Category: Grandma’s Recipes

Grandma’s Lasagna

Grandma’s Lasagna

In the 1960s and 70s, most of our family parties included the Berg family.  Tom, Evie, and their daughter Donna were always there.  Their son Tommy was serving in the military, so we didn’t see him and his wife Linda as often, but all of the Bergs have always felt like a part of our family.  Grandma’s Lasagna recipe actually came from Donna Berg sometime in the 1970s.  Donna served this at a birthday party and it was such a hit that our family has since used this lasagna recipe exclusively.


INGREDIENTS
Lasagna:
⅓ cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground chuck beef
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 cup water
½ tsp oregano
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
½ tsp basil
1 whole clove, crushed
2 cups ricotta or cottage cheese (or 1 cup of each)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 oz lasagna noodles, prepared

Besciamella:
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
small pinch nutmeg


DIRECTIONS
Lasagna:
Sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender; add meat and brown.  Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and seasonings and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Place ½ of the cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a buttered 9×13 pan.  Spread ½ of the ricotta (and/or cottage cheese), Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese over lasagna,  Cover with ½ of the meat sauce.  Repeat layers.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Besciamella:
Thoroughly heat butter and flour.  Whisk in remaining ingredients; cook until thickened.

Slice and serve lasagna topped with besciamella.

Tamales

Tamales

INGREDIENTS
1 lb cornhusks, soaked

Meat
3 lb chicken or pork shoulder, cooked and shredded
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
½ cup flour
½ cup vegetable oil
5 cans (8-oz each) tomato sauce
1 can (28-oz) Los Palmos red enchilada sauce

Masa
2½ lbs yellow corn masa
chili powder
1 tsp salt
2½ tsp baking powder
½ cup Crisco shortening


DIRECTIONS
Soak cornhusks in water.

Place meat in a large pot; add water to cover meat plus about 3 inches.  Add garlic, salt and pepper; boil until meat is tender and fully cooked (olives can also be added).  Remove meat from pot, reserving liquid.

In a large pan, lightly brown flour in oil; add tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, and cooked meat.  Bring to a boil.

Mix masa, salt, baking powder, and enough chili powder to change the color of the masa mixture light pink (2 tbsp).  Melt shortening  and add to masa mixture along with enough of the reserved liquid (approximately 7 to 8 cups) to moisten the mixture.  Masa should be moist enough to stick together when rolled into balls and/or patted out.

Lay out cornhusks.  Place an egg-sized scoop of masa on each cornhusk and pat flat.  Masa should be about ¼” thick.  Place approximately two large tablespoons of meat mixture in the center of the masa; roll cornhusk from the sides until ends of masa touch.  Flatten corn husk and fold up from bottom and in from sides; place in steaming pan.  Steam for approximately 1 hour; check for doneness.

Remove cornhusks and serve with remaining red sauce.

Southern Sweet Potatoes

Southern Sweet Potatoes

SweetPotatoesThis recipe comes from Great Grandma Lena. Grandma was a proper southern lady.  Born 11 August 1901 in Missouri, at three years old her family moved by covered wagon to Dover, Arkansas.  The slow journey took over a week.  At 17, she married Wilmer.  Grandpa was the youngest of their four children.  In 1936, the family moved to Southern California.  They made the trek in a car with a rumble seat. 

Grandma Lena’s recipe for Southern Sweet Potatoes is a Thanksgiving tradition.  The celebration just wouldn’t be the same without them!


INGREDIENTS
4 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs beaten
1 ⅕ cube butter melted
2 cups half-and-half
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves (optional)
2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Topping
3 cups corn flakes (not crushed, or slightly crushed)
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups light brown sugar packed
3 cups melted butter


DIRECTIONS
Combine sweet potato ingredients; pour into 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes at 375° to 400°. Remove from oven. Combine topping ingredients and spread over sweet potatoes. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes. Serve hot.

(Revised Dec 2015)

 

Wheat Waffles

Wheat Waffles

This, our favorite wheat waffle recipe, comes from Grandma Honey. When our kids wake to the sound of the wheat whirling in the blender they know that Grandma Honey’s wheat waffles will soon be on the table.


INGREDIENTS
3⁄4 cup whole wheat
1 1⁄2 cups milk
2 tbsp corn meal
2 tbsp oat meal
2 tbsp oat bran
2 eggs
1 tbsp raw sugar
1⁄4 cup butter
1 tbsp baking powder


DIRECTIONS
Blend whole wheat and milk in blender for 3 to 4 minutes. While still blending, add corn meal, oat meal, oat bran, eggs, raw sugar and butter. Turn off blender and add baking powder. Blend for 3 to 4 seconds. Cook in waffle iron. If batter rises too much, stir with spoon.

Grandma’s Popcorn Balls

Grandma’s Popcorn Balls

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and our neighborhood on Tudor Street knew how to do Halloween right.  Each year the parents got together to organize a haunted celebration for the kids.  The annual party included a spook alley, games, and traditional neighbor treats–we all have great memories.  Grandma’s homemade popcorn balls were a big hit every year! 


INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup white corn syrup
⅓ cup water
¼ lb butter
¾ tsp vanilla
¾ tsp salt
3 to 4 quarts popcorn, popped


DIRECTIONS
Boil until soft ball stage (in cold water); add vanilla and pour over pepped corn and make into balls. Wrap balls in wax paper and put in brown paper bag to store.

Good Chocolate Bundt Box Cake

Good Chocolate Bundt Box Cake

INGREDIENTS
Cake:
1 pkg chocolate cake
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
½ cup water
½ cup oil
1½ cups chocolate chips

Frosting:
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla extract


DIRECTIONS
Mix all cake ingredients except chocolate chips.  Stir in chocolate chips and pour into a greased bundt cake pan.   Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes.  Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing.

Grandma’s Tostadas

Grandma’s Tostadas

INGREDIENTS
1 lb hamburger
½ onion
Garlic salt
Lawrey’s seasoned salt
1 can (15 oz) Dennison’s Chili Con Carne
Corn tortillas
1 can (28 oz) refried beans
Cheese, grated
Lettuce, shredded
1 can slivered beets
1 can slivered green beans
1 can slivered carrots
Avacodo, sliced
Onion, diced
Olives, sliced


DIRECTIONS
In a medium skillet, combine hamburger, onion, garlic salt and Lawrey’s seasoned salt; thoroughly cook. Drain fat. Add chili con carne and heat through. Warm refried beans. Heat vegetable oil and fry corn tortillas individually until hard. Build tortilla beginning with the fried tortilla, refried beans, meat, and other toppings.  Cover with Grandma’s Taco Sauce.

Grandma’s Taco Sauce

Grandma’s Taco Sauce

INGREDIENTS
1 can peeled tomatoes
2 or 3 hot yellow peppers
2 tbsp juice from yellow peppers
1 can Ortega green diced chilies
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 or 4 tbsp white vinegar


DIRECTIONS
Drain juice from tomatoes and reserve. Place tomatoes in blender and blend 2 seconds; add to tomato juice. Place hot peppers and juice from peppers in blender with vinegar and blend 2 seconds; add to tomatoes. Add chilies, salt, pepper, vegetable oil and vinegar, one at a time. Best when used at room temperature

Grandma’s Mexican Salad

Grandma’s Mexican Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 to 2 lbs hamburger
1 yellow onion, chopped.
Lawrey’s seasoned salt
1 can kidney beans
1 can black olives
lettuce
celery
carrot, grated
cucumber, diced
tomato, diced
avocado, diced
½ cup mayonnaise
ketchup


DIRECTIONS
Fry pounds hamburger with chopped onion and Lawrey’s seasoned salt to taste. When cooked, add kidney beans and olives and heat through. Make a green salad with lettuce, celery, carrot, cucumber, tomato and avocado. Mix mayonnaise and a few squirts of catsup and dress the salad. Add cooked meat to salad and last add a bag of Fritos.