Unearthing and re-creating the "company food" of yesteryear! I'll cook it, my husband will eat it, and you'll rest easy in the knowledge that your next backyard party or church potluck will be a success!
Friday, December 24, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Pickle-Cheese Pineapple!
Pickle-Cheese PineappleFavorite Recipes of America Vol. III: Salads, pg. 335 2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. grated process Swiss cheese 1/2 c. grated process Cheddar cheese 1/2 c. peanut butter 1/2 c. sweet pickle relish Sweet gherkins Combine cheeses, peanut butter and pickle relish; blend. Chill thoroughly. Shape into oval. Garnish with sweet gherkin slices and strips to resemble a pineapple. Serve as a spread for rye bread.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Jellied Holiday Nog!
Jellied Holiday Nog
“The New Joys of Jell-O” (1973)
2 packages (3 oz. each) Lemon Jell-O
2 packages (3-1/4 oz. each) Jell-O vanilla pudding and pie filling
2 tbsp sugar
5 cups water
2 envelopes Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix
1 tsp rum extract
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp nutmeg
Combine gelatin, pudding mix, and sugar in a large saucepan. Add water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat. Chill until thickened.
Prepare whipped topping mix as directed on package. Thoroughly blend prepared whipped topping, rum extract, vanilla, and nutmeg into the thickened pudding mixture. Pour into a large serving bowl or punchbowl. Chill until firm – at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with cherries and mint leaves. Makes about 8 cups or 16 servings.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Gravy Soup!
5 Tbsp butter
5 Tbsp flour
7 cups beef stock
1 cup buttered crouton
¼ cup grated Swiss cheese
Melt butter in a deep saucepan. Add flour and stir well. Cook over low heat until deep brown, stirring constantly. Gradually add stock, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Top with croutons and grated cheese.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Chicken-Cranberry Party Mold!
Monday, December 20, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Mother's Liver Pate! (Rhymes with Eight)
Mother's Liver Pate
Some chicken livers
a lot of green onions
a lot of garlic
A little half and half
Some dry sherry
Combine chicken livers, green onions, and garlic. Cook on defrost setting in microwave until livers are done. In blender, add liver mixture, half and half, and sherry. Blend until smooth.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Tropical Tuna Salad!
Based on Banana Salmon Salad from "500 Delicious Salad Recipes", Culinary Arts Institute, 1951
3 ripe bananas, diced
1/2 cup diced canned pineapple (about 2 slices)
1 1/2 cups canned salmon
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped pickle
Mayonnaise to moisten
Mix bananas and pineapple together. Add flaked salmon. Fold in remaining ingredients. Garnish with crisp lettuce or other greens and lemon slices. Serves 8.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Egg Balls!
Mrs. Charles Waring – Charleston Receipts
Friday, December 17, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Beet Salad Mold!
"It is very pretty in a ring with cottage cheese in the center." - Mrs. John C. Pogue
Beet Salad Mold
Mrs. John C. Pogue, The Cincinnati Cook Book
1 cup chopped beets
¾ cup chopped celery
1 tbsp (or less) grated onion
1 package lemon gelatin
1 tbsp horseradish
3 tbsp vinegar
¾ cup beet juice
Salt to taste
1 cup boiling water
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add other ingredients. Mold as desired. It is very pretty in a ring with cottage cheese in the center. Serves 6.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Apple-Onion Soup!
Kitschmas 2021: Avocado Strawberry Ring!
"It's a delight to serve a light green and vivid red delicacy." -
The Joys of Jell-O
1 package Jell-O Lemon Gelatin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 avocado, pared and mashed
1 pint fresh strawberries (or use 2 packages [10 oz. each] Birds Eye Strawberry Halves, thawed and drained)
Dissolve Jell-O gelatin and salt in boiling water. Add cold water and lemon juice. Chill until slightly thickened. Stir in mayonnaise and avocado, blending well. Pour into a 3- or 4-cup ring mold or individual ring molds. Chill until firm. Unmold and fill center of ring with berries. Makes about 2 1/2 cups gelatin, or 5 servings.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Kitschmas 2021: Gourmet Olive Balls!
Gourmet Olive Balls! Recipe by Mrs. Robert Stein from The Cincinnati Cookbook (1976)
8 1/2 ounce can black pitted olives
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup halved pecan meats
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp mayonnaise
Soften Cheese, blend in sour cream and mayonnaise. Drain olives well. Stuff each olive with half a pecan. Pinch off a small piece of cheese and wrap around olive. Roll in finely chopped nut meats. Chill til ready to serve.