Saturday, September 4, 2010

Beef Stroganoff

Another great family recipe from my friend, Jamie Henderson Swensen. This is one of my favorite recipes, I have received over the last month to post. My husband loves it too. Just add a nice green salad and some French Bread and you have a nice meal. Great for a cool Fall evening meal, and sure to become a favorite of yours too.
  1. 1lb. 1/4-1/2 inch thick round steak( I use about a lb. and a half as my husband likes lots of meat!!) You can also use good quality stew meat- 1 1/2 lbs.
  2. 2/3 cup water
  3. 1 cup sour cream
  4. 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
  5. 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or 1 small can sliced mushrooms
  6. 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
  7. 1 pkg. cooked egg noodles
  8. 1 TBLS. flour

Slice steak to desire thickness( strips or chunks, I prefer strips). Brown in skillet in 2 TBLS. oil. Add water, fresh mushrooms or undrained canned mushrooms, and soup mix. Heat to boiling. Blend sour cream, cream cheese, and flour in bowl and add to meat mixture. Simmer for 15 minutes.( I added a TBLS. or 2 of cooking sherry to this and really liked that taste too) Serve over hot noodles. Serves 4.

Layered Salmon Loaf

Wonderful dinner dish form my little friend, Jamie Henderson Swensen(who I babysat), here in Colorado City. She is a mom herself now, and sent me 4 great recipes to share. Since I love salmon croquettes, knew I was going to like this one. Hope you and your family enjoy it too. Thanks, Jamie...
  1. 1 1lb. can Salmon
  2. 3/4 cup Herb seasoned stuffing mix(such as Pepperidge Farm)
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 2 TBLS. Milk
  5. 2 TBLS. grated onion
  6. 1 TBLS. Lemon Juice
  7. 1 TBLS. Chopped Parsley
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. 2 TBLS. Butter
  10. 1/4 cup Chopped Celery
  11. 1/4 cup Chopped Green Pepper
  12. 1/4 cup Chopped Carrots(if desired)
  13. 1 TBLS. Flour
  14. 1- 1/3 cups cooked Rice
  15. 1/2 cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
  16. Bread Crumbs, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain and flake Salmon, reserving 1/4 cup of the fluid. Combine Salmon, stuffing mix, egg, onion, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Spread 1/2 salmon mixture in greased loaf pan. Melt butter in medium pan over moderate heat. Add celery, green pepper and carrots, cook for 2 minutes. Blend in Flour. Cook a few minutes over moderate heat, stirring. Add reserved 1/4 cup salmon liquid to pan. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. Add cooked rice and cheese. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Spread rice mixture over salmon in pan. Top with remaining salmon mixture. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top, if desired. Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes, or until set. Serves 6.

Betty's Cheesecakes

A very dear friend of mine, gave me this recipe many years ago. She is one of the best cooks ever and mother-in-law to one of my best friends. These are individual cheesecakes and one of my most requested dessert recipes. They travel well and are easy to eat. I always take them to 4th of July picnics(2 this year) and they are festive and nice for the holidays too. You can use any kind of topping you like, I prefer cherry and blueberry, or you can make your own out of fresh fruit(I've used fresh peaches before and they were good.) This makes exactly 2 dozen and most people can't eat only one so you may want 2 batches. Bon Appetit!!

  1. 3 - 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese

  2. 5 Eggs

  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (preferably Mexican)

  4. 1 cup sugar


  1. 1 cup sour cream

  2. 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Can or cans of fruit pie filling of your choice, I use cherry and blueberry. 2 cans will do 48 cheesecakes or 2 batches.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 cupcake pans with foil cupcake papers. Combine the cream cheese, eggs, vanilla sugar in a large bowl and beat with mixer until very smooth, creamy and no lumps. Fill cupcakes 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degree for 45 minutes on middle rack. Remove from oven and let rest for 3 or 4 minutes.

Meanwhile combine the sour cream and sugar in a small bowl. After the centers have rested and fallen slightly, put 1 teaspoon of filling in each cupcake, on top of baked portion. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more. Let cool. When cool, top each cheesecake with a TBLS. or so of pie fillng and refrigerate until serving. THE VERY BEST!!!!

Rich Coffee Cake

This was served at my quilt group recently, by my friend Janet Bauer. It is fabulous!!! You won't have one slice left, I assure you. I am not a chocoholic, but the chocolate drizzle just makes it perfect. Fall is in the air and the holidays; this is definitely a holiday worthy coffee cake. Another recipe from the wonderful "Taste of Home" magazine...

  1. 1 cup butter, softened

  2. 2 cups sugar

  3. 2 Eggs

  4. 2 cups unbleached flour( I prefer King Arthur or Pillsbury)

  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  7. 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 1 cup chopped pecans

  2. 2 TBLS. sugar

  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Chocolate Glaze:

  1. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  2. 1/4 cup butter, cubed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine sour cream and vanilla; add to creamed mixture alternately with dry ingredients.

Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle 2 TBLS. into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. For glaze, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter: stir until smooth. Spoon half of the batter over the topping; sprinkle with half of the remaining topping. Drizzle with half of the glaze. Top with remaining batter; sprinkle with the remaining topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center of the cake, comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack. Warm remaining glaze; drizzle over coffee cake. Serve warm, if desired. Yield: 12 servings