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Birthday Casserole

Because a certain someone has a BIRTHDAY TODAY …and one of his ulterior motives to help me with the technical aspects of a blog was to have access to his favorite recipes….another of Grandma B’s recipes.

Mrs. Granatowicz’s Casserole

(Mrs. G was a LEIGH, NEBR- neighbor-)

A JACOB Favorite

1 ½ lbs. hamburger

1 C chopped celery

1 C chopped onion

2 Tb Oil or Butter

1 sm can mushrooms chopped

1 can cream of mushroom Soup undiluted

1 can cream of Chicken Soup undiluted

1 can Chinese Noodles

  1. brown onions & celery in butter
  2. mix soups together Add the above to soups.
  3. brown hamburger , then add #1 & 2

You can add ½ can bean sprouts or/& water chestnuts. I usually DO NOT. Also, you can leave out the can of mushrooms – I usually use these.

  1. Place in casserole
  2. Top w/ Chinese Noodles.
  3. BAKE 350° for 25 to 30 MIN – until heated through. I have a friend who uses Chicken in place of hamburger.

From Jeanette Burrey, I didn’t date the year she gave me the box, but this was in the box….

Back in the day, Chinese noodles meant one thing - THESE things. Now, there's quite a variety of noodles called Chinese

Back in the day, Chinese noodles meant one thing – THESE things. Now, there’s quite a variety of noodles called Chinese, but these are the one I’m talking about today

The beauty of this casserole is that it is also a last minute Express Lane Special. I usually have celery and onions on hand, it’s the hamburger and the soups – the crema – and the noodles that I need to grab and go. One short list, 10 items or fewer.and a quick mix up and pop in the oven once home. A salad and a bowl of fruit….even better if it’s pineapple chunks you eat with toothpicks or a mango, cut up hedgehog style – OK, 2 more things to pick up.

Open can, pour into a bowl, stick some toothpick in the hunks, happy child at the end of a meal

Open can, pour into a bowl, stick some toothpick in the hunks, happy child at the end of a meal

cut in half, discard pit (or try to root it - I got a little shoot growing out once, but then the cats played wit it one night...)and then cut slices one and and across but not through the skin - pop up and serve...with extra napkins  - mangoes are JUICY

cut in half, discard pit (or try to root it – I got a little shoot growing out once, but then the cats played wit it one night…)and then cut slices one and and across but not through the skin – pop up and serve…with extra napkins – mangoes are JUICY

Jacob and me

Happy Birthday!

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Chicken Once, Chicken Twice

Chicken Soup is Nice!

chickensoupsendakJan

Thank you, Maurice Sendak!

Chicken soup is also an easy (and cheap….I mean economical and low waste) way to have the same chicken twice. Feel free to eat as much of the meat as you’d like.

First – you need chicken with bones in it. Don’t eat the bones – they’re the part that’s needed for making the broth.

Easiest Chicken Broth EVAH

1 roasted chicken (it could even been the Friday special rotisserie chicken form the grocery store.)

some/all or none of the following:

a sad little carrot or 2

an onion – left whole, with maybe a clove or two in it. This could be a sad little excuse of an onion….

leafy tops from some celery or a limp (more sadness) stalk or two

parsley stems that you’ve carefully saved in the freezer from previous parsley events

a lemon ….in short, look in the corners of the fridge and find the sad, the limp, the forlorn, the orphaned and rinse them and toss them in the slowcooker.

water

salt and pepper

maybe a tablespoon or so of wine or vinegar if there is no lemon

  1. Rinse off the vegetative matter and put in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Pick the meat off the bone of the chicken and put aside. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be too careful about this.
  3. Put the bones, the leftover skin, any of the jelly in the pan on top of the vegetable bits.
  4. Add 3-4 Quarts water, until the slow cooker is full and everything is under water.
  5. Add the vinegar or wine – this helps get all the goodness out of the bones. Depending on how the chicken was cooked originally add some salt and or pepper now.
  6. Cover and let cook 6-8 hours.
  7. Uncover, cool, strain and voila! Broth.
  8. Makes about 2 Quarts broth.

partly adapted from Italian Slow Cooker ….Italian slow cooker book

and years of lazy experience.

Now, if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can use a heavy bottom soup pot, bring it to a boil and keep it at a low simmer again, 6, 7, 8 hours and then strain, season, use.

And if you want to start with your own chicken, here’s Grandma B’s Chicken Soup with Dumplings

CHICKEN SOUP & DUMPLINGS

1 stewing hen & water to cover

1 large onion (whole)

Several outside stalks of celery-Tied

Salt and Pepper- (I use pepper corns 6 or 8)

  1. Cut up chicken place in soup POT – or leave whole
  2. Fill POT WITH WATER
  3. ADD whole onion & celery stalks
  4. Add 1 tsp salt for each 3# of chicken
  5. Add pepper corn
  6. Cook – until chicken is tender.

Take chicken out & debone – if desired

  1. You can add cut up carrots & celery.
  2. Add dumplings to boiling STOCK by teaspoon into soup.
  3. While dumplings cook – debone chicken to be returned to POT.

DUMPLINGS – Mother called them sinkers they are hard

5 eggs

½ C cream

1 tsp salt

Flour – stir in enough to make the dough really thick. Then add a couple Tbs of Top broth (2 or 3)

Drop into soup by a teaspoon – cook until they are cooked through.

  • from A Grandma B Recipe Card

    chick rubber

    A rubber chicken just won’t do – but any combination of bony chicken parts will.

 Bone Broth has been in the news lately – even the New York Times has had this  story. One of the people they quote  is Sally Fallon, who was advocating Bone Broth (and real fats!) years ago. I met  her at a conference/meeting of the Weston A. Price Society. I got a copy of Nourishing Traditions, which is a great primer for all sorts of truly natural and traditional foods. I had hoped to finally conquer yoghurt……

Nourishing Traditions Sally Fallon

This book was published in 2003, and I think it was fairly newly out when I was at the conference – which means it was over 10 years ago. How does time fly by like that? Still can’t make yoghurt.

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