First, a regional choice from America Cooks - Favorite recipes from 48 States, by The Browns - Cora, Rose, and Bob; 1940.
The first sentence of the book’s foreword is a truism. "We put in twenty years of culinary adventuring in as many countries and wrote a dozen books about it before finding out that we might as well have stayed at home and specialized in the regional dishes of our own forty-eight states."
For me, visiting new places means finding out what and where "the locals" eat and drink, and no other nation in the world offers the smorgasbord put on by America.
No chain- or franchise-style food services, please – it is the mom-and-pop eateries where the experience is found. Sure, there have been some flops, but that is the adventure.
Leafing through the first pages led to Arizona Grapefruit Pie. Granted, even after a number of visits to Arizona, I have no recollection of having seen Grapefruit Pie. But, since the authors have tagged it as "Arizona," I will take it as that; besides, it seems easy. Only the pie shell is baked
Arizona Grapefruit Pie
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 9-inch pie shell
2 eggs beaten
1 cup grapefruit sections
1 1/4 cups milk, scalded
1/2 cup brown sugar
Sift flour, measure, and sift again with sugar and salt. Combine with eggs, and add to milk. Cook over hot water until thick and smooth, stirring constantly. Add grapefruit juice and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add vanilla and pour into baked pie shell. Arrange grapefruit on custard and sprinkle brown sugar over top. Broil under low flame until brown sugar is caramelized and grapefruit lightly browned. Let stand until cold.
A little borrowing this week, from the April 13, 1994 "Sharing the Best" column by Shelly Magie.
In that issue, Shelly drew on her daughter’s friendship with housemother Elaine Cochran of Fayetteville to share some dishes that the co-eds preferred.
6 tortilla shells, 12" size
1/2 lb. sausage
1/4 cup diced onions (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Break up and fry sausage in skillet, drain well. Lightly saute onions and peppers in skillet, add stirred up eggs. Scramble until nearly set Add crumbled sausage and finish cooking eggs. Place 1/6 of mixture on edge of each tortilla, add some cheese and roll up tortilla, folding in edges as you roll. Place last fold down in hot skillet for one minute to seal. Serve hot with picante sauce.
Elaine’s Perfect Quiche.
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup flour
Diced meats or vegetables of your choice: broccoli, ham, onion, mushrooms, bacon, spinach, etc.
Put 1/2 cup vegetables or meat or combination in bottom of unbaked pie shell. Mix cheeses and flour together; put on top of vegetables. Put another 1/2 cup of meat/vegetables on cheese. Beat together the canned milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Pour over ingredients in pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Let set about 10 minutes before cutting. This gives you only 1/2 egg per serving when cut in 6 pieces.
1 1/2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
1 cup thick, chunky salsa, mild medium or hot
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup melted Velveeta cheese
6 flour tortillas, 8-inch size
Mix chicken and salsa. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture on one edge of tortilla. Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of cheddar cheese over chicken mix; roll tortilla up. Place in a greased pan. Pour melted Velveeta over the tortillas. Bake at 350 degrees about 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Elaine Cochran, Fayetteville
Shelly wrote that Elaine shared the first recipe her mother-in-law gave her was for her new husband’s favorite pie.
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
1 cup sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
Pinch of salt
Beat eggs with wire whip until well blended. Beat in sugar and sat Add crushed pineapple and coconuL Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes, until set and lightly browned.
Chili Relleno Casserole
4 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chilies
4 cups grated Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
Mix chilies and grated cheese; add salt and flour, stir and add eggs and milk. Mix well. Pour into lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish and bake 45 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees.
Peanut Butter Cups
3 sticks margarine
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter, smooth or chunky
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 lb. chocolate chips or 1 lb. almond bark chocolate
Beat together margarine, sugar and peanut butter. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Melt chocolate over hot water in top of double boiler. Make balls or patties out of the peanut butter mixture. Dip one ball at a time in melted chocolate. Place on a waxed paper lined pan and chill.
Elaine Cochran, Fayetteville
1 medium head cauliflower
2 stalks celery, diced
3 green onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup sliced black olives
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
Cut cauliflower in very small pieces. Toss with rest of vegetables and olives. Mix dressing ingredients and let stand for a few minutes until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cauliflower mixture and stir together. Chill.
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