Cat food

Ground Beef Cat Food

1/3 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water (divided)
2 tablespoons fat

Fry ground beef until lightly brown.
Remove and cool the ground beef, preserving 2 tablespoons of the fat. Discard rest of fat.

Whisk the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water.
Add to the 2 tablespoons of fat in skillet.
Gradually stir in the cup of water and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and cool.

When beef and broth are cool, put the beef in a blender and mix well. Add enough of the gravy to bring to baby food consistency (might only use half).

Spoon into baby food jars, only 1/4 to 1/3 full, as it is high in fat. Makes about 6. Freeze what will not be eaten within a couple of days.

Cat food, Elaine Walker

Chicken Cat Food

One whole young chicken, about 4 pounds
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons chicken fat drippings

Roast whole chicken at 350 for 90 minutes. Cut meat off the bone and let cool. Discard bones and skin.

Make “gravy” according to the recipe on the cornstarch container. Let cool.

(Note: Do not put hot meat or liquid in the blender – it will cause it to short circuit.)

Blend half the chicken with half of the cooled gravy on high for about a minute or minute and a half. Spoon into 8 jars.

Repeat for second half.

Refrigerate what can be eaten in a few days. Freeze the rest.

When serving, warm in microwave only to room temperature. (If refrigerated, it takes about 15 seconds.) Then add a small amount of warm water until the mixture has the same consistency as Gerber chicken baby food.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Salads

Green Salad with Blue Cheese and Pears

1/4 cup pear preserves
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 small glove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pear preserves
8 cups loosely packed Bibb and Romaine lettuce
2 Bartlett pears, chopped
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted in a skilled with a little sugar

Process the 1/4 cup preserves and the next five ingredients (vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper) in a blender and process for one minute. Gradually blend in the olive oil and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and gently stir in the 2 tablespoons of preserves.

Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with the salad dressing.

Candy, Elaine Walker

Peanut Butter Fondant Parfait Cups

2 cups smooth natural peanut butter (like Stonewall Kitchen. You can substitute cashew butter or almond butter, if you prefer.)
1/2 cup coconut oil, organic
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not imitation)

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the nut butter with the coconut oil. Stir in the pure maple syrup until smooth and well blended.

Spoon into mini muffin tins (paper lined) or baby food jars (Gerber 2.5 oz size). If using baby food jars, fill 1/3 full. Makes about 20.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

If desired, top with cream fondant and then chocolate glaze.

Cream Fondant:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
pinch of salt

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Clip on a candy thermometer and cook the syrup to 238F or soft-ball stage. Remove from heat and, without stirring or scraping, pour into a baking dish or pie plate. Without excess movement, place in refrigerator (with pot holder or towel underneath) and let cool.

When the bottom of the pan no longer feels warm to the touch, remove it from the refrigerator and stir the fondant by hand with the wooden spoon. (If you don’t wait long enough and the fondant is still warm when you start stirring, it will taste grainy. If you wait too long and the fondant is cold when you start stirring, it will be too hard to stir.) Continue stirring for 15 to 30 minutes, until the fondant becomes very thick. Spoon into muffin tins or baby food jars, creating a layer on top of peanut butter fudge. Fondant is very sweet, so this layer should be thinner than the peanut butter layer. (You may have some leftover.) Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Chocolate Glaze:
7 ounces dark chocolate, melted (use high quality chocolate like Lindt)
1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine chocolate, butter, and corn syrup. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla. Spoon into muffin tins or baby food jars, creating a layer on top of the fondant. This layer should be about the same size as the fondant. Baby food jars will not be full.

Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. Can be served chilled (chocolate glaze will be hard) or, for a softer dessert, at room temperature (remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving).

Debbie Allen, Soup

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

1 large head cauliflower (about 2 lbs.), cut into bite-size florets
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
salt

1 medium red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth

2 tablespoons butter
1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 cups of croutons
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat the oven to 425°F.
On a large, rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until lightly and evenly coated in oil.
Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, tossing/stirring halfway through. Remove when the cauliflower is tender.

In a soup pot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the chopped onion. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Add the garlic, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds. Then add the broth and all of the cauliflower except 4 of the prettiest cauliflower florets (set these aside for garnish). Increase the heat to medium high until the mixture starts to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the soup is done, remove from heat. Add the butter and, using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and the salt. Taste. If desired, stir in another half to full teaspoon of lemon juice.

Ladle soup into four serving dishes. Top with the reserved cauliflower florets, croutons and almonds.

Dorothy Lamalie, Vegetables

Three Cheese Tomatoes

1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1/4 salt
2 medium tomatoes

Preheat oven to 450F.

In a medium bowl, combine cheeses. Add bread crumbs, olive oil, thyme and rosemary. Mix well.

Cut tomatoes in half. Top each tomato with an equal amount of cheese mixture.

Bake at 450F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Dorothy Lamalie, Vegetables

Tomato and Cheddar Pie

Crust
2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, cut into 1/2′ cubes
3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk

Filling
2 pounds large ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4′ slices
2-1/2 cups coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar (8-9 ounces)
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan (1/2 ounce)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons cornmeal

Crust
Whisk first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in butter until coarse meal forms and some small lumps remain. Stir in buttermilk and knead gently with your hands until dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.

Filling
Lay tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with 2 layers of paper towels. Place another 2 layers of paper towels on top of tomatoes. Let stand for 30 minutes to drain.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Roll out dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an 11″ round. Remove top layer of plastic wrap. Invert dough onto pie dish. Carefully peel off plastic wrap.

Toss both cheeses in a medium bowl until evenly incorporated. Reserve 1/4 cup of cheese mixture. Whisk mayonnaise, marjoram, thyme, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over bottom of crust, then top with 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Arrange 1/3 of tomatoes over cheese, overlapping as needed. Spread half of mayonnaise mixture (about 1/3 cup) over.

Repeat layering with 1 cup of cheese mixture, 1/2 of remaining tomato slices, and remaining mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese mixture over, then remaining tomato slices. Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup cheese mixture. Fold overhanging crust up and over edges of tomato slices.

Bake pie until crust is golden and cheese is golden brown, 35-40 minutes (check crust halfway and tent with foil if it’s getting too dark). Let pie cool 15 to 20 minutes before serving or it will be very soupy.

Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Mom, Poultry

Parmesan Chicken Tetrazzini

2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 salt
1/2 pound mushrooms, washed and sliced
1/4 cup white wine
1/3 cup flour
1 and a half cans of chicken broth (21 ounces broth, total)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese
3-1/2 cups of cooked vermicelli (about 8 ounces of uncooked pasta)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pounds)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease one 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Melt butter in a large stockpot. Add onion, celery, pepper, salt and mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add white wine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk flour into the chicken broth, then gradually add to the stockpot of celery & onion. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and all the cream cheese. Stir with a whisk until the cream cheese has melted.
  7. Stir in cooked pasta and chicken.
  8. Spoon into baking dish.
  9. Combine breadcrumbs with remaining Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over casserole.
  10. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Desserts, Elaine Walker, Pie

Strawberry Pie – Florida Festival Recipe

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked*
1 quart fresh strawberries (4 cups, sliced)
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

*The pie is a bit soupy and is better with a crust that doesn’t get soggy, like this one: http://elainelwalker.com/recipes/index.php/2009/05/03/pecan-pie-crust/

Arrange 3 cups of sliced strawberries in baked pastry shell.

Mash remaining 1 cup of sliced berries. Combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into strawberry mixture. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, just until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. Best when fresh – does not keep well.

Beef, Elaine Walker

Korean Short Ribs

4 to 5 pounds of beef short ribs
salt, pepper
canola oil
2 gloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup peeled fresh ginger chunks
2 cups red wine
2 cups water or chicken stock
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine

Lightly salt and pepper the ribs. Add a small amount of canola oil to large pot and turn burner on high. Sear the ribs on all sides. Remove ribs and set them aside.

Add a little more oil to the pot, reduce the heat to medium high and saute the garlic and ginger. Add the red wine and let simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the water or chicken stock, soy sauce, brown sugar or white wine. Bring to a boil.

Return the ribs to the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-1/2 hours or until the meat is beginning to fall off the bone.

Strain the sauce. Skim off excess fat and serve sauce with ribs.