you like would be good. I also added a whisper of cayenne to the mix before serving, and will probably add a whole jalapeno next time instead of a half as called for. I have also made this with chicken, which was also very good. Prep time includes marination time.
My Moosewood Cookbook pretty much falls open to the page with this recipe. These are cheesy and delicious. It's a bit of work if you make your own dough, but they always work out great (I have been known to use frozen bread dough). Prep time includes rising time.
From South American Food and Cooking. This is a lasagna-like combo that is quite flexible to suit your family's preferences. Instead of 12 oz of meat, I used some already cooked beef cubes I had in the freezer and added a can of pinto beans and some corn. Chicken or ground beef would work as well.
I realize there are lots of minestrone recipes out there. Here's another one. This one is meatless and can easily be made completely vegetarian by using vegetable stock. I like to splash in a bit of wine when I make this. Adapted from Cook It Light: Pasta, Rice and Beans.
I was in the mood for pineapple and wanted to make some muffins and found few such combinations on this site. I did a quick search and found this on About.com, under the heading Southern U.S. Cuisine, from Diana Rattray. I really liked these, they are flavorful and not overly sweet. I thought they might need a little something and I added some allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg to the topping.
This recipe is more about the technique than the ingredients. I've added a bit more description since the first review. Making biscuits in a skillet rather than the oven is something I picked up from Joy of Cooking. It's a great alternative when you just don't want to heat up the kitchen by turning on the oven. Any rolled biscuit dough will do. NOTE: The texture may be a bit different when the biscuits are made on the stovetop, sometimes mine are a bit more dense than when baked, but they taste really good. I'm including the buttermilk biscuit recipe from Joy of Cooking, which is also wonderful and tender when rolled and baked. Yield is approximate, depending on the recipe you end up using.
I believe this is from the Yan Can Cookbook that I borrowed from my sister-in-law years ago. This is a flavorful and colorful combination. I think I may have added more soy sauce during the cooking process when I made this, so naturally, make the necessary adjustments to suit your family. It would probably be good with a little heat added to it (crushed red pepper or chiles maybe) Prep time includes 2 hours for marination.
This is a delicious bread from Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Breads. It is moist, sweet and cinnamon-y enough to cause our pastor's family to fight over who got to finish it off at breakfast when I gave them a loaf! Preparation time includes rising.
I know there are several samosa recipes out there, but our family just loves these. They are totally worth the time it takes to make them. From The Moosewood Cookbook. Number of servings is approximate - it's plenty for 4 or 5 people. Note: I find I often have more filling than pastry, but I have also found that the filling freezes fine if you want to save it for another batch - or you can just mix up some more dough and eat it all! I've used leftover piecrust in a pinch and just thrown them in the oven to brown rather than frying and they came out just fine.