Still Cookin’ with Aunt Gerry

June 22, 2010 by  
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Minnie, Aunt Gerry’s “Big Puppy,” a 1-year old black lab, has been acting-up all week. The dog ate a loaf of bread, a box of cookies and a package of licorice. Every morning Minnie has been greeting Aunt Gerry with one of Joe’s socks and Aunt Gerry is never able to locate it’s match. It’s been hectic around the house so Aunt Gerry quickly pulled out two old standards for this week’s column:

Popular Porqupine Meatballs

When the rice cooks, it pokes out around the meatball, making it look like the back end of a porqupine. However, these “Porqupines” aren’t dangerous, they’re delicious! ~Aunt Gerry

2 lbs. ground beef
3/4 cup uncooked rice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 teaspoons celery salt
2 tablespoons onions
1 (10 1/2-oz) can tomato soup
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup dwater

Blend meat, rice pepper, celery salt, onions. Form into 24 balls. Place in baking dish; add soup, tomato sauce, and water. Cover and bake in slow oven (325 degrees) for 1 1/4 hours.

Lazy Lemon Cake

It’s called “Lazy” because the recipe calls for a box cake mix. I always keep one on hand in case I’m asked to prepare something for a funeral at church. My daughter thinks I’m morbid. The women in charge of the funeral luncheons think I’m wonderful. ~Aunt Gerry

1 small pkg. lemon jello
1 cup boiling water.
1 pkg. lemon cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup water

Stir together Jello and water until jello is dissolved; cool. While Jello mixture is cooling, in mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients. Mix with mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the cooled jello-water mixture. Mix until well blended. Pur batter into greased and lightly floured angel food cake pan or Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and poke holes in top of cake. Pour glaze over cake while hot.
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup lemon jice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Mix together until smooth and pour over hot cake.

Aunt GerryGerry Burns (Aunt Gerry) is an octogenarian & Ypsilantian who has resided with her husband Joe in their Augusta Township home for 43 years. After working 20 years at Eastern Michigan University, she retired in 1992. In addition to knitting and baking, Aunt Gerry enjoys the company of her husband & family which includes three grown children, three grandchildren and Minnie; a large, rambunctious, black Labrador retriever. At 80 years old, Aunt Gerry is happy that she’s “Still Cookin'” You can email Aunt Gerry at [email protected]