yummy stuff

Here is a collection of simple recipes that I have perfected over the years.

shepherd's pie

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Chop up the onion and fry it in the olive oil until tender and slightly browned. Add the hamburger and spices and cook until done. While you are wating for this, mix the peas and corn and heat them up in the microwave or on the stove (about 3 minutes in the microwave. ) Also prepare your mashed potatoes and slice the cheese. When everything is done, place the hamburger/onion mix in the bottom of a 9" square or round baking dish (glass or ceramic works nicely). Place the peas & corn mix on top of this. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top, and place the cheese slices on top of the potatoes. Place it in the oven uncovered until the cheese starts to bubble and brown (about 10 minutes).

french toast

Beat all the ingredients together (except the bread, of course). Pour the batter into a shallow, flat-bottom bowl to make dipping the bread easier. A pie pan or casserole dish works great. Dip the bread in and under the batter one slice at a time to get it thouroghly covered. Don't soak the slices, as they will absorb too much and become hard to handle. Batter-logged french toast also tends to feel rather heavy in the stomach. Just hold each slice under long enough to cover it. Place the batter-soaked slices on a hot griddle and cook on both sides until browned. A square griddle usually holds four slices, so you will probably have to cook them in batches. Keep them warm in a 200° oven until you are ready to serve.

sog-free tuna sandwiches

Drain the tunafish. Combine all of these ingredients together and spread on your favorite bread. This recipe makes 4-6 sandwiches, depending on how thick you like it. The potato flakes add a little flavor, and soak up all of the excess moisture without making it too dry. For more flavor, you can add one of the following into the mix: a dash of celery salt, a sprinkle of lemon juice, a dash of thyme, or a dab of mustard. A lettuce leaf adds a nice crunch. This mix will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a few days.