Deviled Eggs

From the kitchen of: Steph Mineart

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for garnish

I compiled this recipe from several online sources, then edited it to my tastes. I regularly make this for pitch-in dinners and it seems to be popular.

Put eggs in a pot of cold water, put on high heat to boil. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to a medium boil for 10-12 minutes. Take eggs off heat, drain hot water. Fill pot with cold water to ensure that yolks stay yellow, let cool.

When eggs are cool, remove shells from eggs, and halve lengthwise with a knife. Carefully remove the yolks, and place in a medium bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, and add remaining ingredients except paprika. Very carefully spoon mixture back into the egg white halves.

Garnish with a light sprinkling of paprika.

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Garlic-and-Herb Mashed Potatoes

From the kitchen of: Unknown.

  • 4 pounds (about 6) baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk or heavy cream, or a combination of both
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (any combination basil, thyme, chervil or chives).

1. Place the potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan and cover them with cold, salted water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain.

2. While they are still warm, pass the potatoes and garlic through a ricer or mash with a potato masher. Return the potatoes to the pan and stir in the milk or cream and the butter. (Add more milk or cream if they seem too stiff.) Stir in the parsley and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Yield: 6 servings.

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Green Bean French Fried Onion Casserole

From the kitchen of: Durkee French Fried Onions.

  • 2 1 pound cans cut grean beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2.8 ounce can Durkee French Fried Onions

Combine all ingredients except 1/2 can onions, put in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with remaining onions, bake 5 minutes. Serves 6.

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Hash Brown Casserole

From the kitchen of: unknown.

  • 2 pounds hash browns
  • 1 pound velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 package vidalia onions frozen or 3/4 cup onion
  • 2 cups Hellmans or Kraft mayo
  • 3/4 jar of Bacos

Break up hash browns. Cube Velveeta cheese, dice onion. Add bacon and mayo. Combine all in large bowl. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or 1 hour, until brown on top.

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Sage Dressing

From the kitchen of: Katie Mineart.

  • 4 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 package pepperidge farm sage dressing crumbs
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 bouillion cube – dissolved in broth
  • melted butter.

Cook with turkey, or in dish at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

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White Almond-Garlic Soup with Grapes

From the kitchen of: "The Great Garlic Book," by Chester Aaron, Ten Speed Press, 1997)

  • 1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) blanched, ground almonds
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 36 white seedless grapes, halved, for garnish.

1. In a large bowl, combine the almonds, bread, garlic, milk and vinegar. Working in three batches, transfer about a third of the mixture to a blender and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour in 2/3 cup of olive oil. Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Repeat process with the remaining mixture.

2. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper and chill for several hours. Before serving, taste the soup; if it tastes too strongly of either garlic or vinegar, add a bit of water. Serve the soup garnished with grape halves. Yield: 6 servings.

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