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Java Talk: A Favorite Holiday Recipe




Back in the early eighties, when my kids were young, I came upon a recipe in either Family Circle or Woman's Day. Which, by the way, was about .29 or .39 cents back then. 

I had never cooked with wine before, and rarely have except for that recipe. I have lost the actual recipe somewhere along the way. But it was basically caramelized onions and carrots in cream and wine. 

I recall it took over an hour to make this dish. You cooked the carrots and onions in a big skillet in the butter you'd melted. Until they were softened a bit. Then you added the wine and let it cook down, which took some time. And then you added the cream. 

Oh boy, this recipe was a hit and asked for for years. 

Do you have a recipe that became a family favorite?


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  1. like you I rarely cook with wine but that sounds divine! yes those magazines used to be under 50 cents - what happened! now they are pricier and more ads than articles - a waste of money

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    1. You got so much for under 50 cents back then. Even a soft drink!

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  2. Yes, I have a couple of recipes that are often requested. One is my sweet potato casserole and the other is for my chocolate chess tarts. They make appearances during the holidays almost every year.

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    1. Well, give us the recipe for that sweet potato casserole, Kelly!

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  3. I guess my old stand by recipe is Italian Roast Beef sandwiches. It is a Beef CookOff recipe. You start with a big beef roast, even a cheap one, you cook it slow for several hours in a electric roaster with lots of garlic, beef, salt and pepper, and beer.
    After the meat is falling apart, you let it cool then shred the meat discarding any fat, and anything else you might not want to eat. You put it back in the juice and heat it up. Then serve the juicy meat on sour dough rolls with horseradish and coleslaw. We have served it at bull sales, weddings, hunting camps, funeral dinners, birthday parties, anytime you need to feed a lot of people. I can taste it now.

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  4. Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage. My mother's was not sweet nor red. It's made with a deep, dark brown roux of butter, flour, and lots of paprika. It has a smokey flavor.
    :) m & jb (who, alas, prefers raw chicken to stuffed cabbage)

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    1. I don't think I've ever had Hungarian food. But I'm game!

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  5. Ham & Mac bake,
    1 lb.. ham chopped in tiny pieces, 1/2 and 2 stalks of celery- lightly brown these together.
    2 boxes of the velveta style mac n cheese- fix as specified on the box..
    ham mixture and mac n cheese //mix together and put in a 9x11 cassarole dish..
    2 packs of crackers crumbled in a bowl add 1 stick unsalted butter, microwave approx. 1 min or until butter is melted. miix thoroughly and put on top of ham/mac n chesse , broil on low till crispy brown- watch it, that'll burn quick.. Hefty portions- about 6 people. with other veggies or salad feeds about 10.. great heated up later in the micro- lasts refrigerated and covers 7 days... geez it look me almost as long to type that as it does to make:)

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    1. that would be 1/2 onion and 2 stalks celery.

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  6. 3 sons who love to eat...I'd say lasagna, pot pie, mashed potatoes with home made gravy, stuffed peppers...those are some of the favorites. When my middle son returned from Iraq he wanted the New Year's Dinner he'd missed...kielbasa, pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut! : )

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  7. I have two Jacque Pepin recipes that I use all the time: chicken kiev and a custard that I make out of cream of rice instead of wheat; I have all his books. Another recipe I use every year is Emeril's for Portugeuse stuffing, but the sausage has to be sent away for out here, so I use chorizo. I also make a chicken Marsala that was from the Frugal Gourmet. PBS use to have the best cooking shows.

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    1. The best cooks watch those cooking shows, I guess. I've never ever watched a cooking show!

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  8. Frittata. Easy peasy and you can add whatever you want. The latest one I made my co-workers was ham, swiss and mushroom.

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  9. My oldest made egg fu yung for us all one time and now I make it once a month. It is the one recipe everyone loves.

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    1. I sure have never made that one! But it must be a hit.

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  10. Oh- That sounds delicious. It's funny but the kids all want my old recipe for Party Potatoes- couldn't get much easier..and certainly NO gourmet cooking involved. xo Diana

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  11. Most of my favorite holiday recipe are from my Mom. She made a killer lime, pear and cream cheese jello mold that was so good! 'To this day I cannot have Christmas without this mold sitting on our table. I also like to cook new recipes every year....so many great recipes out there.

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    1. The way you write about her, she must have been one heck of a special woman.

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  12. The things I am always requested to take to functions are German Chocolate cake made from scratch and Hummus. The cake takes several hours but the hummus is very quick.

    Judy

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  13. I have a few recipes for sweets that people like, but Steve gets asked for his recipes all the time. The favorites are for his beef stroganoff (uses wine), cioppino (also uses wine) and paella - more wine!

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    1. Yes, most of mine are for sweets also. Of course chocolate is at the top of the list!

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  14. I have so many - APPLE PRALINE PIE
    I buy 2 deep pie shells, 6 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbs butter, 1/4 cup flour,1/4 tsp salt. put apples in large bowl and after mixing the above together pour over the apples and coat well. Put in pie shell.

    Place second shell on top and pinch together, make slits in shell for steam to escape. Bake 350 50-55 min- watch so it does not get too brown.

    TOPPING - Remove pie from oven when done. in small sauce pan put - 1/4 cup butter, 2 tbs half and half or milk of your choice, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. mix and heat well. Pour over top of pie and return to oven for 5 min. enjoy- the topping will become like a praline. I have made this for years. Ice cream is good also whipped cream. of course you can make your own shells too.

    WASSAILL - 1 gallon apple cider or pear apple cider, in cheese cloth place 2 tsp whole cloves, 2 tsp whole all spice and tie with dental floss, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 2/3 cup sugar- place in crock pot to heat well. can add oranges studded with cloves too. remove spices before serving.

    BLACK-EYED PEA SALSA - 1 151/2 oz can black-eyed peas drained, 2 large tomatoes choped or 1 16oz can chopped tomatoes drained, 1 4 oz can green chilies, 2 green onions chopped, 3 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs white wine vinegar, 1 clove garlic minced, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. combine well in bowl and cover and chill 8 hrs or less. serve with crackers or chips. you can add a jalapeno as desired to taste.

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    1. for the 2 tbs of butter, once the apples are in the shell, cut them up and place on top before the second shell goes on top

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    2. All sound delicious! But with my sweet tooth, I'd most love to try the pie.

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  15. Christmas Eve tradition in our family is sausage gravy and biscuits. The children are not big fans, but the adults love it.

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  16. Brenda, What cute, cute trees and decorations here. I love that little tree-on the white table. So cute..and that polka dot set-up just makes me smile. I am loving that heavily flocked white tree, too. I want one! lol Hope you have a great evening- xo Diana

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