Escalloped Tomatoes Somerset (Tomato Casserole)

3 c tomatoes, chopped (about 8 medium) 1 c common crackers, rolled ¼ t paprika 2 T green peppers, chopped 1 c common cheese (cheddar f.ex.), cut fine 3 T onions, chopped ½ t salt ½ c celery, diced ¼ c butter, melted Mix everything; put in buttered casserole dish and bake at 350° for…

Cucumber Soup

3 cucumbers, seeded, peeled, diced 3 potatoes, diced 1 onion, sliced salt and pepper Cook in chicken broth; put in blender when cool. Reheat with milk/cream, adding cayenne, dill, mustard, celery salt, salt and pepper, etc.

Potatoes and Onions in Foil

Slice baking potatoes in quarter inch slices that do not go all the way through to the bottom. Place in foil. Stuff the potato with small slices of onions in each cut (or half slices of larger onions). Salt and pepper, and top with melted butter. Wrap potato completely in foil, so it doesn’t leak,…

Mediterranean Mushroom Pie

½ qt sliced mushrooms 1 c minced onion ¼ lb butter 1 t marjoram ½ t thyme 1 t chopped parsley ⅛ t salt ⅛ t pepper ½ lb feta cheese ¼ lb ricotta cheese ½ lb filo pastry Preheat oven to 350°. Sauté mushrooms and onions in butter. Add herbs, cheese, salt, and pepper….

Spiced Seckel Pears

6 c distilled white vinegar 8 c loosely packed lt brown sugar 1 T ground cloves 1 stick cinnamon 1 T juniper berries 6 hot red peppers 6 lbs seckel pears Place all ingredients except pears into a large heavy-bottomed pot. Cook over medium heat until brown sugar has melted — about 5 min. Peel pears,…

Pear Chutney

8 c peeled, cored, and diced pears (pref. Bartlett) 1 lb lt brown sugar 2 c cider vinegar 1 onion, chopped 1 c seedless raisins 1 t each ground cinnamon and cloves 2 oz minced crystallized ginger 2 t mustard seed 2 cloves garlic, minced 1½ t cayenne pepper 2 t salt Mix all ingredients…

Coffee Mousse

1 c coffee (liquid) 1 c sugar 1 t cornstarch 1 egg, beaten ½ pt whipped whipping cream 1 t vanilla Make a cooked custard of coffee, sugar; i.e. in double boiler, mix dry ingredients, add beaten egg, then coffee and pinch of salt — cook until it coats the spoon. Cool, then add whipped…

Henry David’s Crab Bisque

1⅓ qt light cream 1⅓ qt half and half 2⅛ oz sherry 1⅛ oz brandy 1 t white pepper ¼ lb lobster base 1 small Spanish onion 2 stalks celery 1⅔ sticks butter ½ lb flour 1¼ lb crab meat ¾ oz butter ⅓ oz white wine Put light cream, half and half, sherry, brandy,…

Potato Soup (Potage Parmentier)

4 c peeled, coarsely chopped potatoes Fresh pepper 3 c thinly sliced leeks (white & 2″ green) ½ c heavy cream — little butter 2 qts chicken stock, water, or comb of both 3 T chives or fresh parsley 1 t salt In heavy 6 qt saucepan, simmer potatoes, leeks, stock and salt, partially covered for…

Jacques Pepin’s Tomato Sauce

2 T olive oil ¾ c chopped onions 4 c chopped fresh tomatoes ½ t dried oregano 1 t salt ½ t freshly ground black pepper Heat oil in saucepan and add onions. Saute for 2 min on medium heat. Add rest of ingredients; cover and cook on med heat for 10 minutes. Push through…