Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fruit Salad and Celery Seed Dressing

This recipe is from a Richards Ward R.S. Christmas lunch a long time ago. It is always a hit when I make it and it is soooooo beautiful.
Fruit Salad and Dressing
Assemble salad with romaine and other lettuces as a bed on plate. Place grapefruit slices, mandarin oranges, avocado slices, and pomegranate seeds on lettuce. Top with dressing. I also make a tossed salad with these ingredients and let each person put their own dressing on.
Dressing
10T sugar
1 t salt
1 t dry mustard
1 t paprika
1/3 c apple cider vinegar (go easy, not quite full)
1 T celery seed (If I don't have celery seed, I use poppy seed.)
1 c oil
In blender, put vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard, paprika, and celery or poppy seeds. Mix together. Add oil slowly on first speed of blender until all ingredients are combined. Run blender 45 seconds to 1 minute to thicken. To store, drop 1/4 of an onion in bottle while in refrigerator. Don't serve with onion. Dressing is also good on cole slaw.
PS Most of the time I forget to store the dressing with the onion and it is still delicious!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grandma Johnson's Swedish Meatballs

1# ground beef
1/3# sausage
2 slices dried bread, crumbled
1 egg
1/2 onion chopped fine
1/4 c canned milk
2 t salt
1/2 t sage
1 t pepper
parsley

Mix all ingredients together, shape into meatballs (1/8 c size) and fry in butter on low heat.

Since I am not a fan of a lot of fat, I bake the meatballs in the oven in a 9x13 pan at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. If I remember correctly, I turn the meatballs over half way through the baking. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.

Prior to serving, heat them in a pan with some beef broth on the bottom.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hot Cocoa Mixes


I adapted these recipes from the Peppermint Cocoa mix in the December 2011 Friend Magazine.  I'm using them for neighbor gifts and also adding marshmallows.

Minty Hot Cocoa
(just add water)


1 C powdered milk
1 C powdered sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1-2 drops peppermint oil

Add 8 oz. hot water to 1/2 C mix.

Minty Hot Cocoa
(just add milk)

1 C powdered sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1 T coffee creamer
1-2 drops peppermint oil

Add 6 oz. hot milk to 1/4 C mix.