Tomato & Cheese Salad (Elsie Norton)

Today’s offering is what would be called a Jello salad or gelatin salad. These are not my favorite dishes, but in general I don’t love jello or jellied things. Other people will likely enjoy it, so I’m not judging. I posted one of Gram’s recipes for a similar salad early in the days of this … Continue reading

Antipasto

This recipe for antipasto reminds me more of a salsa than a traditional Italian antipasto. However, it could be served over toasted bread like a bruschetta if desired. Typical antipasto is made of fresh meats and cheeses, garnished with herbs and other vegetables. In Italian tradition, antipasto is served at the beginning of the meal … Continue reading

Chow Chow #3

Our third and final (for now) recipe for Chow Chow. This one calls for tomatoes, onions, celery, mango peppers (aka bell peppers), cabbage and cauliflower. I’m guessing either this person had a prodigious back garden, or she just loved to can. It may have been “the thing” she was known for, or her family relied … Continue reading

Chow Chow #1

Recently on the Green Tomato Relish recipe, someone commented that her family calls it chow chow, and I knew that I had additional recipes, including several for chow chow. This dish is most commonly associated with the Southern United States, Pennsylvania and some parts of Eastern Canada. While there isn’t much definitive evidence of its … Continue reading

Green Tomato Relish

Should you have too many tomatoes in your yard, as we do right now, you could pick them early and make this relish. I’m always reminded of the days of backyard gardens and neighborhood gardens, which are not as common these days as they were even 20 years ago. People seem to have forgotten how … Continue reading

Swiss Steak

  Like many I’m sure, I thought that Swiss Steak had its origins in Switzerland. But, we are all wrong! Swissing is the process of smoothing fabric (usually cotton) in between rollers in a factory. In England, someone decided to swiss their cheap cut of beef by pounding it and smoothing it out before cooking … Continue reading

Hamburger Pie

This particular recipe card doesn’t have a title or name for this dish, so I called it Hamburger Pie. It reminds me of something my mom used to make, although I can’t think offhand what that was called either. But it did involve shaping the meat into a pie crust type of thing and then … Continue reading