|Saturday||Hobo packs on the grill |
|Sunday||Brats & Buns |
|Monday||Smoked Chicken |
|Tuesday||Cousin Eleanor's |
Angel Hair Pasta
Blueberries & Yogurt
|Wednesday||Aunt Gladys' |
King Ranch Chicken
|Thursday||Grandma's favorite: |
Sea Island Shrimp Salad
Grandma's Buttered Noodles
- If you are using a grill in South Texas, please be careful not to start a wildfire; it's a tinder box out there.
- These are great to take along camping because you can customize them to each person's tastes AND you can make them before you leave the comfort of home. Of course you could camp the weekend in your air-conditioned house. If you want you can sleep on the floor and turn off the air to make it more authentic, but I'll rough it and keep the air going. I might as well sleep in my bed too.
- ¼+ lb ground beef, per pack
- sliced potatoes, carrots, onions, etc
- corn, green beans, okra, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc
- seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc
- optional items: cream of mushroom soup, butter, bbq sauce, etc
Spread out a large piece of foil for each pack you need. Throw down some seasonings, place meat on the bottom. Season the meat on top side. Top with the more tender veggies like okra, green beans etc, add in your sauce option if you want one, and then finish off with root veggies since these will take the longest to cook. Fold up sides, rolling edges together so they don’t leak everywhere.
If you are truly cooking these in an open fire, begin your initial layer with an outer leaf of cabbage and then top the final layer with another leaf of cabbage, write the names on the foil now. Then cover with another layer of foil so that when you pull them out of the ashes you can take off the outer layer of foil and discover whose food is partially ready, burned, raw, and filled with ash all on the same plate. Or you can cook them on the gas grill; at home. :)
- Graham crackers
- Marshmallows; Smarshmallows, if your name starts with J
- chocolate bar; hershey's dark is a great idea.
1. Use the very basic Betty Crocker brownie mix and add ½ c chocolate chips. It will be the best brownies ever.
Brats & Buns
- I realize the purpose of Memorial Day is to remember those who fell in battle defending our country, and I don’t want to minimize that at all. Although none of these ladies died while cooking I thought we could have our own 'Memorial' of them since they are all gone now.
- Cousin Eleanor was my dad's cousin on his mother's side. Cousin Eleanor was married to Bill, and after serving in the Navy during WW2 he helped erect the tv antenna on top of the Empire State Building. She's with Jesus now and we make this recipe in memory of some fabulous meals that came out of her tiny Queen's kitchen. The meals lasted for two hours and had 5-6 courses. This one will be a might shorter, but it is just like something she cooked for me once. :)
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Equal parts: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs/Parmesan
Place beaten egg in shallow dish and throw in a little milk if you think you need it. Dip chicken in egg mixture and dredge through breadcrumbs/parm mixture that is in another shallow bowl. Place on foil lined pan and bake 20-25 min.
Angel Hair Pasta with Spaghetti sauce
Blueberries & Vanilla Yogurt
- Aunt Gladys was married to Uncle Jim (L's mother's brother), they lived in Buckholts, but now they live in heaven. This is one of the first things I learned to cook when I got married.
- Green onions don’t last too long in the fridge, however you can chop them up and put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer. They'll keep for several months and you can just pour out the ones you need next time you need them.
- You can cook the King Ranch in a crockpot all day or in the oven once you get home.
King Ranch Chicken
- 2 c cooked chicken or turkey
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 can cream of mushroom
- 1 can mushrooms
- 8 corn tortillas, cut in 6 triangles
- 2 c grated cheddar cheese
- ¼ c chopped green onion
Combine first four ingredients and place in crock pot to cook all day. When you get home add corn tortillas, cheese and green onion. Stir to combine and serve.
Alternately, you can combine first four ingredients and put half in a 9x13 pan. Add a layer of tortillas and half of cheese, top with remaining chicken mixture and other half of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.
- My grandmother was not much of a cook, but she loved to eat out and she loved Sea Island. Thursday this week, and Monday's for the rest of the summer, is our new salad for supper day so it's only appropriate that we have this one to remember her.
- ¾ c mayo
- 2oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- 1T sugar
- 1T dried dill weed
- 1lb frozen baby boiled peeled shrimp; thawed
- 1/3 c finely chopped celery
- ¼ c finely chopped onion
- tomato cut in wedges, per person
- boiled egg
- carrot sticks
Combine the first five ingredients and then fold in shrimp and veggies. Chill all day. Then chill after an easy night in the kitchen.
- Remember when I said my Grandma didnt like to cook? Well she made some mean noodles; smothered in browned butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs. She didn't waste time with oleo, she went straight for the real mccoy. I could eat mounds of the stuff.
Browned Butter Noodles
- 8oz cooked egg noodles, medium if you can find them, well drained
- ¼ c butter
- salt to taste
- white breadcrumbs from canister
Make sure your noodles are well drained, you don’t want any water getting in the way of the browned buttery goodness. Melt the butter in a small pan allowing it to foam up and get slightly brown on the bottom. Use 'The Google' if you want some pictures to go along with my extensive directions. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.