Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fix It Fast

I likely could write a new cookbook with this title, but this gem is from 1979. That is really how the cover looks, it's not a scanner issue.

There are some decent recipes in here, that is, ones that are edible:

Taco Pizza
40 minutes
(using lean meat allows you to skip browning the beef) (HUH?)

1 12 inch Frozen Pizza Crust
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Mexican Seasoning Mix
3/4 pound very lean ground beef
1 canned green chili pepper, rinsed, seeded, and chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled corn chips

Preheat oven to 425. Meanwhile, place Pizza Crust on pizza pan or baking sheet. Mix tomato sauce and Mexican Seasoning. Spread over crust. Dot with beef. (Forget the suggestions and brown lightly, I'd say.) Sprinkle with chili pepper and cheese. Bake in 425 oven 20 - 25 minutes or till meat is cooked an cheese is melted. Sprinkle with lettuce, tomato and corn chips. Serves 4.

And then there are a few weird recipes:
Cranberry Macaroni
1 pound ground beef (guess they want you to brown it this time)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 8 oz. can jellied cranberry sauce (whole from the can, sliced, or mashed?)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Hot cooked macaroni

In skillet, brown meat; drain excess fat. Stir in tomato sauce, cranberry sauce, water, barbecue sauce, and seasonings. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 15 - 20 minutes. Serve over hot macaroni. Makes 4 servings, if you can find 4 folks to eat this.

I brought home Julie Garwood's newest FBI, Fire and Ice. Word among patrons at the library is that I know my FBI romances - I get at least one patron a week asking me for suggestions for these on Monday nights. So I have a reason to put aside all my assigned review reading right now. It's research, right? Also, I reviewed a manga for and my mind is a bit bent. Why do they all look alike and have similar names? Cute story, though, once you get past that. I had an 18 year old explain it to me at the library, so that helped.


George Erdosh said...

Fix it Fast means taking shortcuts. Kitchen shortcuts mean sacrificing quality. To serve very good food, the cook needs to take time...

Check out my latest (Nov/08). It’s already getting great reviews:

Tried and True Recipes from a Caterer’s Kitchen—Secrets of Making Great Foods

On Amazon, etc.

Amy said...

Hi George:
I always like hearing about new cookbooks. In most of the vintage cookbooks, the users seemed to have endless time. You are right about the book's idea, but in my kitchen, sadly, Fix It Fast means salvaging a dinner or baked item that has gone horribly wrong... Thanks for writing.