Chicken & Mushroom Quiche

Chicken Mushroom Quiche

Chicken & Mushroom Quiche
Preparation time: 30 minutes: Serves: 4.

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6 ounces diced cooked chicken
6 ounces grated Swiss cheese
6 ounces sautéed sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups half and half cream
1 unbaked pie shell

Place chicken, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and basil in an unbaked pie shell
Combine eggs, egg yolks, and cream with whip or put in blender briefly
Pour over mixture in pie shell
Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until quiche is set, puffed up and browning on top
Let set a few minutes before cutting
May be refrigerated and heated later in microwave oven

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Turkey Noodle Casserole

Preparation time: 30-45mins.  Serves: 4-6

2 cups medium egg noodles (use regular egg-free noodles for those with an egg alergy)
1 (300 g.) frozen broccoli spears or fresh
3 tbsps. butter or margarine
3 tbsps. flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. prepared mustard
¼ tsp. pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups diced cooked turkey
½ cup slivered toasted almonds

Cook noodles in salted boiling water until tender, drain. Cook broccoli until just tender, drain. Dice broccoli stems but leave florets whole. Meanwhile in saucepan over low heat, melt butter, stir in flour, salt, mustard, pepper and cook for 3-4 mins. Add milk, cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. In greased, shallow baking dish, arrange noodles, broccoli stems and turkey. Pour cheese sauce over all. Arrange broccoli florets on top, pressing them lightly into sauce, sprinkle with almonds. Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until bubbly hot.

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Carrot & Pineapple Muffins

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Preheat oven to 325. Bake for 25 minutes.

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cup oil
2 tsp. Vanilla

3 cups flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Baking soda
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt

2 cups grated carrot
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice

(Optional 1-cup coconut or 1/2-cup nuts)

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar for two minutes on medium speed. Add oil and vanilla and mix for 30 seconds. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients. Do not over beat. Stir in the carrot and pineapple with a spatula. Spoon into well-greased muffin tins and bake at 325 for 25 minutes.

Tip: Grease the entire muffin pan so that the Tops of the muffins don’t stick when they rise. I also like to use paper-baking cups.

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Favorite Christmas Cake

Preparation time: 120 minutes Serves: 8-10

2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups mincemeat (28 oz. can)
1 can eagle brand milk
1 ½ cups mixed candied fruit
½ cup halved red and green glazed chopped cherries
1 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 300. Grease 1 9” tube pan, line with waxed paper and grease again. Sift together flour and baking soda, set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, mincemeat, eagle brand, fruit and nuts. Add dry ingredients, blend well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 1 hr and 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Turn out of pan, remove waxed paper. If desired, garnish with glace cherries or nuts. To store cake, cool thoroughly, wrap well in aluminum foil and refrigerate or freeze.

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Best Ginger Cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

1-cup butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup Brown sugar

2/3-cup molasses
1 tsp. milk

3 cups flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking soda
2 tsp. Ginger

Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and ginger together and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar and then add the milk and molasses. Mix for one minute. Add the flour mixture. Dough will be very thick. Scoop onto a floured surface and Knead until everything is combined. Cut into two balls then shape into logs. Wrap in waxed paper then set into fridge overnight or a couple of hours. Dip a knife into hot water and Slice very thin and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on cookie rack.

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Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche with Mashed Potato Crust

Serving of Quiche


Preparation time: 1 hour. Serves 6-8

3 medium baking potatoes, peeled
¼ cup milk
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. olive oil (divided)

2 cups coarsely chopped cooked broccoli or 1 pkg. (300 g) frozen whole broccoli, defrosted and finely chopped
1½ cups coarsely grated Cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg
2 green onions, chopped

For the Crust: Cut potatoes into chunks and cook in water until tender. Drain well. Mash with milk and salt. Brush a 9”deep pie dish with part of the olive oil or spray. Press in mashed potatoes. Brush with remaining oil or spray. Bake crust in 375 oven for 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 325.

For the Filling: Arrange well-drained broccoli and cheese on top of the potato crust. In medium bowl, whisk eggs with milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pour over broccoli and cheese. Sprinkle with green onions. Bake quiche 30 to 40 minutes until slightly puffed, browned and just set. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Turkey Pot Pie

Preparation time: 1 hour. Serves: 4

2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 onion, chopped
1 cup each chopped carrots, celery
½ tsp. each salt, rosemary
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 ½ cups chicken stock
¼ cup flour
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
Pastry for 9” single crust pie
1 egg yolk, beaten

In saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, carrots and celery; cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add seasonings and 2 cups stock. Blend flour into remaining stock; stir into saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring, until thickened. Remove bay leaf; stir in peas and turkey. Spoon equal portions into four 1-cup oven proof bowls. Cut pastry to fit over top of bowl making small vent in centre for steam. Brush pastry with egg. Bake at 400 oven for 30-35 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling bubbly.

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Smoked Salmon Quiche


Preparation time: 25 minutes. Serves: 4.

2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups half and half cream
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
3 ounces smoked wild salmon
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon drained capers
6 spears asparagus, blanched or steamed 2 minutes and cut into 1 inch pieces
12-16 pencil thin asparagus, blanched or steamed and left whole for topping quiche
One 8-9 inch unbaked pie shell

Beat the eggs, egg yolks, cream, dill, and pepper in mixing bowl with a wire whip until blended
but not frothy
Place crust on sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper
Layer with Swiss cheese, smoked salmon, green onions and asparagus
Pour egg mixture over all and then place whole pencil asparagus on top, fanning them from the
center of the quiche (see picture above)
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until quiche is puffed up and browning on top
Let sit few minutes before cutting and plating.

May be refrigerated and reheated later in microwave oven
I serve this with fresh fruit or a salad and my Bran Muffins.

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Easy Brown Bread

Preparation time: 5-6 hours (with 50-60 minutes oven baking) Makes: 3 loaves

8 cups flour
1 tbsp. salt
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup sugar
1 cup molasses
¼ cup shortening
1 tbl. yeast
4 cups warm water

Combine flour, salt, rolled oats, sugar, molasses. Cut in shortening. Make a well and pour in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over water. Let stand 10 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix, knead for 10 minutes and set to rise in a warm place for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until double in size. Punch down. Divide dough in ½ and then divide each ½ into 3 small balls. Place two balls into 3 greased loaf pans. Let rise for 2 hours. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

Hint: If using a machine, knead for 3 minutes. Amount of flour may vary depending on the amount of moisture in the air.

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Creamed Salmon and Peas on Toast

Preparation time: 15 minutes        Serves 3-4

3 tbl. Butter
3 tbl. Flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 ½ cups milk
2 cans of flaked salmon
1 cup canned or frozen peas
6 slices Texas toast.

Melt butter.  Add flour, salt & pepper, stirring until smooth. Add milk and cook over low heat stirring until slightly thick. Add the salmon and peas and heat through. Serve over toast.

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Lobster Salad

Lobster Salad

Preparation time: 45 minutes. Serves: 8

2 c. lobster meat
1 c. diced celery
French dressing
1 hard-cooked egg

Chill lobster meat and add the diced celery. Marinate with French dressing, and allow this mixture to stand for 1/2 hour or so before serving. Keep as cold as possible. Drain off the French dressing and heap the salad mixture on garnished salad plates or in a salad bowl garnished with lettuce. Pour mayonnaise dressing over the top, garnish with slices of hard-cooked egg, and serve. Lobster meat may be either fresh or canned, but fresh lobster meat is more desirable if it can be obtained.

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Hamburger Soup

So tomorrow is going to be a busy day (as usual) between work, house chores and the daily delivery and pickup of the kids all their scheduled events. Given that your Mom and Dad will be coming over at 7:00 pm for dinner, here a simple recipe that you can prepare tonight that will be pipping hot and ready to serve when you get home. I like to place some bakery rolls in the oven about 10 minutes to serve with the soup. Warm rolls and soup-I bet they ask for seconds!

Preparation time: 20 minutes (with 2-6 hours in a slow cooker) Serves 10

1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion (chopped fine)
1 28 oz. Can tomatoes
2 cups water
3 cans beef consommé ( I use beef cubes in 3 cups water)
1 can tomato soup
4 carrots (chopped fine)
¼ cut Pot Barley
1 bay leaf
3 sticks celery (chopped fine)
½ tsp thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown meat and onions. Drain well Combine all ingredients in large pot. Simmer covered at least two hours or all day. Freezes well

I brown the meat and onions and put the whole thing in the crock pot for 5 or 6 hours on low.


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Yvonne’s Mandarin Orange Cheese Cake

Mandarin Oragane Cheese Cake

Preparation time: 60 minutes Serves: 8-10
1½ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ cup melted margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon

2 large pkgs. Cream cheese
4 eggs
¾ cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup white sugar

2 – 10 oz. cans mandarin oranges
1/8 cup white sugar

Measure 1 cup of juice from oranges and set aside. Cover mandarin oranges with sugar and let stand.
Press crust into greased pie pan. Combine filling ingredients and pour over crust. Bake at 350◦ for approximately 40-50 minutes or until filling is firm. Mix sour cream and sugar and pour over cheesecake, return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and place mandarin oranges on cake. Combine the 1 cup of juice with 1 tbsp. cornstarch and cook until thickened. Pour over oranges and refrigerate.

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Turkey a la King

Preparation time: 30 mins Serves: 4.

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced fresh mushrooms
½ cup diced green pepper
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 cups diced cooked turkey
¼ cup white wine (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
In medium saucepan, heat oil and sauté onions, mushrooms and green pepper until tender. Stir in flour and continue to cook 1-2 minutes to cook flour. Add milk slowly and continue to stir until thickened. Stir in egg yolks; add turkey and wine, if using. Season to taste. Cook 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice, pasta, toast or English muffins.

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Easy Short Ribs for Two

Preparation time: 3 hours Serves: 2.

4 Carrots
4 Short Ribs (lean and bone in)
3 Onions
2 small pkgs. Onion soup mix
Turn oven to 250F. Peel carrots and cut in half lengthwise. Peel onion and cut in thick slices. On about 3 layers of heavy duty foil place layer of short ribs, layer of vegetables,  one envelope of soup mix, then short ribs, followed by the remaining vegetables. Sprinkle with remaining soup mix, cover tightly and place of cookie sheet in oven. Cook 3 to 4 hours.

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