Pickle dip for Pat. This was one I made for an exchange group. I felt guilty because it's only three ingredients. It's also fabulous so I got over the guilt REALLY quickly.
Salsa. My former neighbor Sue's recipe. She called it Mexicali Scoop. It's become a family favorite.
Artichoke heart dip. Sometimes the family does this cold. I added extra cheese and nuked it.
Pork tenderloin with bourbon soy marinade. No matter how many recipes I try, this remains my favorite.
Banana chutney. Years ago I thought, "You know what would be great? Banana chutney. And, lo and behold, there was recipe in the Junior League cookbook called Back Home Again. It's killer.
Lemony tortellini salad. From the Kraft magazine. Really good even thought I left out the feta. Partially because I wasn't sure who'd like it and partially because I forgot it...
Corn salad. Connie really isn't fond of corn. This, he loves.
Grilled Caesar salad. If you've never grilled romaine lettuce, you need to start now. Yes, I mean NOW. All you do is cut the head of romaine in half lengthwise then brush it lightly with olive oil. Grill it for just long enough to get some good burn marks. If you want, you can also grill a basket of grape tomatoes, onion rings and avocado slices. All of those get tossed with olive oil prior to putting them in the basket. Then, grill for about five minutes. Slice the lettuce and toss it with the veggies and your favorite Caesar dressing and you're good to go.
Mom's chocolate upside down cake. A kidhood favorite. Chocolatey, gooey, good! Its
one of those deals that creates cake and sauce as it bakes. Yummy chocolaty sauce. I'm not a big sweet eater. This, is an exception. Well, except I still wouldn't eat this in the middle of the night!
2 c peeled and chopped bananas (about 6)
1/2 lb onions, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb pitted dates, finely chopped
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c apple cider vinegar
2 T finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 t salt
1/2 t curry
1/2 c raisins (golden or regular)
Put all the ingredients in a large and heavy saucepan. Allow the chutney to simmer until it's thickened. That'll take about 15 minutes.
from Back Home Again
Mom's Chocolate Upside Down Cake
1 c flour
1 t salt
3/4 c sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 c milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 c chopped nuts (optional - I usually leave them out)
2 T butter
1 square chocolate (is 1 oz of bittersweet chocolate)
for the topping:
4 T cocoa
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
Mix the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and chocolate together over very low heat. Slowly stir in the milk, vanilla and melted chocolate/butter. Pour into an 8x8 pan. Mix the topping ingredients together and sprinkle them over the batter. Pour a cup of water over all. DO NOT MIX! Bake at 325 F for 45 minutes. Best served warm.
Lemony Tortellini Salad
1 9 oz package refrigerated cheese tortellini, cooked, drained and cooled
1 c coarsely chopped fresh spinach
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c finely chopped red onions
1/4 c Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 t zest and 2 t juice from a lemon
1/4 t dried, crumbled oregano leaves (I used fresh)
Mix the ingredients together gently and serve.