Berry Spinach Salad

Berry Spinach Salad

In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts
-Place berries in the refrigerator, unwashed, because excessive moisture can make them mold quickly.
-Spinach should be loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel and stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
-Store cherry tomatoes on the counter at room temperature for the best flavor and texture. Wash just before eating.

Fresh Tomato Salad

Fresh tomatoes in the summertime are a treat. The winter hothouse ones are pretty but lack flavor. This is a summertime salad, place prepared vegetables in large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and lightly toss. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Salmon Loaf

Art work of salmon with a fishing rod.

A can of salmon on your pantry shelf is always a good beginning for a tasty meal. Drain salmon. Remove skin and bones. Flake salmon with a fork. Add softened cream cheese, lemon juice, onion, salt and liquid smoke. Stir well. chill mixture, covered, several hours or overnight. Then shape salmon mixture into a log. Combine pecans and parsley. Stir well. Roll salmon log in pecan mixture. Place on serving plate and chill for several hours. Makes a 10 inch log. Serve with assorted crackers.

Bacon Hasg Brown Bake

In large bowl combine first 7 ingredients. Transfer mixture to greased 9 inch pie plate
Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 F. until lightly browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

French Toast Deluxe

Artwork by Shirley McMurtrie

In shallow dish, whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Then preheat a well greased griddle over medium heat. Dip bread in egg batter mixture, letting it soak in for a few seconds on each side. Cook on griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with butter and maple syrup plus any desired toppings. Makes 4 servings. Recipe can be doubled.

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

Preheat oven to 400 F. arrange asparagus in greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish. In small bowl combine half and half, softened cream cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.Pour over asparagus. Top with mozzarella cheese, cashews and Parmesan cheese. Bake until asparagus is tender and cheese is melted and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove dish to wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Down Home Baked Beans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon and drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings in skillet. Cook chopped sweet onions in drippings over medium heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Stir into skillet the beans, brown sugar, ketchup and cooked bacon. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake uncovered, until heated through and bubbly, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Morning Glory Muffins

Arrange two racks evenly spaced in oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two muffin pans with paper muffin liners. In large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add carrots, apple, pineapple, pecans coconut and raisins. Stir together. In medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Chicken Noodle and Corn Chowder

Canned soup to the rescue again. This makes a quick and tasty lunch. Over medium heat, saute onions in margarine until soft but not browned. Stir in chicken noodle soup, water, cream style corn, evaporated milk and pepper. Heat not quite to a boil. Sprinkle each serving with chopped chives.

Baked fish parmesan

Cat fish drawing by Shirley McMurtrie

I often forget how many ways a fish fliet can be prepared. Check this one out. Dip filets in lemon juice, then in a mixture of remaining lemon juice and mayonnaise. Combine Parmesan cheese and crushed potato chips. Place in shallow baking dish and bake in preheated 375 F. oven or 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Note: For variety, use a different flavored potato chip.

Creamy grape salad

Artwork By Shirley McMurtrie

For years, the only way I used table grapes was to eat them as a snack. Once I tasted a grape salad, I started looking for grape salad recipes. Here is one I like. In a mixing bowl combine grapes and set aside. In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in remaining ingredients, except pecans and brown sugar. Combine brown sugar and pecans. Set aside. Pour grape mixture into 9 by 13 serving dish. Sprinkle brown sugared pecans over top. Chill overnight. Serve

Salmon and More

This has almost everything in it but the kitchen sink. It shows what you can do with a small can of salmon. Prepare macaroni and cheese mix as directed on package. Add flaked salmon, mushroom soup, chopped pimiento and milk. Carefully fold in English peas. Place in 1-1/2 quart buttered casserole. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Seared Scallops

Scallops are new to me. I am still learning how to prepare them. Here is a recipe for preparing scallops. I think it is pretty good.
Put scallops in a paper towel and pat dry with another paper towel...

Smelt Dipping

What does springtime in Tennessee lack? That’s easy. Smelt. A few years ago I found one package in Food City’s frozen foods. I have searched for them every year since, but to no avail.

Pork chop suey

We made this dish often in the 1950’s. We had just come out of WWII with all the shortages that occur during wartime. It was time to try something new, like pizza or chop suey. In Dutch oven, brown meat in hot oil. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt. Drain off excess oil. Place meat in 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Combine sprouts onion, green pepper and rice. Add to pan. Gradually add milk and soy sauce to soup, stirring until smooth.

Hawaiian chicken

Arrange chicken breast halves in crock pot. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove chicken breasts. Serve. Note: you could thicken sauce with cornstarch and serve with the chicken breasts and mashed potatoes.

Baked tuna and noodles

This simple casserole serves eight easily. There are two other options to try. Cook celery and onion in butter until tender. Blend in soup and milk. Add remaining ingredients, except the buttered bread crumbs. Pour into 3 quart casserole. Sprinkle top with buttered crumbs ...

Mock Turtle Soup

The title is misleading. There isn’t even a hint of turtle in this soup, but it's good. Melt margarine in large kettle. Add onions, celery and carrots. Sauté until tender, but not browned. Add diced beef and flour, stirring to mix well. Add stock and milk, stirring as it thickens. Simmer 20 minutes. Add chopped eggs, salt and pepper just before serving.

Applesauce cupcakes

These cupcakes don't need frosting. Instead, sprinkle tops with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon when you take them from the oven. They are delicious. With electric mixer, cream butter and add sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Then stir in beaten egg and 1/4 cup applesauce.