Category: American

Black Bean Quinoa Chili

I found this recipe on line last week and immediately intrigued by the cooking instructions: put all ingredients in a pot and boil for an hour. The result is as fantastic as it is easy! Thanks to Lee Hersh and her Fit Foodie Finds blog for sharing this with the Ginhill family! 3 can black…

Evelyn’s Turkey Salad

This recipe came from Rick’s mother, Evelyn Tucker, who made Turkey Salad every year from leftover turkey after Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is Rick’s best recollection of the recipe; it wasn’t written down anywhere. Ingredients Leftover turkey, both white and dark meat (I prefer half-and-half), cut into oblong pieces about 1/2 to 3/4…

Grits Pound Cake

Ingredients Cooking spray 1 tablespoon stone-ground white cornmeal 2 cups sugar, divided 2/3 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 large egg yolks 1 cup low-fat sour cream 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup stone-ground white cornmeal ½ cup stone-ground white or yellow grits ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 5 large egg whites Preparation Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 10-inch tube pan with…

Beans and Greens

Ingredients Bunch kale, stemmed and washed in two changes of water 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 2/3 cups white beans (¾ pound) or dried lima beans, picked over and soaked for at least four hours and drained 1…

Potato, Mushroom, and Spinach Casserole

Ingredients 2-3 lbs fingerling potatoes ½ to ¾ lbs sliced mushrooms (white, cremini, or a variety) 1 lb fresh spinach 1 medium onion, chopped (substitute one leek) 3 Tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 4 cloves garlic (or 1½ inches of grated garlic in the tube, available in the produce section of most grocery stores) 8 oz ricottta…

Hard Times Café

A perennial favorite of the ginHill crowd is the original Hard Times Café at 1404 King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.  We enjoy the Santa Fe egg rolls as an appetizer. Rick always goes for the five-way Texas chili (and adds lots of Tabasco sauce).  Howard likes the 2-way veggie Mac along with cole slaw…

Johnny Mazolla

(pronounced: JON-ee ma-ZO-lee) Ingredients ground hamburger chopped onions garlic powder salt 1 can, tomato soup parmesan cheese macaroni, cooked Preparation Cook macaroni in boiling water.  Drain. Place hamburger, chopped onions, garlic powder, and salt in pan.  Brown hamburger.  Drain fat. Combine macaroni, hamburger, and parmesan cheese, and warm.

BBQ Beef

Ingredients 3-4 lbs chuck roast 3 cups water ¼ cup soy sauce 20 oz. ketchup ½ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dry mustard Preparation Put chuck roast, water, and soy sauce in dutch oven (or equivalent) at 325°F until meat falls apart Shred meat with fork in…

Rick’s Beef Stew (for clay cooker)

Ingredients 1¾ lbs cubed beef for stew 1½ cups of red wine ¼ cup brandy 4 stalks celery, cut up 3 turnips, cut up into cubes 1 tomato, cut up into cubes 2 carrots, cut up ½ large onion, cut up into cubes 1 green pepper, cut up into one-inch square pieces 1 bay leaf…

Beef (or Irish) Stew

A great dish to cook when it’s cold outside… or in any season due to its nutritious ingredients.  Start with beef for Beef Stew or lamb for Irish Stew.  Cook in your crock-pot! Core Ingredients 2 pounds of beef, cubed (if Irish stew, use lamb meat) 1/2 cup flour 2 Tablespoons of oil (canola oil…

Meat Loaf

Ingredients 1+ lb ground meat: any combination of beef, pork, veal, turkey, chicken Garlic salt Italian or plain bread crumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 1/2 cup finely chopped green peppers 1/4 to 1/3 of a can of 8 oz tomato sauce 1 egg, beat up Preparation Put ground meat in a bowl. Add a…