Saturday, April 24, 2010

Crabmeat Carolyn

I jus posted a recipe for a crab and cream cheese appetizer from one of my friends. I found a very similar recipe in an old cookbook that I thought I would post too. It comes from the cookbook "Past and Repast, which was published by the Missouri Mansion Preservation Board back in the 1980's when Carolyn Bond was the first lady of Missouri and head of the Preservation Board. She was very instrumental in the renovation of the governor's mansion Located in Jefferson City, Missouri.

1 8 oz. Pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 Tbls. Worchestershire sauce

1 small onion, grated(I prefer red onions)

1 Tbls. Lime juice

3 Tbls. fresh lemon juice, divided

Garlic salt to taste

2 6 oz. pkgs. frozen Alaskan King crabmeat, thawed

3/4 cup prepared chili sauce

Parsley for garnish

Thoroughly combine cream cheese, Worchestershire sauce, onion, lime juice and 2 Tbls. of lemon juice. Add garlic salt, mix. Taste and adjust seasonings. Mound on a 12 inch platter.

Drain, rinse refresh frozen crabmeat by tossing with the remaining Tbls. of lemon juice.

Pour chili sauce on cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with crabmeat. Garnish with parsley and serve with crackers. 12 - 15 Servings

NOTE: canned crabmeat may be substituted for the frozen.

Crab and cream cheese appetizer

An appetizer that is lovely and everyone will like!!! It comes from Lisa Wachob, who is a friend and held my first valley baking/cooking class at her home last week. She gave me the recipe and I made it first thing in class so all the "girls could nibble on it. If you have a Cuisinart or other food processor, it works great in this recipe. I mean, who doesn't love crab??

12 oz. cream cheese, softened

small red onion finely chopped(in food processor, if possible)

1 small garlic clove(mince with onion)

2 Tbls. Worchestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 Tbls. fresh lemon juice

1/4 teas. salt

1/2 cup chili sauce

Fresh snipped parsley, for garnish

Combine the first 7 ingredients and beat with hand mixer until smooth. Spread evenly on a 12 1/2 inch flat plate. Spread chili sauce over the first layer, leaving a 3/4 inch margin all around. Shred crab, and pile on top. Garnish all over with parsley. Serve with crackers. Yummy!!

Rich and Easy Chocolate Topping

If you love chocolate, you'll love this recipe!! It comes from my bridge friend, Ann Marie Kottenstette. She said it is from an old Hershey's pamphlet she got years ago, and her family loves it. Made it myself the other night and everyone oohed and aahed. It is simple to do too. Viva la ice cream with chocolate sauce!!

1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa( I like their new "Special Dark" 100% cacao, chocolate cocoa)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla(as always Mexican vanilla gives the most flavor)

Combine cocoa and sugar in small saucepan; blend in evaporated milk. Add butter and salt. Cook and stir constantly till mixture just begins to boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Serve warm over ice cream or other desserts. Makes about 2 cups sauce.

Oriental cabbage salad

This yummy, crunchy salad came from my friend, Carol Nystrom. We had a cooking class recently and I taught several of my friends here in the valley about baking, and they in turn brought lots of good things. We had a blast and I think everyone learned something!! this salad is crisp and different and went perfectly with the Sausage-Leek-Artichoke quiche we made(It is in the blog also). The original recipe calls for Napa cabbage, but Carol says it is great with regular cabbage and could certainly be made, Using both mixed. Enjoy!

4 TBLS. butter or margarine

2 pkg. Ramen chicken noodles..... Lightly brown noodles in butter and cool. ADD NO SEASONINGS AT THIS POINT.

2 bunches green onions, chopped

1 Large head Napa Cabbage, or regular cabbage or the 2 mixed, chopped

4 oz. sunflower seeds

4 oz. sliced almonds


1/2 cup sugar

scant 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 TBLS. good quality Balsamic vinegar

1 TBLS. soy sauce

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Ramen seasoning from the chicken noodles above

Heat all of the above EXCEPT OLIVE OIL in the microwave for about 1 minute. Cool 2 or 3 minutes and add olive oil. Chill in the refrigerator.

Assemble salad.. Toss cabbage with noodles, green onions, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds. Toss with dressing just before serving.

Sunday Morning Biscuits

This is just the best biscuit recipe from my mom, Nancy Aton. We fixed these New Year's Day 2010 and used them for ham sandwiches. They are light, fluffy and just plain delicious. would be wonderful as "Biscuits and Gravy" too!!

2 cups unbleached flour

4 tsp. baking powder ( cut down to 3 1/2 tsps. at high altitude)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup(1 stick) slightly softened butter

2/3 cup cream or whole milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in medium bowl. cut in butter,using a pastry fork, until the size of peas. Quickly add cream and stir until just moistened. Gather into ball and turn onto a floured board. Knead lightly about 5 times. Cut biscuits with a 2 inch cutter or smaller if you like.Place on lightly oiled(sprayed) baking sheet. Brush with cream. Bake about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Can freeze these after cutting them out on baking sheet and then transfer to plastic bag. Will need to bake a little longer, about 18 minutes or so. Makes about16 biscuits.