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This is a collection of recipes from people in my life, from discussions, and from my own notes. Any inclusion of any that are similar to or the same as previously published recipes is accidental or coincidental.

Meal times were always important in my life. It was, like many families I knew, the one time when anybody that could possibly make it home would be there. Sometimes even friends of mine or my brothers would be there.

Breakfast was always split up over time, since we all started the day differently, and it varied as we each grew up... from getting ready for school to getting ready to leave for work. So as important as breakfast was – we always had some kind of breakfast – it was only a family thing on the weekends for most of us because of our schedules.

Lunch was also sometimes fractured, especially during the school or work week. But we did eat together as much as we could.

Supper was the main meal for us during the week. Almost everybody was home, and there was time to make a good meal. We generally pitched in with the preparations, and somebody always had to set the table.

Main Dishes

5-Minute Chili from Mom



A text version...

(Mom says: 5 min chili - found it in a magazine and Joe and I liked it a lot.) This is so easy. The hardest part is opening the cans.

5 MINUTE CHILI

1 CAN BLACK BEANS, RINSED

1 CAN MEXICORN

2 CANS CHILI STYLE TOMATOES (if too "chili" hot, substitute 1 can for regular tomatoes.

PUT IN PAN AND HEAT

SERVE IN BOWL, TOP WITH JALAPANO JACK SHREDDED CHEESE

SERVE WITH CORN BREAD OR FRITOS

This is rather spicy hot so go easy on the cheese.

Curried Fish

(From Mom: Curried fish - from Pete's wife, Betty. Loved it.)



Another version from Mom



Meat Loaf

(From Mom: I don't know where I got the meatloaf recipe but you all liked it.)



Oven-fried Chicken

(From Mom: Oven fried chicken - from the bisquick box. A staple at our house and loved. Added some seasoning, I think.)



Side Dishes

Virginia Corn Pudding




Moselle's Corn Pudding

Scalloped Potatoes

(From Mom: Scalloped potatoes - this is the first thing my mother taught me to make. This is her recipe and I always used it. Sometimes, if we had a bit of ham I would put it between the layers. Other times I used Spam (don't laugh, it was cheap) but I never used cheese. I still don't like cheese in scalloped potatoes. BTW, my mother said they were really 'Escalloped' potatoes.)



Harvard Beets

(From Mom: Mom taught me how to make Harvard Beets. They were a favorite of hers and mine, too. This is her recipe.)


Mom's Potato Soup



How to make my potato soup.

Cut a medium sized onion in half and slice.

Put into pan with water and start cooking under med. flame.

Peel about four potatoes, slice thin, add to onions.

Add enough water to barely cover potatoes.

Simmer until potatoes are done.

Add butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste.

If too thin, sometimes I add instant potatoes to thicken (just started that).

Note: I have never measured how much of anything I put in this soup.

I like lots of onions in it so I'm not sure about portions.

If the potatoes are sliced thin the soup will be thicker.



Sweet Potato Pudding - Is this a side dish or a dessert?

(From Mom: Sweet potato pudding - original recipe from Mom's friend in Gladys, VA. Mom changed it a bit and I changed it more. Another Holiday recipe that everyone loved.)

Instant Biscuit Mix

(From Mom: Bisquick mix - mine from box. Mixed it up for years to have it handy. Less expensive than the box kind and with all of us we needed to save money.)


Desserts

Ginger Creams

(From Mom: Ginger creams - found recipe in Womans Day. My holiday cookies every year. Had to make a double batch as you boys (and Dad) would eat the first batch up as they came out of the oven.)



Another Ginger Creams Recipe



A text version from Mom



GINGER CREAMS

Mix: 1/2 cup margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

salt

Add: 2 cups flour

2 tbsp. ginger

1 tsp baking soda

Roll into small balls, put on greased cookie sheet.

Press with glass dipped in water . I use a glass with flat bottom.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 8 to 12 min.

Makes 3 doz. small cookies.

I always double this recipe as half were gone before I had finished.

Pete likes them real gingery so for him I doubled the ginger.



Pumpkin Pie

(From Mom: pumpkin pie - from the Libbys can. I used to use another recipe but this was better. Always had to make 3 pies (plus 2 more during holidays).)


Maple Syrup

(From Mom: Mom taught me how to make Maple Syrup.)