Christmas is over and what a crazy Christmas it was. Actually it was probably the worst one I ever remember.

Christmas is over and what a crazy Christmas it was. Actually it was probably the worst one I ever remember.

Due to the horrible weather all of our plans were changed and just three of the gang were able to come to dinner. That was possible because they only lived two doors away. We were, however, blessed to have a warm home, food on the table and share the time with some of our family so I guess I need to be thankful and quit whining.

 Since I don’t want to talk about the holidays I will just fill in with recipes. One of these I found while spending the hours going through old books and files. My kids loved it when they were all at home.


Mom’s favorite meat pie

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup dry bread crumbs or cracker crumbs

1/4 cup catsup

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables


1 cup water

3 Tablespoons margarine

1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes

1/2 cup milk

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded cheddar cheese


Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine meat, bread crumbs, catsup, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and egg; mix well. Add vegetables, mix lightly. Pat mixture into 9 or 10 inche pie pan. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until center is thoroughly cooked, drain. In medium saucepan, heat water and margarine to a rolling boil; remove from heat. Stir in potato flakes, milk and egg; mix well. Add cheese; blend well. Spoon hot potato mixture on top of cooked meat mixture, covering entire top surface. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Return to oven and continue baking at 350 for ten minutes or until light golden brown. Cut into wedges, 6 servings.


Tuna chip casserole

2 Tablespoons shortening

2 Tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups milk

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cups crushed (lightly) potato chips

2 cups (2 - 7 ounce cans) tuna, drained and flaked

Melt shortening in saucepan, blend in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Cook til smooth and thick, stirring constantly. Spray casserole or baking pan with cooking spray and cover bottom of dish with a layer of potato chips (about 1/3). Top with 1/3 of tuna and repeat layers ending the top layer with chips. Pour sauce over all and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 Both of the above casseroles are great for a meal and adding a tossed salad completes the meal.

 Adding a simple dessert makes great eating and to keep the work minimal and the meal simple I suggest serving a bowl of peaches, fruit cocktail or pears topped with whipped topping.

 Have a Happy New Years gathering with family and friends. Hopefully  travel will be a little easier and we can begin the 2010 year on a better note.

 Travel safely, use good judgement in your celebrating and I will see you next year.