- 2 large cans sliced beets
- 2 large white onions, sliced
- 4 cups apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons pickling spice
- 4 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 4 tablespoons minced garlic
- Drain the beets, discarding the liquid.
- Slice the onion in thin strips.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pan to make a pickling liquid.
- Boil then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Sterilize 6 pint size canning jars and rings in a pot of boiling water and let cool.
- Drain the pickling liquid, discarding solids.
- Layer the beets and onions starting with beets and ending with onions. Pack slightly.
- Ladle pickling liquid over the beets and onion, making sure the jars are filled with liquid.
- Let jars sit until they are cool.
- Screw on the lid and store in the refrigerator.
Source: Based on https://whatsintheoven.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/pickled-beets/
- 1 pound of bacon, cut into 1′ pieces
- 1/4 cup bacon grease
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups milk
- 2 pounds of potatoes, cut into 1/2′ pieces
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- In a large pot, fry bacon until crispy and reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.
- Take the bacon out and drain on a paper towel.
- With the grease in the pot, sautee the onion and thyme until soft.
- Sprinkle the flour in and whisk together for about 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth and stir to combine.
- Add the potatoes and milk.
- Let come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Stir in the sour cream and cheese.
Adapted from: http://sugarapron.com/2015/11/02/creamy-potato-soup/
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 3 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 3 quarts chicken broth
- 1 bag frozen spinach, well drained
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup small pasta
- In a bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, cheese, basil, onion, pepper and salt.
- Mix well with your hands.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out meatball mixture and form into balls.
- In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
- Once boiling, add in the meatballs, spinach, carrots and celery.
- Cook until the meatballs are done through.
- Add in the pasta and cook according to package directions.
Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13434/mamas-italian-wedding-soup/
- 4 potatoes, sliced on a mandolin
- 2 onions, sliced into rings
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 8 ounce bag of cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice potatoes and onion into about 1/4 inch pieces using a mandolin.
- In a greased baking dish layer potatoes and onions, beginning with potatoes.
- In a skillet, melt the butter.
- Add the flour and whisk together.
- Let brown slightly to cook out the flour.
- Add milk and let thicken slightly.
- Add cheese, salt and pepper and stir well.
- Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes.
- Bake at 375 for 1.5 hours.
- 1 eggplant, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Sauté the vegetables in the olive oil.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and the seasonings.
- When the vegetables are tender, put in a greased 9 inch glass pie pan.
- Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until it sets up.
Inspired by: https://www.facebook.com/SimpleAndEasyRecipes
- 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 2 small onions, sliced thinly
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley (dry is fine)
- 2/3 cup oil (traditionally vegetable, but EVOO works too)
- 1/3 cup vinegar (traditionally white, but you can use your favorite kind)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Place half of the tomatoes in a 9 inch glass pie plate.
- Add half of the onions.
- Sprinkle on half of the parsley.
- Repeat with the remaining vegetables.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients, adjusting to your personal tastes.
- Refrigerate several hours.
Source: Elek family recipe