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.

Dad’s Classic Cook-off Chili!

The Queen gave me a great cookbook for Christmas some years ago that was full of the “Best Recipes of 1999,” according to someone. About the only thing I’ve made more than once is a chili recipe, although I’ve played with it to the point where it’s now a classic item in Dad’s Recipe Box. You, too, can play with it to your heart’s content. Just make sure to include the most special ingredients and techniques, and you’ll have everyone ooohing and ahhing for more.  Continue reading “Dad’s Classic Cook-off Chili!”

Yams Richard (ree-shar)

New Orleans is one of our favorite places. On our first trip there, in the 70s, we visited – through pure luck – two of its greatest restaurants: Antoine’s, where we had pompano en papillote (in a paper bag) and Brennan’s, for its famous breakfast. We took away two Hurricane glasses and The New Orleans Restaurant Cookbook along with a devotion for New Orleans food. Continue reading “Yams Richard (ree-shar)”

Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish

My first cook book was the Craig Claiborne classic, The New York Times Cook Book. My now ancient, paperclip bookmarks tell the story of why I bought it. Thanksgiving. Bookmarked are “Turkey,” “Basic Bread Crumb Stuffing,” “Mashed Potatoes,” and “Cranberry Relish.” I have referenced the last one each year that I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner.

This version uses cooked berries, not raw, and lots of sugar. Get over it. It’s just great. Continue reading “Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish”

Crumbleburgers

During my Cub Scout and “church kid” years, we all loved it when the moms made “crumbleburgers,” my very favorite food for a summer picnic. I don’t know if crumbleburgers are exactly the same thing as “sloppy joes” or not. More important to me than their aliases is how they tasted. My mom’s approach was simplicity itself – ground beef and Heinz Chili Sauce – simmered together until it was scrumptious. Continue reading “Crumbleburgers”

Coffee Crunch Cake

Coffee Crunch Cake is the Queen’s absolute favorite birthday treat. Picking one up at Stickney’s restaurant in Palo Alto (sadly, now gone) was part of the drill for her big day each year. But now, Dad (not much of a baker), has finally made one from scratch to help us celebrate, although now far from California. Continue reading “Coffee Crunch Cake”

Mom’s Potato Salad

The Queen Mum (this would be Dad’s mother-in-law) has a great recipe for potato salad that has been a family favorite for decades. She can’t recall where the original came from, and has “modified” whatever the original was, but she can’t quite recall how. This is no doubt the story of most “old family recipes.” Continue reading “Mom’s Potato Salad”