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The Menu

Soups

Salads

Appitizers

Subs & Wraps

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Turkey

Seafood

Other Meats

Meatless

Sides

Veggies

Breads

Desserts

Beverages

Rye Boat

Rye Boat
  • 1 Loaf Round Rye Bread
  • 2 - 3oz. packages of chipped beef
  • 1 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 T. Dill weed
  • Onion Powder and Garlic Powder to taste
Slice meat and mix all ingredients together. Chill 1 hour

Cut out center of bread to form bowl and use removed pieces for dipping. Put dip inside bread bowl.

Pigs in a Blanket

  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 4 slices cheese
Separate crescent rolls. Place 1/2 slice cheese on each roll with 1 hot dog and roll each up. Bake according to directions on can.

Taco Dip

  • 1 8oz Package Cream Cheese<
  • 1 Lb Ground beef (Hamburger)
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Can Black Olives, either broken up or sliced
  • 1 16oz Bottle Ortega Taco Sauce
  • 1Lb Shredded Cheddar or Taco Cheese
  • 1 Bag of Tortilla Chips
Cook hamburger and taco seasoning according to seasoning pack. Slice cream cheese and arrange evenly in oblong baking dish, spread cooked meat evenly over cream cheese. Now spread tomatoes and olives on. Pour taco sauce over the top, and finally, spread cheddar cheese over the top. Place in a 375 oven and bake until cheese is melted (about 20-30 minutes). Serve warm.

Shrimp Cocktail

  • Extra Large or Jumbo Shrimp
  • Cocktail Sauce
If not shelled, de-veined and cooked, you'll have to do this yourself, I would just buy it already done. Pour cocktail sauce inside cocktail glasses or dish. Rinse shrimp well and hook onto cocktail glasses or dish. Chill until ready to serve.

Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 1/4 Lbs Ground Meat
  • 2 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 3/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Lb Cooked Egg Noodles
  • Gravy or Sauce

Combine beef, breadcrumbs, egg, sugar & spices. Mix well and shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Brown balls in well oiled skillet over medium high heat, now turn heat down to medium low and continue cooking until done.

Either serve in a sweet sauce as appetizers or serve over noodles with gravy to make a meal. 

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil, olive oil, melted butter or margarine
  • 1 Tbs salt (Optional)
  • 1 Tsp Pepper (Optional)
  • 1 Tsp Paprika (Optional)
  • 1 Tsp Garlic (Optional)
  • Any seasoning you want
Cleaning Pumpkin Seeds. Scoop out seeds from pumpkin. Place in colander under cold running water, remove the seeds from the pulp and strings. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice until well coated. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake in 300 oven until golden, about 20-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool on paper towels.

Cheese Sticks

* Just get the store bought ones and cook according to directions. I like the deep fried method best.

Deviled Egg

  • 12 Eggs
  • 1 - 3 Cups Mayonnaise, Depending on preference
  • Mustard
  • Paprika
Place eggs in large pot with cold water. Put on stove and cook on high to boiling. Boil for 10 Minutes. Remove and drain. Shake eggs in hot pot to break shells. Rinse with cold water and let cool enough to handle. Peel eggs. Cut all eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put in a separate bowl. Smash yolks. add the mayonnaise and mustard and mix well. Scoop yolk mixture back into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken Wings

  • Bag Chicken Wings, thawed.
  • Wing Sauce (Optional)
  • Bleu Cheese Dressing for dipping (Optional)
  • Celery sticks  (Optional)

Put desired sauce in bucket with a few wings and tight lid. Shake well. You can make many types in one night pleasing every pallet. Enjoy!

Oven Method: Lay chicken wings in single layer on shallow baking pan and cook in 375 oven for 40 minutes or until done.

Fried Method: In hot oil, put 3-8 wings in at a time depending on size. Fry in oil until wings float indicating doneness. Drain on paper towels.

Hot Sauce: Combine 1 stick melted margarine with 1 Tsp hot sauce. You can adjust to desired heat level by adding more hot sauce or less.

Garlic Sauce: Combine 1 stick melted margarine with 1 Tsp garlic powder. You can adjust to desired heat level by adding more garlic powder.

Sweet & Sour Sauce: 1/4 Cup Ketchup, 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/4 Cup Water, 1/4 Cup Vinegar, 2 Tsp Soy Sauce, 1 Tbs Cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbs Cold Water. Keeping cornstarch mix aside, combine all other ingredients in saucepan. mix well and cook over medium high heat just until boiling point. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch mix until thickened.

English Muffin Pizza's

  • 6 English Muffins
  • 1 Can Pizza Sauce
  • 4 oz Mozzarella Cheese
  • Mushrooms, sliced (Optional)
  • Onion, cut up (Optional)
  • Black Olives (Optional)
  • Green Pepper, cut up (Optional)
  • Cooked Italian Sausage (Optional)
  • Pepperoni slices (Optional)
  • Ham chunks (Optional)
  • Tomato slices (Optional)
  • Broccoli, cut small (Optional)

Split English muffins and place them on foil lined cookie sheet. Spread with pizza sauce and sprinkle cheese on top. Add any toppings you desire and bake in 400 oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Mmmmmmmmm!

Fried Onion Rings

  • 1 Large Vidalia Onion, sliced thick
  • 2 Eggs
  • Batter mix *
  • Oil for frying
Heat oil in a large deep skillet, pot or a deep fryer. Scramble eggs in a wide bowl such as a soup bowl. Using another such bowl put the batter mix in. Slice tomatoes to desired thickness. Dip a couple onion ring slices in egg on both sides. Let egg run off then place in breading or batter mix. Flip to cover all sides. Place in hot oil and fry until tender or floating. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil. Continue until all rings are done, serve hot.

* For batter mix I find the store bought batter mix works best. I like the "Breader" from Wal-Mart. Try Country or Chicken for the best flavor.

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Several Large Green Tomatoes
  • 2 Eggs
  • Breading or Batter mix *
  • Oil for frying

Heat oil in a large deep skillet, pot or a deep fryer. Scramble eggs in a wide bowl such as a soup bowl. Using another such bowl put the breading or batter in. Slice tomatoes to desired thickness. Dip a couple tomato slices in egg on both sides. Let egg run off then place in breading or batter mix. Flip to cover al sides. Place slices in hot oil and fry until tender or floating. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil. Continue until all slices are done, serve hot. Try these on bread as a sandwich!

* For breading mix, use Italian style bread crumbs mixed with some pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

For batter mix I find the store bought batter mix works best. I like the "Breader" from Wal-Mart. Try Country or Chicken for the best flavor.

Breaded Fried Veggies

Breaded Fried Mushrooms

 

  • 1 Lb Fresh Mushrooms, cauliflower, or broccoli, washed and drained
  • Egg-milk mixture
  • 2 Cups Chicken Breader
  • Oil for deep frying

Breaded Fried Cauliflower

Put 1 Cup Chicken Breader in a zipper bag. Put a small handful of veggies in egg-wash at a time, shake off excess and put in bag and shake well. Lay on a dry plate. Do all the veggies. Now, put the other cup of Chicken Breader in the bag and shake veggies a second time, just a small handful at a time. Drop a few at a time in ready hot oil and cook until veggies float. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Breaded Fried Broccoli

Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 5 Potatoes, baked
  • 1 Lb Bacon, cooked and crumbled (Optional)
  • 6-8 Oz cheddar cheese (Optional)
  • Few shakes Chives (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 4 Tbs Sour cream (Optional)
  • 1 or 2 Green Onions (Scallions) (Optional)
  • Fresh Mushrooms, rinsed and chopped (Optional)
  • Sour Cream for serving 
Cut baked potatoes in half and Scoop out potato insides into a mixing bowl. Add any and all ingredients you like and mix and mash. Now fill skins with potato mix and place on buttered cookie sheet. Top with shredded cheese if desired and bake at 350 20 minutes or until hot.

These are great as a snack, dinner side or the dinner entree itself!

Loaded Potato Skins

  • 5 Potatoes, baked
  • 1 Lb Bacon, cooked and crumbled (Optional)
  • Few shakes Chives (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1 or 2 Green Onions (Scallions) (Optional)
  • Fresh Mushrooms, rinsed and chopped (Optional)
  • 6-8 Oz cheddar cheese (Optional)
  • Sour Cream for serving 
Cut baked potatoes in half and Scoop out potato insides into a In mixing bowl, leaving at least 1/4 inch shell. Add bacon, onions, chives and mushrooms and mix well. Fill skins with mix and place on buttered cookie sheet. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 20 minutes or until hot.

These are great as a snack, dinner side or the dinner entree itself!

Pierogi

  • 9-12 Frozen Pierogi
  • 3-4 Qts Water
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder (Optional)
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper (Optional)
  • Oil (enough for frying) (Optional)

On high heat, bring water to a rolling boil in large pot. Gently place frozen Pierogi in boiling water and boil until Pierogi floats. Remove from water and serve or fry.

If frying: Mix all dry ingredients in a zipper bag. Shake a few damp boiled Pierogi in mix and place in hot oil to fry. Pierogi is done when golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all Pierogi are done.

Stuffed Tomatoes

These are great to make with or with out meat. My favorite is with chopped chicken.

  • 6 med tomatoes
  • Chopped meat (bacon, chicken, ground beef, steak, pork, sausage, etc.) (Optional)
  • 1-2 Stalks celery, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon margarine, melted
  • 1 beaten egg (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Broth, any flavor (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (Optional)
  • 1 med. onion, diced (Optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Grated or shredded cheese (Optional)
  • thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, sage, garlic powder, ground black pepper, to taste
Cut a 1/2-inch slice from the top of each tomato; discard tops. Scoop out pulp; squeeze juice out. Season insides of tomatoes with salt and pepper, turn upside down on paper towels and set aside. In a medium skillet cook garlic, vegetables and any meat, if desired, in margarine for 2-5 minutes or until slightly tender and meat is fully cooked. Chop pulp and mix all ingredients. Spoon mixture into tomatoes packing them tightly. Sprinkle cheese or other topping if desired. Arrange stuffed tomatoes in a baking dish with a little water in the bottom and bake covered or uncovered at 350 for 20-35 minutes or until until tomatoes are cooked and tender and stuffing is hot.

 
 

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