Macaroni and Cheese

This is my version of my mother’s Mac and Cheese recipe (mine has substantially more cheese).

Equipment Required

Large oven-safe casserole dish
Large pot
Colander
Medium saucepan
Cutting board
Knife
Large wooden spoon

Ingredients (Casserole)
1 lb macaroni (4 cups)

Ingredients (Sauce)
1 large onion
4 TBSP butter
2 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
A dash of nutmeg
4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 lbs shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Ingredients (Topping)
1/2 lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
8 tsp melted butter

Instructions
Start the oven preheating to 400F.

Cook and then drain the macaroni, and then spread it in the casserole dish.

Mince the onion, and put it in the saucepan with the butter, over medium heat.

When the butter is melted, stir in the flour, mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Slowly stir in the milk. Cook until smooth and hot.

Slowly stir in the 1 1/2 lbs of cheese, carefully making sure the previous handful has melted before adding more. Once all the cheese has melted, pour the sauce over the macaroni, and then fold the mixture with the spoon to blend.

Top with the remaining 1/2 lb of cheese, breadcrumbs and melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned on top.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Another recipe that I had neglected to move over from a previous web site.

This is my Grandmother’s recipe for sweet and sour cabbage soup. Unlike most of the recipes in these pages, you can get all the ingredients at just about any grocery store.

Ingredients:

1 2-3lb green cabbage
1 lemon
1 onion
1 cup sugar or to taste
1 14oz can of Bavarian Sauerkraut
1 12oz can of Tomato Paste
1 28oz can of Sliced or Chopped tomatoes
1 TBS salt

Instructions

Slice the cabbage and put it in a large pot.

Chop the onion, and put it in the same pot.

Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice and pulp of the entire lemon into the pot.

Add the sugar, salt, and all of the canned ingredients to the mixture.

Take each can, fill it once with water, and pour the water into the mixture.

Bring the soup to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer. The soup should be cooked for several hours, until it no longer smells of cabbage; the cabbage should be soft and translucent. The soup will cook down a fair bit in volume; the longer it cooks the more pronounced the flavor will be. If you cook it down too much (either the first day or when reheating it), just add some water and cook it some more.

Ingredient Notes

You may substitute normal saurkraut for the Bavarian Saurkraut if you like.

If you want to use meat, put a tablespoon or so of olive oil in the soup pan first, and sautee a soup bone in it. Then follow the rest of the instructions as written.

Unlike baking recipes, the sugar in this is just a sweetener rather than giving structure to anything, so you can use sweetener substitutes of your choosing.

Betty Katz’ Sour Tomatoes

                   Growing up, our next door neighbor would make these pickles every summer. My mother had gotten the recipe from her, and I’ve made only one minor change. The original recipe called for the use of Alum directly in the brine, something that is no longer recommended practice in pickling. Instead, I use Pickling Lime (which serves the same purpose) in a bath first, which stiffens the tomatoes but is washed off. These are not shelf stable pickles, and must be refrigerated.

Ingredients

Liquid

  1. 3 qts. Water
  2. 1 qt good Cider vinegar
  3. 1 cup Kosher salt (233 grams of any non-iodized salt)

In Sterilized Jar                

  1. 1 t pickling spice
  2. 1 T honey
  3. 1 dried hot chile pepper
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. 2 – 3 pieces peeled raw garlic

Method

  1. Bring liquid to a rolling boil. 
  2.  Place dry ingredients in each sterile quart jar
  3. Scrub green tomatoes. Cut into halves or quarters
  4. Add tomatoes to jars.
  5. Pour in boiling liquid to top of jar. Seal.
  6. Let cool to room temperature.
  7. Refrigerate. These are not shelf stable.

Additional Notes

For crisper pickles, use a Pickling Lime (like Mrs. Wages) on the tomatoes prior to starting. Follow the instructions on the package of Pickling Lime for proper handling.