Celery Slaw

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of paprika
1/2 c vegetable oil
3 tb vinegar
1/2 c sour cream
1/2 bunch celery, thinly sliced
1 sliced onion
1 medium shredded carrot

Combine first 5 ingredients; beat well.

Add sour cream and beat again.
Pour dressing over celery and chill about 3 hours.
Before serving, add onion and carrot.
Mix thoroughly.


Rice & Cheese Croquettes

1 c rice, uncooked (should be about 3 c if already cooked)
1 and 1/2 c grated cheese
1 beaten egg
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
2 eggs, beaten
dried bread crumbs

Cook rice about 20 minutes or until tender.
Combine with cheese, first egg, salt and pepper.
Shape into balls, roll in crumbs, then in eggs, then in crumbs again.
Fry till golden brown in deep fat heated to 375F.
Drain and serve.

I don't have a thermometer so kept the stove burner on medium.
These were a tasty treat! A bit fussy to make, but they'll be a nice addition to the table when we have company over sometime. The rice/cheese mixture was scooped up with a tablespoon. I think I'll make them smaller next time -- one-bite size.

Original recipe from Darlene Johnson of Selkirk, Manitoba, from the Carillon Centennial Cookbook printed in 1974.


Cream of Corn Soup

1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, diced (with leaves if possible)
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1/4 c flour
4 c milk
4 c kernel corn
1/2 tsp curry powder, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and celery in oil and butter till onion's lightly browned.
Add flour and blend thoroughly.
Add milk; stir till thickened.
Add remaining ingredients.
Mix well.
Cover and leave over very low heat till ready to serve.
Serves six.

This recipe is in Mom's hand on a card in her old recipe box. 

Mosquito Yard Spray

1 big bottle of cheap blue mouthwash
3 cups of epsom salt
3 cheap, stale, 12-ounce beers
Mix till the salt’s dissolved. 
Spray anywhere you sit outside. 
Won’t harm plants. 
Mosquitoes will be gone about 80 days. 


Black Bean & Sweet Pepper Stew

This didn't appear to be a hit with my meat-and-potatoes-lovin' fella, but I absolutely love it!

2 tb olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 tb chopped garlic
1/2 c diced celery
1/2 c diced carrot
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 or 2 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 x 28-oz can plum tomatoes (& juice), coarsely chopped
1 x 14-oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 c red wine
2 tb chopped parsley
2 tb lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
3 oz sliced cheddar

Set oven to 350F to preheat.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes
Add celery and carrot; cook 3 to 5 minutes.
Add peppers, cumin and chili powder; cook 1 minute.
Add tomatoes and juice; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
Add beans, wine, parsley, lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes.
Transfer to three-litre baking dish and top with cheddar.

Cornbread Topping:
1/3 c cornmeal
1/3 c flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c milk
1 tsp minced jalapeno
2 tb melted butter

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.


Helen's Pink Lady Dessert

2 c graham wafer crumbs
1/2 c butter or margarine, melted
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp flour
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
2 c coconut

Mix first four ingredients and pat into a well-greased 9x13 pan.
Combine milk and coconut and spread over crumb mixture.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until light brown.

Top with butter icing, using cherry juice for the liquid.

Our good neighbour when we lived in Legal, Alberta, used to keep these in her freezer and bring them out when we dropped in. I always think of Helen when I make them, and they are fond, fond memories. These squares are a hit with anyone who has a serious sweet tooth.


Crustless Quiche

1/4 c butter
10 eggs
1 lb Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 tsp baking powder
1 pint cottage cheese
1/2 c flour
salt to taste

Heat oven to 400F. Melt butter in 9x13" pan. Remove and beat eggs till fluffy. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Add cheeses and pour into pan. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F for 40 to 50 minutes.
Ham flakes or bacon can also be added.
This quiche is great after being frozen, too.

Recipe: Joanne Bohl and Tammy Bohl, St. Peter's Lutheran Parish Cook Book


Cinnamon and Chicken Stew

1 tbsp oil
3 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 x 15-oz cans chickpeas (or 3 and 1/2 c cooked chickpeas)
1/2 small lemon, seeded and finely chopped, plus wedges for serving
4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
3 sticks cinnamon
1 and 1/2 c water
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces, skin removed
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 c coarsely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

Heat a large stockpot over medium heat and add oil. Add onion, ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, till onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add cumin and stir for 30 seconds. Add chickpeas, lemon, tomatoes and cinnamon; cook till tomatoes soften slightly, about 3 minutes.

Season chicken with salt and pepper; add to pot. Add water, nestling chicken into liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook, partially covered, till chicken is cooked through -- about 40 minutes. Remove chicken.

Continue cooking over high heat to reduce slightly if necessary, crushing some chickpeas to thicken. Stir in cilantro. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Spoon chickpeas and liquid into serving bowls; top with chicken. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lemon.

Sorry, don't know where this recipe came from. Somewhere online I suppose.
I didn't have a whole chicken handy so used a tray of chicken thighs instead.
The local store doesn't have fresh cilantro either so I did a google search and found a suggestion to use celery leaves.

Faye's Oven Rice Casserole

1 c rice
1 pkg onion soup mix
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1/4 c oil
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 c water

Mix in large casserole dish and bake at 350F for one hour.
I didn't have any mushrooms in the house but I did have a can of baby corn, so I chopped those into chunks. Not bad!

Onion Soup Mix

1 and 1/2 tsp dried parsley
8 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sugar

I found this mixture online when I was trying a new recipe and didn't have commercial onion soup mix in the house. It made the rice casserole quite yellow but it was tasty.