Zucchini crescent pie

Derived from a Pillsbury Bake-Off winner in the 70s, this recipe is just a summer squash-onion quiche, Italianized. The Queen included it in the church cookbook she edited in the 80s, and we’ve made it at home ever since. The best way I know of to use all that zucchini that overwhelms the neighbors’ gardens every summer.

You may wonder why it’s called “zucchini crescent” pie. The original recipe calls for using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls arranged in a pie tin to make a pretend pie crust. That works OK, if you must.

Black Bean Dip

When you were in your 20s in the 70s and you wanted a quick and easy something to make for parties, this recipe was a winner. It’s still great, if a bit different than what we did back then. The original recipe used Campbell’s Condensed Black Bean Soup, which I can’t find anywhere. But canned black beans, mashed, spiced and ready to go, are just as good. Better yet are Dad’s black beans in a pot, mashed to a paste.

Spicy Salmon Fillets

Use Dad's 10-in-1 Chili Spice Mix to create a new version of your three-times-a-week fish dish. You are eating fish three-times-a-week, aren't you? Select fresh or frozen fillets that are about an inch at thickest part. If they taper off to 1/4 inch or less, you can tuck the thinnest part under itself in the baking dish so that it doesn't become just a crispy bit in the oven. Of course, crispy bits are really good! Do what you like. Coat salmon fillets with Dad's 10-in-1 Chili Spice Mix and make even frozen salmon a mouth pleaser.

Chicken and Corn Chowder

The Queen featured this great family favorite in the church cookbook she edited in the 80s. Here it is, updated for more flavor and convenience.

Dad’s Ribs

Iribs can’t remember where this recipe came from , but the one time I made ribs this way, the result was wonderful. Pork ribs just the way i like them. Falling-off-the-bone tender with a sweet-smokiness that’s bound to satisfy. It’s all about the quality of the meat and your technique…and patience!