Still Cookin’ with Aunt Gerry

June 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Columnists

While at the family cabin in Paradise Township last week, Aunt Gerry was unable to submit her column because she was without an internet connection – which for Aunt Gerry, really made it paradise!  This week, Aunt Gerry’s son is visiting from Florida so she’s pulled out a couple of his favorites!

Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Looking through my cookbooks, the best recipes are on pages that have been stained, torn and written on in faded ink.  This recipe comes from a particularly messy page in the 1965 Better Homes & Gardens “Meat Cook Book.”  Don’t forget the garlic bread!  -Aunt Gerry

1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound (or more) ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1-pound cans (4 cups) tomatoes
2 8-ounce cans (2 cups) seasoned tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 3-ounce can sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup dried parsley
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
Spaghetti, cooked
Grated Parmesan cheese.

Cook onion in hot oil till golden. Add meat and garlic; brown lightly.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer uncovered about an hour and a half or until desired consistency. Remove bay leaf. Serve sauce on hot cooked spaghetti. Pass bowl of grated Parmesan cheese.   Makes 6 servings.

Strawberry Summer Shortcake

Every summer my daughters and I would pick strawberries at the local U-Pick farms.  It’s a good thing they didn’t weigh the girls before and after they went into the field!  -Aunt Gerry

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup milk

Sift together dry ingredients; cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Combine egg and milk; add to dry mixture in bowl. Stir only enough to moisten. Turn out on slightly floured surface. Pat dough 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 1/2 inc floured biscuit cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 13 to 16 minutes. Makes 8 shortcakes. Serve with sweetened strawberries and plenty of whipped cream.

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