Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Is it November already?

Auntie M's Chicken and Dressing

1 Package poultry dressing
1/2 Cube melted butter
1 Cup water
Mix lightly and put half of the dressing mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan

2 1/2 Cups cooked diced chicken of your liking
1/2 Cup chopped onion
1 Can sliced water chestnuts
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
1/2 Cup chopped celery
Combine like you would a chicken salad and place over 
dressing in the pan then add the other half of the dressing on top of the chicken

Now beat 2 eggs with 1 1/2 cups milk
Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and 
refrigerate overnight

Take casserole out of fridge one hour before baking
to reach room temperature

Spread 1 can mushroom soup over all and
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, give or take

Makes 6 to 8 servings or
2 really large ones

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hot Milk With Garlic

Leite e Alho

A home remedy of Azorean Grandmothers
Good for chest colds
Drink it as hot as possible at
bedtime for best results

1 cup milk
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
or honey

Slightly crush the peeled garlic cloves.
Drop the garlic into the milk and bring to the simmering point.
Continue to simmer for a minute or two but do not let it boil.
Strain the milk into a cup and stir in the sugar/honey. 

A little too much milk and sugar

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Portuguese ketchup!

No not really.  But it does have two of the most popular Portuguese spices in it, 
Cinnamon and Allspice.
It doesn't seem very complicated to prepare and as Uncle Vic would say,  
sounds tasty...

This recipe is from the Global Healing Center newsletter. 

Xylitol is a sugar substitute and from what I have read it measures the same as
regular sugar.  I believe organic sugar could work too.  Just thinking...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vegetables and Stuff


Portuguese Beans

1 Pound bag of white beans
1 Can tomato sauce
1/2 Pound of bacon
Green and yellow onion - chopped
Cumin, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of chile powder, 1/2 cup maple syrup and
the ever popular allspice 

Wash beans - cook without salt and bring to a fast boil - drain
Cover beans with water, about 1 inch above the beans, and bring to another boil
Simmer until cooked, about 2 hours
Add salt to the beans after they are cooked

Chop bacon and fry
Save the grease to saute the onion and garlic
Turn off the heat and add the spices and maple syrup to the onions

Then add this mixture with the tomato sauce to the beans reheat and serve

Fried Fava Beans

Soak dry fava beans in water overnight
Remove the white skin and split the beans in half
Dry them well on paper towels
Heat oil in a deep saucepan, keeping the heat at medium to low
Add the beans and fry until golden brown
Drain on a plate with more paper towels
Salt to taste

Portuguese Peas

1 Large can peas
1 Small can tomato sauce
1 Onion sliced

Fry onions, add tomato sauce, cumin, allspice :) 
cinnamon, a drop of vinegar and the peas
Mix well

Friday, June 24, 2011

Aunt Glorias' Six Oh Five Meat Loaf Pie

6:05's her nick name, she'd call me at that time every night

1 Can cream of mushroom soup (reserve half)
1 Pound of ground beef
1/4 Cup chopped onion
1 Egg slightly beaten
1/4 Cup dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 tsp salt and pepper

2 Cups mashed potatoes
1/2 Can of the soup
1/4 Cup shredded cheese

Mix the first seven items thoroughly
Press into a 9 inch pie plate
Bake @350 for 25-45 minutes till done
Drain fat from pan

Frost with potatoes and 1/2 can of soup
Sprinkle with the cheese
Bake 10 minutes more until cheese has melted 
and is golden brown

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Portuguese Festa - June 10, 11, 12 - Parade Sunday

Festa Food!!

Gloria the Queen

These are what I call the your "On your own" recipes
You will need a reasonable amount of cooking skill 

Portuguese Sweet Bread

25 Eggs or 2 dozen plus 1, whatever!
5 lbs of flour
4 Cups plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
1 lb Butter
3 Packages of dry yeast
2 Grated lemon zests - optional

Beat eggs and sugar in large bowl, set aside
In another bowl melt butter, set aside too
Mix yeast and 3 cups of warm water, 1 egg, 1 tbs sugar and 2 cups flour in yet another bowl
Beat or whisk until ingredients are a smooth batter - like pancake batter
Combine butter, beaten eggs and sugar until thoroughly mixed
Add all other ingredients to this mixture
Knead until all are combined
Leave covered bowl in a warm spot for approximately 5 hours to rise
Separate risen dough into eight  loaf pans
(You can also make individual twisted rolls, adjust baking time)
Let rise for another 5 hours
Bake for 1/2 an hour at 300 degrees and 1/2 hour at 275 degrees

Queen Marie

Pickled Pork Madeira Style

Large pork shoulder cut in one or two inch cubes.
3 parts vinegar to 1 part water as needed to cover meat
4 dried chillies
5 gloves of garlic, chopped
Salt to taste

Marinate 3 to 5 days
Put meat in a large skillet or pan with marinade and simmer for 5 minutes
Drain some of the marinade and continue to cook until meat is well done and tender

The not so happy kingdom!

Sopas Do Espirito Santo
Holy Ghost Festa Soup

4 lbs chuck meat
2 lbs soup bones
1 small onion minced
1 tbs spices; pickling, allspice, etc.  (you should know these by now)
1 cinnamon stick
 1 head cabbage
2-3 kale leafs
1 spring of mint
salt to taste
10 cups water
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 loaf french bread sliced

Bring water to boil and add meat with
the spices tied in a cheese cloth bundle
the wine, onion, tomato sauce, mint and salt

cover and cook until meat is tender
about three hours

Cut cabbage in wedges and kale into bite size pieces
add to soup and continue cooking until vegetables are tender

When done remove the meat from the pot to a serving dish

Place bread slices and a sprig of mint into a deep plate or platter
Pour the broth and vegetables over the bread 

Set the table

Rose and Victor Goularte

Burnt Linguica
Per Request

Five pounds of Linguica
Hearty red wine

Cut the linguica sticks into four sections
Pierce the sections with a sharp knife
Place all pieces into a shallow roasting pan
Cover with the red wine 
Cook at 350 for about an hour or until all the
wine is evaporated and the linguica is black and sticky

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Our Style" Potato Salad

Very Good Potato Salad
per Uncle Vic

6 Large potatoes - peeled, diced, cooked & cooled
2-3 Stalks of celery diced or sliced
6 Green onions sliced
4-6 Hard boiled eggs minced fine
(Put eggs in a large measuring cup and dice with a sharp knife on cup sides)
1 Small can minced black olives
1-2 Tablespoons wine vinegar
Mix all above ingredients
Fold in 1/2 to 1 cup Best Foods Mayo
Refrigerate until ready to serve

Nephew Dave ready for potato salad

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jello was invented in Portugal or was it the lobotomy?

Something for Easter

Seafoam Salad

2 cups mini marshmallows
1 small box of lime Jello
1 10-1/2 oz can of crushed pineapple
16 oz of cottage cheese
1 cup walnut pieces
1 carton Cool Whip

Drain pineapple.
Put Jello and juice from pineapple in a sauce pan 
and bring to a boil. 
Boil for two minutes then set aside to cool. 
When cool add remaining ingredients.
Fold in Cool Whip last.
And Chill!

Ham Sauce

1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon each;
Ground Clove

Bring to a boil and mix well. 
Keep warm to serve with your Easter ham.
It would be great on Turkey or Chicken too!

Grandpa with his children

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Little Chickadee Soup

Grandmas Chicken Soup Portuguese
One more soup before the weather gets too warm.

Break out a giant pot for this one!
You'll make enough for next winter. 

Put 1 whole chicken plus 6 breasts
or 2 whole chickens (you choose) into your giant pot
with enough water for your chickens to swim. 

Also add:
1 whole onion chopped
2-3 celery stocks also chopped
5-6 carrots chopped
I see a theme here!

In a spice ball put:
2 sticks cinnamon  
whole allspice
2-3 bay leafs

Salt and pepper to taste


When the chicken is done remove and clean.
Shred meat into bite size pieces. 
You can do this while the rice and potatoes are cooking. 

To your giant pot of stock add:
1 1/4 cups rice plus 
1 - 2 diced potatoes
(We like our starch!)

When the rice and potatoes are done add
the chicken pieces with one can of tomato sauce to your soup.


Garnish with some parsley

I usually make a much smaller batch!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Now That's Portuguese!

Kale Soup

3 Pounds of stew meat
1 Can of beef broth
3 Potatoes diced
One 15 oz can pinto beans
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a spice ball add:
Pickling Spice, Cinnamon and a few Cloves
2 Bunches of chopped kale

Throw all the ingredients except the kale in a pot.
Add water to cover if needed. 
Simmer until meat and potatoes are nearly done.
Add the kale and continue until cooked and the meat is tender.

Portuguese Linguica can be added with the meat
for a spicier flare, Ole!  Oops wrong country.

Of course, the meat can be completely left out for those
who choose to go meatless.  

Mike and Matt - 1998 Portuguese Festa

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

And They Called It Tuna Dip

David at three years old


One 6 1/2 oz can of tuna
One 3 oz package of cream cheese
2 tsp. grated onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 or 6 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
One large carton sour cream
Mix it all up put in a bowl
Serve with Fritos and eat!

OK so its not from Portugal!
Its a family favorite anyway