American Classics

Swedish Meatballs

July 30, 2011

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs or köttbullar are traditionally served with gravy, boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam or fresh pickled cucumber. 


1 Beaten Egg

¼ Cup Milk

¾ Cup Soft Bread Crumbs

1 Medium Chopped Onion

¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Allspice

8 Ounces Ground Veal

8 Ounces Ground Pork

2 Tablespoons Butter

2 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour

2 Teaspoons Instant Beef Bouillon Granules

2 Cups Milk

In a large bowl mix together the beaten egg and ¼ cup milk.  Stir in the bread crumbs, onion and ¼ cup parsley.  Add the veal and pork.  Mix well and shape into approximately 30 meatballs.  You can use a melon baller or small cookie scoop to shape the meatballs.  In a large skillet cook half of the meatballs at a time in heated butter over a medium heat for 10 minutes.  Turn to brown evenly.  Remove the meatballs, reserving the drippings, and place the meatballs on paper towels.  Reserve 2 tablespoon of the drippings.  Add the flour, bouillon and ¼ teaspoon black pepper into the drippings.  Stir in the 2 cups of milk. Cook and stir over a medium heat until bubbly.  Cook and stir for 1 minute more.  Return the meatballs to the skillet.  Heat through and serve over potatoes.  Serves 4

Lady Baltimore Cake

July 28, 2011

Lady Baltimore Cake

A Southern specialty that has many variations and often used as a favorite wedding cake. It is said to have originated in “The Lady Baltimore Tea Room” in Charleston, South Carolina, toward the end of the 19th century.  It has been suggested that it is a variation of a cake that was favored by Dolley Madison (1768-1849), the wife of President James Madison.  I love this recipe and find that it is extremely versatile.



2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Butter

4 Separated Eggs

1 Cup Milk

3 Cups Unbleached Flour

4 Teaspoons Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon Almond Extract


2 Egg Whites

1 ½ Cups Sugar

1/3 Cup Cold Water

½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Chopped Raisins

1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

12 Finely Cut Dried Figs

¼ Cup Candied Cherries

Cream together the sugar and butter.  Add the egg yolks one at a time and mix.  Alternately add the milk and the dry ingredients.  Set aside.  Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold the beaten egg whites, vanilla and almond extract into the yolk mixture. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Bake in two 9 inch greased cake pans for 35 minutes until done.  When done remove from the oven and cool cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Then remove from pans and continue cooking.  Prepare the frosting and spread between the cake layers as a filling and then spread the remaining frosting to ice the entire cake.  Serves 8

To make the frosting: In a 3 quart saucepan over very low heat beat egg whites, sugar, water, vanilla and salt until stiff peaks form.  You can use an electric hand mixer on medium speed to beat the egg whites.  This should take about 15 minutes.  Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped raisins, chopped walnuts, dried figs and candied cherries.  You can omit the cherries if you wish. 

Cowboy BBQ Beer Brisket

July 27, 2011

Cowboy BBQ Beer Brisket


3 ½ Pounds Boneless Beef Brisket

1 Cup BBQ Sauce

1 Cup Beer


3 Tablespoons Chili Powder

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

3 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

To make the rub combine the chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl.  Press evenly onto the beef brisket and put brisket, fat side up, into a stockpot.  Combine the BBQ sauce and beer in a small bowl.  Pour around the brisket and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat and cover with a tight lid.  Simmer for 3 ½ hours until brisket is fork tender.  Remove and keep warm.  Skim the fat from the liquid and bring the liquid to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook uncovered for 15 minutes until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup.  Stir occasionally.  Trim the fat from the brisket and carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices.  Serve with the sauce.  Serves 6 hungry cowboys

Cherry Cobbler

July 26, 2011

Cherry Cobbler

This dessert is very easy to make and is always a big hit.  You can make it ahead for easy entertaining!


1 Cup Unbleached Flour

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 ½ Teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

¼ Cup Butter

6 Cups Pitted Tart Cherries

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

1 Large Egg

¼ Cup Milk

Preheat your oven to 400° F.  In a medium sized bowl, for the topping stir together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and set aside.  In a large saucepan, for the filling, combine the cherries, 1 cup sugar and the cornstarch.  Cook over a medium heat until the cherries release juices.  Stir occasionally.  Continue to cook over medium heat until it thickens and bubbles.  Keep hot.  In a small bowl stir together the egg and milk and add to the flour mixture.  Stir just until the flour mixture is moistened.  Transfer the hot cherry filling to a 2 quart square baking dish.  With a spoon, immediately drop the topping into six mounds on top of the filling.  Bake for 20 minutes until topping is golden.  Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 1 hour.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.  Serves 6

Crawfish Etouffee

July 24, 2011

Crawfish Etouffee

True confession…I have to confess that I used to be afraid of crawfish.  It all started when I was about 5 years old riding in the back seat of an Oldsmobile going fishin’.  There was an old Folgers’s coffee can on the back floorboard filled with live crawdads for bate.  Somehow the crawdads forced the plastic lid off the coffee can and began crawling up the seat toward me. I don’t think I have screamed that loud since then. 


1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/3 Cup Unbleached Flour

2 Cups Chopped Onion

1 Cup Chopped Celery

½ Cup Chopped Green Pepper

14 Ounces Chicken Broth

¼ Cup Sliced Green Onions

¼ Cup Fresh Chopped Parsley

7 Minced Garlic Cloves

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Bay Leaf

1 Pound Fresh Peeled & Cooked Crawfish

3 Cups Hot Cooked Rice

In a large skillet heat the 1/3 cup olive oil over a medium heat for 3 minutes.  Gradually stir in the flour until smooth.  Cook the roux over a medium low heat for 20 minutes until the mixture is dark reddish brown.  Stir frequently.  Next, add the onion, celery and green pepper.  Cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes.  Keep stirring occasionally.  Stir in the chicken broth, green onion and parsley, garlic, salt and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil and reduce the heat.  Simmer covered for 10 minutes.  Add the crawfish and cook until warmed through.  You can substitute crawfish with shrimp if you wish.  Just make sure that you use 1 ½ pounds of shrimp that has been peeled and deveined and cook until opaque.  Throw away the bay leaf and serve over rice.  Serves 6

Hush Puppies

July 22, 2011

Hush Puppies

Great served with fried fish!


1 Cup Cornmeal

¼ Cup Unbleached Flour

2 Teaspoons Sugar

¾ Teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ Teaspoon Salt

1 Beaten Egg

½ Cup Sour Milk or Buttermilk

¼ Cup Sliced Green Onion

Cooking Oil For Deep Fat Frying

In a medium bowl stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.  In a separate medium bowl combine the egg, sour milk or butter milk and green onion.  Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened and make sure not to over-mix.  The batter should be lumpy.  Drop the batter by tablespoons into the deep hot oil.  The oil should be at least 375° F.  Fry for 3 minutes until golden brown and turn once.  Drain on paper towels and serve warm. Makes 15 Hush Puppies

Southern Fried Catfish

July 21, 2011

Southern Fried Catfish

Southern Fried Catfish is great Soul Food and great for the soul!  The ultimate comfort food!


1 Pound Fresh Catfish Fillets

¼ Cup Unbleached Flour

1 Beaten Egg

3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Milk

¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 Cup Coarsely Crushed Pretzels

2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil

1 Lemon Sliced Thin

Please use fresh catfish for this dish!  Rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towels.  Cut into four serving sized pieces in need be.  Place the flour in a shallow dish.  In a second shallow dish combine the egg, mustard, milk and pepper.  Beat with a whisk until smooth.  In a third shallow dish (yeah, I know, lots of dishes) place the coarsely crushed pretzels.  Coat both sides of the fillets with flour.  Dip the fillets in the mustard mixture and coat with crushed pretzels.  In a large skillet cook the fish in the hot oil over a medium heat for 4 minutes per side until golden brown and the fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.  Reduce the heat if necessary to prevent burning.  Serve with lemon slices. Serves 4

Mini Blueberry Breads

July 20, 2011

Mini Blueberry Breads


1 ¾ Cups Unbleached Flour

½ Cup Sugar

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Salt

2 Beaten Eggs

¾ Cup Butter Milk or Sour Milk

¼ Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Grease 6 mini bread pans and set aside.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Make a well in the center and set aside.  In another bowl combine the eggs, milk and olive oil.  Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened.  The batter should be lumpy.  Add the blueberries until combined.  Fill each mini bread pan two thirds full.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Remove from the pans and serve warm.  Makes 6 mini breads

Chunky Guacamole

July 18, 2011

Chunky Guacamole

Don’t buy that horrible premade guacamole that you find expiring in the grocer’s refrigerated section.  It’s easy to make your own and so much better.  The secret to what makes my Chunky Guacamole so good is the lime juice.  Lemons and limes are kitchen essentials. 


2 Medium Chopped Roma Tomatoes

1/4 Finely Chopped Red Onion

3 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Seeded & Chopped Jalapeno Chile

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Clove Minced Garlic

2 Ripe Mashed Avocados

Tortilla Chips

In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, jalapeno and sour cream.  Gently stir in the mashed avocados.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.  Serve with tortilla chips.  Makes 2 cups

Victoria’s Chocolate Chip Bars

July 14, 2011

Victoria’s Chocolate Chip Bars


½ Cup Softened Butter

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1 ¼ Unbleached Flour

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

12 Ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 325° F.  Combine the flour and sugar.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the softened butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.  Next, add the vanilla and chocolate chips.  With your hands knead until smooth and place in an ungreased 8 inch glass baking dish.  Pat the dough down so that it is even.  Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Cut dough into bars while still warm.  Let cool another 10 minutes and remove from baking dish to a serving plate.  Makes 15

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