Tree trimming treats 2.0

1 Dec
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Throwback to 2012: crab and cheese puffs, anyone?

Always contemplating the perfect night trimming the tree: something lovely to sip on paired with a little nibble.

We’ve tried welsh rarebit bites, New York pizza, even an afternoon with oven baked hotdogs.

But we have to credit the wonderfully talented Jennifer 8 Lee, she of the delightful Fortune Cookie Chronicles and Search for General Tso, for making us obsess over turkey dumplings.

And really wanting them at Christmas time.

After all, Christmas and Chinese food is a time-honoured tradition:

Says The Atlantic: “For many Jewish Americans, the night before Christmas conjures up visions, not of sugar plums, but plum sauce slathered over roast duck or an overstocked plate of beef lo mein, a platter of General Tso’s, and (maybe) some hot and sour soup.”

Maybe it’s time to finally pull the pin and whip up her version of turkey dumplings.

Or Ming Tsai’s Turkey dumplings with cranberry soy dip

That thwack! moment in A Christmas Story, or, Peking duck appetizer.

While we are on a turkey roll:

Calgary Petroleum Club’s turkey meatballs stuffed with brie:

Sausage balls subbed with turkey sausage, perhaps?

Halloween 2017

31 Oct

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We cannot get enough of this Nero di Seppia pasta for Halloween!

The jet-black spaghetti pairs perfectly with seafood, like this succulent shrimp dish with lemon, garlic and butter. Insane!

 

Autumn barn party

25 Oct

Huge thanks to Brenda for responding to our Halloween query by sharing these retro pages from the 1970s:

“I found an October 1973 Seventeen Magazine issue that has a barn-themed party but nothing really ‘Halloween-y.’ The recipes for it are all country-cooking type foods but certainly some pumpkin and apple recipes are included. Would you want to post the photos and recipes for your readers?”

If you are one of those readers who has been searching for the Seventeen pumpkin bread baked in a can, wait no longer (true story: that request has been floating around forever).

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Seventeen Halloween

17 Oct

For all the 1980s Seventeen Magazine recipe pages we hoard, none of them are Halloween themed.

Sure, there’s the cute cheeseburger patties from a babysitting supper, and an ice cream-filled navel orange turned jackolantern from October 1987:

 

But we don’t recall any Halloween-themed party or recipes pages, do you?

We did find this hoot owl cookie recipe:owl-cookies.jpg

Here’s a goulash soup page, undated, just for the fun of it. Kind of cold weather and very welcome in any witch’s cauldron, we’d guess.

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Halloweener

17 Oct

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Fall comforts: Seventeen pastitsio

21 Sep

With cooler weather arriving, the time is right for some retro casseroles.

A reader says the recipe pages included an egg and lemon soup and baklava.

Greek-style Casserole (aka Pastitsio)

Meat Sauce:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lb ground beef or lamb
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Salt

Pasta:
1 lb ziti or elbow macaroni
2 tbsp butter
1 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
4 egg whites slightly beaten

Béchamel Sauce:
6 tbsp butter
¾ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 can (10 ¾ oz) chicken broth
¾ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 egg yolks slightly beaten

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until golden. Add ground beef; brown. Drain off excess fat. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and cinnamon. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, cook macaroni as package directs. When it’s done, drain and toss with butter, ¾ cup of parmesan cheese and egg whites until the butter has melted.
    3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spoon half of the macaroni mixture into a shallow 3 quart casserole dish or a lasagna pan, then spoon the meat mixture. Cover with the remaining macaroni mixture and set aside.
    4. Béchamel Sauce: In large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir until completely blended and smooth, remove from heat. Gradually stir in milk and broth. Return to heat, cook and stir constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Stir in salt and pepper.
    5. To blend egg yolks into the hot béchamel sauce: First stir 1 cup of sauce into the egg yolks, then add the yolk mixture into the rest of the sauce.
    6. Pour sauce over top of the casserole. With a knife make a few holes into the casserole all the way down to the bottom of the baking dish to allow the sauce to reach the bottom layer. Sprinkle the top with remaining grated cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes until brown and bubbly. Cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares. Makes 6-8 servings.

Seventeen Nacho Casserole

18 Jul

Here’s a bit of nostalgia, courtesy of lovely Linda O. This looks soooo much better than my ghetto photocopy from days gone by. Many thanks!

Hop into this Tex-Mex time machine from November 1982:

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Says Linda: “I made the Nacho Casserole a bunch of times many years ago, and then just a few months ago I whipped it up for a dinner and it was as enjoyable as ever!”

The same issue also had a recipe for shortbread, not shown.

The ’80s was Tex-Mex crazy, and this page is a hilarious reminder. There was also a fajita recipe page: Zest of the West. If anyone has it, please share!Nacho Casserole recipe 2