Summer Supper

The recipe from my Clarion PA neighbor, Nell Miller, was called Poor Man Meatballs.

No meat was involved.

Take 3 zucchini and grate or use food processor. Tip bowl to let moisture run off and discard. Get zucchini as dry as you can.

Add an egg

and about 3/4 c Italian Bread crumbs. Add a minced garlic clove or two

Salt and pepper let sit a few minutes. Form in patties.

Sauté in olive oil ‘til brown on both sides. Cast iron skillet works wonderfully. Freshly grated Parmesan is always welcome

A little heavy on the crumbs this batch. Zucchini can be so wet, drain off what liquid you can.

Raisins- Yes or No?

My friend Bill’s sister used to make him a raisin pie. I believe it was for his birthday.  One time I made raisin filled cookies for him once he told me. He would be a YES on the raisin question.

And then there is the NO response to Raisins- Yes or No?

I have a friend who prefers oatmeal cookies without raisins in them. Not sure if he dislikes raisins or just in cookies.

The other day on Zoom virtual knitting group we were talking about pick-up  bakery items available at Jean Marc Chatellier French Bakery in Millvale.  You can order via phone and pick up baked goods between 10-1, different items available different days. Then someone in our Zoom Virtual Knitting group asked if the Apple Strudel made by Jean-Marc had raisins in it.(no was the answer)  Another participant said they hoped the apple strudel didn’t have  raisins in it because “Raisins are the Devil’s Candy!” I’d never heard of that expression before. Have you? Sure enough when I googled I found a 2015 blog post with that very title.  Oh my. A rant agains the lowly raisin? Who knew?

Last week a reader objected to the rice pudding with raisins in it when I posted a few days ago.  Yes to the Rice Puddings but No to the Raisins.

Ready to make Raisins Filled Cookies . Raisins plumped by covering with boiling water.

April 30 is National raisin day

And the story of the image of the Maid on the Raisin box who passed away in 1983

So which is it-

Raisins. Yes or No?

 

 

Chocolate, Raspberry,Vanilla Sauce and Cream

What a perfect mouthful. Steve brought home a fancy dessert from his dinner out. I was headed up to bed. I said I’ll have one mouthful. I put it on a spoon and poured a bit of the accompanying sauce in a little dish.  Oh my!

What a mistake to make one teaspoonful.  I could have eaten the entire dessert but look forward to repeating the experience tomorrow. Not sure how early in the day would be okay.

 

I did not lick the bowl but thought about doing so.

Baked Mushroom Ravioli in Tomato Sauce

Friday night in winter supper.

Found a tray of a dozen mushroom ravioli in the freezer and a big glass jar of Labriola’s Italian Grocery Marinara Sauce on the pantry shelf. Sprinkled some Parmesan on top when I served up the dishes.

I poured half the sauce in a 10×13 glass baking dish, placed the frozen ravioli in sauce, put about a 1/3 c water in rest of sauce in the jar and whirl around a bit. Poured over the ravioli. Covered with aluminum foil. Baked at 350 for 45 minutes. Perfect.

After being away almost two weeks I definitely need to get to the store with a long list but managed to wait another day to avoid going out in the freezing cold. Will add something green to our menu tomorrow. It was a night of comfort food.

Forgotten Lemon. Two Views

I was away for two weeks with family. Today I found a forgotten lemon on the counter. The ones in the fridge look fine. Perhaps I took it out of the fridge to cut and squeeze the juice but forgot? It’s dehydrated and caved, no rotting smell, I thought about slicing it open but I’d already pitched it after I photographed it before I thought of that.

Already

Cranberries Cooked Sauce or Raw Relish?

This post is from Nov 2011

I’m getting the ingredients tomorrow

Do you like cooked fresh cranberry sauce or raw relish? Or neither? Or both? Or the slices of  Cranberry Jelly from a can?

Here’s the 2011 post

ONCE A YEAR RECIPE/RITUAL

The annual making of the cranberry-orange relish. I don’t make this any other time of year.I’ve heard lots of different renditions of cranberries and everyone has their favorite.  My mother used to use a metal meat grinder and screw it onto a table or chair with a woven potholder to keep the wood from being marred. Her recipe was strictly cranberries and navel orange.  I add a Granny Smith and today a HoneyCrisp as well. I used to have one of those grinders and ground relish with Mark when he was a boy in the same manner as my mother.  My friend J from Omaha gave me her MagiMix French Processor when she got a Cuisinart.  That was more than 25 years ago and it still works. It has a European plug so I have to keep a little extra piece to plug it in.  So two bags of cranberries, washed and drained, two oranges, two apples(peel on) 1 3/4 C sugar.

That is all there is to it. Refreshing and tart and sweet simultaneously.  And thanks to Susan K for the Turkey towels.  Very festive.

Happy Thanksgiving.  I will put the bowl in a cardboard box so it doesn’t spill and drive to dinner at the other Grandma’s.

 

 


Tapioca- Yes or No?

This tapioca is take out from the Grant Bar in Millvale. I took it out of the container and put it in the glass. Eating it reminds me of childhood.  If you click the word Tapioca you will learn it’s a starch without much nutritional value.

Here’s the question-tapioca? Yes or no?

I added a piece of mandarin as it looked as if it needed a garnish. I had it for breakfast. They include a couple of half and half shots so I put one in my coffee, not on the tapioca.