Recipes

Effie Queen's Impossible Pumpkin Pie

This was one of the recipes found in Effie (Mother) Queen’s Receipt book on one of our visits to the sisters. Bonnie always had plenty of pumpkin in the freezer that she had grown in her garden.  The ingredients seem to bake themseves into a pumpkin pie after completely blending together...thus the "Impossible" description.  

Hidden Treasure Meatloaf

This recipe was a winner at our house during the days of my obsessive Food Follies. Why? Because it tastes good.  It's also full of vegetables and even though very little fat is used, it comes out lighter and moister than most low-fat meatloaves.  It also makes a great sandwich filling for lunch the next day and re-heats nicely. While it's baking, you can pop some baking potatoes in the oven or some veggies tossed with a little oil to roast alongside.


Asian Red Cabbage Slaw

You can serve this versatile slaw almost anytime you would consider using a traditional slaw. It keeps well, and will not easily spoil when kept for a while out of the refrigerator so it ideal for potlucks and picnics. Its bright presentation is inviting on a buffet.  I especially like it with grilled or roast pork, ribs, smoked chicken or duck.  It makes a nice sandwich topping on turkey, ham or pork tenderloin.


Two Salsas for Fish Tacos

Fresh Fruit Salsa   1 ½      cups                 fresh fruit: mangoes, peaches or pineapple, peeled and diced small ½         cup                  yellow oni…

Spring Risotto

There are few dishes that are both totally versatile, providing the blank canvas that I love and that are also an easy-to-assemble first class comfort food. Every spring I like to make a risotto using the fresh vegetables and greens that are readily available in my garden or at the market. I also like to serve risottos for entertaining- making a luscious and satisfying one dish main course…

Paella

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Pea "Shooters"

                                                                                                        2 cups freshly shelled peas…

Sausage with Butternut Squash, Broccoli Rabe and Balsamic Sauce with Penne

This is another of my favorite one-dish dinner entrees that is just as welcome for family meals as it is for informal entertaining. The sauce is rich and flavorful, but without the use of tomatoes or cream. Check out the variations that follow the main recipe and have fun experimenting. The beauty of this kind of recipe is that it is hard to fail to make it taste really good as you have …

Bill Smith's Fried Oysters

Click here for more background on this wonderful recipe which is served at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, NC. Bill likes to serve the oysters with some lemon wedges and mayonnaise with some Sriracha sauce stirred in "until it is the color of Thousand Island Dressing." 2 cups Maseca  (special corn flour milled for tortillas. Can be found in Latino markets) 2 cups self-rising flour …