Shirley McMurtrie

Chicken Loaf

Here is an easy lunch or supper entree. Use canned chicken breasts, with a bouillon cube and water instead of chicken broth. You should have all the other ingredients in your pantry. i do. Use a can of cream of mushroom soup heated with 1/2 cup milk or light cream for the sauce. Beat eggs until thickened. Add 1 cup milk, chicken broth, onion, seasonings, chicken and bread crumbs. Mix well. Pour mixture into greased 9 inch loaf pan. Set in pan of hot water. Bake at 350 F. for 45 to 60 minutes or until set. Invert loaf onto hot platter. Serve with mushroom sauce made with 1/2 cup milk and can of mushroom soup heated almost to a boil. Makes 6 servings.

Creamy Lemon Bars

Cake mix can make cookie baking easier. This one calls for a lemon cake mix. If you don't have that one, substitute any flavor that well with cream cheese and sour cream. These stir up quickly and do not require chilling..

World War ll women's fashions

The Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Iraqi Wars did not trouble the civilian population of our country as much as the First and Second World Wars. There were rationing and shortages during the first conflict, but nothing like during World War ll. It started immediately. I remember when sugar rationing was announced. Those who could afford it hoarded quantities of sugar. That couldn’t be done with women’s fashions, however.

Jam-Filled Oatmeal Bars

If I have a box of cake mix that has been there a bit too long, I will make this cookie recipe. You would never know that the cake mix was a little stale. Jam-Filled Oatmeal Bars. If the dry cake mix is lumpy, sift before using. In large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix and oatmeal. Add butter and mix until crumbly. Press 3 cups of the crumb mixture into greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Reserve remainder for topping. Use bottom of a glass to flatten evenly. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack ...

Coconut Washboards

I have seen these cookies on the grocer"s shelf. Mine taste better. They are easy to make and make a lot. Stir up a batch today. In mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar for 2 minutes with mixer until fluffy, Add eggs. Mix well. Gradually add water and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Fold in coconut. Cover and chill two hours or overnight. When ready to bake, shape into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten with fingers into 2 1/2 by 1 inch oblongs. Score lengthwise with a floured fork. Bake at 400 F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pan. Makes about 9 dozen bars

Home Fried Spaghetti

Is there some leftover cooked spaghetti all alone and neglected in the fridge? Make this recipe. Spaghetti fries op nicely. Fix it instead of potatoes for supper tonight.

Meatless Tostadas

Here is a good meatless Mexican recipe to try. Beans were used instead of ground beef. Anyway, it is tasty.
Soak beans overnight. The next morning, add ginger and bring to a boil in soaking water. Cook over low heat for 2 hours or until skins pop. When beans are tender, there should be so little water that it seemed to have been all absorbed. Gently mash beans with potato masher so about half the beans are mashed ...

Cheesy Egg Bake

Here is a dish for Easter time when you have all those hard-boiled decorated eggs. The kids delighted in decorating them, but they were spurned for the chocolate rabbit and jelly beans in their baskets. Use the hard-boiled eggs in this recipe.

School Bus Escapades

Anyone who has ever drove a school bus has stories to tell, if they will. I certainly have and will. I only drove for a little over one school year, but what a time I had. I have written before about applying for the job in what I called my interview suit complete with high heels. I was prepared to make a good impression. It was a waste of time. If I was walking and breathing, I was hirable.

Refried bean soup

I grew up on beans. When you were poor during the Great Depression that was what you ate. Saute onion, celery and garlic in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil until tender. In large saucepan combine refried beans, canned tomatoes and water. Heat over medium heat. Add more water for desired consistency. Add sauteed vegetables and seasonings. Simmer together about 5 minutes. Top each bowl with shredded cheese and serve with tortilla chips.

Quick Tamale Pie

Are you late in starting supper? What could be quicker to prepare than this recipe? Your pantry has it all. Takes a few minutes to stir up, then to bake it. It's a good recipe to go to when you forget to pull something from the freezer earlier in the day.

Super quick supper

Back in my working days, i would try to think of what i would fix for supper before I left for home. A little late, you say? Ok, but I did have a few "go-to" menus to dork from. This is one of them.

Molly and Sweetheart

During World War 11 Dad lived at a hotel in Ypsilanti, Michigan when he was an electrician at the Bomber Plant there. He used his winnings from a poker game as the down payment on the 160 acre farm I remember from my teenage years. In those days you were frozen in your job for the duration of the war. Union electricians worked out of the AFL hiring hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He had been assigned to a rubber plant in Akron, Ohio. That was a hardship for our family living in Bay City, Michigan. I remember Dad bringing home a butyl rubber sample.

Ham and bean chowder

Use the last of the leftover ham in this recipe. It is a simple recipe, but good. In saucepan, heat milk slowly over low heat, Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, for about 25 to 30 minutes.

'Waterless cookware' is a misnomer

I remember back in the 1950s when waterless cookware was all the rage. The War was over. New things were popping up everywhere.
Some of them were based on wartime inventions. The microwave oven was a prime example.
Waterless cookware wasn’t really waterless. The pans were club aluminum with a tight-fitting lid. If you cooked them on low heat, you didn’t need to add extra liquid, just a small amount to start with. That was what was meant by waterless.

Baby Carrots in Apple Juice

Here is an easy carrot recipe. The carrots come out of the package ready to go. Just combine everything and boil them up. What could be easier?
In large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender. Transfer to serving bowl and serve with slotted spoon. 4 servings.

Fruity chicken salad

I like to buy a rotisserie chicken at Food City when i make this dish. Everything goes together so easily then.
In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Then in small bowl combine the 6 dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Chill at least 1 hour. Fold in cashews just before serving. Makes 12 generous servings.

Cucumber sour cream salad

This is so good. Much different from usual brined cucumber salads. Add as much sweet onion as you like.
Peel cucumber and cut into thin slices. Slice peeled sweet onion into thin rounds. Combine in medium bowl. Set aside. In small bowl, combine sour cream, vinegar, salt and chives. Pour dressing over veggies. Toss gently to coat. Chill at least 2 hours and serve.

Clipped recipes

The Olive Garden in Knoxville is Anne and my favorite restaurant. The portions are large and the waitpersons friendly and helpful. It is a welcome upgrade from Mickey D’s or Subway, however, slightly out of our price range. We only go there on special occasions. A few years ago such an occasion occurred. We were celebrating my eighty-ninth and a half birthday in July. When you are approaching the milestone of ninety years on this planet, it is reason to celebrate. We announced when we approached the hostess at the door that we were celebrating. “What are you celebrating,” she asked.

Puffy bread and cheese

If you have milk, eggs and bread, you have the fixings for this delicious breakfast or luncheon dish. It's meatless, so you can fix it for supper the night before payday when your pantry is almost empty.