Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I was going through my mother's recipe box this morning.
She had gotten very confused around the time they moved off the farm, and complained a lot about not finding her recipe box after the move. About not finding anything after the move, dammit!
However, when my sister and I were cleaning out the house later, I came across it in a kitchen cabinet.
I was hoping to find many of the everyday recipes that she cooked often; but of course those weren't ever written down, ...she just cooked! Maybe I could find her recipe for chile con queso? Nope.
What I did find were about 13 variations on chicken/broccoli casserole, 11 kinds of "impossible" or "unbelieveable" pie, 8 kinds of apple cake (I wonder which one was her favorite?) , and lots of praline, brittle and fudge recipes. Mom had a sweet tooth, for sure.
A good many of them were cut out of the newspaper. That Ann Landers must have been some cook. And Heloise had some goodies, too. I am definitely going to make that Jamaican Barbeque sauce.
In the end, what I found that interested me the most were recipes from her lady friends that had their names on them, in their own writing, or else written by my Mom on a scrap of paper. Now, you know that if Mom had asked right then for the recipe, it was good.
Flemish Steak, serves 6
Melt 1/4 c. butter and pour it into a large covered casserole. (Restaurant supply steam tray pans are fabulous)
Slice 3 onions and put them over the butter.
1 bay leaf
2 whole cloves (I used a pinch of ground clove)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. rosemary and......
2 bottles of beer. (all the recipes I found that remotely resembled this used good Ale)
(I added 1 tsp. of dijon mustard)
Cover and bake at 325° until tender. This might be 1-2 hours. Or more.
Arrange on a platter, top with juices and chopped parsley and chives. (or serve on a plate)
Really rich mashed potatoes are called for with this, dontcha think? This recipe actually turned out to be all I thought it would. The Ale and the spices made it so flavorful! Mom, thanks for asking for this recipe. And I'm so glad you kept it.