With Mother’s Day just passed, came lots of fond memories of great family times. Traditions revolved around gathering as many relatives together as possible to share laughter and lots of splendid dining. Enjoying wonderful food together is that ongoing common thread through all our family gatherings.
On special days, my childhood favorites include my Mother’s amazing baked Ham with Raisin Sauce, my Grandmother’s decadent Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, my Aunt June’s scrumptious Ham Roll Ups, and my Aunt Phyllis’ Strawberry Pie. The lists of fabulous food memories go on and on. Finally, we got talking a few years ago about how central great food is to our family. I decided to compile some of the family’s favorite recipes into a book, not just to help new family members prepare these dishes, but to capture them for posterity.
The project grew and grew until we realized the hundreds of recipes called for a very large book, aptly titled Fifty Years of Fabulous Family Favorites. The limited edition hard cover version is no longer available, unless you can snare an original copy somewhere. But we finally released it as an eBook and soon-to-be paperback, so everyone can revel in their own copy of this classic collection. You can find it along with other titles at Quiet Thunder Publishing.
Let me include a couple recipes here for you. I’ll start with my favorite dessert… one I remember my Mother making since 1960. She would even make one of these for me as my birthday “pie” since I preferred it to cake. It’s simple and totally amazing. You can make it extra simple by using an already prepared crust. If you prefer, try one made of butter cookie or chocolate cookie crumbs. They both work great with the berries and require no pre-baking!
Mom’s Super Simple Raspberry Ice Cream Pie
1-1/4 c water
3-oz raspberry Jell-O
1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 c fresh raspberries
1 prepared, baked & cooled pie shell
½ pint heavy cream
Boil water; remove from heat; add Jell-O, stirring till dissolved. Stir in ice cream till melted; chill 10-20 min in refrigerator until thick. Fold in raspberries & pour into pie shell; chill 30 minutes. Before serving, whip cream & decorate pie with more fresh berries.
And here’s one for my Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps, which I’ve been making for more than a decade and getting rave reviews. There can be nothing much simpler than a one-ingredient recipe. You will make these and share the “secret” countless times!
Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps
2 dozen slices of packaged pepperoni on 3 layers of paper toweling.
Top with 2 more layers of paper toweling.
Microwave 60-75 seconds (depending on your microwave). Let cool.
(Note: every microwave is different, so start at 45 seconds and then check the pepperoni to be sure it’s not burning.)
KISS Variation: Create Perfect Pizza Pepperoni by microwaving just 30 – 45 seconds. Cook on your pizza as usual to enjoy all the flavor without the excess grease.
The whole idea is to make great food in a super simple fashion! It’s the ol’ KISS formula… to Keep It Super Simple. We serve up got both volumes, presented by Quiet Thunder Publishing, as convenient eBooks… with love and laughter.
Wow! GREAT recipes! Could you possibly provide a list of the recipes in the two family cookbooks? Thanks.
Ahhhhh…. You feel enticed to try the 50 Years of Fabulous Family Favorites cookbooks, but you perhaps need to have your appetite whet just a bit more. Let me gleefully oblige you! In this post, I will highlight just Volume 1.
Fifty Years of Family Favorites, Volume 1, contains literally hundreds of delicious recipes. Most recipes are originals or clever variations. Some are great reflections on timeless classic recipes. All are Burnham family favorites, plus favorite recipes from our extended family and wide circle of friends. They typically follow the KISS formula to Keep It Super Simple, too! Of course, simplicity wasn’t the emphasis of the day when some of these recipes were first developed. With a little updating since the 1950’s and 60’s, I think you will find no insurmountable complexities.
Enjoy keeping super flavor with simple preparation. The nearly 300 recipes in Volume 1 include the recipe categories of Appetizers, Baked (non-dessert), Beverages, Breakfast and Brunch, and Entrees.
Before giving you the entire Volume 1 recipe list, here’s another sample recipe. I created White Sangria a la Barcelona as a sensational, icy cold summer treat. I thought I was creating a bit of a “girlie” drink, but I was straightened out FAST by some guys a few years ago. They were in New Hampshire attending our famous Bike Week in the Lakes Region, and immediately deemed this beverage the best sangria they’d ever had. I have named it White Sangria a la Barcelona, because even one sip flashes my happy little taste buds back to the most amazing tapas bar my husband and I ever visited. We need to get back to Barcelona! It was also a big hit at a tapas-themed Café Martin Supper Club gathering, too. This one has alcohol. The cookbook also features the absolutely delicious non-alcoholic, “family friendly” version, which I always offer for children who attend events or guests who are driving.
White Sangria a la Barcelona
For each recipe:
1-1/2 liters Pinot Grigio (an inexpensive one, such as Cavit)
1 c peach juice, 100% juice, not concentrate, unsweetened
1 c white cranberry juice with peach juice (or without is fine)
1 c peachtree schnapps
½ c triple sec liqueur
Fruits of your choice. I use:
1 nectarine, pitted, thinly sliced, and each slice halved
1 peach, peeled, pitted, thinly sliced, and each slice halved
1 seedless orange, not peeled, thinly sliced (across the sections)
1 lemon, not peeled, thinly sliced (across the sections), seeds removed
1 line, not peeled, thinly sliced (across the sections), seeds removed
6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
½ c blueberries
Pour wine, alcohol, and juices into one or two large jugs.
Add fruit and stir. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Serve with ice cubes made of fruit juice and berries.
Makes 1-1/2 gallons.
In addition to the recipe above, you will find nearly 300 recipes in “50 Years of Fabulous Family Favorites -- Volume 1.” Here’s the list by category:
Super Simple Cheese Crisps
Cream Cheese Puffs
Super Simple Tortellini Kebabs
Parmesan Lemon Kebab Dip
Italian Sauce Kebab Dip
Nutty Bacon Toasts
Amanda’s Cheese Straws
Onion Rye Bites
Super Simple Bacon Cheese Toasts
Hot Cheese and Olive Canapés
Espinaca de Catrina
Super Simple Chili Con Queso
Easy Cheesey Fondue
Hot Bacon Artichoke Dip
Baked Spinach Bowl
Super Simple Clam Dip
Crab Dip DarJune
Hot Crabmeat Crunch
Good Neighbor Shrimp
Ultimate Layered Dip
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Super Simple Pizza Pizza Dip
Baked Green Onion Dip
Bacon Onion Dip
Super Simple Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Dip
Zippy Bloody Mary Dip
Mama’s Smoked Oyster Dip
Hot Ham & Cheese Bowl
Sesame Ginger Dip
Fried Wonton Wrapper Chips
Super Simple Pepperoni Crisps
Perfect Pizza Pepperoni
Super Simple Ham Roll Ups
Super Simple Ham Pinwheel Slices
Danish Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
POULTRY & EGGS
Curried Mini Quiches
Super Simple Chicken Chutney Cups
Buffalo Chicken Bites
Baked Sesame Chicken Bites
Chicken Pillow Bites
Deviled Eggs Dijon
SEAFOOD & FISH
Classic Clams Casino
Super Simple Clams Casino
Crabby Asparagus Rolls
Super Simple Bacon Crabmeat Roll–Ups
Shrimp Quiches Bites
Polynesian Shrimp Skewers
Super Simple Bacon-Wrapped Barbequed Shrimp
Smoked Salmon Wraps
Shrimp Wrapped in Pea Pods
Seafood Quiche Squares
Shrimp, Crab or Lobster Toast
Zippy Cream Cheese Topper
Festive Appetizer Spread
Zippy Rarebit Spread
VEGETABLES & FRUITS
Asparagus with Mustard Dipping Sauce
Zesty Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
Portuguese Stuffed Mushrooms
Mouthwatering Stuffed Mushrooms
Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushroom Pinwheel Bites
Super Simple Onion Rounds
Super Simple Crudite Baskets
BAKING, ETC (NON-DESSERT)
BISCUITS & ROLLS
Biscuits a la Red Lobster
Cheddar Chive Biscuits
Super Simple Sticky Rolls
Super Simple Onion Crescents
BREADS & CORNBREADS
Super Simple Onion Bread
Savory Parmesan Bread
Mom’s Amazing Johnny Cake
English Muffin Loaf
Sweet Potato Bread a la The Yard
Date Nut Bread
Super Simple Zucchini Bread
Apricot Cranberry Bread
Mom’s Perfect Blueberry Buckle
Apple Cake Rowe
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Marbled Cranberry Coffee Cake
Ice Box Bran Muffins
Bran Muffins a la Barbara Bush
Spicy Cranberry Muffins
Super Simple Bacon Butter English Muffins
Rhubarb Pecan Muffins
Super Simple Sugar-Free Fat-Free Muffins
Mom’s Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Muffins II
Zucchini Carrot Muffins
Polynesian Carrot Muffins
Pumpkin Raisin Walnut Muffins
Cranberry Apple Pecan Muffins
Super Simple Apple Fritters
Perfect Basic Crepes
Super Simple Cranberry Punch
Cathy’s Cranberry Daiquiri
Sweet ‘n Sour Appletini
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Bellini Martini
Genuine Bellini a la Harry’s Bar
Café Martin Rubied Bellini Punch
Hot Ruby Spiced Cider
Super Simple Mulled Cranberry
Café Martin Fuzzy Rosy Navel
Office Party Punch
White Sangria a la Barcelona
Family Friendly Sangria
BREAKFAST & BRUNCH
CASSEROLES & STRATAS
Lobster Bisque Strata Catarina
Cathy’s Crabby Asparagus Strata
Brunch Crab Strata
Crab Casserole I
Grammy’s Crab Casserole
Ham and Egg Bake
Cheddar Ham Strata
Super Simple Eggs a la Café Martin
Cheese Strata a la Greenfield Inn
Mom’s Brunch Casserole
Breakfast Sausage Pie
Sausage Brunch Casserole
Corn Beef Hash Unplugged
Mom’s Yankee Red Flannel Hash
Toad in the Hole
PANCAKES, FRENCH TOAST, WAFFLES
Pancakes a la Copenhagen
Phyllis’ Overnight French Toast
Cathy’s Cranberry Orange French Toast
EGGS & OTHER
Super Simple Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches
EGGS, CHEESE & VEGETABLES
Classic Quiche Lorraine
Ham and Broccoli Quiche
Ham and Asparagus Quiche
Café Martin Crabby Quiche
Devilled Eggs in Casserole
Super Simple Fettuccine
Dad’s Garden Vegetable Meatloaf
Super Simple Marvelous Meatloaf
Meatloaf a la Maple Drive
Mom’s Hawaiian Meatballs
Cathy’s Italian Meatballs
Super Simple Meatballs and Tater Tots
Quick Tater Tot Bake
3 Bean Hot Dish
Grammy’s Talleyrand Beef
Super Simple Company Stroganoff
Super Simple Five-Spice Beef & Rice
Stuffed Green Peppers
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Corned Beef Bake
Enchilada Bake a la Charlie Gibson
Island Teriyaki Steak Grill
Super Simple Steak Tips
Super Simple Italian Beef Roast
Marinated Beef Kebabs
Super Simple Foiled Again Pot Roast
Crisp and Juicy Roast Beef
Super Simple Veal Cordon Bleu
Super Simple Chicken Cordon Bleu
Café Martin Veal Oscar
Hrant Gulumian’s Lamb Shish Kebab
Shish Kebab a la Grampa
Asian Lamb en Brochette
Super Simple Lamb Kebabs
Café Martin Rack of Lamb
Super Simple Mushroom Pork Chop Bake
Mom’s Baked Pork Chops
Peachy Mustard Glazed Pork Chops
Stuffed Peach Pork Chops
Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
Super Simple Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing
Garlic Grilled Pork Tenderloins
Café Martin Maple-Glazed Pork Chops
Super Simple Bratwurst
Sweet and Sour BBQ Spareribs
Cathy’s Danish Pork
Cranberry Pork Roast
Super Simple Baked Ham Slices
Super Simple Ham and Broccoli Stir Fry
Mom’s Amazing Ham Timbales
Super Simple Grilled Chicken
POULTRY – BAKED & FRIED
Super Simple Italian Chicken
Crunchy Baked Chicken
Super Simple Crispy Onion Chicken
Crispy Fried Chicken
Super Simple Chicken Almondine
Aunt Phyllis Leggett’s Crab Stuffed Chicken
Cathy’s Chicken Breasts en Croute
Super Simple Crocked Cranberry Chicken
Super Simple Baked Apricot Chicken
Super Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken
Mom’s Swiss Chicken
Chicken Swiss a la Leggett
POULTRY – CASSEROLES & CREAMY
Mom’s Marvelous Chicken a la King
Super Simple Baked Chicken a la Glenna
Chicken Divan I
Chicken Divan II
Super Simple Chicken Divan
Cathy’s Super Simple Chicken Divan
Amanda’s Congressional Chicken
Chicken on Corn Bread a la Dinah Shore
Super Simple Chicken Marsala
Famous Super Simple Chicken
Orange Walnut Chicken a la Deborah
Cathy’s Peach Poultry Stir Fry
Super Simple Sweet and Tangy Chicken in a Crockpot
Super Simple Savory Chicken Stuffing Bake
Mom’s Company Casserole
Super Simplified Chicken Pie
Super Simple Baked Chicken & Mushroom Sauce
Stir Fried Chicken and Mushrooms
Super Simple Southwest Chicken Skillet
SEAFOOD – CLAMS, OYSTERS & MUSSELS
Super Simple Scalloped Oysters a la Phyllis
SEAFOOD – CRAB & LOBSTER
Crab Soufflé Casserole
Crisp Crab Coquille
Café Martin Crabby Pastry Cups
Mom’s Favorite Crab Cakes
Diet Crab Cakes
Lime Dill Yogurt Sauce
Glennafied Lobster Newburg
Lobacious Lobster Pie
Super Simple Rock Lobster Pie
Wen Duc Yung
Super Simple Creamy Sea Food
Cathy’s Creamed Seafood Crepes
Shrimp Crab and Lobster Tart
Café Martin Seafood Newburg
Super Simple Seafood Newburg
Seafood Stir Fry
SEAFOOD – SCALLOPS & SHRIMP
Super Simple Broiled Scallops
Pepper and Pea Pod Scallop Stir Fry
Super Simple Scallop Bake
Cathy’s Coquilles St Jacques
Super Simple Cajun Scallops
Baked Stuffed Scallops or Shrimp
Super Simple Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Super Simple Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
Café Martin Shrimp with Spinach and Alfredo Sauce
Super Simple Shrimp-Stuffed Tomatoes
Super Simple Broiled Haddock
Salmon with Lemon Dijon Sauce
Super Simple Baked Salmon
Seared Salmon Filet
Lobster and Corn Succotash
Café Martin Salmon Wrapped in Bacon
Mom’s Mock Chicken Pie
Super Simple Tuna Lasagna
While it took years to compile the two-volume recipe collection with more than 600 recipes, you can own them all in just moments, in a convenient, easy-to-download e-Book format. You will get favorite recipes and family recipes from the past half century and earlier. These recipes, most of which had never been published previous to Volumes 1 & 2 of “Fifty Years of Fabulous Family Favorites,” have delighted generations of family and friends. You can find them, plus other titles from Quiet Thunder Publishing, at www.SuperSimpleDiscounts.com.
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